Advantages Good quality, good write ups, great interviews
Disadvantages C]hristmas price is £2.20!!
|Quality of journalism|
|Quality of features|
|Price||£1.20 (weekly) & £2.40 (christmas fortnightly)|
|Value for money||Good|
|Quantity of advertising||Average|
TV TIMES MAGAZINEThe TV Times has been trusted for years by many people. I recently discovered the TV Times this year because I didnt buy it for ages and the price went up by 10p! OK the magazine may be £1.20 but it is worth it trust me!
TV TIMES HISTORYThe TV Times was launched in 1955 the same years ITV was launched too! TV Times carried ITV listings whilst the RadioTimes carried BBC listings. However, in 1982, the TV Times carried Channel 4 listings aswell as ITV listings making it even better value for money. In 1991, the TV Times and the RadioTimes were to carry all listings e.g. TV Times carried BBC listings aswell as the usual ITV and Channel 4 listings and the same with the RadioTimes which carried the two other channels aswell as BBC. What's on TV and TV Quick were launched in March of that year.
HOW I DISCOVERED TV TIMES MAGAZINEIt was the magazine for the 13 - 19 february 2010 (EastEnders 25th birthday week) which was the one I wanted, anyways, all of the magazines had some extra pages (What's on TV, TV Quick and TV choice had some 4 - 6 extra pages) while the TV Times had a staggering 16 extra pages! So instead of the usual TV Quick I picked up the TV Times at £1.10.
On the 26th July 2011 I went out with my nan to the newsagents and bought the TV Times again, but this time it was £1.20! But I bought it anyway.TV TIMES (INSIDE THE MAGAZINE)
The cover has the TV Times logo in red with the word 'Times' running through the word 'TV'. The week date (27 Aug - 2 Sept 2011) is in the 'T'. In the top left hand corner it states 'great for freeview'. This front cover features Alison King (Carla Connor) of coronation street having an interview with TV Times about her rape storyline this week. Also the front cover features Sally Lindsay in a star interview talking about her ready to be a loose woman. Matt Smith (Doctor Who) is on an on set report talking about Doctor Who and David Jason is also featured on the cover (don't know who he is!). The price is displayed on he scan barcode and the website (www.whatsontv.co.uk).When you turn over the page you are greeted with yes the usual, an advert! how typical! Anyway that is the first page! When you go to the second page on the left side you get a guide to the inside of the magazine. On the rest of the page is called My TV Week which is where the editor (Ian Abbott) picks the shows he will be watching for that week.
When you go to page 4 you get one double page spread of TV Times news which is news about the stars of TV and soaps, this week, it includes Eden Taylor - Draper (Belle Dingle) from Emmerdale, running for charity and incouraging other kids to do it too.Page 6 and 7 is the cover story of the magazine and, like I said Alison King (who plays Carla Connor in coronation street) was chatting to TV Times about her rape storyline for this week.
Pages 8 - 19 feature a TV Times talks to... and a TV Times real life special with really good articles to keep you reading for ages!TV TIMES SOAPWEEK
The TV Times soapweek is written by Alison Slade and she must have a talent because she writes the soapweek well (very well, in fact) and this is how it is layed out...coronation street, EastEnders and emmerdale all have 2 pages dedicated to them plus two stories on each page with the 2 extras on the left page plus the news for that soap, aswell as a little box titled This Weeks Cast and a soap diary for the times they are on. Hollyoaks, Doctors and Neighbours are all put on one page (Home and Away isnt featured because it is taking a break, will be back on our screens on the 5th September) (no soap diary for Hollyoaks or Doctors)TV TIMES FILMS
The films section is a page for everyday (mostly, sometimes 1/2 page somedays) with the day colour-coded and the date is iincluded too. (Their is at least 6 films a day, for 1/2 page, 11 films for a full page, also does freeview and satellite aswell as the 5 terrestrial channels plus other channels too.)LISTINGS
8 listings pages per day (pages 1 and 2 with the highlights, pages 3 and 4 with the 5 terrestrial channels, pages 5 and 6 with the freeview and entertainment channels and finally, on pages 7 and 8, the history channels and the entertainment with the sports on, no radio listings) Each day is colour coded same as the movies so you know what day it is.MARKET PLACE
4 pages of the market place (basically classifieds) with prople trying to sell you stuff. To advertise on Market Place please call 020 3148 2814.TV TIMES YOUR LETTERS
Basically letters from normal people with their views on telly things with some program trying to get you on TV too.TV TIMES READER OFFERS
Same as market place except their is only one thing they try to sell you not ten thousand!TV TIMES PUZZLES
Includes a big prize crossword in which if you can do the crossword and complete the yellow squares you win £100! You can either phone, text or send a postcard to them at...
PHONE 0901 609 4506
TEXT TVTCROSSB with your answer, name, door number and postcode 85088
TEXTS COSTS £1
POSTCARD Send your answer, name and adress to
TV Times Crossword week 35,
PO Box 502, Leics LE94 0AB
Their is a little preview for the next week/issue of TV Times with soaps and TV. It also says when it is next on sale (Tuesday 30 August)LAST PAGE
The last page of the TV Times is a TV or soap star when and what year(s) when their were happy moments in their live(s) on the TV and around family.THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT THE TV TIMES MAGAZINE
SUMMARYIn my opinion the TV Times is worth trying even for one time, I think it has great content aswell as brilliant soap write ups and detailed TV listings too. Be aware at christmas it is £2.20! I think it is worth it despite the price but you have to pay something!!
BUY THE TV TIMES!!
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