Chaser chasing Royal wedding alternative

Light-hearted and occasionally tasteless jokes about Prince Philip, and a comparison of the speed at which princesses reached the altar in the past -- that's what viewers could have expected in The Chaser's now aborted royal wedding special.

Chaser executive producer Julian Morrow says the national broadcaster is continuing to seek an alternative television feed following the palace's threat to can the entire ABC coverage if it proceeded with The Chaser's wedding special on ABC2.

But he isn't too optimistic.

Morrow gave, on Thursday, a hint of what viewers could have seen on Friday night in a show three months in the planning.

"It was a bunch of light-hearted commentary on minor royals in succession for the throne [and] your obligatory Prince Philip is an idiot gags," he told ABC Radio.

"We were [also] quite interested in the world record for getting down the aisle."

The Chaser planned to compare the time Kate takes to get to the altar with previous walks by Princess Diana and Sarah, Duchess of York.

"It was going to be a kind of light-hearted, occasionally tasteless no doubt ... commentary on whatever came in through the feed."

Morrow said that there hadn't originally been any explicit restriction on satirical use of the television feed provided by the BBC to broadcasters around the world.

"[But] over the weekend ... a new clause was inserted into the contract that is a kind of rolled gold anti-Chaser clause requiring the ABC to give a warranty that it wouldn't use royal footage for a Chaser show at peril of losing the broadcast for ABC1," he said.

"They kind of had Auntie over a barrel."

Morrow joked that he was actually glad the palace had intervened.

"I was always appalled by the prospect of us covering the royal wedding.

"I thought it was extremely inappropriate and I was glad that the palace stepped in to stop this outrage."

Fellow Chaser Chris Taylor suggested that they might still be able to proceed by way of a simulcast with their commentary broadcast on radio or streamed on the internet.

But he said that their program had relied extensively on visual effects.

"A football game is perfect for a live commentary on radio," he said.

"[But] we actually watched the last three royal weddings as part of our research.

"It is basically just a lot of old people in hats sitting in pews singing hymns."

Taylor said that to do a cold call of proceedings without all the extra production bells and whistles would be a pretty hard ask.

"Which isn't to say we couldn't do it."

Morrow says that the ABC is still chasing alternative television feeds.

"We know the ABC has been frantically trying to obtain a feed from lots of different sources and we also know that the BBC and Clarence House ... has been spooking other broadcasters in the background and making it very clear that they shouldn't provide alternative footage," he said on Thursday.

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