The ABC is cheaper than ever

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS -

THE ABC has made 50 Aus­tralian pro­grams, in­clud­ing 24 drama se­ries, for the price of two sea­sons of the Net­flix se­ries House of Cards, at a cost to the taxpayer of four cents a day.

That’s ac­cord­ing to ABC’s chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer Louise Hig­gins who de­tailed how the broad­caster was do­ing more with less.

She was speak­ing yes­ter­day at the ABC’s first an­nual gen­eral meet­ing.

She said fund­ing had de­clined by 28 per cent since the mid-1980s when it fa­mously cost the pub­lic eight cents a day.

“In 1987 dol­lar terms, we now cost each Aus­tralian just four cents a day. In other words, our per capita fund­ing is halved in real terms. ’’

De­spite this, she said the broad­caster had in­creased its in­vest­ment in lo­cally made pro­grams.

Man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Michelle Guthrie said the ABC’s chal­lenge was to meet changes in au­di­ence be­hav­iour to re­main as rel­e­vant ‘‘as it had al­ways been”.

She also stressed the ABC’s com­mit­ment to democ­racy and its need for fund­ing to main­tain its in­de­pen­dent anal­y­sis.

“This is why a well-funded ABC is a strong ABC.”

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