Colbert Report / Daily Show: ABC2 Update

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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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 :-)

  9. 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?

  10. 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. :(

  11. 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.

  12. 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. :(

  13. 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!

  14. 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.

  15. 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!

  16. 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

  17. Noooooooooo!!!
    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….

  18. Secret Squïrrel

    @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).

  19. 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…

  20. Tasmanian de√il

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

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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 :(

  29. 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

  30. 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).

  31. 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…

  32. 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…

  33. 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.

  34. 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”

  35. 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!!!!

  36. 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!

  37. 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.

  38. 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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