Some are worried that the Chasers would be disrespectful, irreverent and god forbid, funny. Well, that is what they get paid to do. And what better to target than the pompous wedding of a non elected future ruler who is paid out of the public purse.
BBC, you are disgrace for kowtowing to the royals. How dare you threaten to pull the plug on the feed to our ABC if the Chaser broadcaster went ahead. Like the royals would stop the BBC broadcasting the wedding because of a tv show in the Colony of Australia that may have a 100,000 viewers, if that. You have made fools of us, wasted people's time and money and treated us with disrespect. Now you can just piss orf and take those English parasites with you.
R indicated that he wasn't interested in watching the wedding, so I will ensure we have sufficient recorded tv to cover the period.
The Age story here.
From The Guardian.
To Australia, that fabled young country, where a TV comedy troupe perceives itself to have been personally insulted by the Queen, Clarence House, and the BBC. The Chaser team are contracted to the ABC network, and had hoped to layer droll commentary on top of the live BBC coverage being provided to foreign rights holders. Alas, the fairly standard broadcast agreement forbids this – which senior executives have taken as some kind of international diplomatic insult.
"Clearly, the BBC and Clarence House have decided The Chaser aren't acceptable," fumes ABC director Kim Dalton, rather sweetly imagining that either of the above has the remotest idea who The Chaser are. As for the Aussie satirists themselves, they say: "The Chaser team accepts that the ABC has been put in an impossible position by people acting on behalf of the royal family."
Well quite – and it does seem wildly short sighted of the BBC, who seem to have forgotten that the boot will one day be on the other foot. After all, at some point in the future, tragic Steve Irwin's daughter Binky is going to get married, and the Beeb has just condemned British viewers to an unleavened four-hour state ceremony from the Crocosseum. Another spectacular cock-up by the cultural relativism department, all told, and we can only offer Australia our sincerest apologies.