I think I’ve been remarkably restrained about the royal wedding. But this seriously got me going tonight. Outright censorship of anything that might be a satirical take on an event which already has a surreal feel to it. And it’s not even censorship of our own TV. We don’t have anything like The Chaser in NZ because there’s no appetite to fund such local content.
The Chaser screens on ABC TV, is irreverant, pushes lots of boundaries and no doubt irritates a lot of people, including politicians. But it’s funny, relevant and takes the piss. Which is a healthy thing in a democracy.
But it doesn’t meet the standards of coverage of the royal wedding. Apparently. Whatever they are. What rubbish.
ABC forced to pull Chaser wedding coverage
Updated 1 hour 22 minutes ago
Just two days before Prince William and Kate Middleton are due to tie the knot, ABC TV has been forced to cancel The Chaser’s one-off live coverage of the event due to what it says are restrictions imposed by the royal family.
The Chaser’s Royal Wedding Commentary was due to air on ABC2 from 7:00pm AEST on Friday, offering viewers a satirical take on the royal wedding.
But now the live special – promised to be “uninformed and unconstitutional” – has been reluctantly pulled due to restrictions imposed over the Easter break.
ABC TV was initially advised by the BBC, and subsequently by Associated Press Television News (APTN), there were no coverage restrictions that would prevent The Chaser’s wedding commentary.
But new conditions of use issued by APTN over the Easter break state footage cannot be used “in any drama, comedy, satirical or similar entertainment program or content”.