My Options on Media

On recent days, I find public opinions on media are more negative rather than positive.


Some people are not happy with commentary panel on TV live coverage of Australia’s test cricket matches, who are all former test cricketers. Then ABC’s two-hour delay broadcasts on Socceroos Asian Cup games are disappointing.

I like to hear experts’ points of views on live cricket coverage, but those from non-cricketers could be important. However rubbish comment made by someone who does not know about the sport is what I think nonsense (sadly it happens here in Japan).

Experts’ comments about performances and analysis are good.

As for delay broadcasts, I think it is very old fashioned. It is oblivious that many people will not watch because they can get live scoreboards on the internet.

Discussions of sports are interesting. But I hate seeing journalists interrupting others from talking. Craig Hutchinson is very good at doing this kind of stuff (please note that I am not complimenting him at all). He does not respect guest footballers or Matthew Lloyd on his shows.

I like the concept of Footy Classified, but do not like journalists’ attitudes. Lloyd should be given more time to express his opinions because he was a good player at Essendon. Grant Thomas’ return and having Rohan Connolly replacing current two journalists are what I would like to see. Also focusing on game performances more (less off field issues) would be great.

Also I like to hear fans’ voices on talk back radio (regularly I listen to 1116 SEN). Their points of views are interesting.

Our podcast of Asian Cup Preview is great and interesting that they recording at a St Kilda cafe with breakfast. They analyse teams so well.

I think the environment of media has been changed thanks to the development of the internet. Broadcast and print media are not powerhouses any more. We have various options what to take.

Talking like machine-gun or writing articles pretending as if they are facts may be what journalists are required and how media make money. But are these methods reasonable? I can think they are only to try to get attention. Then audience are not happy with what they hear and turn the back to them.

Deadline and freshness are important but being reasonable is more important, I think. I have learned that every article has to be reasonable during taking an online course in the English Language and Literature.

Here in Japan, many TV shows are celebrity centred. They talk about what happen around them. I had been sick and tired of this kind of stuff and stopped watching Japanese TV about five years ago. Listening to Australian and New Zealand radio and watching footy and news videos around much more interesting (also help improve my English skills).

And indeed I love reading great articles here on the wonderful Almanac.

About Yoshihiro Imagawa

Love, passion and pride are seen on the footy that is the biggest part of my life. 1. St Kilda Club member: I am a passionate and crazy Sainter. Just hope we will win the second flag soon, especially after Dogs and Tigers having ended long premiership draughts. 2. The Osaka Dingoes Player and Public Relations Officer: Player number 44 that I chose to honour Stephen Milne with my wish being like a small forward like him. Lenny Hayes' hardworking attitudes are adopted on my trainings and practices. Nick Riewoldt's great plays are in my player audiobook too. 3. Writing: Here on the Almanac and also on the World Footy News. My skills utilise on great footy websites.


  1. Mark Duffett says

    Spot on with these observations, Yoshi, especially re C. Hutchison.

  2. Phillip Dimitriadis says

    Hi Yoshi,
    Excellent observations. I would replace Lloyd with Grant Thomas and Hutchy with Tim Lane or Angela Pippos (Knows her footy better than most blokes). Hutchy is little more than a Footy Gossip columnist and dirt dredger.

  3. G’day Yoshi, the best journalists/commentators are those who present informed, well balanced opinions. That applys to all sporting codes. Gerard Whateley is a good example in this context. What you don’t need are pepope like Mark Robinson, the sort who screams their opinions, name drops, and generally comes across as anything but informed.


  4. Yeah Phil, you’re right about Hutchy. He’s a real bottom-feeder … kind of guy who’d think he had a scoop if he saw a player doing embarrassing stuff at a nighclub.

  5. G’day Mark, Phil, Glen and T-Bone,

    Thanks you all for good comments.

    Mark – I am glad that you have the same thought on Hutchinson.

    Phil – I am very happy seeing your warm compliment. Thanks! I have read some articles written by Angela and she is a good author. It would be great if she is on Footy Classified.

    Phil and T-Bone – you both made good points of views on Hutchinson. I totally agree with you that he is a football gossip journalist. Do you remember that he broke the story of St Kilda’s Mad Monday incident after our 2013 AFL Season? I do not like him bringing negative topics of on field performances calling crisis – he had recalled Brisbane Lions, St Kilda and the Western Bulldogs were in crisis in the last two years. I could not stand him commenting very negatively on my St Kilda last year!

