I must admit this isn’t really something that’s crossed my mind, but an article today at the Daily Telegraph accuses ABC of ignoring Fishing as an entertainment genre.
“The national broadcaster has not aired a locally produced television fishing show for two decades,” writes Al McGlashan.
“Elsewhere, on free-to-air channels and pay TV, there’s plenty from which to choose.”
He notes there are 5 million Australians who partake in fishing once a year.
“Unbelievably the last Aussie fishing show on ABC TV was A River Somewhere (pictured). It was broadcast in 1997 and 1998.
“The series, where comedians Tom Gleisner and Rob Sitch travelled around Australia and the globe fly fishing was a roaring success.”
Just what Fishing shows are there on TV?
TEN has Fishing Australia, Fishing Edge, I Fish, ONE has IFS Championship, Reel Action, Robson Green Extreme Fisherman, Merv Hughes Fishing, Escape Fishing With ET 7mate has Hook Line & Sinker, My Fishing Place, AFN Fishing Show, Mark Berg’s Fishing Adiction, NITV has Get Your Fish On.
So in the intervening 20 years since Working Dog’s travelogue there is probably a lot more Fishing on TV thanks to multichannels, albeit not on ABC (does Miss Fisher count?). It is important to note some of those are branded content and international shows.
Pay TV has Fishing Impossible, Oz Fish TV, and I guess Incredible Fish, Deadliest Catch, Fish Tank Kings and Wicked Tuna.
And a shout-out to FishCamClassic on Channel 31!
ABC declined to comment.