RIGHT TO REPLY: RIGHT TO REPLY[2001/03/02]
Viewer Nick Smith is one of many viewers unhappy with Channel Four's decision to drop coverage of Tour de France 2001. Includes `phone interview David Millar (Team Leader, COFIDIS), comment from Glen Irving (Head of Broadcast, Total Media) and reply from David Kerr (Editor for Sport, Channel Four). Comment on complaints received on Channel Four News' coverage of footage of German livestock slaughter without any warning. Viewer Jane Fremont felt the programme CANNIBAL: THE REAL HANNIBAL LECTERS, owed more to the film 'Hannibal' than a scientific explanation of cannibalism. includes comments Dr Christopher Cordess (Professor of Forensic Psychology, University of Sheffield). Followed by studio discussion with Dan Chambers (Editor Science, Channel Four) and Jane Fremont. Viewer Joanne Simpson [a self-confessed soap addict] wants to know how she is going to cope with five more hours of soap a week. At the present time British television has more television soap operas than any other English-speaking country. Comments from Vicki Grimshaw (Woman's Editor, The Sun Newspaper), Professor Paul Wells (Head of Media, University of Teesside) and Keith Richardson (Executive Producer, Emmerdale). The Right to Reply 500, an internet survey group, were asked how many hours of soap they watched a week: Hours of Soap? six hours or more 7% around four hours 18% around an hour and a half 31% don't watch soaps 44% [were] More Soaps welcome? yes 8% no 60% don't care 32% Viewer David Lawton feels ITV is obsessed with promoting POPSTARS band 'Hear'Say'. comments from David Lister (Media and Cultural Editor, 'The Independent').