Coro Street questions answered
Whilst I, along with thousands of others, am very happy with the Coro Street shake-up, why does TVNZ persist on such a late viewing, three nights a week? TVNZ 1 is saturated with reality tripe from 7.30pm onwards. They seem fixated with this continuous garbage. Why not swap some of these programmes with Coro by bringing the latter forward by at least an hour or even two hours? Surely advertising revenue would be huge and thus makes more sense. And if they’re considering the spending power relative to audience, there would be far greater disposable income attributable to senior citizens, who I assume make up the higher viewing percentage?
Ray Hutton (Palmerston North)
John Kelly, TVNZ’s general manager of programming, replies: I know it’s frustrating for you – but it’s all about balancing the schedule with what many different viewers want to watch. While reality shows are not everybody’s cup of tea, they are watched and enjoyed by a significant number of people. TVNZ 1 does screen a wide variety of shows from Hyundai Country Calendar to Fair Go, from Call The Midwife to Sunday Theatre and more. We’ll never say never about bringing Coronation Street forward earlier in the evening if it continues to build its audience, but we’ll always balance any changes against the other programming viewers might like to watch.
I’m happy about the Coro catch-up but will not watch the daytime episodes for the next year – who has time for that? Anyway why, Mr General Manager, couldn’t we just do that – daily episodes until we were caught up with UK? I still feel you are taking the mickey and trying to shut us up.
Coro Fan (Coromandel)
John Kelly replies: We are giving daily episodes to catch up – but a large number of people want to watch up-to-date episodes. What we have tried to do is accommodate both sets of viewers. This isn’t about shutting anyone up – we love hearing from viewers about what they think we’re doing right and what we could improve on.
Jane Danson as Leanne