Monday, January 19, 2009

PM's first TV show: Where's the buzz?

You can't blame the audience if they thought PM Abhisit Vejjajiva's first weekly television show yesterday was somewhat dry. As one friend of mine put it: "I felt like watching Abhisit giving a classroom lecture. Come on, he could do much better than this."

The gist of the one-hour live talk on Channel 11 was substantial enough. And he kept his promise not to use the programme to hit out at his critics (remdining you of Samak Sundaravej's own Sunday show?). He said he will change the format from week to week (not as drab as Surayud Chullanont's weekly interview conducted by television anchors taking turns?). He also said he would only talk about the government's work, and will refrain from making political propaganda for his party or the government (is that a dig at Thaksin Shinawatr?).

One big drawback of Abhisit's maiden solo television appearance was the lack of interaction and lively graphics on the screen.

No wonder PM Office Minister Sathit Wongnonttuey, who is in charge of the government's public relations, was seen running around nervously as the show went on the air.

My advice: Replace the chief producer. Get a professional graphic designer. And, by the way, tell the Prime Minister to act "prime ministerial."

Would someone remind Abhisit that he wasn't delivering a statement as the opposition leader in Parliament. He is now THE guy on the other side of the fence!

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