ABC announces changes and restructures as part of Five Year Plan

ABC announces changes and restructures as part of Five Year Plan

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.

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