Green Guide letters

Ten cuts run deeper

I ENJOYED Ten News because it was an hour (I'm a bit of a news junkie) and had great presenters. With the axing of Helen Kapalos, no Ten News for me and I find this has knock-on effects. I do not necessarily turn on and watch all or part of The Project, and at 7pm I watch ABC News, so now I do not watch Modern Family on Ten. Whoever makes these decisions should know the loss of an excellent newsreader will have a long-term impact on their early-evening ratings.

Bob Graham, Yarragon


Chopper shocker

I WONDER if Car City management sees the irony of sponsoring a Channel Ten helicopter that exclusively shows traffic jams to its potential clients.

Andrew Smith, Leongatha

Odds decision

HAVING a betting agency feature in the Channel Ten News, with a name and phone number displayed prominently and giving the latest odds in the sports segment, is outrageous. How on earth do they get away with this?

Geoff O'Brien, Pakenham

Awash with Waterhouse

GG: DON'T you realise the more you publish pictures of Tom Waterhouse, the more you give him publicity? Please stop!

Ryan Cooper, Frankston

ABC2 drops the ball

IN THE group of recent unpardonable deviations and depravities, what plumbs the depths more hellishly than ABC2's scuttling of the Marngrook Footy Show? Citizens: revolt now!

Mary Cameron, Ocean Grove

Switch teams?

PERHAPS we should have foreseen that the Marngrook Footy Show would be too culturally important for the ABC to handle. Hopefully, the SBS will pick it up.

Maria Clemens, Sale

Marngrook will be missed

I JOIN those who mourn the axing of the Marngrook Footy Show.

Alan Lender, Inverloch

Australia's answer to Ella

I AGREE completely with Rob Thomas of Frankston (GG Letters, 15/11). When Shiane Hawke opened her mouth to sing on the first X Factor program, out came a remarkable voice. She has a voice with jazz-blues star quality, which can only improve as she matures. One day I think her fame will stand alongside Ella Fitzgerald and Mahalia Jackson. I hope Shiane is encouraged to send recordings to people who can recognise top-quality talent and promote her.

Eileen Montague, Croydon

Bolt from the blues

I COULD not agree more with Rob Thomas (GG Letters, 15/11) about Shiane Hawke. I don't usually watch The X Factor, but when I saw her singing in the promos, her voice sent shivers down my spine. It was unbelievable how quickly she was then channelled into a style totally alien to her personality and voice, instead of being left to express herself naturally.

Sue Rawson, Elwood

The doctor is out

IN TYPICAL Ten fashion, Emily Owens M.D. has mysteriously disappeared without any word to viewers. We were just getting into it. Bam! Whatever affinity we were developing for the show and its characters has been ripped away from us.

E. J. Pentland, Gladstone Park

In a spin

HAVE just watched the final Hamster Wheel. Very funny. Tim Bowden, I love you.

Anne Turnbull, Belgrave Heights

Media's new watchers

YOU know something is seriously wrong with Media Watch when you are turning to the Chaser boys for the most topical and relevant overview of the industry. Up-to-the-minute, entertaining and smart enough to give the media enough rope to hang itself when deserved, Hamster Wheel is a refreshing change from Media Watch's earnest examination of petty topics that routinely miss the bigger picture of what's happening in this turbulent sector.

Jane Harrison, St Kilda

Multitude of sins

THE GG review of Sinbad last week made me look again at this long-familiar name! Now I see it as SIN BAD.

Evelyn Lawson, Karingal

Cricket trio too trite

I SECOND Doug Clark's thoughts on Kerry O'Keeffe's performances in ABC's cricket commentary (GG Letters, 15/11). When he is in serious mode, O'Keeffe is an intelligent and insightful observer, but too often he dons the clown's hat for the sake of cheap laughs (most of which emanate from himself). The once-reliable Jim Maxwell has largely been reduced to being O'Keeffe's second banana. Rounding out the dominant Sydney trio, Geoff Lawson's relentless and morose negativity seems to stem from a permanent chip on his shoulder and contributes little to the game at hand. How I miss Tim Lane and Peter Roebuck.

Pete Bond, Longford

Share the airwaves

GARY John (GG Letters, 15/11), the cricket is also on ABC Digital Grandstand and our beloved Jon Faine and others can be heard on Digital 774 as usual. The 774 AM transmitter is a 50-kilowatt beast at Sydenham and can be heard in southern New South Wales and northern Tasmania. Country people do not have the luxury of digital radio. With a $50 digital radio you can continue listening to normal 774 programs during the cricket season.

Andrew Demase, Vermont South

Sales pitch

NOT sure who Graeme Bannerman (GG Letters, 15/11) has actually been watching but certainly not Leigh Sales. Her interviews are well researched and her technique exemplifies good journalism. She listens to her subjects' answers and frames her next question accordingly. She is concise and clear and has made 7.30 a must-see show again after it lost its way last year.

Phyllis King, Watsonia North

What's in a name?

I LOOK forward to the repeat of Scumbus. I missed its first run because I saw the title in the program guide and thought it must be some dreadful American reality show. My apologies to Ed Kavalee.

P. J. Bear, Mitcham

Did they or didn't they?

LYNN Heritage (GG Letters, 15/11), the answer to your Rhonda and Ketut question is a definite no. They didn't use staples, a highlighter or paint on their Green Guide.

John Rawson, Briar Hill

WALL-E left stranded

INCREASINGLY, the movie mini-previews at the bottom of the TV guide in the GBWWBANSG (Green But With White Borders And No Staples Guide) fail to match what is actually on telly and what is listed above, as on Sunday when WALL-E was previewed but not listed. I know subediting is apparently being outsourced to Timbuktu but surely the least you could do is make sure the listings include the previewed movies?

Alasdair Bryant, Cheltenham

Case of the changed format

GIVEN that Today Tonight and A Current Affair are renowned for covering the big stories with quality journalism, you would think by now one would have run with the ''real'' story on why the green colour is receding and the staples are missing from Green Guide.

Greg Handley, Pascoe Vale South

Green has the edge

I AGREE with Peter D'Castro (GG Letters, 15/11). Bring back the green edges to prevent premature recycling! I'm third in line to the paper - after my preschooler has ''done'' the crossword (as a maze), and hubby has cleared up. Now, with no green edges, I'm scrambling through the recycling tub before I locate my weekly pleasure.

Rosey Chang, Bentleigh East

Don't succumb to the staples

I'VE never written a letter to Green Guide before, but I'm fearful you might succumb to pressure and put the staples back in, so I'm obliged to put forward an argument against it. Staples are frustrating when recycling - they make it difficult to separate the sheets for scrunching up as a fire starter and they also get in the way when using as a mulch.

Samantha Grave, Briagolong

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The story Green Guide letters first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.

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