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ABC launches new regional weekday current affairs program, 'Australia Wide'

Tuesday 16 January, 2018

Rural and regional Australians will be given a greater say in national conversations with the launch of a new ABC weekday radio current affairs program, Australia Wide.

The 25-minute program will launch on more than 40 ABC regional stations from next Monday, 22 January, at 6.05pm weekdays.

Stories will be sourced from the ABC’s regional radio network and its national rural and regional reporting team focusing on the issues that affect those living in regional Australia. The program will be replayed to national and international audiences on Radio National and ABC Radio Australia each weeknight at 7.35pm.

Director of ABC Regional Fiona Reynolds said the conversational style program is a significant addition to the news and current affairs line-up on the ABC’s regional network, providing a round-up of the day’s leading stories as well as breaking news.

“We’ve put a great team behind the program, headed by WA-based presenter Sinéad Mangan and Senior Producer, Bridget Fitzgerald,” she said.

“The launch of Australia Wide gives those living in local communities a stronger voice in national conversations and builds on our commitment as Australia’s national broadcaster to reflect the whole of Australia in our news and information. It also reflects our commitment to provide more in-depth reporting of regional issues.” 

The program will be produced from the ABC’s Perth studios. Sinéad Mangan has held a number of reporting, producing and presenter roles with the ABC in Western Australia during the past 16 years. Sinéad has presented the WA Country Hour as well as presenting Mornings, Afternoons, Drive and Saturday Breakfast on ABC Radio Perth. 

Senior Producer Bridget Fitzgerald has held several reporting, producing and presenting roles with the ABC in Melbourne and Perth over the past five years. Bridget has recently presented the WA Country Hour.

In March 2017, the ABC announced its Connecting Communities initiative which saw a funding boost of $15.4 million to its regional teams for the creation of up to 80 reporter, presenter and producing roles.

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