The Chaser is a satirical media empire which rivals Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation in all fields except power, influence, popularity and profitability.
Founded in 1999 as an independent satirical newspaper produced out of a spare bedroom by Charles Firth, Craig Reucassel, Julian Morrow, Dominic Knight (later joined by the far more talented Andrew Hansen, Chas Licciardello and Chris Taylor) the Chaser team has since gone on to produce Classic™ comedy in just about every corner of Australian media, including print, online, radio, television and Christmas crackers.
Best known for their ABC TV series including CNNNN and The Chaser’s War on Everything, together the team have produced over 15 TV and radio shows, losing a host of awards and lawsuits in the process.
Members of The Chaser team are currently involved in a number of active projects, including the production of The Chaser Quarterly, The Checkout and projects on ABC TV, running the Giant Dwarf comedy theatre in Sydney (named for their early mentor and producer Andrew Denton), and answering 500 fan emails a week asking what the extra ‘N’ in CNNNN stood for.
The team’s first paid media gig was a late night show on Triple M in 2001. The Chaser has continued working at Southern Cross Austereo at amusingly infrequent intervals ever since, including The Friday Chaser in 2003 and several stints filling in on drive. In 2017, Charles, Dom, Andrew and Chris reunited for a brief lunchtime project on Triple M Sydney called Radio Chaser.
Over recent years, The Chaser have been heard on Triple M Sydney for the early drive show from 3pm to 4pm weekdays and also on national Saturday Breakfast 8am to 10 am on the Triple M network.
The group’s podcast series Extreme Vetting with The Chaser can be heard on SCA’s new PodcastOne platform.
The team also worked with Mike Carlton on a Chaser version of his legendary Friday News Review programme at 2UE. The Chaser has also had a long involvement with ABC Radio – various members presenting drive shows for triple j and RN, and evening and late night shows on Sydney and other local stations.
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