Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd has told the BBC to "lighten up" over the Chaser's thwarted plan to commentate the royal wedding.
Mr Rudd also said the British national broadcaster, which was providing the ABC with the clean feed the Chaser team planned to use, needed to develop "an Australian sense of humour".
"If you want my personal view - this is not the government view - but my personal view is I really think the BBC needs to lighten up a bit and just get a bit of a sense of humour," he told the Sunrise program this morning.
"Look at all the stuff around the place in terms of memorabilia, plates and whatever else, not all of that is deadly serious."
The ABC was forced to cancel its Chaser special, which was to be broadcast along with the BBC's traditional broadcast, after a formal request from Clarence House, Prince William's office.
Clarence House then also contacted broadcast suppliers, including the BBC, to ask that the ABC be denied access to the feed if it ignored the office's request.
"I'm sure the ABC has done the right thing, they've been respectful towards the Palace," Mr Rudd said.
"I think it would be useful if the Beeb would lighten up a bit and develop ... an Australian sense of humour."
Mr Rudd is in London to meet his British counterpart, foreign secretary William Hague.
He also weighed in on the omission from the wedding guest list of former British prime ministers Gordon Brown and Tony Blair.
"It does [surprise me] a bit, I didn't know that, I'm breakfasting with Gordon in the morning actually," Mr Rudd said.
"Knowing Gordon he's a pretty basic sort of bloke and I'm not sure he'd be all that upset but it does surprise me a bit."
Mr Rudd was not invited to the wedding. (4.28.2011, Georgina Robinson) http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/rudd-to-bbc-on-the-chaser-lighten-up-20110428-1dxoa.html
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