10 March 2008 by Published in: General musings 9 comments

I seem to have struck a nerve with yesterday’s post. We’ve had about a dozen comments so far, including an especially good one from old friend Ted Savas, I decided to send my complaint on to the History Channel.

The following, although a little difficult to find, appears on THC’s website:

It is important to us to receive feedback from our viewers, and we appreciate your taking the time to contact us.

I took them up on it. I copy/pasted last night’s blog entry into an e-mail and sent it on. I want to encourage anyone else who cares about this issue to do the same. You can send your e-mails to thc.viewerrelations at aetv.com. Maybe a popular revolt by those of us who have been loyal viewers for years might bring back the sort of programming we want. Maybe not. But it’s worth a try.

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  1. Mon 10th Mar 2008 at 9:04 pm

    Eric, I could not agree more. You need the OTHER History Channels in your package. I am watching History International Channel as I type this which is showing “Secret Missions of the Civil War” with “The Hunt for John Wilkes Booth” to follow. I just finished watching “The History of Special Forces Navy Seals” over on the Military History Channel. At the same time, the original, ‘flagship’ History Channel is showing something called “Cities of the Underworld”?

  2. Mon 10th Mar 2008 at 10:08 pm

    I agree this is a good move. The Military History Channel is a premium subscription channel in these parts. I already pay through the roof, and now the best material shifted to those. Hmmm.


  3. Tue 11th Mar 2008 at 12:47 am


    History International is included in the Plus package I have with DirecTV. As I mentioned earlier, I watch it more than THC. In fact, I think it’s been at least a year since I actually watched an entire show in THC (one on ancient Rome, I think) and that pretty much sums up how much on there interests me.

    On History International, I’ve also been enjoying the foreign crime shows – British offerings from the 50’s and 60’s, etc. Sometimes pretty interesting stuff.


  4. Steve Basic
    Tue 11th Mar 2008 at 1:02 am

    What’s surprising to me, is the many significant historical anniversaries that they should be focusing on. Jeff and Abe’s bicentennial of their births, and the sesquicentennial of the Civil War.

    I was just a baby when the centennial of the war was remembered in this country, and I wonder if the sesquicentennial will even come close to garnering the interest of this country as it obviously did back in the 1960s.

    Regards from the Garden State,


  5. Tue 11th Mar 2008 at 9:43 am

    Please allow me to pickup my “I’m being blunt and direct so take it with a grain (or whole bag) of salt” coffee cup. This is a case of wrestling with the pig. The pig enjoys it, and all you’ll get is mud on your fine clothes. They are more concerned about the ratings gained by pseudo-reality shows. This allows them to avoid the lightning rod issues nicely and still provide “conversational history” to the masses. There’s a formula here – keep it at the 8th grade level, have a lot of movement on the screen, and avoid the disputed areas. Next up, “Modern Marvels: The History of Dirt!”

  6. Tue 11th Mar 2008 at 11:58 am

    Okay I am trying again to post. I agree that the History Channel is not what it once was. Now, I have to watch early to see Civil War Journal to hear Bud Robertson and see Jack Davis. I think if they are going to do these reality shows how about one about a ranting cavalry blogger in Ohio. They could call it EricQuest. Remember the days when Saturday Night Live made jokes about all the Nazi shows on the History Channel. This morning I turned it on and there was a show about Nazis in America. History Channel we hardly knew you. Don’t forget American Experience on PBS they still have some good documentaries. The three parts on Jewish Americans I enjoyed.

  7. Tue 11th Mar 2008 at 4:35 pm

    Tonight on the Military History Channel – The Complete Battle History of the Coast Guard Volleyball Team…..

  8. Keith Toney
    Tue 11th Mar 2008 at 5:17 pm

    Fired off my e-mail, maybe we’ll start a revolution. Good example of what we’re talking about, just checked listings for tonight, NGC has Kent State, Reagan shooting, and Ok. city bombing. HC confused their program with the NASA channel. At least I finally broke down last week and ordered tivo or whatever they call it now. JD, if you would shoot me an e-mail and let me know when those older Brit shows are on, sounds like my cuppa.

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