ABC’s flagship 7:45am radio news bulletin axed

ABC’s flagship 7:45am radio news bulletin axed

Managing Director David Anderson has today launched the ABC's five-year strategy and outlined proposals to address budget cuts while protecting the Corporation's independence and Charter responsibilities for all Australians.

The national newswire AAP announced earlier this month it would cut half its staff after narrowly avoiding closure, and prior to that, News Corp had said it would stop printing more than 100 regional and local newspapers.

There will be changes to the TV channels, with the rebranding of ABC Comedy to focus on a broader range of programs.

The plans also include reducing independent production by approximately A$5 million per year, predominately from the factual and entertainment slate.

"This is a hard time for us, as it is for the broader economy and community as we all struggle with the events of this year", ABC managing director David Anderson said on Wednesday.

'The changes we make today will strengthen our position for the next five years and beyond'.

The latter is now in charge of drama, entertainment and indigenous programming while Laverty becomes head of factual and education.

Screen Producers Australia CEO Matt Deaner said the ABC's announcement "compounds the injury to an industry already weakened by COVID-19-related shutdowns, the lack of a comprehensive support package for the sector, reductions in output and funding from commercial broadcasters and a lack of ongoing baseline support from SVODs and other online content providers in the absence of evolved content regulation".

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"We anticipate we will farewell as many as 250 people through this process, valued colleagues who have made tremendous contributions to the ABC and to our audiences", Anderson said.

"To be more relevant we need the ABC to be in more communities", Anderson said.

There will also be a greater focus on digital and on-demand news services, including discontinuing the 7:45 a.m. broadcast-only radio news bulletin and shifting the focus to provide news across all our audio platforms.

Mr Morrison also backed a push to have 75 per cent of content-makers located outside of the Ultimo headquarters in Sydney by 2025. Assessing spare capacity for leasing in ABC Ultimo could potentially create a A$4 million per year savings. "We will always look for efficiencies to reinvest in services", he said.

The Public Interest Journalism Initiative, a non-partisan organisation, says more than 150 newsrooms have closed or temporarily shut in Australia since 2019.

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During a global pandemic where hundreds of thousands of people have lost their jobs, the last thing we want to be hearing is that more jobs are being axed.

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