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    Complain to the Australia Network about poor programming...

    for those of interest I've posted these emails, send in your voice also...

    Folks,

    Some of you would have no doubt seen the banter circulating about the raw deal we are getting here in Asia in relation to AFL coverage in 2008 i.e. only 4 games, and with Friday and Saturday games in the most part after midnight.

    Various people have strategic contacts within the AFL, DFAT (whom I understand the Australian Network take guidance from with regards to programming decisions), Embassies etc, and its obviously important that we leverage these contacts where appropriate to help achieve a satisfactory outcome for the coming season.

    The purpose of this email, however, was to request you to rally your in country players, supporters, sponsors, and other relevant members of your broader community - to provide the Australian Network with an appreciation of the displeasure such a programming decision brings to all those who enjoy watching AFL (and at a decent hour) here in Asia.

    The Australian Network have requested that all feedback is provided through the "contact us" system located on their website Australia Network <http://australianetwork.com/about/contact.htm>

    Weight of numbers can make a difference, one minute of your and your troops time prior to Easter to provide feedback could mean many enjoyable hours in front of the TV on the couch !
    I have sent an email to all our guys in Singapore to voice their feelings via the website and the reaction and desire to right this wrong has been tremendously positive.
    Dear all

    Thank you for your comments regarding changes to the 2008 sports coverage on Australia Network. To expedite a response I am writing at once to all who have written directly to me and as such cannot not respond to individual points. Be assured that all of your emails have been passed on to the Head of Programming and the Chief Executive for their review.

    As you would be aware there are numerous changes to the schedule for sport in 2008. The changes have an impact on all sports and do not only impact AFL coverage. The changes to the AFL schedule will see one less match broadcast per week and shifting the broadcast time for two matches. The current schedule has been made based on numerous factors including the mandated positioning of Australia Network by DFAT, our understanding of our primary and secondary audience preferences, financial implications, programming efficiency and time zones. Australia Network is not a sports channel and as such we cannot revert to a sports only schedule during Australian winter sports seasons.

    We constantly review the schedule to maximise the viewing experience. The Programming Department is currently reviewing the possibility of achieving improvements to the schedule it can deliver to AFL viewers. Should we be able to make improvements to the schedule for AFL viewers, they will be announced through australianetwork.com/sportslounge and the Sports Lounge Newsletter. I encourage you to keep across this site for information on the AFL, Rugby and NRL coverage in 2008.

    Should you have further comments, now or in the future, regarding the coverage of AFL or other programming on Australia Network, I recommend that you make the comment through the Australia Network "Contact Us" system located on the website at Australia Network - About - Contact Us <Australia Network - About - Contact Us> . This system provides Australia Network with the ability to review overall comments and trends and ensure that the sentiments of emails are not lost in an individual's email inbox. Further emails made directly to Australia Network staff on this issue will not receive a response.

    I hope that you get an opportunity to enjoy all sport on Australia Network this year and you join us through the associated Dream Team Competitions at http://australianetwork.dreamteamafl.com/ <http://australianetwork.dreamteamafl.com/> and http://australianetwork.super14dreamteam.com/ <http://australianetwork.super14dreamteam.com/> .

    All the best.

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    Heath Watt
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    Last edited by Marmite the Dog; 25-03-2008 at 09:06 PM. Reason: Because KW is a cock

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    ^ done KW i rather enjoy haveing a little roar at the footy,so to catch only 4 gamies of afl must be a bastard! do you have any info to imes and what games are being telecasted? i sent an e,mail to relevent parties concerning 'winter sports'

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    I'm still trying to work out what "footy" means. They seam to have "footy" games on here every night - but I'm buggered if it is AFL, NFL, ARL, and I could go on and on...

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    Just stick to the AFL and you will be ok William.

    Seeing you live in Sydney you may as well support the Swans. If their red and white colours are too poofy for you then go for the West Coast Eagles.

    Now Mr Willy: Stop your bloody complaining, over here in NZ we get just one game per week.
    News is what someone, somewhere is trying to suppress - everything else is just advertising.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MeMock
    Now Mr Willy: Stop your bloody complaining, over here in NZ we get just one game per week.
    yes, but you do gets loads of super 14, hey?

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    Yes we get heaps and heaps of rugby, but as much I as like the game I only watch when the Wallabies are playing.

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    Last edited by Marmite the Dog : Yesterday at 09:06 PM. Reason: Because KW is a cock
    Hey! I agreed that i was a duffer, not a cock!

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    Any word on the cricket coverage KW?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MeMock
    Any word on the cricket coverage KW?
    sorry mate, been flat out, had a quick look, but aint found anything yet. (other than text ball by ball commentary that baggy green offers.

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    No worries mate, we will cream em anyway so prolly boring to listen to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MeMock
    No worries mate, we will cream em anyway so prolly boring to listen to.
    we did have a thread on it here., currently trying to find it.

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