HUGE HIT TO ABC IN 2016 BUDGET
ALMOST $50M CUT OVER NEXT THREE YEARS
The 2016 Budget Papers reveal more severe cuts to the ABC, adding up to almost $50m over the corporation’s next three-year agreement with the government.
The ABC’s Triennial Funding was released as part of this week’s budget.
It revealed more than $6m would be axed from the ABC News Division annually, along with millions-of-dollars worth of cuts to the development of the ABC’s online and mobile capacity.
In a media release, the ABC says it will need to withdraw services as a result of the budget cuts.
"ABC News will seek to maintain as many of the [national and regional] initiatives as possible, with a focus on delivering for Australians in regional and outer-suburban areas. However, there will necessarily be some changes to staffing and programming in line with the reduced allocation of funds.”
We are very disappointed with this news. We have been pushing hard for more funds for ABC Regional Services, but it appears the Government is determined to weaken further the national broadcaster.
So, the Government is continuing to reduce the ABC’s resources, making it impossible for it to meet its Charter obligations. Let the battle continue – we are campaigning in the Marginal Seats throughout Australia and asking people to consider the ABC’s predicament before deciding how to Vote.
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