A thank you to Channel Ten for its coverage of the Rugby Union World Cup. With the perilous state of Union in this country, it was great to have the coverage and the commentary from Gordon Bray. Those shrilling, hysterical AFL commentators could use the off season to see how it should be done.
Greig Morris, Essendon
A new fan is born
I never watched the British series, One Born Every Minute, but thanks to Kylie Northover’s excellent review of the Australian series, I did and found it to be just as she described it. Very dramatic, heartwarming, graphic and emotional with cute babies at the end.
Susan Munday, Bentleigh East
David Speers is welcome inside
I am looking forward to David Speers arrival on Insiders. Fran Kelly tries to run her own version of Q&A, asking her guest a question and then interrupting the guest with the answer to the question she has posed. Barrie Cassidy would never have attempted to practice this annoying and frustrating (to the guest) habit.
Bill Holmes, Kew
I’ll be ecstatic when the spring racing carnival is over. Then Channel Ten’s nightly news might start to actually show news that is relevant and not have multiple cross-advertising about the Melbourne Cup, along with ads for betting apps. With gambling problems in today’s community I believe Channel Ten should take some responsibility towards their viewers.
Gary Florence, Hampton Park
Struggling to be entertained
After four weeks viewing the difficult and sometimes harrowing lives of those Australians who are doing it tough on Struggle Street, I am looking forward to being entertained by the families and individuals living on Affluent Avenue in some other part of our great country. Being invited into their lives and following their daily activities should prove a stark contrast.
Margaret Rutherford, Pakenham
Down the escape hatch
Escape from the City has limped to an unsatisfactory final. The over-enthusiastic presenters failed to encourage few participants to buy in their preferred location. The homes were mostly beautifully presented, but were often above the stated budget. One wonders if moving to the country was really the priority; perhaps a moment of fame and a holiday in beautiful surroundings was what it was all about?
Pauline Duncan, Maffra
Race to the bottom
Amazing Race Australia is enjoyable. Pleasant host, engaging contestants. Its deplorable use of American English (“DM Zee”; “doing the math”) is, however, sadly reflective of contemporary Australian society where we sit on “butts” and have “buddies” rather than “mates”. Can we hold back the tide for just a little longer?
Peter Johnston, Olinda
Cutting corners on current affairs
Four Corners used to be considered compulsory viewing. If Chris Masters was presenting a program, you would change plans to make sure you didn’t miss it. However, what is being served up now falls well short of the mark. The syndicated programs from the BBC are often unworthy of the 8.30pm Monday time-slot. Come on Aunty, we deserve better than this.
Mark Hulls, Sandringham
A quick grammar lesson
Virginia Trioli is doing a great job in her new slot on the ABC. Her pleasant voice is a delight to the ear and her intelligent and direct questioning does her credit. She must however learn the difference between subject pronouns and object pronouns. Sorry to be such a pedant Virginia but to help you – subject pronouns are I, you, he, she, it, we and they but object pronouns me, you, him, her, it, us and them.
Pamela Pilgrim, Highett