Triple M sign The Chaser: Seal first ever billion-dollar deal?
Rumours overnight suggest a newly-inked deal between Triple M and The Chaser could be radio’s first to be valued at $1 billion, though Radio Today sources say that figure could be a typo. Or straight-up embellishment.
Either way, today Triple M admitted to making the worst decision in the history of Australian radio – excluding only those made by Kyle Sandilands – as it announced a return of The Chaser team in 2018.
The mishap occurred, says Southern Cross Austereo, when Triple M Head Mike Fitzpatrick tripped over his shoelaces, broke a mirror, landed on a black cat, and then accidentally signed his name on a binding contract.
After a successful 12 week stint earlier this year, The Chaser’s Andrew Hansen, Charles Firth and Dom Knight will return weekdays from 3-4pm on Triple M Sydney, and will regularly feature Chas Licciardello, Craig Reucassel and Chris Taylor.
In the unlikely event that there are any ‘best bits’ to include, a Radio Chaser best-of-show will also air on weekends across the Triple M network.
The team has expressed its desire to individually insult each and every resident of Sydney during their first year on-air.
“We’ve yet to run it by Triple M Sydney CD Jamie Angel, but I’ve heard he’s an idiot, so he’ll probably like it,” said Firth.
Firth also infured they were in hot demmand.
“It was absolutely our first choice after Nova, KIIS, Smooth, 2WS, the SBS Arabic station and the Townsville tourist information transmitter all turned us down.”
“I was hoping for a shorter shift than 3 – 4pm,” admitted Knight.
“But our boss Jamie Angel reckons we can repeat our material in the second half-hour, so we think we’ll be okay.”
Today’s news comes as the boys prepare to host the ACRAs in Melbourne on Saturday night. “Looking forward to the ACRA’s on Saturday night. It’s the one thing that unites the radio industry. Well, that, and coke,” Firth told Radio Today.
The announcement represents a homecoming for the team, as SCA’s chief content officer Guy Dobson hired The Chaser team for their first media gig on Triple M Sydney back in 2001. “And looking back, it’s amazing how far they haven’t come,” he said.
SCA CEO Grant Blackley said that he was excited about all the acclaimed comedians the company had hired for 2018. “Mick, Jane, Hughesy, and Wil Anderson – we’ve got the absolute best,” he said.
“And due to a regrettable error, we also hired a few others who’ve done a bit of TV for the ABC.” Woops.