World service?

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 12 April, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 12 April, 1994, 12:00am

I WOULD like to voice my strong feelings about the appalling decision by STAR TV to end its use of satellite feed from the BBC.

When I started payments to STAR I was under the impression that I would be receiving world television news and programming. The only channel on STAR offering such a service is the BBC World Service.

The only other channel on STAR that my family occasionally watch is MTV but that is due to be axed by the ''intelligent'' beings that run STAR, too. All other programming on STAR, particularly its main station STAR Plus, offer nothing more than crass soaps and low-grade talk shows along with perpetual reruns of old television shows. There is no comparison between the BBC and the rest of STAR.

I was under the impression that satellite broadcasting was to supply world television not programmes to appease the leaders of certain countries. Satellite is not normal domestic broadcasting but a gateway offering access to US, European and Asian news and views.

If I wanted soaps, talk-shows and the odd old film I'd have stuck with the local TV stations only. They at least also screen quality BBC and ITV programmes.

It is utterly disgusting that STAR is now axing the BBC and MTV so soon. I for one will be axing my subscription and hopefully awaiting Wharf Cable, who apparently will offer the BBC World channel.

Prior to STAR TV coming on the scene the quality of domestic television was becoming rather poor - they now look extremely good with the demise of the BBC from our screens.

I believe a lot of people have been badly deceived by STAR and its Australian masters.