Thursday, April 5, 2018

TV NEWS ROUND-UP. Today's interesting TV stories to read from TVwithThinus - 5 April 2018.

Here's the latest news about TV that I read and that you should read too:

■ MUST READ: The SABC's changes at its SAfm radio station reveals a broader malaise in a dumbed-down society.
The Mail & Guardian on the SABC's poor communication of plans, and how the SABC that wants to change SAfm from a current affairs and hard news radio station to "talk radio" is part of why the SABC remains a schizophrenic institution.

■ Mistakes cost brands customers.
A new study has found that a significant number of consumers will and do drop brands when they make mistakes. 55% of consumers say they give a brand one chance only before moving on to another brand - and millennials are the most unforgiving. Brand perception among consumers is something marketers should take very, very seriously.

■ The SABC says the South African public broadcaster is in ongoing talks with trade unions about changes at SAfm - while SABC chairperson Bongimusa Makhathini says he received an anonymous e-mail making allegations of corruption at the South African public broadcaster.

■ Jennifer Lopez' low-rated cop drama, Shades of Blue, seen on M-Net City (DStv 115), cancelled after 3 seasons.

■ Death by TV: An Irish man dies after his TV set exploded.

■ MUST READ: Reality TV changed the economics of television and now it's paying for it.
and reality TV has started to eat itself and its innovations are slowing.

■ Where are the Only Children on television?

■ Move over reality TV, this is the era of fake futility television, says The Sydney Morning Herald.

■ Has Discovery's TLC become the most exploitative TV channel?

■ The fantasy book series, Gormenghast, was a mini-series shown on M-Net (DStv 101), now a new updated TV version will be made.

■ 7 great TV shows that remain stuck in development hell and 6 TV shows that lived on after their ending on TV.

■ Australia's Channel Nine banned from the 21st Commonwealth Games - take a guess why.

■ Why the future of the reality series, Project Runway, is in doubt just as M-Net is getting ready to launch Project Runway South Africa on Mzansi Magic (DStv 161).

■ Ooh twist! In Shadowhunters on Netflix, Lilith's Owl is finally unmasked and it's ...

■ Roseanne producer wants viewers to ignore the photos of Roseanne Barr dressed up as Hitler and putting gingerbread Jews cookies into an oven.

■ Vietnam's government wants to know why the pay-TV operator VTVCab abruptly dumped 22 international TV channels without even telling subscribers, including BBC Earth, Discovery Channel, Disney Channel, Animal Planet and National Geographic.

■ So, the Enterprise shows up in the opening credits of the Lost in Space reboot that is coming to Netflix soon - and it reminds a bit of the opening credit sequence of Star Trek: Enterprise too (that featured the same Enterprise).