Green Guide letters: May 24, 2018
Pickering too polite
Charlie Pickering, what a disappointment! Your interview with Richard Dawkins on ABC's The Weekly was so deferential. Perhaps you should have let Tom Gleeson loose on him? It would have been good practice for the day that Richard – if wrong – finds himself face to face with the god he cannot allow to exist.
Deirdre Baker, Thornbury
Charlie Pickering, host of The Weekly on ABC.
I watched Channel Nine's 60 Minutes special, which promised "revelations" about the disappearance of Flight MH370. All I learnt is that the program was basically an ad for a new book on the topic.
Dennis Fitzgerald, Box Hill
Applause for Andrew
Andrew Denton's Interview program on Seven, featuring Daniel Johns, was brilliant, insightful and respectful. Johns is such a busy, beautiful mind.
Robyn Flanagan, Woodend
What's up, doc?
It's bad enough that ABC's Gardening Australia continues to employ the untidy and overacting Costa Georgiadis, but in the latest episode they showcased an "up-speaking" doctor. (Like schoolchildren, each sentence sounds like a question.) The segment was interesting, but the upward inflections were hard to take. It seems this unstoppable and unsettling habit is gaining older devotees.
Rob Hart, Eltham
The ABC will need to tighten the purse strings. May I respectfully suggest that cutting the two morning presenters on ABC Radio down to a sensible one would be a good start?
Dell Wilson, Caulfield East
Better Red than dread
ABC Radio: please stop dumbing down for us early morning listeners. Bring back our beloved, whimsical and wise mate Red Symons.
Anne Hawkins, South Yarra
Red sails in the sunset
Michelle Guthrie reportedly claims that 80 per cent of Australians value the ABC. She's dreaming. With the Trotskyites on ABC's board having keelhauled Red, how can they expect us to get up at 5.30am now?
Paul Gardiner, Holmesglen
Make the switch
All those people not enjoying Jacinta Parsons and Sami Shah on ABC Radio should switch to Radio National. I did, when the wonderful Lynne Haultain was replaced. I've never looked back.
ML Robbins, Coburg
Thank goodness Eleanor Kite (Letters, 10/5) wrote to comment on the poorly fitting trousers of ABC News Breakfast weatherman Nate Byrne. I thought it was just me thinking he'd stuffed his footy socks down there! He's a great weather presenter, but it's time he visited the tailor.
Jo Ault-Connell, Seaford
On a recent episode of ABC's The Drum, during a panel discussion about assisted dying, Dr Kerryn Phelps said that old age was not a terminal illness. It's not an illness – but it certainly is terminal.
Jean Tansey, Berwick
Ready to Rage
One way ABC could appeal more to younger (and some older!) viewers would be to can its various repeats on Friday nights and start showing Rage earlier. I've just wasted an hour-and-a-half hour on stuff I've already watched.
Neil McLellan, Tas
Harsh but deserving
Congratulations to SBS for the superb investigative journalism on Dateline. If readers did not see the May 15 episode, I urge you to watch it on SBS on Demand. It showed the real story of the genocide being carried out on the Burmese Rohingya people of Rakhine State in Myanmar. There is unbelievable footage of atrocities and compassionate interviews with the victims. It is not easy viewing, but it is important that people are aware of what is happening.
Valerie Campbell, Mornington
So now SBS is trying to adopt the Terry Wogan-style of commentary for Eurovision by grumpy Anglo male comedians and snobby celebrities with inane comments. The diversity of Eurovision should be represented by a diverse panel who aren't so shallow. Where was the acerbic wit of Lee Lin Chin and other SBS stars who understand it's not just about the songs and kitsch, but the emerging identities of LGBTQI communities across Europe and the world?
Melina Smith, Melbourne
Has Michelle Guthrie also taken the reins at our beloved SBS? If you're an intelligent host or guest, look out – your days are numbered. Please, Julia Zemiro and Sam Pang: come back to host Eurovision.
Don Brooke, Langwarrin
Eurovision was nothing more than a cacophony of rhythmic noise without melody and a distasteful lighting extravaganza.
Mark Dymiotis, Hampton
The first television series of Margaret Atwood's novel, The Handmaid's Tale, was excellent: a wake-up call to lapsed feminists everywhere. Offred and her sister handmaids' degradation at the hands of a radical male-dominant society was mostly true to the book. The second series has deteriorated to nothing more than a soap opera. Did it need to be made?
Dawn Evans, Geelong
Leave Janice alone
What would Myra Fisher suggest Janice Petersen wear on SBS World News? (Letters, 17/5). A twinset with pearls? A mid-length skirt? Flatties? For goodness sake, let the news itself be your focus.
Dorothy Opat, Elsternwick
It's good night from him
Now that we have newsreaders dressed casually for the 5pm bulletin, should we expect to see the late-night readers in their pyjamas?
Charles Scott, Harcourt North
Eric Peterson seeks other viewers' opinions (Letters, 17/5) about background music in documentaries. I often find it impossible to follow dialogue because of the overwhelming music, which I regard as superfluous. Reluctantly, I switch to another channel.
Stuart Molony, Mount Martha
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