Foxtel Goes For Quality
Flick on The History Channel to watch a program on UFOs. Cheap filler material. That way we don’t have to throw money away on buying documentaries. Yes, a program devoted to the theories of UFO hunters. On The History Channel. Or, if your zest for the supernatural needs more quenching, you might have caught the January 25 program about American haunted houses…followed by another episode of UFO hunters. This way between 8.30 and 10.30 you could view nothing but brain-wasting trash. Not on the channel for the supernatural – where you get Madge the Clairvoyant – but on what is promoted as a serious documentary outlet.
Foxtel, let it be recorded again, used to have a serious arts entertainment channel. Now they buy a package from mates at SBS who throw together old rock concerts wall-to-wall, without relief, now dropping any pretense that in their scores of channels there is any room for serious arts content. And spare me the line that Stevie Wonder and Elvis Costello are serious artists. They have other channels for popular music and they once had arts entertainment and documentaries with a sometimes good Ovation channel…but no more.
There is no power to regulate.
They get away with it.
And this mob wants to criticize the ABC!
If Auntie were every bit as bad as News critics say it is, the case for public broadcasting would be made by one glance at what the Foxtel monopoly serves up.