Fox Treats Viewers With Contempt
We were promised an arts channel. Fox used to have one. But we end up with something called STVDIO which runs pop. The bio Channel tonight runs four episodes each of Judge Judy and Peoples’ Court, not even pretending to present biographical content. Oh, and Animal Emergency. Yes, on a biography channel. Doesn’t matter. Nobody in this outfit is charged with quality control. Treat viewers like fools. The History Channel is running Bigfoot: The Definitive Guide. Apparently about sightings of mysterious creatures around the world. No decent documentary in sight, at least one that we haven’t seen 10 times before.
On another channel there’s Psychic Sally and Wife Swap USA.
Programming of this order is a rip-off, a dumbing down, a breach of contract. And it is the most shameful area of the Australian media. It begs a shake-up, perhaps one spearheaded by an inquiry.
If the cabinet has not the guts to take this on as a simple measure of consumer affairs then they should stop whingeing about the way News Limited newspapers treat them. They are not serious about media power and its abuse.
If there is another News Limited article attacking the ABC then there is one response required: tear out a page from any monthly Foxtel program and offer it as evidence of the alternative. Thank God for public broadcasting. Double the ABC’s budget.
I’m currently collecting ideas for a tightening of broadcasting laws as they govern pay TV. I intend to put them to the ALP, Green Party members and independents.