The Hon. Alexander Downer, MP
The Hon. Alexander Downer, MP

Media Release

FA153 - 13 December 2005

Australian Television Service to the Asia Pacific Region

The Government has selected the Australian Broadcasting Corporation as the preferred provider of Australia's television service to the Asia Pacific region for the period 2006-2011.

In June this year the Government decided that it would open a tender to test the market and identify the most efficient and effective provider for Australia's television service to the Asia Pacific region for the next five year period (2006-2011). The ABC was selected after evaluation of two proposals through a full and open Request for Tender process. The Request for Tender was considered by a Tender Board and the Government has accepted the recommendation of the Tender Board.

The Government is committed to seeing Australia's television service to the region deliver quality, contemporary programming and to expand its reach. The Government considers that an independent Australian television service projecting accurate images and information about Australia and its way of life is very much in the national interest.

Further discussions will be held to finalise an agreement for the operation of the service. These discussions will include the move to a generic and timeless name for the service which will be phased in on commencement of the new contract.

Media inquiries : Ministerial 02 6277 7500, DFAT Media Liaison 02 6261 1555

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