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TV viewers bite back, week of April 19, 2018

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Smart and casual

ABC, how refreshing it is to see Ian Henderson and other male newsreaders relaxed and summery in check shirts for the (sensibly shortened) 5pm Melbourne news – a welcome change from that beefy besuited Sydney duo. Keep it up – some casual, classy cashmere, Fair Isle and viyella through winter?

Barbara Sharpe, Heidelberg

Screening out

Dear Auntie, would you please remove those irritating TV screens behind Hendo in the early news? They are distracting and unnecessary.

Ron Hayton, Beaumaris

Karmic rewards

I'm not a great fan of medical dramas, but The Good Karma Hospital (ABC) is worth a look. An exotic location, credible storylines, and a stand-out performance from the indomitable Amanda Redman as chief surgeon, all contribute to some very enjoyable viewing.

Helen Scheller, Benalla

Short-changed

Is the ABC so strapped for cash that they need to repeat segments of Gardening Australia from as far back as 2010? The program of April 7 comprised mainly of these repeats. Fine in summer holidays but in April?

Jenny Latimer, Bentleigh

Betting on Batman

I was watching 1960's re-runs of Batman on SBS Viceland last Friday. There was a blitz of ads for gambling. As this show screens at 7pm and is likely to be watched by children you have to question what SBS was thinking.

David Fry, Moonee Ponds

On second thoughts

Give Think Tank a go. I'm now into it and enjoying it very much. All new quiz shows take while to settle in (remember the start of Hard Quiz). I thank the ABC for their quiz shows: none of the hype of those on commercial channels; a chance to pit one's skills against contestants or increase one's knowledge and and have a smile or laugh as well. And no, the test pattern would not be better to watch. I am of an age to remember them! Boring!

D McLean, Hastings

It's a cover-up

Why is Paul McDermott wearing a disguise in Think Tank?

Pamela Pilgrim, Highett

Character reference

As a newcomer to Maigret, having neither read the books nor seen the original series as mentioned by Pamela Pilgrim (Letters 12/4), I think Rowan Atkinson is absolutely brilliant! He plays the inspector with quiet strength and depth of character and having just watched series 2 on DVD, I'm hoping for more.

Joy Hayman, Blackburn North

Banishing Bruce

Please God, don't let Bruce McIvaney commentate on the cricket. That would mean a whole year of answering his questions. A hangover on Boxing Day with Bruce is more than I could take.

Graeme Lee, Fitzroy

The short game

Oh dear! Channel 7 will broadcast the cricket – or at least some of it! Given the countless times during their tenure as tennis broadcaster we have missed the first or more points of a game due to commercials running beyond breaks, doubtless we can now anticipate five-ball overs? Presumably this truncation will not be a problem if we purchase a suitable device, download the 7 App and pay for the data to watch the "Free to Air" broadcast.

John Heggie, Hastings

Shame on Seven

Shame on you Channel 7. When you only screen the Commonwealth Games netball on your premium app, you need to stop calling yourself a free to air service.

Karen Phillips-Rosshead, Hurstbridge

Us, not them

I agree with Susan Munday (GG, 12/4). I watched the Games for several hours over most days and did not see one interview from a non-Australian athlete, coach or official – even after a non-Australian medal win. I saw only two medal presentations when "Australians all let us ring Joyce…" was not played. One thing I can thank Channel 7 for though was advising me of products and services I will not be purchasing, and what programs I will not be watching "after the Commonwealth Games".

Bryan Collyer, Chelsea

Media overboard

About the Games, I agree with Susan Munday (GG, 12/4). The media has taken Aussie jingoism to a new level. One Aussie swimmer beat his English rival by a couple of centimetres and the TV commentators went into paroxysms of joy. I don't think they even gave the second place-getter's name!

Leo Gamble, Mentone

Enough's enough

There's no doubt Channel 7 did a wonderful job using their three channels to cover the Commonwealth Games comprehensively, but one thing bothered me, especially in the last few days. Often there was the same coverage on two of their channels – and sometimes even on all three! Surely they could have other events to telecast on their different channels!

David Ginsbourg, East Bentleigh

Astle's a keeper

Can the ABC please give David Astle a permanent job, any time slot will do. He has a wonderful manner, is charming and able to interact easily with the wide range of people he talks with in his current breakfast program. If the other two come back I'll be turning off again.

Lorraine Bates, Surrey Hills

Timely exposé

Thank you so much 60 Minutes for exposing the Ship of Shame. It's about time, long overdue. While there are many more animal welfare issues that need to be exposed, this is a step in the right direction towards making the world a better place for animals.

Sue Archdall, Camberwell

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