The team behind The Chaser is to put the media under scrutiny in their next ABC project The Hamster Wheel.
The Hamster Wheel – consisting of eight half hour shows – is to be a news analysis show, the ABC revealed. It said: “The Hamster Wheel will examine the contemporary media landscape, where everyone from journalists to political fixers is perpetually at risk of spinning out of control.”
The group’s last full ABC series The Chaser’s War On Everything finished in 2009. Since then, one offs have included the Yes We Canberra election special and the doomed Royal Wedding special.
Some of The Chaser’s most memorable work has included its targeting of Australian media.
The Chaser press release also included a number of quotes from ABC bosses including a dig at Rupert Murdoch’s “most humble day of my life” at the News of the World phone hacking hearing.
“I just can’t wait to get my hands on the ABC credit card again,” said Executive Producer Julian Morrow. “When it comes to dodgy uses of other people’s money, Craig Thomson’s got nothing on The Chaser team.”
Asked about the Chaser team’s return to ABC TV, Managing Director Mark Scott said, “This is the most humble day of my life.”
When told about the title for the new show Kim Dalton, Director of ABC TV said, “The Hamster Wheel? Peddling fast and getting nowhere. Very apt for The Chaser. When does the final episode go to air?”
The show is being produced for the ABC by The Chaser’s production company Giant Dwarf with Julian Morrow and Martin Robertson as executive producers.