ABC News 24

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ABC News 24
ABC News 24 logo.png
Launched 22 July 2010
Network ABC Television
Owned by Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Picture format HDTV (720p)
Audience share 1.1% nationally (March 2011, [1])
Slogan On TV. Online. On mobile.
Your News, Your Way
Country Australia
Language English
Broadcast area Nationally
Replaced ABC HD
Sister channel(s) ABC
ABC2
ABC3
ABC4 Kids
Website ABC News 24
Availability
Terrestrial
ABN Sydney (DVB-T) 544 @ 12 (226.5 MHz)[1]
ABV Melbourne (DVB-T) 560 @ 12 (226.5 MHz)
ABQ Brisbane (DVB-T) 576 @ 12 (226.5 MHz)
ABS Adelaide (DVB-T) 592 @ 12 (226.5 MHz)
ABW Perth/Mandurah (DVB-T) 736 @ 12 (226.5 MHz)
ABT Hobart (DVB-T) 624 @ 8 (191.5 MHz)
ABD Darwin (DVB-T) 640 @ 30 (543.5 MHz)
Freeview ABC (virtual) 24
Satellite
Foxtel/Austar (virtual) 202
VAST (virtual) 24
Cable
Foxtel/Austar/Optus (virtual) 202
Streaming media
News 24 live feed via RTMP/HLS

ABC News 24 is an Australian 24-hour news channel launched and owned by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.[2][3][4] The channel replaced the former ABC High Definition simulcast of ABC TV and commenced broadcasting at 7:30 pm (AEST) 5:30 (AWST) on Thursday, 22 July 2010.[5][6]

The majority of the channel's content is produced from the ABC Ultimo Centre in Sydney, which the public can view being presented from an atrium looking into the news presentation studio. ABC News 24's early morning programme, ABC News Breakfast and the evening programme The World is produced at the ABC Southbank Centre in Melbourne (weekdays).

Pre-launch[edit]

The ABC announced in January 2010 that it planned to launch a 24-hour news channel.[2] The new ABC News 24 logo was revealed by Freeview in their new promotion on Tuesday 22 June.[7] The official promotional reel for ABC News 24 was launched on digital channel 24 between 6 and 8 July.[8]

Speculation about a launch date for ABC News 24 took place in the weeks prior to the official announcement. The Daily Telegraph claimed in early July that the channel would be delayed due to technical issues at the ABC's new playout facility, MediaHub, in south west Sydney while other outlets reported that the channel was on track to begin in mid-July.[9]

The ABC announced on 13 July 2010 that the channel would have its first live broadcast on 22 July.[5][6]

Reception[edit]

Since the commencement of regular broadcasting, the reaction to the new news channel has been mixed. A particular concern has been the pressure placed upon the budget and operations of both the news division of the ABC, as well as the broadcaster as a whole, owing to the decision to launch the channel without additional Government funding, as was the case with the recent launch of the children's channel ABC3.

In Senate Estimates hearings in February 2012 the broadcaster confirmed a $2.5 million shortfall in the budget for its news and current affairs division and imposed a 1.5% cut in newsroom budgets, though denies the link to ABC News 24, instead pointing to recent major news events in the past year such as the Christchurch earthquakes and flooding in Queensland and Victoria.[10] However, Independent Senator Nick Xenophon has blamed the reported $20 million annual cost of the network for cutbacks in ABC TV sports coverage of the SANFL.[11]

ABC News 24 has been criticised for inconsistency with breaking news programming, with claims that the news channel frequently fails to cover breaking news or airs repeat programming during breaking news events.[12]

However, the network has seen success with high viewership compared to competitor Sky News Australia, with reach exceeding 2 million viewers weekly, tripling that of Sky News.[13]

Programming[edit]

ABC News presented by Juanita Phillips

ABC News 24's output consists of a mix of live bulletins, timeshifted repeats of existing ABC News and Current Affairs output, coverage of the Federal Parliament's Question Time, documentaries and factual and arts programming.[14] These draw upon the ABC's own resources and those of its partner broadcasters, the BBC, TVNZ, PBS, NHK, and Al Jazeera English.

Live rolling news coverage on the channel is presented on weekdays by Joe O'Brien (mornings), Ros Childs (midday), Tony Eastley & Kim Landers (afternoons) and Scott Bevan & Kumi Taguchi (evenings). Specialist and feature programming includes a daily business programme covering the Asia-Pacific region, a topical debate programme entitled The Drum presented by Steve Cannane or Julia Baird and an international bulletin with Beverley O'Connor entitled The World presented from ABC Melbourne Studio.[14]

Existing shows ABC News Breakfast and ABC News with Ros Childs are broadcast live on ABC News 24 at the same time as on ABC TV in AEST/AEDT time zones; viewers in the AWST and ACST time zones can choose to watch these programs either live (on ABC News 24) or on delay in their local time (on ABC TV). In addition, The Business is shown in an earlier timeslot than currently scheduled on ABC TV. Overnight, two hours of BBC World News bulletins from London are broadcast, as well as two Al Jazeera Newshour bulletins.[14]

On 30 September 2010, the ABC announced the first new programme to be shown on ABC News 24 titled Capital Hill. The political programme, originally hosted by Chris Uhlmann airs Fridays at 5:30 pm AEST/AEDT and takes a look at the week's political events and news, as well as feature interviews with the key players of politics. It is now broadcast every weekday at 1:00 pm AEST/AEDT and is hosted by Lyndal Curtis.

