ABC Managing Director David Anderson has launched the ABC's next Five Year Plan to cover the years 2020 to 2025.
Key takeaways include:
- Up to 250 people are likely to leave the organisation.
- The ABC Life brand will be discontinued, changing to ABC Local, where it will have a wider editorial remit, sourcing content from across the ABC, including outer suburban and regional areas.
- There will be a greater focus on digital and on-demand news services. This includes discontinuing the 7.45am broadcast-only radio news bulletin which airs on all ABC local radio stations, and shifting focus to provide news across all audio platforms.
- Rebranding ABC Comedy to create a home for a range of genres, such as Arts, Science, Education and Religion. Comedy will continue to be commissioned for ABC main channel and a destination on iview.
- Reducing independent production by approximately $5m p.a., predominately from the factual and entertainment slate, with the ABC prioritising investment in Drama and Children’s programming.
- The ABC aims to have 75 per cent of content makers based outside of its Sydney-based HQ by 2025.