Reporter Kathy Sundstrom says free-to-air television is on the nose.
Reporter Kathy Sundstrom says free-to-air television is on the nose.

SOAPBOX: Why bother turning on the tube?

WHAT has happened to free-to-air television that I have so little motivation to even bother turning it on anymore?

The days I do, I am subjected to some version of unreality rubbish (how can anything be real when staged in front of television cameras?) or convoluted current affairs shows scratching for real news.

I also have to say goodbye to trying to catch a Friday night flick as from now on there will be nothing but sport. Vomit.

The legal shows, Law and Order or Law and Order SVU or NCIS, are graphic, unimaginative and boring. What happened to the likes of Monk, or Magnum PI, or MacGyver or the A-Team, or Moonlighting or any of the more amusing, family-friendly shows of my youth?

Of course I can still catch MASH, or Everybody Loves Raymond, because channels seem to love re-runs.

I hear now there is a push to allow M-rated shows to run earlier because free-to-air is struggling to compete with the internet in attracting audiences.

Has anybody bothered to stop and tell those people in power that age limits have little to do with the problem?

It's because they keep force-feeding us mind-numbing television series that try and gauge interest by being sensational instead of clever.

I have looked at the shows coming up for the rest of the year and I am thankful for one thing.

At least I don't have to pay for a television licence to be subjected to the litany of manure that is going to manifest itself on most channels.

Here's a news flash for television producers - we don't need to be shocked with sex scenes, violence or bad language to be entertained. And there is more to life than sport.

 



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