Australia's national broadcasters, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and the Special Broadcasting Service Corporation (SBS), have been allocated an additional $109.4 million over three years so they can continue to provide high quality programming and services for Australian audiences.
“Every day, millions of Australians access news and current affairs, sport and entertainment provided by our national broadcasters across their television, radio and digital platforms,” the Minister for Broadband, Communications, and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, said.
“This additional funding will allow the ABC and the SBS to continue to innovate and keep pace with the changing media environment and continue to reflect Australian culture and diversity.”
Unlike Malcolm Turnbull, who has said he would cut funding to the ABC and SBS, the Gillard Government is committed to supporting Australia's national broadcasters and ensuring they are adequately funded, Conroy said.
The ABC will get $89.4 million in additional funding over the next three years to expand ABC news and current affairs services and for digital delivery of ABC programs.
“This will help deliver stronger coverage of local and regional issues, and to meet the growing demand for their digital services,” Conroy said.
The Government is also providing the ABC with a loan of $90 million over three years so it can consolidate the majority of its Melbourne-based operations at its Southbank site.
“This funding will enable the ABC to construct a purpose-built facility to house its radio, television and digital production operations, as well as broadcasting and support services.”
“This allows the ABC to achieve operational savings, while continuing to deliver high quality broadcast content,” Conroy said.
“The SBS will receive $20 million in new funding over the next triennium to build on the success of its digital initiatives and to continue to develop its programming and services to reflect and promote multicultural and Indigenous Australia.”
The funding in the 2013-14 Budget is in addition to what the Government will provide to the national broadcasters through the next triennium funding agreements.