Well, today marks four months til Christmas is upon us again, and we all know what Christmas time means, presents, family, no news shows. Now will be the time that TVNZ and TV3 are beginning to lock in their summer schedules.
It seems archaic that in the 21st century when news can be accessed 24/7 no matter what time of year, online that the likes of Breakfast, Sunrise, One News at Midday and 3 News at 12, plus the nightly 7pm shows take summer breaks. Equivalent shows continue in Australia run right through (excluding a break for Christmas Day). The fact the surplus news services in the country shut down for a month or longer is ridiculous.
While it may be an expense to the networks to keep these shows running over the break, surely it would be more attractive to advertisers during that period rather than cooking shows or various other reruns filling that slot during the break.
I believe Breakfast/Sunrise/Midday news bulletins could have maybe a 1 week break. Maybe ending up the Friday before Christmas day and returning before New years Day, depending on the dates year to year. This year Breakfast was off for a month (Dec 21 ended, back Jan 21), Sunrise took 5 weeks off (Dec 21 – Back Jan 28).
In terms of TV One, We have seen from some of the hosts filling in for Paul Henry on Breakfast (Jack Tame, Martin Devlin) that they would be adequate replacements for Paul over Summer and Ali Mau already fills in as the female back up host. News presenters are abundant at TV One, Miriama Kamo, Rawdon Christie, Sonia Voigt + the rest of the TVNZ 7 team who could fill in the Breakfast news, Midday news, 6pm news and Late news ably.
TV3 has Ali Ikram, Jacqui Brown and Petra Bagust to call upon for Sunrise. Plus the likes of Kate Lynch, Simon Sheperd, Hamish Clark and Rebecca Singh for newsreading roles.
The 7pm shows do pose a greater problem with more reporting staff on board needing to churn out stories. So a longer break would make more sense for those shows. Then again, Australia manages to keep those shows going.
Does anyone else agree with me? Or am I just raving?