The Foxtel Scandal
A quick look at Foxtel’s October program guide confirms the contempt this monopoly is showing its subscribers. Cheap reruns of Andre Rieu are back on STVDIO which had been promised as an arts entertainment channel. Programs like the life story of Hitler’s dog Blondie and that old favorite, America’s Fattest Honeymooners, are back on public view.
You might like to nominate your example of the monopoly’s most appalling programming. Also, keep a record of the monstrous advertising schedule with clusters of ads being boomed out every eight minutes. Hey, why did I pay that subscription? And what is the government’s inquiry into media convergance going to do about it?
Most curious Fox offering is the Bio Channel. It has no bio. None. Silly me again, expecting documentary content anywhere on pay TV. Bio broadcasts something called Paranormal State (the Foxtel mob love superstition – extraterrestrials even bob up on the History Channel) Oprah, The Peoples’ Court, Judge Judy and The Dog Whisperer. Why is it called bio?
But then the senior executives don’t watch the programs.
And without quality control inside Foxtel and no power residing with the Broadcasting Authority over programming, we are watching a dumbing down of Australian tastes driven by the worst of American trash TV.
And the ads come every eight minutes.