Yesterday ABC was very upbeat about its 2019 slate including the coverage it will be giving to an election year.
But it won’t include the return of The Chaser.
On social media yesterday The Chaser team said, “ABC in 2019: Another thing that’s not coming back… a Chaser election show. First time since 2001 that the ABC has declined to fund it. Perhaps Sky News provides enough satire nowadays?”
In the past we’ve had The Hamster Decides and Yes We Canberra! which have helped bring some levity to heavy campaigns.
If they aren’t careful the team may be snaffled up by another broadcaster. They would surely bring in bumper ratings.
Update: “We’re surprised by Mr Firth’s comments as The Chaser didn’t pitch an election special to the ABC for next year and advised us it was already in discussions with a commercial network,” a spokesman told Fairfax.