On 27 November 2012 the Senate referred the matter of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's (ABC) commitment to reflecting and representing regional diversity in Australia to the Environment and Communications References Committee (the committee) for inquiry and report. The committee resolved to report to the Senate by 20 March 2013.
The terms of reference for the inquiry were:
(a) the commitment by the ABC to reflecting and representing regional diversity in Australia;
(b) the impact that the increased centralisation of television production in Sydney and Melbourne has had on the ABC's ability to reflect national identify and diversity; and
(c) any related matters.
Chapter 2 of this report provides background detail on the ABC as the national broadcaster and its history in broadcasting and reflecting regional Australia. The chapter also gives an overview of past reviews conducted into the ABC.
Chapter 3 discusses some of the key issues raised during the course of the inquiry, namely the ability of the ABC to reflect regional Australia, the effect of the centralisation of ABC production in Sydney and Melbourne and the impact of the closure of the Perth and Hobart production units.