April 1st continues to wreak havoc on television with the ABC having to deny a prank that Play School has been axed.
The Australian’s TV writer Amanda Meade tweeted today that, “After 45 years the ABC has decided to stop producing Play School. “Will open an online pre-school ‘playground’ with Big Ted and co instead.”
“It was funny,” an ABC spokesperson said.
“But it’s not funny when you get calls.”
Meade has since tweeted, “Some of you guessed, but to those of you who didn’t my ‘Play School to end’ tweet was an #aprilfool. Apologies to ABC, who called to correct.”
ABC TV’s spokesperson was good-humoured about it.
“You take it as it comes, its all fun and games,” she said.
“As long as no-one takes it too seriously.”
ABC2 will begin playing first run episodes of Play School from April 11 at 9:30am, prior to children’s content being removed from morning TV on ABC1 in May, and that’s no April Fool’s.