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Bushfire Research shows ABC Radio highly trusted and saves lives

Wednesday 03 June, 2020

As the Bushfire Royal Commission continues, the ABC has released independent research that shows Australians turned to the national broadcaster in record numbers during the recent bushfire crisis.

The research shows that the ABC was the most trusted information source during the fires and that lives were saved as a result of people acting on information the ABC provided.

ABC commits $3 million from Fresh Start Fund to support Australian creatives during COVID-19

Tuesday 02 June, 2020

The ABC has committed more than $3 million to date from its Fresh Start Fund to help kickstart Australian productions and content ideas during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since the launch of the $5 million development fund on 23 April, the ABC has earmarked some $3.2 million of the total to more than 80 productions and ideas for new Australian dramas, documentaries, comedies, music, arts and children’s content.

ABC backs Swan's integrity in response to COVID19 related article in The Australian

Sunday 19 April, 2020

The Australian newspaper has accused Norman Swan of being “after money to turn spin doctor.”

ABC job cuts postponed as focus shifts to Corona Virus

Thursday 19 March, 2020

The ABC has delayed planned job cuts that were scheduled to be announced later this month, due to the increased workload caused by the Corona Virus.

In a memo to staff, Managing Director David Anderson wrote:

 

ABC's Coronacast answers questions and delves into the medical science

Wednesday 11 March, 2020

In the midst of the growing conceen about the Corona Virus, ABC RN’s Norman Swan and colleague Tegan Tailor have launched a podcast that examines the medical research and answers listeners questions.

The virus has bow been declared a pandemic.

Swan, a qualified medical doctor and long time host of ABC Radio’s Health Report, has told radioinfo:
 

ABC broadcasts the F Word

Thursday 05 March, 2020

Across this week, in front of a 300 plus ABC studio audience in Melbourne, host Libbi Gorr along with panellists Virginia Trioli, Nadine Garner, Indira Naidoo, Geraldine Hickey and Vika Bull share what feminism means to them, and if it's still relevant in their lives.

$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.

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