The ABC is cheaper than ever
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.”