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The Chaser working to launch Fake News Network

NewsSteve Molk

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DeciderTV has learned that the team behind The Chaser are currently shopping around a TV project to Australian broadcasters with the working title "Fake News Network".

Fresh off the back of delivering Radio Chaser on Triple M Sydney, featuring both Chaser and non-Chaser talent, it is understood Charles Firth is the driving force behind this project. Radio Chaser featured Firth, Dom Knight, Chris Taylor & Andrew Hansen, with frequent inclusions Rhys Muldoon and The Feed's Mark Humphries.

It is unclear if any of the team involved in Radio Chaser will be involved in the new project, though given the available pool they draw from it's highly likely. Other Chaser members Craig Reucassel & Julian Morrow have just wrapped another season of The Checkout for the ABC, & Chas Licciardello continues to deliver weekly episodes of Planet America with John Barron for ABC News.

DeciderTV understands there has been some interest from a couple of networks. Those that have seen the pitch episode report it's "Not just about news satire", and say it's "Much broader than they were expecting from The Chaser".

The Chaser have been responsible for a number of satirical shows featured on ABC television, including CNNNN and The Chaser's War on Everything. Firth also was executive producer on ABC2's The Roast, where he formed the connection with writer/performer Humphries.

Firth was also reportedly working on an untitled project with Channel Ten earlier this year before the network went into receivership.

When approached for comment Firth declined, noting "It sounds like Fake News".


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