Colbert Report / Daily Show: ABC2 Update

By David Knox on January 6, 2011 / Filed Under Programming 70

Today is the final screening of The Colbert Report on ABC2.

From next week Important Things With Demetri Martin: will air from 7:35pm weeknights.

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart remains in schedule until Monday January 31st when it concludes with its Global Edition.

From Tuesday February 1st Spicks and Specks repeats will air weeknights at 7pm.

Both US shows will revert back to the exclusive domain of the Comedy Channel.

Fun while it lasted….


  1. Adrian March 18, 2011 at 5:59 pm -

    Fuxtel- never ever will I pay for ads…funny how Foxtel can only get about 25% saturation of their pay TV, that because people who get it find they have been duped and as soon as their shitty contract ends they are gone forever, and their kids see how crap it is against the net…….end game for Pay TV won’t be far away..
    bye bye for now Colbert

  2. Alan T March 18, 2011 at 3:42 pm -

    Foxtel is useless you pay for the service and as a bonus you get all the commercials like FTA broadcasting, thats why I had it disconnected years ago.

  3. Dee February 7, 2011 at 5:36 pm -

    There just isn’t an alternative …. Now there’s nothing for me to watch and I’m certainly not getting payTV. It’s back to Comedy Central and maybe a more comfortable chair for my computer desk.

  4. Marlene February 4, 2011 at 11:28 pm -

    We gave up Foxtel last year and I was really sad that I lost these two shows and then I discovered that they were on ABC2 and I was happy again. But now, they are gone again… I think I’m gonna cry. Wit and humour is so rare these days, only these two shows treat their audience as intelligent beings.

  5. Moby February 4, 2011 at 5:45 pm -

    Ohhhh, crap.

    Stewart’s (& Colbert’s) work in the last year with regard to highlighting issues on

    freedom of religion
    political corruption
    immigration policy
    the shallow populist nature of american political punditry

    has been genuinely brilliant.

    I may have to send my Digital receiver recorder over to record someone else’s pay TV channel

  6. shirley February 4, 2011 at 5:17 pm -

    nooooooooooooo, i cant believe it, now i’m going to have to find a hobby , join a gym or something…pleeease bring them back!!

  7. Don February 4, 2011 at 1:49 pm -

    The only witty, articulate, and insightful news program has been taken away from us. Instead, we now have put up with the usual shallow drivel that passes for journalism in Australia.

  8. Jeff W February 3, 2011 at 8:46 pm -

    I’m devastated! these shows were the only thing worth watching here in oz.

  9. Dissapointed February 2, 2011 at 9:32 am -

    I hate Foxtel! I won’t be ever subscribing to them after this. ABC2 please find the money somewhere to bring these shows back to free to air.

  10. Reynard Fox January 23, 2011 at 12:52 pm -

    We were pretty lucky to get these two shows on FTA, but any suggestion to defend Foxtel is wrong. Cable is an expensive archaic system that resembles nothing of what it was. An hour of Foxtel is like an hour of FTA, advertising and all. I dropped cable over a year ago because of IInets free bandwidth access to iView. A free full episode of anything ABC streamed, available for days afterwards for replay is a golden age that shows how it is done right. Daily Show and Colbert was a serving of awesome cream on the top. It was just the beginning in my opinion.

    Head over to The Daily Show’s and Colbert Nations websites and let them know how you feel over there :-)

  11. Dexter January 20, 2011 at 9:12 am -

    Puck you foxtel

  12. gman January 18, 2011 at 5:59 pm -

    Another example of how information is controlled by the powerful

  13. DavidAK January 18, 2011 at 9:13 am -

    David Knox,

    In future, could the ABC please inform its audience when something like this happens.

    As others here have pointed out, only were we not informed, we were misinformed. Why were we told that Colbert was on a break?

  14. Luke January 11, 2011 at 11:31 pm -

    If only the ABC had invested in Yellowline International, Inc., then maybe they could have afforded the rights to the Daily Show and The Report!

