Public broadcasting

Australian Broadcasting Corporation


Smart TVs and local content prominence

To support policy development, this report presents detailed evidence about local content prominence on smart TVs. This research has been conducted as part of an Australian Research Council project, and is independent of any industry funding.
Policy report

Media policy statement: green paper response and next steps

The Australian government has released this media policy statement, which outlines a range of measures to progress reforms to the media sector. The statement represents the government’s response to the reform green paper process that was initiated in late 2020.

Regional Australia and the ABC: reforming the relationship

This paper was commissioned by the Page Research Centre in August 2021 to evaluate and analyse whether regional Australians are satisfied with, and believe they are getting full value from, the programmes and services of the Sydney-headquartered Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
Briefing paper

Bridging Papua New Guinea’s information divide

In the lead-up to the 2022 national election, Papua New Guinea must address its information gap by investing in the public broadcaster, writes Lowy Institute's Media and Communications Manager, Shane McLeod.

Trigger warning: the CCP’s coordinated information effort to discredit the BBC

This report provides a snapshot of the Chinese Communist Party's coordinated response targeting the BBC, and also analyses some of the secondary effects of this propaganda effort by exploring the mobilisation of a pro-CCP Twitter network.
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Paul Fletcher says ABC funding is rising each year. Is he correct?

Federal Communications Minister, Paul Fletcher, says the ABC's funding is rising every year. Verdict: Mr Fletcher's claim is misleading.

ABC Five-year plan 2020-2025

This document outlines the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's plans and strategic direction for the next five years.

It's our ABC

This report looks at the accumulated impact of recent federal government funding decisions, and uncovers details of a virtually unprecedented attack on the operational capability of Australia’s national broadcaster.

International public broadcasting: a missed opportunity for projecting Australia’s soft power

This report argues that public international broadcasting still has an important place among Australia’s principal soft power tools, but the focus of the debate needs to shift from issues such as short wave and restoring Radio Australia, to a fresh approach.

Funding the Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Funding for Australia’s primary national public broadcaster, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), has been a contentious and complex issue for many years. This paper explores some of the debates about recent budget measures for the ABC, including efficiency measures and how these have been alternatively...

Review of Australian Broadcasting Services in the Asia Pacific

The objective of this review is to assess the reach of Australia’s media in the Asia Pacific region, including examining whether shortwave radio technology should be used.

Allegations of political interference in the Australian Broadcasting Corporation

This report discusses the events in 2018 that led to the termination of the managing director's employment and resignation of the ABC Chair, and also examines allegations of political influence in the operations and broadcast policies of the ABC.

Inquiry into the competitive neutrality of the national broadcasters – report by the expert panel

The national broadcasters are operating in a manner consistent with the general principles of competitive neutrality. However, changes should be made to increase the transparency of their business activities, and how they consider issues of competitive neutrality and their participation in media markets.
Discussion paper

Depoliticising the ABC board and appointment process

In previous eras, both sides of politics made inappropriate partisan appointments to the ABC board. Despite the ‘arm’s length, merit based’ reforms made in 2013, the appointment process has once again become deeply politicised. Basic governance standards are being breached.
Audio interview

Senior business correspondent Peter Ryan analyses ABC chairman's decision to resign

Media commentators and business people are dismayed that the ABC has been embroiled itself in a crisis. Even though Justin Milne has now resigned as chairman, the journalists' union still believes the leadership crisis at the ABC can only be resolved with a comprehensive public...

Hard news and free media as the sharp edge of Australian soft power

Australia's international broadcasting service should be rebuilt to become again an important foreign policy instrument, to promote Australia's interests, influence and values in the Asia-Pacific, according to this report.

Government sets up inquiry into embattled ABC chairman’s email

The ABC affair – which began with the sacking of Michelle Guthrie - spun out of control on Wednesday, following the leaking to Fairfax Media of a highly damaging email, showing Justin Milne's editorial interference.

More trouble at Ultimo

The departure of Michelle Guthrie exposes the weakness of the current ABC board and its strategy, writes Margaret Simons.

Submission to the Department of Communications and the Arts review of Australian broadcasting services in the Asia-Pacific

Under-investment, inconsistent government decision-making and strategic missteps by the national broadcaster have plagued Australia's efforts in international broadcasting for more than a decade. This is despite it being a potent tool for diplomacy in a region that is fast becoming a major focus for world...
Research Summary

Efficiency review - ABC and SBS: terms of reference

The federal government will again review the efficiency of the national broadcasters—the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Special Broadcasting Service—ahead of their next round of funding. The Commonwealth funds the national broadcaster on three year contracts and the next funding will be announced for the three...

Why the ABC, and the public that trusts it, must stand firm against threats to its editorial independence

Editorial independence is hard won and under constant pressure from outside the newsroom. In public-sector broadcasting, the pressure comes from the federal government, which provides the funding and has powerful means of subjecting the broadcaster to intense political pressure, writes Denis Muller.
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Are ABC employees or journalists five times more likely to vote for the Greens than the general population?

Against a backdrop of calls from Liberal Party members to privatise the national broadcaster, Sinclair Davidson, an RMIT academic and adjunct fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs, claimed ABC employees were five times more likely to be Greens voters

Australian Broadcasting Corporation—complaints management

The objective of the audit was to assess the effectiveness of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s (ABC’s) management of complaints.

The politics behind the competitive neutrality inquiry into ABC and SBS

The focus on the ABC raises questions about the motives behind the inquiry, and how it might benefit anti-ABC crusaders, including Pauline Hanson.
Discussion paper

Inquiry into the competitive neutrality of the national broadcasters: issues paper

This inquiry is operating in the context of rapidly changing media markets. Boundaries between traditional media markets are dissolving, new platforms exist for distributing news and entertainment, and revenue streams are changing. Consumers are adopting new forms of media rapidly, and the increased competition between...