From 1 July 2015, ABC radio will stream an additional 14 regional services, ensuring more Australians can access radio online and on mobile.
The ABC’s Managing Director, Mark Scott, said the decision to expand regional streaming beyond the Gold Coast and Newcastle builds on the ABC’s 82-year commitment to rural and regional Australia in the digital era.
“From Cairns in the north through to Launceston in the south, regionally produced programs and bulletins will broaden their audiences through the capacity to stream online and on mobile,” Mr Scott said.
“The roll-out is being funded through efficiencies from across the organisation and forms part of the ABC’s strategy of putting audiences at the centre.”
ABC Alice Springs ABC North West – Karratha
ABC Goldfields – Kalgoorlie ABC Northern Tasmania – Launceston
ABC Kimberley – Broome ABC Western Queensland – Longreach
ABC South West – Bunbury ABC North West Queensland – Mt Isa
ABC Far North – Cairns ABC North and West – Port Pirie
ABC Western Plains – Dubbo ABC Gippsland – Sale
ABC Southern Queensland – Toowoomba ABC Goulburn Murray – Wodonga
These initial locations and future locations have been selected for logistical reasons.
Scott said the ABC’s commitment to regional Australia also extends to the creation of its new division – ABC Regional – unifying the Corporation’s radio and newsgathering capacity to provide a comprehensive and high quality service for its audiences. ABC Regional will be operational on 1 July.
Newly appointed Director ABC Regional, Fiona Reynolds, said it is the division’s ambition to extend streaming to other regional locations in the future.
“Regional audiences have sought an expansion of ABC radio streaming services and we are excited to be able to expand those services and meet audience expectations,” Ms Reynolds said.
ABC Regional will bring together about 400 staff from across the country to provide a unified service for audiences. ABC staff working in 48 locations outside the eight capital cities as well as metro-based Rural team members will form part of the new division along with Landline, Australia All Over and Saturday Night Country teams.