Why is ABC promoting GoT?

#1

G’day,

The ABC for years now has been running regular articles on Game of Thrones.

Game of Thrones is not shown on the ABC. (I don’t watch ABC now I have Netflix, but I can’t find any reference in the tv section of their website to GoF…)

What’s the link? Why are they promoting the series so regularly- at least one article per week? I emailed one of the journos about it, but oddly enough didn’t get an answer. :slight_smile:

Cheers

cosmic

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#2

“Public interest” stories

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#3

LOL That’s all I could figure, but really - is GoT that popular?

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#4

Yes, especially given it’s now just 2 episodes from being all over red wedding rover.

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#5

Ah, the most popular TV show in TV history, I’d suggest.

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#6

Ok… I see it attracted viewership figures of around 1.25m - in Australia…! So yes, I’ll accept it’s popular.

But there’s plenty of popular tv shows that the ABC do not run 1-2 articles per week on.

I know - it’s not earth shattering… just feels very odd on the ABC news page to see so much time spent promoting it.

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#7

It’s the same reason you see Fortnite news pop up at outlets you wouldn’t think would care about Fortnite, but the public does so they do

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#8

And that’s for a program only on Foxtel, which most Australians don’t have!

Many of us don’t have Foxtel, but still get to watch it :grin:, so the real viewer numbers would be millions more than the official number.

But yes it is certainly unusual for the ABC to cover in depth a cable TV program.

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#9

I could understand - as a fluff piece for a show that’s “popular” - one, or two articles when the season debuts…

https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-d&q=site%3A%2F%2Fabc.net.au+"game+of+thrones"

The search has over 100,000 results, though that appears to be because non related pages still have GoT stuff show up in sidebar “suggested reading” links… But even so - there are pages and pages of stories the ABC have fun on this show.

My news source is abc.net.au/news, and I can tell you, they don’t run this many “interest” stories for any other tv series - even those on their own channels.

It really just feels like they are being paid to run all this “interest”.

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#10

It’s also for the same reason one of the most pirated shows of all time. Beating out whatever show took Battlestar Galactica spot.

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#11

Not many other shows get over 1m viewers :slight_smile:

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#12

I watched Season 1 way back when. I quite enjoyed it but simply never got around to watching the rest of it. Although I think I would have enjoyed it, it just seems too late to catch up now. Also I pretty much know and would be prepared for all the major spoilers (The Red Wedding/Joffrey or whatever his name was getting killed/some guy holding a door). Also I haven’t done anything to avoid spoilers on the shows screening right now so I pretty much know most of the major plot points. I envy everyone who’s enjoying the show and I hope the final episodes are as enjoyable as say, the last few of Breaking Bad, which in my opinion were some of the best Television I’ve ever experiences.

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