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
ABC Kids
Website ABC News 24
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
Foxtel/Austar (virtual) 642
VAST (virtual) 24
Foxtel/Austar/Optus (virtual) 642
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).


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]


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]

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.[12]


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.[13] 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 (afternoons) and Scott Bevan. 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.[13]

Existing shows ABC News Breakfast and ABC News at Noon 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.[13]

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 Greg Jennett.

The World presented by Scott Bevan

Repeated from ABC TV[edit]


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.[14] Conversely, ABC News 24 has also been criticised for not turning to rolling coverage.[15][16]

ABC News 24 online[edit]

ABC News 24 is streaming online at the ABC's website.[17] However, contrary to previous ABC News and ABC Online practice,[citation needed] the news stream is not available outside of Australia,[18] 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.

Notable presenters[edit]



Substitute news presenters[edit]

The Drum[edit]



ABC News Breakfast and ABC News Mornings[edit]


  • Jenny Woodward - ABC News Afternoons, Evenings, The World and late night bulletins fill-in


Former presenters[edit]

International bureaus[edit]

Overseas correspondents[edit]


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  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. ^ Danny (5 April 2010). "abc-news-24 "New ABC news channel to be called "ABC News 24"". The Tube. 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. ^ "News 24 not hurting main bulletin: ABC". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 10 March 2012. 
  13. ^ 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. 
  14. ^ SIMONS, MARGARET SIMONS. "How ABC News 24 lost pace with news from Japan". Retrieved 18 January 2015. All news channels, including the ABC, played the same pictures, and the same interviews, over and over again. 
  15. ^ Canning, Simon (16 December 2010). "ABC news missed the boat via reruns". 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. 
  16. ^ SIMONS, MARGARET (15 Aug 2011). "ABC News 24 runs on the smell of an oily rag". Crikey. Retrieved 18 January 2015. And other critics (including me) have complained that the channel is too slow to switch to breaking news. 
  17. ^ "abc news 24". ABC NEWS. Archived from the original on 17 August 2010. Retrieved 22 Jul 2010. 
  18. ^ "abc news 24 FAQ". ABC NEWS 24 FAQ. Archived from the original on 24 July 2010. Retrieved 22 Jul 2010. 

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