Blank TV screens for Aussie-rules fans

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 15 August, 2001, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 15 August, 2001, 12:00am

Australia has been at the forefront of the international film industry for many years, so I was glad to read the article headlined 'Hooray for Ozzywood' (South China Morning Post, July 28).

Australian actors, special-effects personnel, producers and technicians are finally getting the credit they deserve.

However, although this recognition of the high quality of production in Australia's film-and-entertainment industry is to be welcomed, not all film and TV companies are deserving of praise. In March, Channel 7 and ABC, in their short-sightedness, cancelled Australian TV transmission to Hong Kong and the rest of Asia.

Australian TV has excellent current-affairs programmes, news, drama and, most importantly, Australian-rules football.

Now Asian viewers are denied these high-quality programmes. The window to the positive influences of Australian culture and lifestyle has been closed to the Asian masses.

An important part of the Australian lifestyle is the Saturday-afternoon ritual down at the pub watching Aussie-rules football. This season, Australians in Hong Kong and the rest of Asia have been deprived of this ritual.

I hope in the near future some sensible executive from Channel 7 or ABC will see the advantage of reinstating Australian TV in the region so the many Australians who live and work here can again enjoy Saturday-afternoon football.