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ABC pulls Chaser’s dying kids sketch from tonight’s repeat

The ABC has pulled the controversial sketch about dying children from tonight’s repeat of The Chaser’s War on Everything.

This afternoon it issued a joint statement from Kim Dalton, Director of  ABC TV and Julian Morrow, Executive Producer of The Chaser’s War on Everything. It said:

“The Chaser’s War on Everything is a satirical program aimed at provoking debate and providing social commentary on topical issues, current affairs and public life in general.

“The sketch in last night’s show called ‘Making A Realistic Wish Foundation” was a satirical sketch and black comedy.

“The ABC and The Chaser did not intend to hurt those who have been affected by the terminal illness of a child. We acknowledge the distress this segment has caused and we apologise to anyone we have upset.

“As a result, ABC TV will edit the segment out of tonight’s repeat screening on ABC2 and on-line.”

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