LETTER OF THE WEEKWarm and witty presenter a winner
The Eurovision Song Contest (SBS One) was not only a winner for gender identity within a conservative media environment, but for Julia Zemiro as the impeccable television host. Her approach wasn’t condescending and sneering but fun, warm and witty. A classy woman with panache for understanding quirky events, with our irreverent sense of humour. It doesn’t demean an educated audience.
Melina Smith, Melbourne
I wholly support Bev Rangott (Letters, 8/5) about Tamara Oudyn’s return to the ABC news desk. It is almost an embarrassment of riches for the ABC with such a big complement of highly competent and professional news presenters. It’s always great to get to the not-so-serious news end of the bulletin to get one of Tamara’s smiles.
Peter Dunn, Strathmore Heights
Jonah on the nose
Some years ago, a group who ”blacked up” for Red Faces on Hey Hey It’s Saturday were condemned for racism. Now, again, we have the excruciatingly unfunny Chris Lilley mocking Tongans. Does he get away with it because it is the ABC and therefore considered more sophisticated?
David Bond, Portarlington
MasterChef is an eating competition for the judges – how much of and how fast they can consume every dish presented. The show is unwatchable. Is a table manners competition next?
Iwona Liberte, South Yarra
The Voice lacks suspense
The Voice’s ”blind auditions” should be renamed ”bland auditions”. Continuity has been destroyed in order to insert endless recaps, ”pre-caps” and ad breaks. Almost every contestant goes through to the next round. There is no suspense. It is dull, dull, dull. Yet another locally made reality program, messing with a winning formula.
Sonia Stratton, Elwood
Gods of Wheat Street shines
Hard-hitting, gritty, sweet and sentimental, the writers of The Gods of Wheat Street (ABC1) have hit just the right style and tone with this series. Great acting, too. It’s so good to see Aboriginal people portrayed as ordinary struggling Australians. Redfern Now was a good start, but this series is brilliant and absolutely nails it.
Catherine Clover, Coburg
Last week’s sensationalist journalism award must go to the ABC’s 7.30 state-edition program for its dismissive and one-sided report on ACCESS ministries. Special mention for the extraordinary statement that a colouring-in worksheet, which revealed Jesus’ well-known teaching to ”love God and your neighbour”, was apparently a subliminal message being covertly impressed upon children.
Peter Waterhouse, Craigieburn
More Jones and Keating
While it might be interesting to see Sarah Ferguson in gladiatorial mode in her ABC 7.30 interviews, I have seen something better. Lateline presenter Tony Jones had a long session with Paul Keating (8/5). Both were at ease with the other and information flowed from Keating. This pair should talk more often.
Hugh McCaig, Blackburn
Thank you, The Agony of Modern Manners (ABC1), for including John Elliott. He was extremely funny with his deadpan utterances, sitting next to his son, Tom, with his suppressed smirks. They made the show for me.
Sue Cook, North Caulfield
Don’t mess with The Drum
If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. Forget the bells and whistles – please give us back The Drum at 6pm and extend it to one hour.
Patricia Coutts, Kew
The Drum in tune
After watching The Drum (ABC News 24), I learnt more, understood more and enjoyed more in half an hour, than I have in all the other news bulletins and current-affairs programs on air, put together.
Myra Fisher, Brighton East
… But I was dismayed
I was dismayed by the poor compering of a segment on voluntary euthanasia on The Drum (9/5). The chairman allowed one of the panel to continually interrupt the other two – who tried to pursue a rational discussion – with ”slippery slope”-type statements, using emotive language.
Anne Marsden, Princes Hill
Foxtel’s SoHo channel showed the first nine episodes of the excellent Melbourne-made drama Tangle with subtitles, then ran the finale on 9/5 without subs, although closed captions were clearly attached to episode 10. It was most frustrating for the hard-of-hearing and worse for the deaf.
Eddie Wilgar, Yarraville
More variety, please
ABC1’s programming goes from bad to worse. For a long time, we have had to put up with indigestion from over-feeding on a single show that goes on for weeks, every night in the 6pm-7pm timeslot, so that shows which were terrific when we first saw them lost their appeal. As well as lacking variety, we saw the same season several times (Time Team, Grand Designs). Now we have QI at 6.30pm. I find it full of language and concepts inappropriate to a pre-7pm time slot. Please, ABC, go back to showing us a different program each night of the week.
Peggy McKinlay, Beechworth
On 774ABC on 7/5, Jon Faine got in a lather over the proposed rail station of ”Fishermans Bend” not being anywhere near the actual Fishermans Bend. This was a silly beat-up, as he would be aware that a vast precinct is now covered by the ”Fishermans Bend master plan”, including parts of South Melbourne. Later, he and Labor’s James Merlino agreed that a new station near Southbank and the casino would be advantageous – yet this area is a short walk to Southern Cross station.
Kerrie Byrne, Port Melbourne
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