Aussie TV’s big problem skewered | Innovation Tech
COMEDIAN Kitty Flanagan has taken aim at the number of male-fronted shows on Australian television in a blistering skit for The Weekly.
Flanagan skewered Channel 10’s decision to launch eight new shows all fronted by men in its much hyped Pilot Week.
The announcement has been blasted by female comedians Jane Kennedy, Meshel Laurie and Em Rusciano, who said Ten’s decision was “poor form”.
In a sketch aired on Wednesday night’s episode of The Weekly, Flanagan is asked by a fictional Ten executive to help out by fronting a show for the channel’s Pilot Week.
But Flanagan dismisses his claims, pointing out that “women can’t host television shows”.
“Yeah I know, but in today’s climate how bad’s it going to look if every new show we come up with is fronted by a man?” the executive replies, before promising to pay Flanagan “three quarters” of what Kyle Sandilands was getting for his pilot Trial By Kyle.
Refusing the TV boss’ offer, Flanagan then took aim at her employer, pointing out how many of the ABC’s stars were male.
“I mean, just look at the ABC, they know what works. Shaun Micallef, Wil Anderson, Charlie Pickering, Tom Ballard, Tom Gleeson, Paul McDermott — all men,” Flanagan said. “Doing what they do best; being men, on television.”
The Weekly With Charlie Pickering airs Wednesdays at 8.30pm on the ABC.