- Jan 11, 2007
- Sydney Australia
- FN Mustang
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My Girlfriend is trying to get me to apply, but we dont have any video equipment. And Im ugly & tall and have the voice of a rhino on heat while at the buffet table...
Actor calls for SBS to change gear
VETERAN actor Chris Haywood has called for SBS Television to be sold or station managers to be sacked over a decision to produce a local version of the British motoring program Top Gear.
Haywood, 59, said funding for the planned series, which will reportedly cost about $10 million, should be redirected to more "worthy" projects, such as drama or coverage of indigenous issues.
"It's blatant commercialism in terms of programming," said Haywood, who has appeared in 70 films over a 34-year acting career.
"There obviously now is a strong policy [within SBS] to program to create advertising revenue. And this raises serious questions as to just how responsible the board has been in terms of ensuring management complies with the terms of its charter."
But SBS director of television and online content Matt Campbell said programs such as Top Gear - both the original and the local version - allowed the broadcaster to produce local content.
"Top Gear drives more commercial revenue than any other program and that all comes back into my office to be spent on local content," Campbell said.