Media Release: Creation of ABC Resources
Managing Director Mark Scott today announced the
creation of ABC Resources, a new ABC Division
drawing together Production Resources and Resource
Hire to improve the ABC’s ability to respond
to the changing demands of the digital media environment.
Scott said ABC Resources would provide the ABC
with a more flexible, multi-skilled production
workforce, able to provide facilities and skilled
staff for both internal and external production.
ABC is committed in the future to being a broadcaster
and a producer of its own material - as it is
today,” Mr Scott said.
means sourcing the best quality material at the
best price from both our own producers and the
independent production sector.
creation of ABC Resources moves our production
staff onto a sustainable model, better suited
to our current and future needs in the digital
media world in which we now operate.
Resources will formally start operation from 1
July. It will have a guaranteed level of internal
production for ABC Television, underpinned by
a more transparent system of transfer pricing
to improve efficiency. By incorporating the ABC’s
existing Resource Hire business, ABC Resources
will also be well placed to market spare capacity,
both labour and facilities, to external clients,
improving efficiency and generating returns to
Scott said the creation of ABC Resources followed
a detailed review of the ABC’s Television
production methodology and practice.
of the great challenges for the ABC is to keep
faith with our traditional audiences on radio
and TV, while keeping pace with audience trends
in the rapidly emerging digital media space, notably
the delivery of content via broadband.
meet this challenge we need to harness the potential
of new technology and have a more flexible workforce.
television production review highlighted these
requirements, and the ABC will be progressively
implementing a number of its recommendations this
year as we pursue more efficient and sustainable
production methods that allow us to keep pace
with audience expectations.
creation of ABC Resources is a key part of this
transition, aimed at improving efficiency and
managing the shift to new technology.
consultation will be held with staff in both Production
Resources and Resource Hire and unions around
the workforce required for ABC Resources.”
Scott said a number of other recommendations from
the TV production review had been accepted or
were under consideration, but stressed that the
ABC would retain a mix of internal and external
production, and continue with TV production in
of our major projects this year will be the replacement
of TV News studio technology, which is reaching
the end of its life cycle,” Mr Scott said.
considering replacement technology it is clear
that major efficiency gains are possible through
a higher level of studio automation, a technology
we have successfully trialled in both Sydney and
Melbourne with no impact on on-air quality.
new technology gives us the opportunity to reduce
capital and production costs and we plan to introduce
automated studio systems in our television news
studios around the country. It will involve greater
multiskilling and fewer studio staff, and there
will be full consultation with News staff, studio
crews and unions. We will be seeking to minimise
redundancies through redeployment and retraining
further project is to improve the efficiency of
graphics production for ABC TV News programs,
by making better use of the existing capacity
of our graphic designers and equipment in Sydney
savings generated through these measures will
allow the ABC to produce more content, including
more news content, for our audiences. We also
plan to set aside some of the savings to fund
additional television production from outside
Sydney and Melbourne.
have a responsibility to our audiences –
the taxpayers of Australia – to be as efficient
as we can be in order to continue delivering the
programs that they know and love.”
Scott said the ABC was also trialling desktop
editing systems for use by TV journalists and
examining greater use of file based syndication
systems in order to further harness the efficiency
possible through new technology. These would be
the subject of further internal work before final
decisions were made.