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Your views: on ratings, city motor racing and a governance review

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Today, readers comment on the Seven versus Nine ratings race, Adelaide car racing and an Aboriginal governance inquiry.

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Commenting on the story: Seven news in Adelaide faces ratings mortality

I was an avid watcher of the 6pm Channel 7 HD nightly news service on channel 70 in Adelaide, SA, but the picture quality was of inferior quality and clarity than the other HD news telecasts on Channels ABC2, 9, 10 and SBS. 

The picture quality of the Channel 7 news telecast appears not up to HD standard of clarity and sharpness, and even the commercials and other promotions shown during the telecast provide a far superior picture quality than the news telecast itself. 

I have a smart HD television and I expect the best viewing experience in HD with the majority of the programs telecasted on the Channel 7 HD channel (70) being of excellent quality. However, the picture quality of the telecast of the Channel 7 nightly news appears to be equivalent to that of their Standard Definition channels (eg. 7, 72, 73 & 76). 

I raised this issue with Channel 7 in Adelaide and they confirmed that their Channel 7 nightly news on channel 70 was telecasted in only Standard Definition from their Adelaide studios and that they intend to upgrade to High Definition telecasts in 2021.

Subsequently, I have switched over to watching the Channel 9 news coverage at 6pm while I wait for the Channel 7 nightly news to be upgraded to High Definition. – Ted Lech

Commenting on Your views, Monday February 1

I readily agree with aspects of correspondent Julanne Sweeney’s comments that it is unfortunate the ALP Opposition is promising, if elected, to return the outmoded, limited-life gas-guzzling (the V8s actually run on ethanol) Adelaide 500 event.

Julanne notes that worldwide environmental and sustainability objectives drive electric vehicle policy support at all government levels, and is suggesting Adelaide should embrace Formula E racing to replace the V8 event.

The fatal flaw in this suggestion is that all forms of motor racing on temporary street circuits is off the scale as the world’s most environmentally unsustainable ‘sport’, irrespective of the means of propulsion.

 The annual Adelaide V8 street motor race had so many deleterious environmental, social and economic impacts that far outweighed the ‘benefits’.

The economic benefits to the city and state are contestable to the point that, far from the claims made by state governments, it can be readily demonstrated that the event actually has measurable negative impact on the economy.

In addition to the desecration of the park lands, the street event posed massive risks to public health and safety on many levels, not to mention the myriad of road safety contradictions the event helped to embed into normal driving practices on our public roads.

There are very good reasons why few cities in the world embrace giving over their public roads and parks for commercial interests to exploit for their private gain. In fact, those cities can be listed on the fingers of one hand.

Adelaide now boasts a magnificent, privately-owned, purpose built motor racing circuit, which South Australian taxpayers have contributed millions of dollars to.

Situated just out of Tailem Bend, the circuit and facilities are very likely to attract all manner of motor sport events in the years to come.

If, as Julanne Sweeney contends, (Formula E) “has become the fastest growing motorsport series on the planet with over 411 million viewers and growing over 20% a year”, then I’m sure the promoters of The Bendwould already be in touch with the Formula E organisation, if it is commercially viable, that is.

Otherwise, I believe the majority of South Australians are well and truly over street motor racing, and the taxpayers even more so. Philip Groves

Commenting on the story: “Game-changer”: Marshall urges major inquiry into Aboriginal self-governance

It is hoped the Labor Party members of the committee pull their heads in and allows this committee to get to the bottom of the problems facing Aboriginal communities, especially where taxpayers money is concerned. – Fred Driver

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