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Australian Broadcasting Corporation - ABC Television


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The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) is Australia's national public broadcaster, known previously as the Australian Broadcasting Commission. With a budget of AUD$823 million, the corporation provides television, radio and online services throughout metropolitan and regional Australia, as well as overseas through the Australia Network and Radio Australia. Through its commercial arm, ABC Commercial, the corporation runs a chain of retail outlets, selling books, audio and video recordings, and other merchandise related to its programs.

Founded in 1929 as the Australian Broadcasting Company, it was subsequently nationalised and made a state-owned corporation on July 1, 1932, becoming the Australian Broadcasting Commission. Following this, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1983 changed the name of the organisation to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation effective July 1, 1983. The corporation produces programmes and information services, broadcasting nationally on television, radio, and the Internet. The ABC is often referred to informally as "Aunty", the origin of this name derives directly from a nickname of the ABC's cousin, the BBC.


In 2001, digital television commenced after four years of preparation. In readiness, the ABC had fully digitised its production, post-production and transmission facilities - heralded at the time as 'the greatest advance in television technology since the introduction of colour'. The first programs to be produced in widescreen were drama series Something in the Air, Grass Roots and In the Mind of the Architect.

At the same time, the ABC's Multimedia division was renamed 'ABC New Media', becoming an output division of the ABC alongside Television and Radio. Legislation allowed the ABC to provide 'multichannels' - additional, digital-only, television services managed by the New Media division. Soon after the introduction of digial television in 2001, Fly TV and the ABC Kids Channel launched, showing a mix of programming aimed at teenagers and children.

In 2002, the ABC launched ABC Asia Pacific - the replacement for the defunct Australia Television channel operated previously by the Seven Network. Much like its predecessor, and companion radio network Radio Australia, the service provided a mix of programming targeted at audiences throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Funding cuts in 2003 led to the closure of Fly and the ABC Kid's Channel.

ABC2, a second attempt at a digital-only television channel, launched on March 7, 2005. Unlike its predecessors the new service was not dependent on government funding, instead running on a budget of AUD$3 million per year. Minister for Communications Helen Coonan inaugurated the channel at Parliament House three days later. Genre restrictions limiting the types of programming the channel could carry were lifted in October, 2006 - ABC2 was henceforth able to carry programming classified as comedy, drama, national news, sport and entertainment.

A high incidence of breast cancer in female staff working at the ABC's offices in Brisbane led to the closure of the site, based in Toowong, on December 21, 2006. Sixteen women were diagnosed with the disease in a period spanning 1994 to 2007. A progress report released in March, 2007, by an independent panel formed to investigate the occurrences found that the rate of occurrence for breast cancer rate at the offices was eleven times higher than elsewhere - since the closure of the site, the ABC's Brisbane-based television and radio operations were moved to alternate locations around the city, inclued Ten Brisbane's studios at Mt Coot-tha. The ABC's Managing Director, Mark Scott, announced in August, 2007 that new studios would be built on the site, following the final release of the Review and Scientific Investigation Panel's report.

At midday on February 8, 2008, ABC TV was rebranded as ABC1, complementing the existing ABC2 digital-only channel which was launched on March 7, 2008 (Credit: Wikipedia).



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ABC content on Media Man Australia

Personality Profiles

Andrew Denton

Phillip Adams

Quentin Dempster

Jake Lloyd-Jones

Interviews, by Greg Tingle

Peter Clancy, National OH&S Advisor - 10th March 2003

Phillip Adams (audio), Radio National, Late Night Live, Broadcaster - 3rd April 2003

Tim Richie, Radio National, Sound Quality, Producer & Broadcaster - 15th May 2003

Quentin Dempster, Stateline, Presenter, Friend of the ABC & Author of Death Struggle - 28th September 2003

*Media Man Australia has been interviewed on ABC Radio and television a number of times, in addition to successful media pitches


Andrew Denton: Aussie talk show king

ABC cameraman Australia's first casualty in Iraq, by Greg Tingle - 23rd March 2003




The New Inventors

ABC Good Game

ABC Sunday Arts

ABC Australian Story

ABC Island


ABC Radio, Adelaide

ABC Resources


Website Review

ABC: Capturing the web for everyman, by Greg Tingle


Press Release

ABC Friends Hold Forum To Support Embattled Broadcaster - 28th September 2003

ABC Grandstand


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