Funds will help celebrate diversity
AUSTRALIA’S public broadcasters say federal budget funding will help them improve services and celebrate diversity. ABC director Mark Scott says it will help them meet audience needs, including an improvement to its iView digital service. ‘‘Funding for content delivery is important for the ABC in this digital era as Australians increasingly embrace online and mobile services,’’ he says. The ABC will also be able to produce more state-based current affairs shows. A $90 million loan will provide money to construct a new building for the ABC’s radio, television and online operations in Melbourne, he says. SBS managing director Michael Ebeid says the additional $20 million in funding over the next three years will enable it to continue to deliver on its Charter obligations to celebrate Australia’s diversity. ‘‘This funding will equip SBS to provide the services that are critical to its responsibility to be a broadcaster for all Australians, in a climate where commercial growth is subdued, content costs are increasing and audiences are fragmenting across the myriad channels, platforms and devices available to them,’’ he says.