After the widely-reported tumble for the second-episode of Top Gear Australia yesterday, SBS might be somewhat relieved to know that aggrieved fans of the show don’t have a central place to bitch about the show.
That’s because there is no blog or forum on the SBS website for the new show.
Other programmes enable viewer interaction and feedback including RocKwiz, Bogan Pride, The Mighty Boosh, Shameless, Skins, Inside Australia and Great Australian Albums.
SBS’ page for Top Gear Australia allows for no such feedback. Conspiracy? It sounds like it.
But SBS told TV Tonight its production deal does not include the rights to forums, blogs, on its sites.
ACP magazines, part of PBL Media, which publishes the TGA magazine won the right to host the official Top Gear Australia website, limiting SBS to only promoting upcoming episodes online.
Given some of the reactions to the show on radio, in print and online elsewhere, SBS might be somewhat relieved its website can’t be bombarded with criticism.
And what do ACP magazines have for Top Gear Australia online? Not very much. On the ACP magazines page on ninemsn the magazine wasn’t even listed.
Meanwhile the next guest on the show next Monday is another SBS identity, Julia Zemiro.