    But seriously i will miss them. :(

  15. Someone BBBA January 11, 2011 at 7:13 pm -

    If Foxtel think this is going to increase my chances of paying for their highly overrated and useless service, they can forget it. Why would I want to pay money to the people who are responsible for taking away a highly enjoyable part of my daily routine? I could afford it, but as a moral consumer, I don’t want to reward this piggish corporate behaviour, that has undoubtedly brought inconvenience and sadness to an awful lot of people.

  16. Ariel January 10, 2011 at 5:27 pm -

    I didn’t know what was about to happen, and it was a horrid shock when the Colbert Report didn’t turn up yesterday. Thank you for this information, although it breaks my heart. Boo to pay tv. :(

  17. Belinda January 8, 2011 at 11:49 am -

    What are we missing with the clips on Colbert Nation? The running time of all the clips combined is the same as a regular episode.

  18. alex murray January 8, 2011 at 10:17 am -

    foxtel you wont get me back you got live british soccrt now stewart and colbert and just dump the s**t shows on to fta

  19. A too January 8, 2011 at 3:41 am -

    Thanks David

    AFAIK we can’t stream full episodes in Oz due to licensing issues. So back to …

  20. DF January 7, 2011 at 10:14 pm -

    Why is it that informative and intelligent commentary is taken away from FTA and we’re left with dreck like TMZ?

  21. AC January 7, 2011 at 8:17 pm -

    I am absolutely miserable that I won’t be able to get my two favourite shows on regular TV any more – it was so lovely having them on ABC2. Yes, I can still watch them on their websites online (for the moment at least) or use “other options”, but I’m really going to miss having them right there without the hassle. Damn you Foxtel, damn you!

  22. David S. January 7, 2011 at 6:39 pm -

    Of course I would never suggest anyone go to illegal download sites. Most of the best bits of each night’s show are available for free from the program’s respective websites, and iTunes still has the full episodes available for $9.99 for 15 episodes in Australia.

  23. Michael January 7, 2011 at 6:38 pm -

    bye bye ABC2 hello

  24. David Knox January 7, 2011 at 6:30 pm -

    A reminder that while shows are legally streaming on official websites, this is not license to be endorsing illegal torrents. Please be mindful of wording and note Comments Policy.

  25. Julz January 7, 2011 at 6:18 pm -

    Annoyed at Foxtel, but I guess it’s to be expected.

  26. David S. January 7, 2011 at 5:56 pm -

    This is the worst news I’ve heard this year. So far. I’ll have to go back to watching it on the internet, it’s like the Bush years all over again!

  27. Craig(Buzz) January 7, 2011 at 5:38 pm -

    No surprise here the ABC as with the other digital channels don’t have money to continue with shows like this.FTA are lucky just to be able to show programs like this in Australia.In America this never happens,anything that shows on cable,is only seen on cable.We are very spoilt in Australia.Foxtel certainly gets the bad end of the stick

  28. Bart January 7, 2011 at 2:55 pm -

    First saw this in 2006 in the USA. Loved it from then. Was so happy that ABC started airing it.
    What to do? I know I am not getting pay tv….

  29. A too January 6, 2011 at 11:15 pm -

    Damn shame.

  30. Secret Squïrrel January 6, 2011 at 11:03 pm -

    @FlossAus – that’s a good idea. I’d tune in for that whereas I don’t want to see repeats of Demetri Martin (it was good but was on not that long ago).

  31. Danielle January 6, 2011 at 10:35 pm -

    While Nigel’s idea is lovely – it isn’t all on the Comedy Channel website – only segments are available to us, full episodes are Geo-locked in Australia. Not sure what the deal is with that since we could get the full eps while in Japan but here, no access. I guess it will be partials till we leave Oz again in July. We’re certainly not paying for Foxtel for a single show that isn’t at least 12 months behind…

  32. Chris January 6, 2011 at 10:30 pm -

    What?! They were the best, wittiest shows on TV and definitely two of ABC’s most popular shows. I’m so sad :(

  33. Ron January 6, 2011 at 8:36 pm -

    It really, Really sucks to be a huge fan of both shows who is too poor for Foxtel.

