Australia Network contract finalised

Media release

31 August 2012

Foreign Minister Bob Carr today announced the Government had entered into a funding agreement with the Australian Broadcast Corporation (ABC) for the on-going delivery of a new-look Australia Network Service, combining television, radio and digital media.

Senator Carr said the integrated multi-platform international service would allow the ABC to combine the strengths of the existing Australia Network television operation with Radio Australia's services and the ABC's news online and digital operations.

"It will ensure delivery of a comprehensive service to diverse regional audiences using the media platforms of their choice, effectively extending Australia's public diplomacy reach," Senator Carr said.

"Australia's national broadcaster is well placed to deliver this service.

"The Government's decision in December 2011 to make the Australia Network Service a permanent feature of the ABC will bring greater certainty for the future, allowing the ABC to make more flexible and integrated broadcasting decisions for Australia's international target audiences."

The new funding agreement has been reached. The Government and the ABC will mutually review the terms for renewal in the context of the Government's decision for the ABC to provide this service on a permanent basis.

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