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Tips and rumours

Chris Kenny on the ABC? It’s happening … Indi expats waiting for AFP’s call … Evans’ writes revenge, but is it too late? …

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Will Scott’s apology dog ABC comedians and screw Aunty’s ACMA case?

Eight months after defending the ABC’s right to air a controversial skit, MD Mark Scott is saying it should never have aired. What prompted his decision, and what does it mean?

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Media briefs: gay print run … Getty for free … Kenny v Chaser …

Sign of the times: Star Observer to monthly. From April 17, the nation’s leading gay, lesbian (etc) print publication will move from a weekly to a monthly print run. Star Observer, which has been around in Sydney since 1979 and has a circulation of 18,000, is distributed for free along the east coast. It’s website reaches […]

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Offensive but justified: Chaser cleared over Kenny dog sketch

The ABC has dismissed complaints against a Chaser sketch involving columnist Chris Kenny that even Aunty’s own Media Watch said was in poor taste.

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Kenny v Kenny: son takes dad to task over ABC attack

The Chaser attacked The Australian’s Chris Kenny, Kenny attacked the ABC, and now Kenny’s son Liam has attacked his own dad. This is getting incestuous.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings — viewers ditch commercial networks for the ABC

Big Brother, Wonderland and Slideshow failed to draw an audience thanks to the ABC’s stellar programming.

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Parliament House media rules: satire in, Photoshop out

New Parliament House media guidelines have been released. It’s a win for satirists (the Chaser guys are happy), but not for Photoshop fans in newspaper newsrooms.

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The Chaser: now with added hamster

The Chasers new project The Hamster Wheel premiered last night on ABC1. Anyone familiar with the Chaser saw a show last night that had no real surprises. And that’s OK, says Dan Barrett.

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Royals a bunch of right Charlies over Chaser ban

Freedom of speech in a democracy has always included the right to lampoon and to satirise.

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Crikey Blogs | FILM & TV|

The Chaser pilot: An Unbelievable Truth?

Several of The Chaser boys — and Graeme Garden from The Goodies are recording a pilot show for Channel Seven. Dan Barrett gets speculating.

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Adelaide media Facebook ambush … more NotW phone-hack victims

How desperate is The Advertiser for readers? Well, desperate enough, it seems, to post a plug on a competitor’s Facebook page. Plus, Fairfax’s autoplay video ads backfire and other media news.

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Hand Jobs some credit: he prefers The Chaser to The Oz

The Chaser launched its iPad app last week, and yes it is shocking that we managed to get it through the rigours of Apple approval faster than The Australian, writes The Chaser’s Craig Reucassel.

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New Matilda | PEOPLE & IDEAS|

Outrage! The scandalous year of popular culture

Was 2009 the year that popular culture pushed the edgy right off the cliff face? From skits about kids with cancer to black face and rape scandal, Mel Campbell examines the power of the media shitstorm.

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Julian Morrow’s Andrew Olle Media Lecture

The Chaser’s Julian Morrow delivers this year’s Andrew Olle Media Lecture, offering a surprisingly witty and insightful take on press freedom, censorship and media ownership.

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More than red faces with the collapse of TV culture

There have been two recent moments when I’ve gasped at something on TV – one was the mess that was Hey Hey last night and the other was Denton’s baby, Hungry Beast, writes Guy Rundle.

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Televised Revolution | PEOPLE & IDEAS|

PODCAST: Chaser boys on controversy

Chaser boys Dominic Knight and Chris Taylor discuss the media frenzy surrounding their ‘Make a Realistic Wish’ skit and acknowledge that maybe Chaser outstayed its TV welcome.

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Has The Chaser claimed its third victim?

Courtney Gibson, ABC TV’s Executive Head of Content Creation, has resigned after six years with the network. Her departure is curious and raises questions about why and who benefits.

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A tale of two media incidents

Both The Chaser and Austereo’s Kyle and Jackie O show have stepped outside acceptable public standards recently. One dealt well with the fallout, the other, not so much.

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Chaser finishes on a high

The Chaser wrapped up on a high last night, with 1.452 million nationally.

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VIDEO: Rudd.i.am

The Chaser’s War on Everything thought that PM Rudd should have his own Will.i.am style song treatment. Last night they provided — with help from celebrity friends.

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Tim Palmer channels Tammy Wynette

Henderson hits back at Rundle’s Murdoch/Stalin comparison, Leigh Sales’ climate change coverage, Bob Ellis’ return to ABC Unleashed and more.

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Bruno producers muzzle Chaser: ironic or funny? Neither?

The Chaser’s Julian Morrow accuses the producers of Bruno of lacking a sense of irony after they made the boys sign agreements not to disrupt the film’s premiere. Guy Rundle tells him a thing or two about irony.

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(Scoopless) Mr Brissenden Goes to Washington

Michael Brissendon goes scoopless to Washington, cop that Phillip Adams, Chaser returns and more.

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Godwin Grech at Gringott’s Bank?

Today, Crikey readers discuss Godwin Grech, Utegate media coverage, charging for detention, ABARE, Fruity Fix and the Heart Foundation and more.

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Another refugee boat intercepted?

Rumours are surfacing that Immigration chiefs are worried stiff this morning about overcrowding on Christmas Island on the back of Unannounced Boat Number 14 (UBN14*)…

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