    Glen – thanks for your sharing your thoughts. I had never heard about Whateley but will Google about him. I understand that Mark Robinson is a Herald Sun journalist. But I am afraid to say that the newspaper is not what I follow. However my understanding is that Robbo is on AFL 360 on Fox Footy and appears on SEN’s Run Home. Sadly I have not observed him so much, so I am sorry that I cannot comment on him…

    I wish Lloyd can speak up more if he wants to do media jobs. Many people say that he prefers to coach a club, I heard and think getting involved in a footy club is good for him. I reckon it is better for Lloyd to work with Bombers more as a goal kicking coach (his role at Essendon is only a part time one). However I would not suggest that he should leave Footy Classified. Just I wish he can improve skills in media.

    Pippos for a football lady and three former footballers (Thomo, Garry Lyon and Lloydy) could be good as Footy Classified panel for me.



  6. Good on ya Yoshi. And on bottom-feeding with scoops about players doing embarrassing things in public places, my policy is this: if you have an embarrassing tid bit on a sports celeb, you agonise over whether it’s ethical to go public with it for 30 years, and then you strip it down to something that’s not clearly unethical, and then wait for a situation to come along so you can segue to it in a germane and topical way, which at once seems folksy and unmalicious. Sure you still come out looking like an arsehole, but heck, you’re still dwarfed by Craig H.

  7. Thanks for your compliment, T-Bone :) But sorry to say that I am not sure what you meant. Are you suggesting me not to worry too much of what C.H says? I may have to be mentally strong… I wish I could be a journalist who delivers reasonable news. Cheers – Yoshi

  8. Oh sorry, Toshi, I should have realized you might not have known what I was alluding to. The comment was in reference to me having a Hutchy moment myself on this website the other day … and whether there is any coming back from a Hutchy moment. Hope that clears it up for you mate. Keep up your fine work on the site. I always look forward to your pieces.

  9. Phillip Dimitriadis says

    Is Toshi a cop in the Japanese version of ‘The Bill’?

  10. T-Bone,

    That’s fine mate. And thanks for your compliment on my writing. I thought that you made the comment in regards with my worry of St Kilda footballers who were in the Mad Monday party in 2013.

    In addition, what I am annoyed includes that the chief football writer for the Age newspaper (who is also on Footy Classified and 3AW) reported about fall out between former St Kilda coach Scott Watters and Chris Pelchen, former head of football department at the club. She writes articles just from rumours and not from interviewing people or going to the club headquarter. She breaches the golden rule of journalism and ruins many footy people and some clubs. I hope journalists follow principles to keep great qualities and integrity on reports.



  11. Hey Phil … don’t watch the show. But let me guess, this character … I’ll bet he’s nothing like Cop Shop’s “JJ” or Mike Georgiou? (coz when TV makes a mistake like Cop Shop, it surely couldn’t do so again ….?)

  12. Phillip Dimitriadis says

    Cop Shop, T-Bone ? Nah more of a Division 4 fan. Lynda Stoner and Paula Duncan were okay, but I couldn’t get past Snr Sgt O’Reilly and Roy Baker. Cringe!
    Now Yoshi is gunna be really confused.

    Fancy a kick of the footy tomorrow morning, 10.30ish at Brunswick St with me Gigs and Vin? All Almanackers welcome.

  13. G’day T-Bone and Phil,

    I Googled both police shows, but sadly I have never watched either programme… Sorry, I have no idea what to say…

    I wished having watched shows (I wish I could be in Australia while they were on telly)!



  14. G’day Yoshi, Mark Robinson writes for the Herald Sun. It’s a paper you can bypass, most thinking people do. He apperas with Geratd Whately on Fox footy , and those two strike me as the two bookends of sports journalism. If you are not familiar with Mark Robinson, you’re not missing anything which would enhance you.

    Glen !

  15. Hey Yoshi. just as you wished you could have been in Australia to watch those shows, I now wish I WASN’T in Australia so I could have avoided those shows. Trust me, you missed nothing, and save your wishes for things that are worthy of them (or at least things that would save you from pain.)

  16. Hey T-Bone,

    haha :) Everyone has different thoughts including about TV shows.

    I have other reasons wishing to be in Australia – watching footy at stadiums (especially St Kilda ones) and speaking English much more.

    Do you like other TV programs?



  17. Hey Yoshi. Yep, love my TV shows. If you haven’t seen these shows, I highly recommend:

    The Wire
    The Sopranos
    Breaking Bad
    House of Cards
    True Detective

    Do you know these recent shows and if so, have they been successful in Japan, mate? Also, the best ever Australian TV show is “Blue Murder.” It’s from the 90’s so it might be hard to find. Tell us Almanackers about great Japanese TV shows too.

  18. Hey T-Bone,

    I am afraid that I do not watch TV. I do not think Japanese media broadcast many western dramas in English.

    I think I have mentioned before, but Japanese TV shows are rubbish so they are not worth to watch.

    Reading is much preferred for me.



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