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Newstopia intertitle
Created byShaun Micallef
StarringShaun Micallef
Kat Stewart
Ben Anderson
Nicholas Bell
Peter Houghton
Julie Eckersley
Country of originAustralia
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes30
Running time30 minutes per episode
including commercials
Production company(s)Crackerjack Productions
Original networkSBS One
Picture format576i (SDTV)
720p (HDTV)
Audio formatStereo
Original release10 October 2007[1] –
3 December 2008
Related showsMicallef Tonight (2003)
The Micallef Program (1998)
Welcher & Welcher (2003)

Newstopia (stylised as NEWStopia) was an Australian half-hour satirical comedy programme hosted by Shaun Micallef. The first series premiered at 10:00 pm on SBS TV on 10 October 2007 and concluded on 3 December 2007. A second season began on 27 February 2008[2] and concluded on 30 April 2008.[citation needed] A third season of the show screened from 1 October to 3 December 2008.[3] The show was developed by Micallef, Gary McCaffrie, Michael Ward and Jason Stephens, with McCaffrie and Ward working as writers on the programme.[citation needed] A fourth series in 2009 was planned, but cancelled due to production clashes with Talkin' 'Bout Your Generation.[4]

The show's contributors include Matt Cameron, Doug MacLeod, Dave O'Neil, Tony Moclair and Richard Marsland.[citation needed]


The show is presented in the style of a news bulletin, with Shaun Micallef acting as anchor. The program begins with a statement by Micallef about history and/or news and their relation to the show. The rest of the program features segments detailing often factual events, but told from a humorous or satirical angle. Like much of Micallef's earlier work, the humor depicted is mostly surrealism and some social satire.[citation needed]

The program also has several fictional commercial advertisements placed throughout the real commercial breaks, dressed up to appear as authentic SBS commercials; for example, Inspektor Herring is a parody of Inspector Rex. Because these commercials are fictional creations of Newstopia, for the first two seasons, SBS broadcast them with the SBS watermark in the bottom right corner, whereas genuine commercials did not show the watermark. Starting in the third season, the show removed the SBS watermark during the fictional commercial advertisements.[citation needed]

The show also features subliminally parodies of Pope Benedict XVI by supplanting his image with one of Nosferatu—long enough to be noticed, but not long enough for the viewer to have a concrete idea of what they had just seen.[citation needed]


Regular cast[edit]

Special guests[edit]

Internet streaming[edit]

Following the conclusion of each episode's initial broadcast, the Newstopia website featured a web stream of the current week's episode. This was only available for 7 days, and only to Australian residents, after which it was taken down and replaced by the latest broadcast. International visitors were blocked by an IP blocker. A guestbook was also available for commenting on the newest episode.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ David Knox (14 September 2007). "Airdate: Newstopia" (Web). TV Tonight: Australia's Leading TV Blog. Retrieved 29 January 2009..
  2. ^ David Knox (17 December 2007). "TV Tonight: Newstopia back in 2008" (Web). TV Tonight: Australia's Leading TV Blog. Retrieved 29 January 2009..
  3. ^ AAP (24 September 2008). "Newstopia takes on Rudd v Turnbull" (Web). The West. West Australia Newspaper Holdings Ltd. Retrieved 29 January 2009..
  4. ^ Knox, David (12 March 2009). "Bad news for NEWStopia". Retrieved 12 March 2009.

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