Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Cheese on Toast posted the following story about Alt TV's programme cuts this morning:
ALT TV today announced that many of its hosted music shows will be axed immediately and those remaining will be "streamlined" to thirty minute shows. ALT TV cited resource issues as the driving force behind the decision as members of ALT TV staff rang the affected hosts, who are all unpaid volunteers, and advised them of the decision today. One ALT TV staff member actually just did a bulk eMail asking hosts contact them to find out what is happening. Cheese on Toast understands that ALT TV will replace the axed shows with rotating playlist. Cheese on Toast TV will remain on Monday nights at 9.00pm till 9.30pm.
A source told Isaac Likes this morning that Alt has downsized the amount of shows they're running – from 60 to 30 – in an attempt to cut out the lower quality, less popular programmes. Like Cheese on Toast have already said, Alt was concerned they didn't have the resources to continue to work on 60 shows, with the majority of those resources presumably going into in-house editing, programme directors and camera operators. So, presumably, with fewer shows to deal with, Alt can now concentrate on a higher-tier level of programming, with higher resources, thus providing a more polished set of shows.
Isaac Likes contacted Alt TV for a comment on the programme cuts today, and got this tight lipped, one line response:
"We are changing from our winter line up to our summer line up."
No answer was provided to the following questions:
Will you be approaching NZ on Air for funding, and putting more energy into getting advertisers alongside the pre-existing show sponsors? Will Alt TV attempt to get back onto free to air TV rather than just being linked with Sky TV? Which of the shows are doing best and will be kept? How was the decision made to cut shows?
On their website, Alt TV have said the following:
A couple of days of sunshine and ALT's calling it summer - so why not get a big stick that we've found at the beach and take it to the line-up! The logo may even change slightly. New presenters? New shows? All will be revealed [in] a new summer line-up in days. Check back in a couple of days to see the changes - it's exciting with lashes of genius! - Alt TV
While sympathy must be given to the presenters who have lost their shows, a higher quality of programming and more concentrated use of resources can only be good for Alt TV's progress.
After all, it must be pretty tough battling with that TVNZ/TV3 duopoly.