The World presented by Scott Bevan

Repeated from ABC TV[edit]

ABC News 24 online[edit]

ABC News 24 is streaming online at the ABC's website.[15] However, contrary to previous ABC News and ABC Online practice,[citation needed] the news stream is not available outside of Australia,[16] and unlike other programming on iView it is not currently offered as unmetered content by any internet service providers. The ABC News 24 stream is available in Medium and High bandwidth varieties on the iView site.

Presenters[edit]

News[edit]

Weekdays

  • 06:00-09:00; ABC News Breakfast with Michael Rowland & Virginia Trioli
  • 09:00-12:00; ABC News Mornings with Joe O'Brien
  • 12:00-13:00; ABC News with Ros Childs (Monday - Thursday) & Jane Hutcheon (Friday)
  • 13:00-13:30; Capital Hill with Lyndal Curtis
  • 13:30-14:00; ABC News with Ros Childs (Monday - Thursday) & Jane Hutcheon (Friday)
  • 14:00-15:00; ABC News with Ros Childs (Monday - Thursday) & Jane Hutcheon (Friday)
  • 15:00-17:30; Afternoons with Tony Eastley & Kim Landers
  • 17:30-18:00; Grandstand with Peter Wilkins
  • 18:00-20:30; Evenings with Scott Bevan & Kumi Taguchi
  • 20:30-21:00; The Business with Ticky Fullerton Monday to Thursday) / One Plus One with Jane Hutcheon (Fridays)
  • 21:00-21:30; ABC News
  • 21:30-22:00; The Drum with Steve Cannane or Julia Baird
  • 22:00-23:00; The World with Beverley O'Connor
  • 23:00-23:30; ABC News
  • 23:30-00:00; 7.30 with Leigh Sales
  • 00:00-00:25; ABC News
  • 00:25-01:00; Lateline with Tony Jones (Wednesday & Thursday) & Emma Alberici (Monday, Tuesday & Friday)
  • 01:00-02:00; Al Jazeera Newshour
  • 02:00-02:25; ABC Open
  • 02:25-02:30; Grandstand with Peter Wilkins
  • 02:30-03:00; Outside Source
  • 03:30-03:55; BBC Focus on Africa
  • 03:55-04:00; ABC Open / Untold Stories
  • 04:00-05:00; Al Jazeera Newshour
  • 05:00-05:30; BBC World News
  • 05:30-0:600; The Business with Ticky Fullerton

Weekends

  • ABC News 30 Minute Bulletins at 11:00, 12:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00, 17:00, 18:00, 19:00, 20:00, 21:00 and 22:00
  • 07:00-11:00; Weekend Breakfast with Andrew Geoghegan & Eliza Harvey

Substitute News Presenters[edit]

They present (on a rotation basis) Weekend Bulletins (11am to 11pm, 30 minutes each hour), weeknight late bulletins (9pm, 11pm and 12am) and on weekdays when regular presenters from ABC News 24 programs as fill in presenter

  • Nicole Chettle
  • John Barron
  • Jeremy Fernandez
  • Eliza Harvey
  • Jane Hutcheon
  • Andrew Geoghegan
  • Matt Cargill
  • Lateika Lemike
  • Whitney Fitzsimmons
  • Richard Davies
  • Nick Dole
  • Claire Aird
  • Kathryn Stolarchuk
  • Rachel Puppazoni
  • Louise Crealy
  • Gemma Veness
  • Kirsten Aiken
  • Johanna Hatcher
  • Nick Grimm
  • Liv Casben
  • Melissa Hamilton
  • Michelle Rafferty
  • Meredith Sheehan
  • Simon Palan

The Drum[edit]

Finance[edit]

  • Ticky Fullerton - The Business
  • Alan Kohler - 7pm ABC & ABC News 24 bulletins
  • Auskar Subkati - The World
  • Alicia Barry - ABC News 24 bulletins (Mornings, Afternoons and 6pm)
  • Andrew Robertson - fill in for The Business
  • Phillip Lasker - fill in for 7pm ABC & ABC News 24 bulletins

Sport[edit]

ABC News Breakfast and ABC News Mornings

Grandstand

  • Peter Wilkins - host
  • Amanda Shalala - sports updates and fill in host
  • Mark Douglas - producer and fill in host

Weekend Breakfast, Evenings (weeknights), Grandstand sports updates (as fill in) or Weekend 30 minute bulletins (4pm to 10pm) (on a rotation basis)

