I recently returned from holiday, a wonderful 2 weeks in the pissing rain in a tent in Wales. After all that I was dying to sit down and have a few hours watching TV before going back to work and back to winter, it represented my last few hours of genuine freedom.
Imagine my disappointment then when I found my Sky+ pretty much empty. All my series linked programmes had finished and apparently been replaced with Big Brother and interminable re-runs of CSI. I know that viewing is expected to go down in the summer, but if you assume that no-one is going to watch and so don’t put any decent programming on then you’ll be proved right. Please spare a thought for those of us who don’t get to spend 8 weeks on holiday and still would like to watch something of value of an evening.
Even worse – because I had to watch Live TV, suddenly I had to watch the ads as well. by the end of two hours of TV I was ready to gouge out my own eyeballs with a rusty spoon. Two hours of summer commercial TV = 20 minutes of the most half arsed, generic, bland 30″ spots that it has been my misfortune to see. I guess I was being punished because a number of them were government campaigns that I’d actually been responsible for planning.
Anyway my point is that crap programming = crap advertising = no-one pays any attention to anything. Surely this is an opportunity for a brave broadcaster to buck the trend and bring out some great content just for the Summer. Yes people might be away, but at any given time there will still be 80% of the available audience just gasping for a breath of fresh broadcasting air. It would be a perfect sponsorship opportunity as it would allow a brand to be associated with the best thing on TV at people’s favourite time of year.
Someone please? I’ll sponsor it!