The Chaser Decides (formerly known as The Election Chaser) is a Logie Award-winning Australian political satire based comedy program produced by The Chaser. The show provides commentary on Australian federal elections and has been broadcast in 2001, 2004 and 2007 on ABC TV.
The show was the first television production of The Chaser
team, which had been running their satirical newspaper The Chaser
since 1999. An ABC personality, Andrew Denton
found the boys and offered them a contract with the ABC and they went on to produce The Election Chaser
, which first aired on 23 October 2001
. It was based around the 2001 federal election
and was presented in the form of an election tally room, similar to the regular ABC election coverage. The presenters (pannelists) were Charles Firth
, Julian Morrow
, Chris Taylor
, Craig Reucassel
, Chas Licciardello
and Dominic Knight
. The show was nominated for "Most Outstanding Comedy Program" in the 2002 Logies
but lost to The Micallef Program
, which also ran on the ABC.
Since The Election Chaser
, the Chaser team had gone on to produce CNNNN
, a spoof of various 24 hour news networks, which ran in 2002 and 2003. CNNNN
won the 2004 Logie
for "Most Outstanding Comedy Program". With the 2004 federal election
looming, The Chaser team decided to produce another series based upon The Election Chaser
. The show was titled The Chaser Decides
and ran at the timeslot of Thursday from 24 September 2004
to 14 October 2004
The show was presented again in a national tally room, but only had four presenters in Morrow, Reucassel, Taylor and Andrew Hansen. Licciardello and Firth did reporting roles while Knight stayed on as a writer. The show was hugely popular and won the 2005 Logie award for "Most Outstanding Comedy Program".
Following the second series of The Chaser's War on Everything
, the Chaser crew produced two episodes of The Chaser Decides
based on the 2007 federal election
. The two episodes replaced the War on Everything
in its timeslot for 21 November
and 28 November
. The format took the same as the 2004 series.