  34. J January 6, 2011 at 8:25 pm -

    Been really sad all day due to this news.


  35. p January 6, 2011 at 7:59 pm -

    boo to foxtel. i’m not going to buy your pay tv service – i’ll get my stewart and colbert fix online.

  36. Rod January 6, 2011 at 7:22 pm -

    Nooooooooooo :(

  37. Tasmanian de√il January 6, 2011 at 6:09 pm -

    Repeats of Important Things With Demetri Martin and Spicks And Specks? What about Coach Trip, ABC 2 has three seasons to catch up on.

  38. FlossAus January 6, 2011 at 4:51 pm -

    Hey Mr ABC if you’re reading, maybe replace with the about to be launched Onion News? They hit the same satirical notes without the hosts celebrity cache so maybe fees will be lower.

  39. Jez January 6, 2011 at 3:09 pm -

    At the end of the day the television business in Australia comes down to who has the best exclusive offerings to entice viewers to watch… and that’s what the Comedy Channel is doing, so they can’t really be blamed. At least they will show them, unlike the free to airs that often buy up a lot of exclusive content and then show it at 1am or not at all… As has been said, if you really want to watch the shows without paying for Foxtel, then they are available online.

  40. vicki b January 6, 2011 at 2:44 pm -

    I will miss Stephen Colbert! Thank you ABC2 for giving us the chance in the first place to see him.

    Dimitri Martin is very good, but not a patch on SC.

  41. PJF January 6, 2011 at 2:19 pm -

    I wondered what was going on… I didn’t understand why ABC2 kept showing effectively the same version of the Colbert Report 4 times in a row (Normal
    & Global editions)… you know, Steve Martin doing his artistic assessment bit.
    Four times (!) that I know of.
    Now it makes more sense… not common sense, but some sense.

  42. Ben January 6, 2011 at 2:18 pm -

    Yes, how dare Foxtel buy the exclusive rights to a popular show to entice people to subscribe. The swines!

  43. RO January 6, 2011 at 2:18 pm -

    :( Sometimes I feel left out not having access to pay TV

  44. Nigel January 6, 2011 at 2:17 pm -

    Thanks for reporting this, I figured something was up with the ABC saying “Colbert is on a break” and when if you look at the site it clearly wasn’t.

    For all those considering PayTV to watch these show, don’t do it just go to the websites instead, its all there.

  45. Jen January 6, 2011 at 2:00 pm -

    What am I going to watch now :( so sad but unfortunately money talks!!

  46. JulieS January 6, 2011 at 1:59 pm -

    Well that explains why they weren’t running the new episodes of “The Colbert Report”. It’s a shame that they are taking these two shows off free-to-air.

    Thankfully we can watch the shows on each of the official websites.

  47. AndrewB94 January 6, 2011 at 1:47 pm -

    So comedy channel have the money to pay for these, but cant afford to buy Leno/Kimmel? They are a disgrace

  48. CatFan January 6, 2011 at 1:26 pm -

    Boo hoo for this.

  49. Tim January 6, 2011 at 1:17 pm -

    We need an anti-siphoning law to prevent payTV getting exclusive content, not that id ever get foxtel anyway, way too expensive, but i think ill put them on the black list now for being d***s.

    I’ll have to resort to viewing by other means again, thank you ABC for giving it a try.

  50. Tom January 6, 2011 at 1:11 pm -

    Wish the Comedy channel was more interesting improving its own line-up what a shame I use to always watch both shows via Iview player and thought it was very strange how Daily show had been uploaded the last couple of days but Colbert wasn’t I now know why sad day :(

  51. Cat January 6, 2011 at 12:24 pm -

    Damn u Comedy Channel! That’s 90% of my ABC2 viewing gone!

