To whomever is the front line reader of these emails at OLN : pass this on to your masters at CTV:
I have watched the Tour de France on OLN for a decade. On weekends I watch when home in the morning, and watch in the evenings when I work if my schedule dictates that. Only now, on the first evening it's on and guess what? It's not. Whose stupid decision making idea was that? Where was it announced on your site that this change was occurring?
MonsterQuest? Operation Repo? UFO Hunters? Really??? What the hell do they have to do with Outdoor Life. I dont give a crap about monsters that don't exist in Lake Champlain. Thats TLC stuff at best. Stuff I would never watch on yours or any channel. It was bad enough seeing the Operation Repo commercials over and over during the morning Tour coverage yesterday. I couldn't imagine wasting a summer evening with that.
I can't adequately describe how angry, pissed off, disappointed and disgusted I am with your cheap ass network right now. You regularly fail at announcing schedules till the last minute, and you really failed dedicated viewers like myself and others I know who are just now finding out about this and maybe have no other option to watch the Tour de France in Canada . You don't even offer any video highlights online.
This had to be a flagship event for you in your programming. And yet you decide to cut it in half. I suppose CTV blew its sports programming budget on the Olympics this year and let everything else gets cut.
As a result, with no PVR or VCR - as I didnt need one I thought for the Tour, I am going to go without watching probably one of the only sporting events that I enjoy watching in the summer.
When OLN is a channel I have to pay extra for, it's done. If Versus was available on satellite or cable here in Canada I would never look at your channel again.
I know no one will read it or care. But yeah. Idiots. It was the one thing I was looking forward to in July on TV.
Edit: Maybe it is Rogers fault. I just noticed that it is not a CTV owned network anymore. So it's likely the Ass Hat accountants there that play programmer who didn't care enough. Couldn't put it on Rogers Sportnet either.
I did locate some tiny video highlights too. One was 3 minutes of today's finish. This morning was 3-4 hours of TV, so that is more than adequate. Not.
UPDATE: July 6, 2010
Got this reply this afternoon from OLN
Thank you for taking the time to email with your comments surrounding OLN programming and Tour De France. Your comments are important to us and your feedback will be passed on to the programming department for review.
OLN is providing LIVE coverage of this year's TDF only. In previous years, OLN viewership patterns have shown that the live portion of the tour has received the strongest audiences.
Due to station programming requirements, we are unable to pre-empt regularly scheduled programming in order to provide repeat coverage of the daily tour stages in primetime.
For additional details about this year's TDF, videos, news and standings please visit, http://oln.ca/tourdefrance/
My response just now:
Thanks for your reply.
So I guess that means that prime time viewership (in the middle of the summer) for the Tour was less than during the week in the morning when everyone was/is at work? Interesting. What were the comparative viewer numbers during the week AM and PM? And by the way, the PM broadcast was a different show with more colour commentary, with different hosts, and was edited for length over the morning time slot which often went long. You also ran it for West coast after midnight (Eastern).
I have posted your reply on my blog for my readers and contacts interested in your programming descision in regards to the Tour this year.