Schadenfreude Tuesday


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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  1. Duffman says:

    I’m afraid I must take issue with some of what you say.

    “You could put on a three hour long recording of a man staring at a brick and, so long as it was sandwiched between Emmerdale and Coronation Street, a couple of million people would watch it.”

    I assume you are exaggerating. Nevertheless, if a TV company puts on a bad programme in a prime time slot surely people would change channels. They wouldn’t stay and watch it.

    “The issue of who is watching in England and why, however, in global terms, relatively small beer. We in England have long had to put up with the authorities messing about with kick-off times to suit television audiences (the noon kick-off on Saturdays is there to suit the needs of the Far East market, whilst the tea-time kick off is there primarily for North America)”

    You know this how? I thought that most lunchtime kick-offs are down to police advice. I’m pretty certain that the recent Arsenal v Man U game was. Given the choice I reckon Sky would have preffered that game to be in the 4pm Sunday slot which is when they normally broadcast the top matches. Sky, as the domestic broadcaster, probably pay more money in TV fees to the EPL than any other broadcaster. I reckon they, and their sponsors, would be very unhappy if that game was moved to Saturday lunchtime for the Far East market. And as for accommodating the North American market… I’m sorry but I don’t think enough Americans watch enough EPL to justfy a fixture change.

    “a chance to sit and watch a match, not really caring about who wins, but really, really hoping that Wayne Rooney has an off night and that some guy you’d never even heard of before will suddenly pop up and give them a punch on the nose.”

    Do you have access to ITV’s Viewer Insight reports? Can you confirm that a considerable section of the 5 million people who watched last night’s snore-fest at Old Trafford were hoping United lose? If that was the case then why don’t ITV employ less biased commentators or brief them to adopt a more measured and balanced tone to take into account that there is a significant portion of their audience who don’t want the Reds to win? Many people find this hard to believe but TV channels (even crap ones like ITV) actually listen to their audiences and adjusted their programming accordingly. If such a large number of viewers existed, surley they would have picked up on it?

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