Dear ORF Summer Talks Producer!
The ORF Summer Talks, usually the highlight of domestic political summer reporting, are becoming less important as ORF shoppers. After three editions, the quota has come down everywhere, as compared to previous years. Not concise, but partially clear.
In Kunigliberg, you should already think about whether your format and, above all, the way you make political programs are still up to date. The talking point in particular is taking away the audience this year. The Golden Raspberry goes to the TV producers who chose this darkroom for summer talkshows. How do you pick the worst possible room in the newly-renovated parliament for this political conversation? In addition to the already depressing atmosphere in the country, you add to the depressive mood in the republic with five of these programs every Monday evening. We are also bound to work month-to-month for this program.
Gone are the days when Kurz and Strauch gave you record viewing figures of over a million on summer talks. The two politicians you fought, criticized and beat in the media at every available opportunity, between ZiB at 9 and ZiB24, teletext, radio and of course online, at any time of the day or night.
Because both aren’t disconnected from your stuff, there’s a stronger left-hander. Because he didn’t answer the way the Kuniglibergs wanted you to. Because he did not obediently follow the expectations of the concerned moderator. Because you said what every average and normal Austrian thinks. Yeah, that wasn’t really your world and probably never will be.
Instead, you enjoy sex, rogue capitalism, distributive justice, general civics education and all other leftist nonsense far removed from the realities of life for us Austrians. The fact that last week’s conversation with Werner Kogler, according to his own statements, only attracted an average of 424,000 people in front of the screens and thus reached the lowest ratings in recent years, doesn’t matter to you. Or beyond the fee-paying population you don’t notice it in your dream world.
Before the summer talks began, this year’s moderator said the interviews are about the “big picture”. Meanwhile, you’re even more overcome by the radiation from this broom closet than you were before. Nothing big has happened at ORF in a long time. Except our fee budget and the anger of many spectators!