Colbert Report / Daily Show: ABC2 Update

Today is the final screening of The Colbert Report on ABC2.

From next week Important Things With Demetri Martin: will air from 7:35pm weeknights.

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart remains in schedule until Monday January 31st when it concludes with its Global Edition.

From Tuesday February 1st Spicks and Specks repeats will air weeknights at 7pm.

Both US shows will revert back to the exclusive domain of the Comedy Channel.

Fun while it lasted….


  1. Well that explains why they weren’t running the new episodes of “The Colbert Report”. It’s a shame that they are taking these two shows off free-to-air.

    Thankfully we can watch the shows on each of the official websites.

  2. We need an anti-siphoning law to prevent payTV getting exclusive content, not that id ever get foxtel anyway, way too expensive, but i think ill put them on the black list now for being d***s.

    I’ll have to resort to viewing by other means again, thank you ABC for giving it a try.

  3. Wish the Comedy channel was more interesting improving its own line-up what a shame I use to always watch both shows via Iview player and thought it was very strange how Daily show had been uploaded the last couple of days but Colbert wasn’t I now know why sad day 🙁

  4. you’d think abc would’ve run their final episodes of ‘the colbert report’ this week instead of repeats (and not insulted us with the “stephen didn’t have a show this week” excuse when a quick glance at a computer tells you otherwise)

    that being said, boooooo to foxtel

  5. Indeed, apparently in was the Comedy Channel that paid serious money to take them exclusive. If you want to blame anyone blame then, but that’s what pay tv was designed for (paying for exclusive content).

  6. I only watch The Daily Show but IMHO it’s not worth the price that Foxtel or iTunes charge. Occasional moments of brilliance but too much dross and lame movie-star guests.

    Oh well, it was fun while it lasted.

    PS. And don’t get me started about how The Daily Show ignored the Wikileaks issue over the past few weeks. They’ve had only one segment about it. Normally they’d be all over something like this but have been strangely quiet on it. Makes me think someone’s got to them…

  7. Why is everyone so quick to blame the abc??

    According to a tweet by Abc Managing Director Mark Scott, Foxtel out bid them an exorbitant amount of money to make the two shows exclusive. If you wanna complain, blame them…

  8. Damn. Having these shows on ABC and iView was brilliant. Did they not rate, or does Comedy Channel have any relationship to Comedy Central in the US? Surely the show being on FTA here was one less reason to get Pay TV in Australia.

  9. Nooooooooooooooooooo! Why? Did ABC2 have to give up the rights? …or is it a d**kish move on their part? Well as Stephen would say.. a wag of my finger to the ABC and a tip of my hat getting the shows through “other means”

  10. oh frick, I really enjoy the Daily Show every day, great time for some humour – disappointed and even more to find out it will be replaced by repeats of repeats!!!!

  11. Has there been an explanation from ABC2 as to why they’re not renewing the shows?
    If it’s for financial reasons, it’d be great if Eleven (perhaps 7mate?) could pick them up!

  12. Dammit!!! Fun while it lasted was right – it was one of the major reasons I love digital TV. Just another loss to the land of PayTV and it’s extravagant fees. Sigh.

  13. Thank you David! I just expected a comment not a whole report. I too loved it while it lasted. I’m also grateful for the heads up on what a dastardly thing Pay TV did from you. Because otherwise I’d be unhappy with the ABC taking them off-air rather than the real culprits. I’ve said it before but it won’t get me to buy into Pay TV unless it was free or if someone else had it. And they’ve just become the bad guy rather than something I just don’t care for. Oh well.

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