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$40 million of benefits from shortwave: ABC Shortwave Review report released

Thursday 05 December, 2019

The Department of Communications and the Arts (DOCA) has released its Review of Australian Broadcasting Services in the Asia Pacific, almost a year after it was submitted.

The 210 page review examines the ABC’s decision to pull out of shortwave broadcasts in the Pacific and reviews other broadcasting services in the region. It was conducted jointly by DoCA and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) with assistance from the Sapere Research Group.

ABC Radio will not cover the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Wednesday 13 November, 2019

ABC Radio will not be covering the Olympics next year, due to cost pressures.

For the first time since the 1952 Helsinki Olympics, the ABC will not have a live radio broadcast of the Games, with the national broadcaster citing "budget pressures and the changing broadcast environment" as reasons not to bid for the non-commercial radio rights. Channel Seven is the top level rights holder in Australia.

An ABC statement said:

What makes a successful (and profitable) podcast? #RadioAlive2019

Friday 18 October, 2019

Similar to the age old question of what came first the chicken or the egg, when we think of podcasting, we can ask the same question – what came first, the content or the revenue? 
 
Chaired by Jamie Chaux from Commercial Radio Australia, four speakers start discussing how people are using podcasts and how advertisers are integrating into on-demand audio.
 
“It was 12 months ago when we talked about podcasting on this stage.  So what has changed in the last 12 months,” begins Chaux.
 

Aidan Laverty appointed ABC Head of Specialist Content

Wednesday 09 October, 2019

Aidan Laverty has been appointed Head of Specialist at the ABC.

He will oversee content across radio, tv and online in the genres of arts, science, health and technology, religion and ethics, education and society and culture.

It isn’t business as usual on ABC Radio: Judith Whelan

Thursday 22 August, 2019
Judith Whelan has replaced Michael Mason as Director of ABC Regional & Local.
 
In this role she runs most, but not all, of the ABC’s radio services.
 
radioinfo’s Steve Ahern sat down with Whelan to discuss her priorities and find out more about her transition from print to broadcast.
 

We are not proposing to be above the law: ABC submission to Security Committee

Tuesday 13 August, 2019
“The ABC thinks national security is important and we are not proposing that we be above the law,” said David Anderson, fronting the national broadcaster’s submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security

The ABC’s submission, taking place this morning, is focusing on “responsible changes” that could be made to the current laws, so that security issues are taken into account, but that media and whistleblowers can report independently in the public interest.
 

Police raids on media had a chilling effect: Security Committee in session today

Tuesday 13 August, 2019
The Parliamentary Committee inquiring into security issues after the recent raids on media is sitting today in Sydney to discuss the issues raised by media after the recent raids.

The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security will be in session all day today.

radioinfo is there.

The consortium led by the ABC, News Limited and Channel Nine is currently presenting to the committee, to explain further its submission that says the recent raids have had "a chilling effect" on journalists and whistleblowers.

Government reintroduces the ABC Amendment Bill

Tuesday 06 August, 2019
Communications Minister Paul Fletcher has re-introduced legislation which would create a regional advisory council for the ABC to reflect on the views of local communities.
 
The council will be made up of members who have a substantial connection to, or substantial experience in, a regional community through business, industry or community involvement.
 

ABC submission to Joint Intelligence Committee will highlight outdated laws

Wednesday 31 July, 2019
The police raids on the ABC “were an extraordinary act,” according to the national broadcaster’s Managing Director David Anderson.
 

Our country is a better place because of journalists and whistleblowers: Andrew Wilkie MP

Tuesday 30 July, 2019
Independent Tasmanian MP Andrew Wilkie gave a talk this evening in Parliament House Canberra about independent media.
 
Wilkie, a former army officer and intelligence analyst in the Office of National Assessments (ONA), knows first hand about the importance of independent media.
 

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