  • Amy Hetzel
  • Niav Owens
  • Melinda Farrell
  • Sacha Mirzabegian
  • Daniella Intili
  • Adam Stephen
  • Claire Aird

Weather[edit]

  • Vanessa O'Hanlon - ABC News Breakfast and ABC News Mornings
  • Graham Creed - ABC News Afternoons, Evenings and Late night bulletins
  • Paul Higgins - ABC News Breakfast and ABC News Mornings fill-in presenter
  • Jane Bunn - ABC News Breakfast and ABC News Mornings fill-in presenter
  • Jenny Woodward - ABC News Afternoons, Evenings and Late night bulletins fill-in presenter

Canberra bureau[edit]

  • Lyndal Curtis - political editor and Capital Hill host
  • Mark Simkin - chief political correspondent
  • Greg Jennett - bureau chief, political correspondent & fill in Capital Hill host
  • Andrew Greene
  • Melissa Clarke
  • Julie Doyle
  • Tom Iggulden
  • Anna Henderson

Other[edit]

  • Jane Hutcheon - One Plus One
  • Dr Norman Swan - Tonic
  • Matt Cargill - News Exchange (on ABC News 24 Afternoons and Evenings bulletins)
  • Angela Pulvirenti - Inside Edge
  • John Barron - ABC Fact Check (as part of ABC News 24 bulletins)
  • James Valentine - The Mix

Former presenters[edit]

Overseas bureaus[edit]

Overseas correspondents[edit]

  • Sean Dorney - Pacific
  • Liam Fox - Papua New Guinea
  • Dominique Schwartz - New Zealand
  • Sally Sara - Afghanistan
  • Samantha Hawley - South East Asia
  • Mark Willacy - North Asia
  • Anne Barker - Middle East
  • Matt Brown - Indonesia
  • Stephen McDonell - China
  • Philip Williams - Europe
  • Mary Gearin - London
  • Norman Hermant - Moscow
  • Michael Brissenden - Washington
  • Ben Knight - Washington
  • Lisa Millar - Washington
  • Jane Cowan - North America
  • Ginny Stein - Africa
  • Peter Cave - Foreign Affairs Editor (Worldwide)

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.freetv.com.au/media/Engineering/Australian_Digital_Terrestrial_Television_Broadcasting_Service_Information_Register_-_Issue_4_-_January_2011.pdf
  2. ^ a b "ABC to launch 24-hour news channel". ABC News Online. 21 January 2010. Archived from the original on 27 June 2010. Retrieved 10 July 2010. 
  3. ^ "abc-news-24 "New ABC news channel to be called "ABC News 24"". The Tube. 5 April 2010. Retrieved 10 July 2010. [dead link]
  4. ^ Knox, David (21 January 2010). "ABC announces 24/7 News channel". TV Tonight. Retrieved 10 July 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "ABC to launch 24hr news channel next week". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 13 July 2010. Archived from the original on 15 July 2010. Retrieved 13 July 2010. 
  6. ^ a b "ABC News 24 will launch on Thursday 22 July". The Spy Report (Media Spy). 13 July 2010. Retrieved 13 July 2010. 
  7. ^ "ABC News 24 logo revealed". The Spy Report (Media Spy). 29 June 2010. Archived from the original on 2 July 2010. Retrieved 13 July 2010. 
  8. ^ "ABC News 24 hype reel unveiled". mUmbrella. 8 July 2010. Archived from the original on 10 July 2010. Retrieved 8 July 2010. 
  9. ^ "Exclusive: ABC News 24 will launch this month". The Spy Report (Media Spy). 4 July 2010. Archived from the original on 11 July 2010. Retrieved 13 July 2010. 
  10. ^ Meade, Amanda (13 February 2012). "Aunty admits its news unit is $2.5m in the red". The Australian. Retrieved 10 March 2012. 
  11. ^ Reece Homfray; Miles Kemp (23 February 2012). "ABC-24 costly for the SANFL". Adelaide Now. The Adelaide Advertiser. Retrieved 10 March 2012. 
  12. ^ "Media Watch: Discontinuous News (14/03/2011)". ABC Online. Retrieved 10 March 2012. 
  13. ^ "News 24 not hurting main bulletin: ABC". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 10 March 2012. 
  14. ^ a b c Blundell, Graeme (3 July 2010). "24-hour party people". The Australian. p. 27. Archived from the original on 12 August 2010. Retrieved 3 July 2010. 
  15. ^ "abc news 24". ABC NEWS. Archived from the original on 17 August 2010. Retrieved 22 Jul 2010. 
  16. ^ "abc news 24 FAQ". ABC NEWS 24 FAQ. Archived from the original on 24 July 2010. Retrieved 22 Jul 2010. 
  17. ^ "ABC to open Afghanistan bureau". ABC NEWS. Archived from the original on 25 January 2011. Retrieved 1 Feb 2011. 

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