News of Channel 10 broke last week to little surprise that they placed themselves in Voluntary Administration after recent financial struggles. It has been on the cards for a while, and it is a worry.
Australia needs Channel 10 to survive and thrive, otherwise Seven and Nein will become even more powerful, and that is bad news. Not only is that bad for Big Bash fans, but TV viewers in general. Ultimately we have Foxtel so it won’t be the end of the world, however that doesn’t mean we don’t want Channel 10 to go.
We’re nothing if not helpful here at The Gurgler, always suggesting ways that we can improve any form of life, and because Channel 10 broke we thought we’d send them some ideas on how to raise money, and save the Channel before it is too late.
Fundraising Ideas to #FixNetworkTen
Subdivide Ramsay Street
Why not use one of their most famous street names to their advantage. Take the big houses on big blocks and turn them into apartments within touching distance of the famous cul-de-sac. Surely they would go for big bucks. Perhaps turn the famous houses into Apartments and turn that into a Block style renovation/building reality show.
Weekly Toadfish Rebecchi Bachelor Auction
Is there a more popular person on Channel Ten than Toadfish? Well, Channel Ten obviously don’t think so as Neighbours is shoved onto Eleven. To raise funds for Channel Ten they could auction off the man every Friday night. Highest bidder get him until Monday morning.
Televising is a must, and why not do it at the Crown for $200 a head.
Home Brand Masterchef
The cooking and the crying show is one of the Channel’s flagships. But bringing out fancy chefs and having ingredients most people can’t afford costs money. Money Channel Ten no longer has.
So we say drop the big name chefs, and the fancy ingredients and get down to basics. Home brand products only, and lets see who can really cook. Tie ins with Coles or Woolworths would still work, and even better – Aldi for ultimate in costs savings.
Charge people to be on The Bachelor
The Bachelor is one of Channel Ten’s big hits, and as such it is primed to make big bucks from it. Instead of getting the usual array of promotion models and others within the thinnest wedge of demographic possible, why not open up the bidding to become the Bachelor or to be one of those chasing.
$5000 non refundable deposit to nominated as The Bachelor. $1000 to be a contestant chasing their affection.
Do not relinquish Big Bash rights to Channel Nein
Sometimes you have to spend money to make money. If they let the Summer’s biggest TV draw go to Channel Nein, then they may as well fold now and be done with it.
Programming Ideas to #FixNetworkTen
Late night replays of the old It’s A Knockout. No remake or reruns of the awful remake from earlier in the decade, just Billy J Smith, Fiona McDonald and many, many people who have fallen over.
Simpsons episodes all Saturday and Sunday morning. Get those in recovery, the kids, and everyone else looking to avoid the 15 minute loop of weekend news shows.
Keep the Big Bash for God’s Sake. Please don’t let Channel Nein get it.
Talk to Working Dog. They seem to be the only Australian mob to produce quality Australian viewing.
Like their broadcasting of Pacific Heat and Whose Line Australia, Channel Ten should completely transform itself into a Foxtel Lite. Gives FTA viewers a taste for free, some may even take up the Pay TV. Win, win for both.
A FEW CHANNEL 10 BROKE LISTS
Just in case Channel 10 folds, we thought it was time to look back at the best and blurst of 10 and Ch0.
TOP 10 FORGOTTEN CHANNEL 10 SHOWS
YASMIN’S GETTING MARRIED
MASS FOR YOU AT HOME
AEROBICS OZ STYLE
LET THE BLOOD RUN FREE
DAVID TENCH LIVE
TEN’S EYEWITNESS NEWS
BEST 5 CHANNEL 10 SHOWS OF ALL TIME
THE SIMPSONS – Staple of Channel 10 diet and Gen X life growing up.
HUEY’S COOKING ADVENTURES – Featuring Garlic, Onion, Chilli, Tomato. What else do you need or want in life. The most trusted moustache in Australia.
IT’S A KNOCKOUT – All that was good about the 80’s and TV in general. The remake was all that was bad.
SPORTS TONIGHT – Giving Sport the half an hour it deserved. Lasted a lot longer than it probably should have. Now replaced by the high horse riding country of The Project plains.
E STREET – Who didn’t love Wheels, Joey Valentine, Reverend Bob, Brooke Mikey Anderson, and Mr Bad – the serial killer with the silver and black face.
WORST 5 CHANNEL 10 SHOWS OF ALL TIME