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This review commenced with the publication of the Review Terms of Reference on 4 June 2018 calling for submissions from interested stakeholders by 3 August 2018.
A total of 433 submissions were received, including 310 pro forma submissions and 123 unique submissions of which 31 were from groups or organisations. Eighteen submissions were from people identifying as current or former Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) staff or contractors. Submissions were received from Australia and countries in the Asia Pacific region, but also the United Kingdom, Germany, the United States of America and Peru.
Most submissions focused on issues surrounding broadcasting to the Pacific, with just seven explicitly discussing Asian markets. Those submissions discussing Asian markets were more likely to observe the diversity of markets, media and content and market trends away from broadcasting towards narrowcasting. Those discussing Pacific markets were more likely to focus on particular community needs and the role of shortwave broadcasting, particularly the ABC’s cessation of shortwave broadcasting in the Pacific. There was little discussion of the cessation of shortwave broadcasting in the Asian markets.
This report presents the key findings of the review regarding the: