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The question British television


Watchdogs have this week slammed the deteriorating quality of British television, singling out ITV for particular criticism.

With an abundance of choice now available through satellite and digital television, which channel do you watch most often?

During a very enjoyable two year stint in Australia, I often found myself watching a 'foreign' film on the State Broadcasting Service - one went out at 9pm every weekday. They provided a fascinating window into the world.

Back here in Blighty, I watch very little TV. I have zero interest in soaps, am tired of lowest common denominator Hollywood repeats and, living 100 miles from Fratton Park, my commitment to active football-supporting leaves little time for football on TV. Classic FM is good though.

Chris Johnson, 47, senior structural engineer, Gloucester The long hours working as a construction law solicitor (all together now, aah) and the continuous interruptions from a large - but friendly - family leave me with little time to watch much more than a 30 minute programme late on in the evening. Hence, it is the Paramount comedy channel.

But wait: Frasier - seen them all; Sex in the City - bring back Mr Big; Becker - Cheers but relocated. If Paramount does not improve soon, I shall have to start watching Scooby Doo on the Cartoon Network again. Yipes.

Andrew Worby, 52, solicitor, Bath The only occasion when I ever have time to watch television is BBC1 news at 5.15pm on a Sunday afternoon. While TV companies fall over themselves to offer hundreds of channels, terrestrial, satellite, analogue, digital or whatever, they have missed the point that TV is becoming obsolete as a communications medium. Do they really expect anyone to pay to view commercials interspersed with dumbed-down tosh? The way forward is of course the internet, where you can find out what you want at a convenient time. I'm far too busy with work, sport, hobbies and children's activities to waste time gawping at the idiot lantern.

Get a life!

John Sreeves, 43, senior engineer, Swindon If we had satellite, I would probably waste the wee small hours of the morning watching minority sport.

Luckily we don't and now that summer is here, the TV barely goes on. When it does, we surf until we've confirmed there really is nothing worth watching, then put on my boy's Thomas the Tank Engine video. There are a few honourable exceptions - Time Team, Scrapheap Challenge, Red Dwarf - but I'm not sure when or where they are on and we only find them by accident.

Alasdair Massie, 39, freelance engineer, London Between work and family, the opportunities for watching television are somewhat limited.

When it was time to unwind at the end of the day, we used to channel hop for something decent to watch. Unfortunately, the general standard of terrestrial channels has deteriorated to the stage that we have finally succumbed to the modern age of the satellite dish to give us more choice. As a result, the family now spends even more time channel hopping somewhere between repeated episodes of the Simpsons and Buffy. However, when I can win the battle for the remote, there is always the golf.

Neil Henderson, 44, project manager, Amersham

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