ABC News 24
|ABC News 24|
|Launched||22 July 2010|
|Owned by||Australian Broadcasting Corporation|
|Picture format||HDTV (720p)|
|Audience share||1.1% nationally (March 2011, )|
|Slogan||On TV. Online. On mobile.
Your News, Your Way
|Website||ABC News 24|
|ABN Sydney (DVB-T)||544 @ 12 (226.5 MHz|
|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|
|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. 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.
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).
- 1 Pre-launch
- 2 Reception
- 3 Programming
- 4 Criticism
- 5 ABC News 24 online
- 6 Notable presenters
- 7 References
- 8 External links
The ABC announced in January 2010 that it planned to launch a 24-hour news channel. The new ABC News 24 logo was revealed by Freeview in their new promotion on Tuesday 22 June. The official promotional reel for ABC News 24 was launched on digital channel 24 between 6 and 8 July.
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.
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. 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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
Repeated from ABC TV
Along with other rolling news channels, ABC News 24 has been criticised for launching into rolling news coverage for 'breaking news' where little new information supports such coverage, and just repeating limited information and footage about an event. Conversely, ABC News 24 has also been criticised for not turning to rolling coverage.
News organisations have also been criticised for showing live images and commentary, such shown at right - police outside the kosher deli during the 2015 Paris terror event, that could hinder the police in hostage situations should the targets, or collaborators, have access to such reports.
ABC News 24 online
ABC News 24 is streaming online at the ABC's website. However,  the news stream is not available outside of Australia, 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.
- ABC News Breakfast with Michael Rowland & Virginia Trioli
- ABC News Mornings with Joe O'Brien
- ABC News with Ros Childs
- Afternoons with Tony Eastley
- Evenings with Scott Bevan
- The Business with Ticky Fullerton
- The Drum with Steve Cannane
- The World with Beverley O'Connor
- 7.30 with Leigh Sales
- Lateline with Tony Jones & Emma Alberici
- The Business with Ticky Fullerton
Substitute news presenters
- Jeremy Fernandez (ABC Weekend evening NSW News bulletins)
- Steve Cannane - presenter
- Annabel Crabb - substitute presenter and panelist
- Eleanor Hall - substitute presenter
- Scott Bevan - substitute presenter
- Alan Kohler - ABC/ABC News 24 7pm finance segment
ABC News Breakfast and ABC News Mornings
- Sharelle McMahon - fill in
- Jenny Woodward - ABC News Afternoons, Evenings, The World and late night bulletins fill-in
- Ali Moore - Afternoon Live, 2010
- Chris Uhlmann - Political editor and host of Capital Hill, 2010
- Juanita Phillips - ABC News 24 8pm bulletin, 2010 to 7 March 2014
- Sally Sara - Afghanistan
- Mark Willacy - North Asia
- Matt Brown - Indonesia
- Lisa Millar - Washington
- Peter Cave - Foreign Affairs Editor (Worldwide)
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- Meade, Amanda (13 February 2012). "Aunty admits its news unit is $2.5m in the red". The Australian. Retrieved 10 March 2012.
- Reece Homfray; Miles Kemp (23 February 2012). "ABC-24 costly for the SANFL". Adelaide Now. The Adelaide Advertiser. Retrieved 10 March 2012.
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- SIMONS, MARGARET SIMONS. "How ABC News 24 lost pace with news from Japan". www.crikey.com.au. Retrieved 18 January 2015.
All news channels, including the ABC, played the same pictures, and the same interviews, over and over again.
- Canning, Simon (16 December 2010). "ABC news missed the boat via reruns". www.theaustralian.com.au. The Australian. Retrieved 18 January 2015.
THE ABC's news channel, ABC24, has been slammed by critics for failing to recognise the scale of the Christmas Island asylum-seeker tragedy.
- SIMONS, MARGARET (15 Aug 2011). "ABC News 24 runs on the smell of an oily rag". www.crikey.com.au. Crikey. Retrieved 18 January 2015.
And other critics (including me) have complained that the channel is too slow to switch to breaking news.
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Press corps members ‘have entered lines of ﬁre and secured zones, and hostage and rescue forces have been pictured on live television as they moved in for an assault’. In these situations, terrorists need only to turn on a television or radio newscast to gain the upper hand.
- Cohen-Almagor, Raphael (2005). "Media Coverage of Acts of Terrorism:Troubling Episodes and Suggested Guidelines". Canadian Journal of Communication (University of Haifa) 30: 383-409.
During the past 40 years there have been many instances in whichmedia coverage of terrorist events was problematic and irresponsible, evoking public criticism and antagonizing the authorities.
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