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 Adelade (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 ABC1 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, is produced at the ABC Southbank Centre in Melbourne (weekdays).
- 1 Pre-launch
- 2 Reception
- 3 Programming
- 4 ABC News 24 online
- 5 Presenters
- 6 References
- 7 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 ABC1 sports coverage of the SANFL.
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.
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 (Afternoon Live) 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 Jim Middleton & Zoe Daniel entitled The World.
Existing shows ABC News Breakfast and ABC News with Ros Childs are broadcast live on ABC News 24 at the same time as on ABC1 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 ABC1). In addition, The Business is shown in an earlier timeslot than currently scheduled on ABC1. 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 ABC1
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.
- 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 Greg Jennett
- 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
- 18:00-18:45; The Drum with Steve Cannane or Julia Baird
- 18:45-19:00; The Quarters
- 19:00-20:30; Evenings with Scott Bevan & Kumi Taguchi
- 20:30-21:00; The Business with Ticky Fullerton; Friday; One Plus One with Jane Hutcheon
- 21:00-21:45; The Drum with Steve Cannane or Julia Baird
- 21:45-22:00; Various
- 22:00-23:00; The World with Jim Middleton & Zoe Daniel (Monday - Thursday) & Beverley O'Connor (Friday)
- 23:00-23:30; ABC News with Richard Davies
- 23:30-00:00; 7.30 with Leigh Sales
- 00:00-01:00; Lateline with Tony Jones (Wednesday & Thursday) & Emma Alberici (Monday, Tuesday & Friday)
- 01:00-01:30; BBC World News with Lucy Hockings
- 01:30-02:00; Newsline with Jim Middleton
- 02:00-03:00; Al Jazeera English Newshour
- 03:00-03:30; Global with Jon Sopel or Ros Atkins (from the BBC)
- 03:30-04:00; The Business with Ticky Fullerton or News Exchange with Matt Cargill
- 04:00-04:30; BBC World News with Lucy Hockings or Tim Willcox
- 04:30-05:00; BBC World News Focus on Africa with Sophie Ikenye
- 05:00-06:00; Al Jazeera English NewsHour
- ABC News 30 Minute Bulletins at 07:00, 12:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00, 17:00, 18:00, 19:00, 20:00, 21:00 and 22:00
- 08:00-11:30; Weekend Breakfast with Andrew Geoghagen & Miriam Corowa
Substitute News Presenters
- Nicole Chettle
- Whitney Fitzsimmons
- Nick Grimm
- Richard Davies
- Nick Dole
- Claire Aird
- Kathryn Stolarchuk
- Jason Om
- Meredith Sheehan
- Beverley O'Connor
- Rachel Puppazoni
- Steve Cannane - presenter
- Julia Baird - presenter
- Annabel Crabb - contributor and substitute presenter
- Latika Bourke - contributor
- John Barron - contributor and substitute presenter
- Stephen Long - substitute presenter
- Tim Palmer - substitute presenter
- Eleanor Hall - substitute presenter
- Whitney Fitzsimmons - Business Today
- Ticky Fullerton - The Business
- Alan Kohler - Kohler Report and Inside Business
- Alicia Barry
- Elysse Morgan
- Paul Kennedy - ABC News Breakfast, ABC News Mornings and Contact Sport
- Sacha Mirzabegian - Weekend Breakfast or Weekend (Afternoon shift) and Friday evenings, and Afternoon Live and Mornings (two-three days)
- Peter Wilkins - Grandstand host
- Amanda Shalala - Grandstand sports update
- Amy Hetzel - Weekend Breakfast or Weekend (Afternoon shift) and Friday evenings, and Afternoon Live and Mornings (two-three days)
- Adam Stephen (fill-in)
- Daniella Intili (Weekend Presenter, afternoons)
- Claire Aird (fill-in)
- Vanessa O'Hanlon - ABC News Breakfast and ABC News Mornings
- Graham Creed - Afternoon Live, ABC News Early Edition & ABC Evening News
- Paul Higgins - ABC News Breakfast and ABC News Mornings fill-in presenter
- Lyndal Curtis - political editor and Capital Hill host (currently on leave)
- Mark Simkin - chief political correspondent
- Greg Jennett
- Hayden Cooper
- Andrew Greene
- Latika Bourke
- Melissa Clarke
- George Roberts
- Gillian Bradford
- Julie Doyle
- Jim Middleton - The World This Week
- Jane Hutcheon - One Plus One
- Dr Norman Swan - Tonic
- Matt Cargill - News Exchange
- John Barron and Chas Licciardello - Planet America
- Angela Pulvirenti - Inside Edge
- John Barron - ABC Fact Check
- Ali Moore - Afternoon Live, 2010
- Chris Uhlmann - Political editor and host of Capital Hill, 2010
- Nick Lucchinelli - Producer & Presenter
- Melissa Hamilton - Presenter
- Karina Carvalho - ABC News Breakfast
- Juanita Phillips - ABC Evening News
- New Delhi
- Washington, D.C.
- New York
- Port Moresby
- 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)
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