Lo­cal news in pipe­line

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na­tional tele­vi­sion broad­caster may again carry re­gional news bul­letins once fast broad­band ser­vices are in place, says ABC boss Mark Scott. Scott (pic­tured) says that in the medium to long term, when in­ter­net ser­vices are de­liv­ered by faster broad­band, re­gional news could be broad­cast on tele­vi­sion sets. ‘‘If we had the re­sources down the track, we would be able to do more lo­cal video bul­letins,’’ he says. Scott says the ABC would need equip­ment and re­sources in the re­gions to de­liver the bul­letins. The gov­ern­ment will de­liver high­speed broad­band ser­vices through the roll­out of the na­tional broad­band net­work across Aus­tralia. NBN Co is to roll out fi­bre op­tic ca­ble broad­band to 93 per cent of Aus­tralian homes, schools and busi­nesses by 2021, with the rest to be pro­vided by fixed wire­less and satel­lite tech­nolo­gies. Scott says the ABC has ‘‘enor­mous’’ suc­cess with its on­line catchup ser­vice iView, with more than four mil­lion ‘‘plays’’ a month. ‘‘We have seen in­crease in au­di­ences and an in­crease in au­di­ence ap­pre­ci­a­tion,’’ Scott says. ‘‘I know the min­is­ter (Stephen Con­roy) is very ap­pre­cia­tive that he could watch Doc­tor Who on iView ahead of it be­ing broad­cast, as hun­dreds of thou­sands of our au­di­ence joined him.’’

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