The Chaser is a satirical media empire which rivals Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation in all fields except power, influence, popularity and profitability.
The Chaser is the group behind ABC TV series The Election Chaser (2001), CNNNN (2002) and CNNNN Live (2003) which together have lost a host of Australian and international TV comedy awards. However, their credibility-building run of losses ended in 2004 when CNNNN tied with Kath & Kim to win the Logie for Most Outstanding TV Comedy. In 2005 they won the Logie for Most Outstanding TV Comedy with the hugely popular, The Chaser Decides (ABC).
In 2006, the team returned to ABC TV with The Chaser’s War On Everything, which won them two AFI Awards (Best Comedy and Best Comedy Performer for Andrew Hansen), as well as several court appearances. Best known for ruining APEC in 2007, the show returned for a final series in 2009.
In 2010, The Chaser team is producing its fourth ABC election show, Yes We Canberra!
The Chaser was founded in 1999 as a fortnightly satirical newspaper produced out of a spare bedroom by initial editors Charles Firth, Craig Reucassel, Julian Morrow, Dominic Knight, who were later joined by the far more talented Andrew Hansen, Chas Licciardello and Chris Taylor. Since those humble beginnings, the Chaser team has lost its humility and has produced Classic™ comedy in all media, including print, online, radio, television and Christmas crackers.
The Chaser team also produced the official Sydney Olympics parody site www.silly2000.com and have brazenly recycled material in a series of Chaser Annual books in which a new instalment has appeared every year since 2000.
From 2001-2003, The Chaser had weekly radio programs on Triple M Sydney and the Austereo network. They also produced the weekly Chaser Report for Mike Carlton’s program on 2UE (2002) and are regular attention seekers on a host of other radio and television programs.