ABC Restructure: A silver lining for regional Australia?
Michelle Guthrie, the Managing Director of the ABC, dropped a bombshell on Tuesday with the announcement that “Aunty” will be having a restructure to make way for a new focus on regional content.
Within the next 4 months, the ABC will create a $50 million “New Content Fund” that will include the creation of up to 80 new positions in regional areas.
The Nationals have been fighting against cuts to the ABC’s regional services and we welcome the new direction from the ABC: after all it often is the only station available for many in rural and remote communities.
As the national broadcaster, the ABC has a duty to cater for all communities. This increase in the ABC’s regional presence is a real win for regional audiences who rely on its services and programs not just for news and current affairs, but also for the local flavour that regional content can bring to the usual city-focussed content.
Ms Guthrie believes the changes are “essential to the long-term health of the Corporation,” with the savings used to fund $15 million per year in creating and supporting the new regional positions which are aimed at generating greater digital and video coverage of regional and rural content.
Pictured: Michelle Guthrie