Thursday, April 12, 2007

Greek Television programmes

Greece Television programmes and TV shows

Disclaimer :the following are my personal views and criticism about the Greek television and not the public opinion.
The deregularisation of Television in Greece has resulted in a lack of quality, low standards soap operas, pop idol type shows ,cheap and trashy big brother type reality shows and a plethora of TV games that offer hundreds of thousands of EURO hooking to people's desire to gamble all interspersed with huge chunks of commercial breaks. The incoming cash from advertisement ,marketing and telephon calls to interact with a programme must be astronomical.

Most of the movies are shown late in the night and many of them are cheap Hollywood productions made for television. That probably explains the latest fashion in Greece where almost every newspaper and magazine comes on weekend with tons of free DVD movies. The Greeks don't buy anymore news papers that reflect their political views ,they just buy 2 ,3 maybe 5 news papers just for the movies. I have seen with my own eyes ,people in news agencies browsing magazines and newspapers not for the news but for the DVD films.

The news in most of the private stations has become a kind of variety show ,some times over 2 hours ,with a panel of various people from all the spectrum of the Greek celebrity world discussing the theme of the day shouting all together in 4-6 windows on a screen ,among them ,the presenter journalist plays only the role of the referee.Another irritation in prime time news is that if a big disaster or scandal ,including politics and social events and generally about life in Greece, the time consumed is more then the 50% of the programme.

Sometimes ,the world news gets a smaller chunk of space then even the daily sports review.There is another kind of war in Greece among the big Television Stations in Greece and this is called the struggle of viewing figures.

Since the Marketing Research Company AGB has planted in more then 1000 Greek homes ,small transmitters that measure the time ,duration and channel that a member of the family watch, made the competition tough.
Presenters ,journalists ,actors walking in and out from the doors of one TV station to another according to their view rate (some of them with astronomical salaries).

Every Monday all Greek TV magazines are gossiping about who made the highest viewing numbers during the weekend according to the AGB statistics about TV. The above does not mean that the whole Greek television is bad .The owned by the state Greek television channel NET has lots of interesting documentaries and sophisticated new wave films and the prime time news is as normal as in the rest of Europe .In the private channels there are also many programmes and shows that have quality ,among them the show of Lakis Lazopoulos "Al tsantiri news" ,the Greek TV show of Themos Anastasiadis "Ola seven" ,the funny show of Giorgos Mitsikostas "Kodikas Da Mitsi" the shows of the journalist Makis Triantafilopoulos "Zougla" and "yellow press" (kitrinos Typos), the show of Ageliki Nikolouli "Fos sto tunel" (Light at the Tunnel) and finally the Greek phenomenon of Vas Vas o Paraskevas allias the TV show "Je t'aime" of Anita Pania,with eccentric people who perform songs ,dances and theatrical acts.

A big success at the moment in the Greek TV show business has Christos Ferentinos with his worm and friendly character as host in the well known game "Deal or no Deal"
.Andreas Mikroutsikos as well offers daily 300000 EURO at his "to pio megalo pazari" (the big Bazaar)TV game show.
Another show that is loved by the TV gossip magazines is "pio poly tin Kyriaki" (much more on Sunday) with Grigoris Arnaoutoglou.

Another competition war among the private channels is in the morning zone.Most of the channels divide the morning zone into 2 zones from 6 am - 10 am with news and from 10am - 1pm with the usual breakfast and gossip TV as in other European countries.Here ,also, the prestige of the show lies in the fame of the presenter,like in the morning news with ,Giorgos Aftias (ALFA),Giorgos Papadakis (ANT1) Terrens Quick (ALTER) Giorgos Oikonomeas (MEGA) and Eleni Menegaki (ALFA)in the 10am -1pm breakfast zone.

Unfortunatelly with the exception of ERT Star channel there are no daily children's programs in Greece among the nationwide networks.

There are some good Greek TV series at the moment with "Sto para pente" as one of the best of them. Some other popular Greek TV series are "Maria i askimi" (the ugly Maria) and "tis Agapis Maheria" ,"to Kafe tis Haras" and many others. But most of them lack the quality of "oi Aparedektoi" (The Unacceptables) 1990-92 with Giannis Bezos ,Spyros Papadopoulos ,Dimitra Papadopoulou and the unforgettable Vlassis Bonatsos ,or the "oi treis harites" with Anna Panayiotopoulou ,Nena Menti and Mina Adamaki. It has been some time now that the "Coronation street" or "Eastenders" equivalent Greek series like "Lampsi" and "Kalimera Zoi" (good morning life) has finally come to an end after 12-13 years of continuous broadcasting.


At the moment "Pame Paketo" is one of the best reality shows in Greece.

In 23 of March the Greek Television (NET) had a big success with the live transmission of the UEFA Champions league Finals from Athens between the teams of Liverpool and Milan


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Greek TV is in my opinion very good. First of all there are tons of series! Not only "Sto para pente" but many realy good series like "Mazi sou"(With you),"Gia tin kardia enos aggelou"(For the heart of an angel),"Plaka kaneis"(Are you kidding me), or one of the best "dekati entoli"(The tenth command).
You have every day something diferent to watch and with a high quality in my opinion.

There are cooking shows like "Stin kouzina me tin Befa"(In kitchen with Vefa) or "Mpoukia k sixorio"(Smasher), there is a show called "Allakse to"(change it) where a famous arquitect changes the enterior of your house... there are on saturdays and sundays tons of international series like "Friends" or "Greas' Anatomie". Many entertaining shows like"telia k pavla" or "Paratragouda". There are gaming shows and also some movies! Its just that greek people do not realy watch international movies, they prefere watching series.

April 26, 2007  
Blogger Leon said...

I will aggree that Greek TV is low standard and without any imagination or vareity.
When one channel plays Rocky 2 some other channel will play Rocky 3.
I visit greece 3 or 4 times a year and I see the bad becoming worst. I also notice that the movie choice of BBC at the begining of the Month is the big movie offering from some channels a couple of weeks later. Whoever does the programming has to copy from somewhere I guess.
But there is a good reason for this.
Viewing figures in Greece are high when half a million people watch some program. In UK it would have to be over 4 million. If you translate this to revenue it just won't cut the mustard. And when it comes to content you need revenue, you need cash to budget for the next Series, you know CSI Athens or Days of Democracy, a period drama about Periclis and THemistoclis... :)

May 02, 2007  

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