  52. par3182 January 6, 2011 at 12:06 pm -

    you’d think abc would’ve run their final episodes of ‘the colbert report’ this week instead of repeats (and not insulted us with the “stephen didn’t have a show this week” excuse when a quick glance at a computer tells you otherwise)

    that being said, boooooo to foxtel

  53. jake January 6, 2011 at 11:52 am -

    Indeed, apparently in was the Comedy Channel that paid serious money to take them exclusive. If you want to blame anyone blame then, but that’s what pay tv was designed for (paying for exclusive content).

  54. AndrewM January 6, 2011 at 11:31 am -

    I only watch The Daily Show but IMHO it’s not worth the price that Foxtel or iTunes charge. Occasional moments of brilliance but too much dross and lame movie-star guests.

    Oh well, it was fun while it lasted.

    PS. And don’t get me started about how The Daily Show ignored the Wikileaks issue over the past few weeks. They’ve had only one segment about it. Normally they’d be all over something like this but have been strangely quiet on it. Makes me think someone’s got to them…

  55. Lazer January 6, 2011 at 10:53 am -

    Done some googling seems like this was Comedy Channel gaining the Exclusive rights to these shows thats why the ABC lost them….!!

  56. Marc January 6, 2011 at 10:48 am -

    Why is everyone so quick to blame the abc??

    According to a tweet by Abc Managing Director Mark Scott, Foxtel out bid them an exorbitant amount of money to make the two shows exclusive. If you wanna complain, blame them…

  57. Mike January 6, 2011 at 10:45 am -

    A great loss for the ABC. Hopefully they may be able to get it back onto ABC2 in the near future.

  58. Bacon January 6, 2011 at 10:26 am -

    Such a shame. Colbert was the best thing on multichannels by far. Sad day.

  59. Tim January 6, 2011 at 10:07 am -

    What idiot at the ABC decided to let these two shows go??? They were one of the best thing about FTA. Great (lack of) judgment, aunty!

  60. Jeremy January 6, 2011 at 10:02 am -

    Damn. Having these shows on ABC and iView was brilliant. Did they not rate, or does Comedy Channel have any relationship to Comedy Central in the US? Surely the show being on FTA here was one less reason to get Pay TV in Australia.

  61. chris January 6, 2011 at 9:42 am -

    Nooooooooooooooooooo! Why? Did ABC2 have to give up the rights? …or is it a d**kish move on their part? Well as Stephen would say.. a wag of my finger to the ABC and a tip of my hat getting the shows through “other means”

  62. steph January 6, 2011 at 9:10 am -

    oh frick, I really enjoy the Daily Show every day, great time for some humour – disappointed and even more to find out it will be replaced by repeats of repeats!!!!

  63. Lazer January 6, 2011 at 8:39 am -

    Hopefully maybe ELEVEN pickup these shows… :)

  64. Lazer January 6, 2011 at 8:38 am -

    uuummmm why???? why is the ABC giving up on these shows?

  65. Daniel G January 6, 2011 at 8:32 am -

    Has there been an explanation from ABC2 as to why they’re not renewing the shows?
    If it’s for financial reasons, it’d be great if Eleven (perhaps 7mate?) could pick them up!

  66. AJ January 6, 2011 at 7:59 am -

    Dammit!!! Fun while it lasted was right – it was one of the major reasons I love digital TV. Just another loss to the land of PayTV and it’s extravagant fees. Sigh.

  67. Travis January 6, 2011 at 7:17 am -

    Well, this sucks… Do you know why it wasn’t renewed?

    I watched both of them.

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  69. JamesJ January 6, 2011 at 6:39 am -


    Is this an ABC decision or a Comedy Channel decision?

  70. A. January 6, 2011 at 6:07 am -

    Thank you David! I just expected a comment not a whole report. I too loved it while it lasted. I’m also grateful for the heads up on what a dastardly thing Pay TV did from you. Because otherwise I’d be unhappy with the ABC taking them off-air rather than the real culprits. I’ve said it before but it won’t get me to buy into Pay TV unless it was free or if someone else had it. And they’ve just become the bad guy rather than something I just don’t care for. Oh well.

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