Vote 1 TV satire

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - TELEVISION -

IT’S full steam ahead for the national TV net­works in the lead up to the fed­eral elec­tion, launch­ing a raft of new elec­tion-spe­cial pro­grams. Seven and Nine go head to head in the 7pm time-slot with a new, half-hour national bul­letinded­i­cated to elec­tion cov­er­age air­ing on the net­works’ sec­ond dig­i­tal chan­nels. Seven News will air its bul­letin, hosted by news an­chor Mark Fer­gu­son, week­nights on its 7TWO chan­nel. Nine’s broad­cast on GEM fea­tures an­chor Peter Over­ton from Mon­day to Thurs­day and Deb­o­rah Knight on Fri­days. The ABC also has two new elec­tion-spe­cial shows. The Gruen team and the boys from The Chaser – who’ve all been ea­gerly wait­ing for Kevin Rudd to tap on the Gover­nor-Gen­eral’s door – will re­turn in elec­tion mode. Gruen Planet will dis­sect the elec­tion spin with reg­u­lars Wil An­der­son, Todd Samp­son and Rus­sel Howcroft joined for four spe­cial episodes by Dr John Hew­son and Annabel Crabb, start­ing from Wed­nes­day. Com­ple­ment­ing this, The Ham­ster De­cides re­turns on the same night, with The Chaser team (pic­tured) of­fer­ing its own spin on the po­lit­i­cal prom­ises of the pre­vi­ous week.

Gruen Na­tion: Re­turns Wed­nes­days, 8.30pm; fol­lowed by The Ham­ster De­cides, Wed­nes­days, 9.15pm, both on ABC1.

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