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    This is the only point of interest about the whole marraige of our future King for me. Can we have the static, please. I thought the English had a sense of humour?


    BRITAIN'S legislative might, wielded since Australia's foundation as a colony in the late 18th century, was finally dissolved by an act of our Parliament in 1986.
    Yesterday, the cobweb-draped hand of the motherland reached out of the constitutional shadows and took the unprecedented step of threatening to deny the national broadcaster access to the royal wedding.
    Clarence House, the almost 200-year-old London royal residence which doubles as an office for the Prince of Wales and his son, Prince William, demanded the ABC cancel plans to use the controversial comedy group, the Chaser, as royal wedding commentators.
    They then contacted broadcast suppliers, including the host BBC, Associated Press Television News (APTN), Sky and ITN, to ensure the ABC would have no access to footage if it ignored the request.
    Faced with the prospect of airing static for almost four hours tomorrow night, the ABC had no choice but to capitulate.
    ''In Australia we're not used to these sorts of conditions being placed on the media and you can't help but observe these restrictions are being placed on the media on behalf of a future head of state of Australia,'' the ABC's director of television, Kim Dalton, said last night.
    The ABC had negotiated access to two separate feeds, one hosted by BBC news presenter Huw Edwards, for the ABC1 channel, and a second ''clean feed'' of video only, which would be used for the planned Chaser broadcast on ABC2.
    Clarence House was alerted to the Chaser's plans a week ago, after a story was published in the Herald and on its website, smh.com.au. Palace officials then sent a ''please explain'' to APTN, which the ABC had contracted to supply the clean feed.
    Two days after the story was published Clarence House imposed new conditions on the feed, stipulating footage cannot be used ''in any drama, comedy, satirical or similar entertainment program or content''.
    APTN confirmed to the ABC the restrictions had been ''agreed between Clarence House, the private office of the Prince of Wales and [host broadcaster] the BBC.''
    A BBC spokesman said in a statement last night: ''It has always been made clear by the BBC that use of its basic live news feed and BBC One programming for comedy, satirical or similar entertainment purposes would not be permitted contractually.''
    Sources say the Prince of Wales's press secretary, Patrick Harrison, had stressed broadcast suppliers be reminded of the ''conditions'' that accompanied their licence to broadcast.
    Mr Harrison told the Herald last night that the new contract did not impose ''any new conditions on anyone'' and denied the palace had singled out the ABC.
    Plans on other networks to use comedians as commentators, including Ten's The 7pm Project, hosted by comedians Charlie Pickering, Carrie Bickmore and Dave Hughes, and Nine's guest commentator, Dame Edna Everage, have apparently been spared the ban.
    The Chaser's Julian Morrow last night praised the ABC for its grace under fire.
    ''We thought it was a good call from the ABC to back the project but pressures are being brought to bear from relatively high places,'' he said.
    Morrow said it was ''traditional for the condemned to appeal to the monarch for a stay of execution, so that's what we're going to do. Unfortunately, it's also traditional for people who appeal for clemency to be executed.''
    The Chaser's letter to the Queen
    Dear Australian Head of State,
    We would like to place ourselves at your mercy and request a stay of execution for our television program, The Chaser's Royal Wedding Commentary.
    We, like Kate, are commoners, and were looking forward to celebrating her wedding to your exalted grandson with a few affectionate observations.
    To ensure that our coverage was respectful, we were only planning to use jokes that Prince Phillip has previously made in public, or at least the ones that don't violate racial vilification laws. We've also filmed a joke about hunting grouse which we think you might enjoy.
    We Australians are a simple people who don't often get to watch that kind of pomp. The last big wedding we had here was Scott and Charlene on Neighbours. We've asked around, and there are at least six people in this outpost of your empire who would quite like to watch our commentary.
    Please consider our plea.
    We have the honour to be, Madam, Your Majesty's humble and obedient servants,
    Cheers,
    The Chaser
    PS: How serious are you about treason laws?




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    As noted - and this is where the monarchy shits me - she is OUR head of state too, and yet we get nothing from them except the occasional visit.

    The Royals even spruik british trade when they travel.

    The sooner we dump these prehistoric inbreds, the better we will be.
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    • #3
      Bugger.
      Thread title made me think some good may come from the huge waste of time, money and resources.
      Apparently not.

      Originally posted by devolved View Post
      The sooner we dump these prehistoric inbreds, the better we will be.
      + lots and lots
      Respect is earned, not enforced.

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      • #4
        The ABC should broadcast four hours of porn instead featuring royal-lookalikes

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        • #5
          As much as I dislike the royals, I don't have a problem with them banning the chaser. Some of the things they've done have gone way past humour. In a lot of countries they would have been shot dead by now.
          Last edited by NanoBear; 29-04-2011, 10:56 PM.

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          • #6
            I think the Chaser team are first rate.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by NanoBear View Post
              As much as I dislike the royals, I don't have a problem with them banning the chaser. Some of the things they've done have gone way past humour. In a lot of countries they would have been shot dead by now.
              Lucky we live in Australia huh. Were a joke is, you know, a joke....
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              • #8
                I seem to be in the minority, but I don't consider breaching security at a conference of world leaders to be a joke.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by NanoBear View Post
                  I seem to be in the minority, but I don't consider breaching security at a conference of world leaders to be a joke.
                  The joke was that they managed to do so! Showed that comedy is mightier than the sword (or bomb). Seriously, that stunt showed up some major holes in security.

                  I can imagine some very skilled snipers on the rooftops at that wedding, and they are dealing with crowds waving all manor or crap above their heads - security nightmare indeed!

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                  • #10
                    I loved the letter, professing quite articulate English and what not to be impressive.
                    To then add "CHEERS" How Australian.
                    I think the Chasers are pretty cool, most of their stuff is great- even though some is dark humour (Which I don't have a problem with at all.)
                    I guess it depends what you find funny- but I'm sure their coverage would've been better than others.
                    My mum wanted to see the dress- 15 minutes later with the multiple cars (and people movers!) I was able to say 'Mum! Kate's finally in the car, you can see her dress!' my mum thought we were having a laugh because it was so long- but we weren't.... (The only reason I could sit their so long was Dame E doing the commentary.)

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                    • #11
                      Wife had it on when they were all rocking up and i think alot of the security would be handled by the bullet proof custom rolls-royces and the ranger rover full of SAS following each car =P

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                      • #12
                        Is it all over? Can every news site stop dissecting this fluff?
                        such comment
                        wow
                        many post

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Cam View Post
                          Is it all over? Can every news site stop dissecting this fluff?
                          Well I think that the first kiss on the balcony summed it up. Not very convincing King Billy. My take is he will run off with a horsey looking chick after having one child and the second child will be to the butler followed by a messy break up and Katie dying in a suss car accident, but hey, I'm a romantic.

                          I need to hand in my man card as I was forced (?) to watch yesterdays Clone Wars episode in the formal lounge, oh the shame!
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by NanoBear View Post
                            I seem to be in the minority, but I don't consider breaching security at a conference of world leaders to be a joke.
                            I considered the world leaders to be a joke....
                            “The truth is incontrovertible, malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end; there it is. - W Churchill”

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by NanoBear View Post
                              As much as I dislike the royals, I don't have a problem with them banning the chaser. Some of the things they've done have gone way past humour. In a lot of countries they would have been shot dead by now.
                              My understanding of the situation was that the chasers were not going to be there. They were just going to be doing a live commentary on the BBC feed as it played on the ABC.
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