Don't glorify sadistic Chopper's ugly life
Channel Nine's Chopper Read mini-series is destined, it is claimed, to be "one of the most dynamic programs in Australian television history". But do we really need another explosion of stylised gangster violence and adulation of a career criminal and murderer, who spent a greater part of his life in prison and the rest of it bullying, threatening and stealing from others? If Channel Nine and the makers of the Underbelly series truly want to screen the truth of Chopper Read's ugly criminal life they should examine the devastation and suffering of his victims and their families. Time to see Read as he actually was - a sadistic predator, and a reckless killer without a conscience or the slightest consideration for others.
Dr Doug Morrissey, Macedon Ranges
SBS ads are a turn-off
I was watching SBS's re-broadcast of Ray Martin's investigation into domestic violence but turned off after so many repeated ads. Such a serious topic denigrated by SBS's ludicrous advertising policy. Much better to watch this channel on catch-up where the ads are limited.
Gregory Pritchard, Sandringham
Little to go ape over
How come there are no real celebrities in the jungle on Channel 10's celebrity show? Oops, sent that in a few weeks too early. Please reread at the end of the month and in any following years if the show survives.
Dennis Fitzgerald, Box Hill
Crisp Kumi is a delight
Our new ABC 7.30 presenter, Kumi Taguchi, is a delight. She offers professional delivery, quiet confidence, clear diction and excellent questions. Her interviews are some of the best I have seen. I now look forward to 7.30 week nights.
Judith Michael, Doncaster East
Seven serves up volley folly
Can the team at Channel Seven consider televising five-set thrillers such as Karlovic-Seppi on Friday night, rather than consistently electing to show us favourites such as Rafa Nadal steamrolling some poor no-name in under two hours. One-sided tennis is boring!
Jono Lawler, Wye River
A slap on media's shorthand
I would like to ask Debi Enker: just who is the "someone in Canberra she hopes is listening and cares enough to act" (last para "Home-grown drama shut out of the party" Green Guide, 18 January 2018). Canberra is a city with well over 350,000 residents and I for one am sick and tired of people who usually don't live here referring to "Canberra" instead of stating which actual authority or resident they want to address their concerns. The media do this all the time, they rarely say the Australian or Federal Government, they generalise and say "Canberra" as if we the residents are responsible! It would be good if you could refrain from referring to "Canberra" and be specific - you never know, a real person might actually address your concerns.
Barb Mitchell, Canberra
Cuckoo in the Guide
I do not watch pay TV; only free-to-air. I subscribe to The Age to a large extent for the Green Guide. Your published and much-appreciated programs Friday to Thursday are for free-to-air TV. Yet 90 per cent of your pre-program recommendations are for PAY TV!!! Cuckoo. For me, ideally, all the recommendations would be for free-to-air. If you want to tell us about Pay TV, make a separate insert ??? the Blue Guide.
Lance Ross, Kooyong
Language off course
People on TV who should know better are misusing words, not unlike the American use of momentarily, which means for a little while, not in a little while, as in a plane taking off momentarily. The latest one is on the weather report, where a wind is said to be blowing in a southerly direction, when in fact they mean it is a southerly, which blows in a northerly direction. They mean from a southerly direction. And don't get me started on the inaccurate use of within in reporting football scores, like within a point ...
Julian Robertson, Mt Eliza
Astle passes audition
Since the recent sad departure of Red Symons from the breakfast show on 774, we have had several fill-ins and the best so far has been David Astle. If this was an audition, I would be happy if he were to be permanent. I love his word games, music and his gentle demeanour. Who knows, he may even teach me how to do his cryptics.
Susan Munday, Bentleigh East
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