ABC Commercial is the commercial arm of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. It is responsible for making a profit through the creation, marketing and retailing of ABC products and services worldwide.
ABC Commercial was established in 1974. It was called ABC Enterprises initially and was later renamed ABC Commercial. One of its aims is to ensure that all profits from the sale of consumer products and production services are returned to the Corporation for reinvestment in program-making.
ABC Commercial has three departments: ABC Retail, ABC Product, and ABC Sales and Distribution.
ABC Shops is managed under the ABC Retail department. ABC Shops now operates over 40 retail shops and 80 centres, an international delivery service on the Internet as well as developing and licensing ABC brands and programs, and providing production resource hire to the general public and industry alike.
News of closure
On 11 May 2008, sources from both the ABC and Dymocks revealed that the ABC was planning to close its 43 ABC Shops in two months' time. The plan was for Dymocks to take over the sale of ABC products at their stores. An ABC spokeswoman, however, dismissed the claim as "absolutely incorrect" in a letter to the Sydney Morning Herald editor on 18 May 2008. As of 2015[update], the ABC Shops remain open with one closure on 19 March 2015.
Michael Worby of the Institute of Public Affairs previously described the ABC shop as "Nationalization by stealth" during a discussion about the appropriateness of government ownership of business.
- About ABC Shops - ABC Shop
- About ABC Commercial - ABC Commercial
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- "ABC Commercial - ABC Resource Hire". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Archived from the original on 1 October 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-01.
- "ABC Shop - Help - About". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Archived from the original on 2 October 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-01.
- ABC only at Dymocks - Sydney Morning Herald, 11 May 2008, retrieved on 30 August 2008.