Ron Thomas (Letters, 3/5) neatly contrasts the relative attributes of Think Tank and Hard Quiz on ABC. But is Think Tank’s early evening timeslot a factor that might constrain Paul McDermott’s natural irreverence and mischief? If the programs’ times were swapped, I doubt we’d get Hard Quiz host Tom Gleeson making multiple references to his “ball sack” before the news.
Bruce Watson, Belgrave
Think I was wrong
In February, I wrote a letter to the Green Guide canning Paul McDermott’s Think Tank. I was wrong. It’s funny, addictive and entertaining. Sorry, Paul.
John Handley, Cheltenham
I would enjoy Think Tank a little more if Paul McDermott wouldn’t omit the “g” from his “ing” words. Perhaps he should be quizzed on pronunciation?
Margaret Sharpin, Blackburn
Eye can’t see Nate
Given the appalling lighting on ABC News Breakfast, it’s a wonder Eleanor Kite’s mother got an eyeful of weather presenter Nate Byrne’s tight trousers (Letters, 105). Could it be the ABC is trying to save money – following the budget cuts – by dimming the lights? It’s making Nate’s eyes disappear into dark sockets.
Tony Curtis, Ballarat Central
Ads on Aunty
In addition to promoting 7.30, why is ABC now promoting Four Corners in the middle of its news bulletins? Surely we watch the news for the news, not to be advised of upcoming programs.
Andrew McNicoll, Kew
I was never a big fan of Red Symons on ABC Radio because of his sanctimonious personality. However, I must say he is an intelligent individual. Michelle Guthrie has made a huge mistake in replacing Red with the current duo, Jacinta Parsons and Sami Shah, who are more suited to hosting Play School. We are all aware that the Liberal Party are not ABC fans; please, Ms Guthrie – stop giving them free hits.
Don Brooke, Langwarrin
I would like ABC Radio to bring back Virginia Trioli, Derek Guille, Peter Evans and Barbara Horn. But I understand that is not possible. Perhaps Aunty could find someone else more to the Redophiles’ liking, to continue the dumbing down.
Andrew Moloney, Frankston
Turn it down
Why are we tormented by loud background music when all we want to hear is what’s being said? Documentaries should inform people, not abuse their eardrums. In real life, there is no band playing when people are trying to hear each other. My wife says the music enhances the experience but I would like other viewers’ opinions.
Eric Peterson, Brighton East
Don’t get me wrong: I really like SBS World News. But the dramatic “walk on” every night by Janice Petersen – in high heels and high fashion – is so out of place for a newsreader. Consider the casual dress of ABC’s Ian Henderson, who has just as much gravitas. News is important to viewers and does not need bells and whistles.
Myra Fisher, Brighton East
On ABC News on May 9, Ian Henderson correctly pronounced the word “harass” with the accent on the first syllable – but he was followed by a female voice giving the American version, three times in succession. One does not expect a woman to parade “herASS” on national TV.
Monty Maizels, Kilsyth
Julia Zemiro is quite good in Home Delivery on ABC but her time with Brian Cox in Stargazing Live was terrible. He showed his annoyance with her interruptions on a few occasions – but perhaps she thought the program was all about her? After all, she is one of the few to put her own name in front of the program title. Self promotion gone wild.
David Ward, Ormond
Curtain call for Eurovision
It’s ridiculous that Australia was allowed to showcase its low-grade talent in Eurovision on SBS. We loved Eurovision back in the day but it’s time to go. Thanks for the memories.
Cameron Harris, Mount Martha
I find it annoying that free-to-air channels not only repeat programs, they repeat the repeat programs – often next day. This is not what we were promised!
Ralph Grimwood, Melbourne
Has there ever been a more beautiful TV series than Foxtel’s Picnic at Hanging Rock? It’s a breathtaking treasure, showcasing our wonderfully talented craftswomen and men.
Geoff O’Brien, Pakenham
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