Funds will help cel­e­brate di­ver­sity

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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.

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