Screwed over? ABC to aplogise.
News Corp papers are crowing this morning with the news that the ABC will apologise to The Australian
columnist Chris Kenny for a skit on The Hamster Decides
that depicted him, well, screwing the pooch. The national broadcaster will also have to pay "some damages", but it's not clear if it will have to fork out the full $90,000 Kenny was after
. ABC director Mark Scott has previously issued a personal apology
to Kenny, but tonight's on-air apology (to be broadcast just before Jonah from Tonga
-- to ensure no one will be watching?) is very unusual. The ABC had cleared
the skit as in poor taste but not in breach of its editorial guidelines. The Chaser
team, behind The Hamster Decides
, has been banned from commenting on tonight's apology, with the ABC keen to avoid a repeat of the furore after Scott's apology, when The Chaser
's Julian Morrow let his feelings be known ...
It is not clear who will read out the apology, which is below: