Australian television is at it’s lowest point. There I said it.
Just have a look at scheduling for a Wednesday night of FTA in Melbourne. I have used a colour code to highlight content not made in Australia, blue for American and UK shows and green for news and current affairs. I have left out ABC and SBS as the avg Australian does not watch these stations and they hardly rate in the grand scheme of things.
No wonder most Australians are dumb. 3/4 of our television scheduling is filled with American crap and shows that have been shown repeatedly for the past 25 years. The shows that are produced locally are rip off from overseas content or just news.
How very uninspiring to say the least!
Which leads me to the harsh criticism Ben Elton has received in the trash media and the general Australian public, i.e bogans, in the last two weeks. Australians are not used to thinking when it comes to entertainment these days and rather the safe option of dumbed down formulaic crap that is American TV. Without canned laughter the avg Australian viewer gets confused – which then turns into anger and disgust without really thinking what the show is about. That is why shows like 2 and half men, big bang theory and friends et al are so popular. Commercial stations know this and continually serve up the same rubbish not daring to take risks in case they lose advertising revenue from viewers turning off, which at the end of the day is what FTA stations care about.
A perfect example of this countries refusal to accept quality programming is George Negus and his new hard hitting news and current affairs programme . Ch 10 are making an effort to bring real current affairs to our screens but it has received a LOT of unjustified criticism. Much to ch 10 credit they have persisted with the show. More disturbing is shows like ACA and Today Tonight, which claim to be current affairs, rate over 1 million people a night. If anyone outside Australia has seen these shows they would wonder why they are classified as such when all they ever report on are “migrants who steal our jobs” “conmen duping grannys” “advertorials for weight lost products” or reporters chasing down innocent people and destroying their lives with sensationalist rubbish.
Another example is Ben Eltons “Live from planet earth” which is a return to what TV used to be, edgy, funny and daring to push the boundaries.
There was a time not so long ago when Australia produced quality television shows.
So what happened?
Game shows disguised as “reality shows” is what happened. Plus it’s cheaper to import discarded American shows which don’t even screen in the country they were produced than too make quality local shows. Local shows are given a max of 2 weeks to impress or they get axed. Another factor is the ratings game that Australians love to play. A system that is flawed as rating boxes are given to 1% of the population while the true viewer has no say. Again another fine example of the dumb bogan having the final say and thinking they represent the large chunk of non bogues.
And the sad reality is that it’s not going to get any better. I think it’s time to switch of the box and continue reading the books I have neglected.