Including credits, TEN has trimmed up to 1:22 minutes from US episodes when screening the show at 4:30pm weekdays.
While it’s not unusual for networks to make cuts to fit into a G classification, one eagle-eyed fan says the show has been losing some of its trademark lingering looks, in order to fit in more ads and promos.
“The start and end point of scenes are trimmed right back,” they said. “Exterior location footage is trimmed (particularly annoying when the show is on location); long lingering stares; and the opening and closing credits.”
Loss of credits is not unusual on TEN nor, indeed, other shows on other networks. But complaints about trimming the drama within scenes is an unusual practice.
A TEN spokesperson told TV Tonight, “The only regular editing that Network TEN does to The Bold and the Beautiful is the removal of the end credits. This is common practice and is implemented on the majority of our programs to ensure the program finishes on time.
“There have been only a few episodes where a segment has been edited but the dialogue has never been altered.”
Trimming content for running time, rather than classification, also comes at a time when Free to Air networks have been pushing for increased advertising time -however TEN does not back a push by Seven and Nine on this front.
TEN also maintained that nobody had complained about the editing, but the fan wrote a letter to Programming Chief Beverly McGarvey whose office acknowledged credits and classification cuts in a reply letter.
“We do appreciate you taking the time to write to us,” she wrote. “Letters such as yours provide valuable feedback for the network on a whole, and especially for the Programming Department, as we are always updating and changing our Programming.”
B&B star Katherine Kelly Lang has been in Australia this week as a guest of TEN.