Han­son wants ABC fo­cus on re­gions

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

ONE Na­tion Sen­a­tor Pauline Han­son has lashed out at ABC TV for not pro­vid­ing enough re­gional or ru­ral cov­er­age, while call­ing for the pub­lic broad­caster to have ac­cess to fewer dig­i­tal chan­nels.

Her com­ments echo those of me­dia ex­ec­u­tives, in­clud­ing Michael Miller of News Corp ( pub­lisher of the Townsville Bulletin) and Fair­fax’s Greg Hy­wood, about the pub­lic broad­caster’s evo­lu­tion into a more ag­gres­sive com­mer­cial com­peti­tor, rather than fo­cus­ing on re­gional ar­eas. A spokesman for Sen­a­tor Han­son said she was con­cerned ABC tele­vi­sion was not pro­vid­ing enough re­gional con­tent.

Sen­a­tor Han­son’s spokesman said One Na­tion wanted ABC tele­vi­sion to spend more of its bud­get on re­gional pro­gram­ming and con­tent to re­flect its large ru­ral au­di­ence.

He said the party was call­ing for dig­i­tal chan­nels made avail­able for the pub­lic broad­cast­ers to be re­duced to three for the ABC and one for SBS.

Pauline Han­son.

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