Theyre using a "laugh track", a series of recorded audience laughs used to bolster lame comedy.
My wife and I noticed that the 'laughs' are identical in some segments.
Its most noticeable when the studio audience yukked it up repeatedly but the vision showed no-one moving, smiling or amused.
I didnt notice the laugh track on the previous episodes so they are certainly using some post-production add-ons to fill in the silence / dead air..
Toyota Press Fleet or dealer demonstrators? Or am I just paranoid?
The BBC is not partially funded by advertising (unless I'm mistaken) and where are these product placement rules you are referring to?You're just paranoid. As SBS is still partially publically funded (like the BBC) it has very strict product placement rules. Also, their financial information is publically disclosed. Klugers are everywhere and in Toorak you'd expect them to be spotless. They've probably never even mounted a curb.
The BBC is not partially funded by advertising (unless I'm mistaken)
where are these product placement rules you are referring to?
Toyota had their name in the (axed) World Sports program so there might some existing relationship there.
I've never seen this World Sports programme you are referring to but Toyota were probably a sponsor of the show in which case it would have been disclosed at the start of each episode with a sponsorship announcement. They are not a sponsor of TopGear Australia.
Please don't try to put words in my mouth, you will just end up looking foolish.
In section 5 of SBS' Code of Practice.
It clearly states that "matter, for which SBS receives consideration in cash or in kind, which draws the attention of the public, or a segment thereof, to a product, service, person, organisation or line of conduct in a manner calculated to promote or oppose, directly or indirectly, that product, service, person, organisation or line of conduct" is considered advertising. That would include any product placement for which SBS recieves money or benefit.
It says that the only advertising allowed is 5 minutes per hour of commercial breaks.
The only other advertising allowed is "an announcement of not more than 10 seconds duration at the beginning and end of a program giving the name and business of the sponsor of the program." Toyota is not a sponsor of TopGear Australia.
Being publically funded, all of SBS' budget statements, annual reports, guidelines, corporate plans, codes of practice, etc are available on their website.
I've never seen this World Sports programme you are referring to
Well what am I to infer from "As SBS is still partially publically funded (like the BBC)"
I don't consider that a definitive debunking that product placement does not take place on SBS. I imagine there would be plenty of loopholes in there. I don't particularly care about this product placement issue by the way. It's only the ad breaks I have a problem with (speaking of loopholes).
You don't remember Toyota World Sports with Les Murray? Not that it was exactly a popular program...