Federal Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has confirmed that ABC TV will cease broadcasting from the end of 2015.
Mr Turnbull said that, after more than 57 years on the air, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s television service had served its purpose.
“Australians now have more television channels to choose from than ever before. In a saturated market, it is an unaffordable luxury for a government to spend millions of dollars funding a television channel too.”
Mr Turnbull said the decision to abolish ABC TV would mean the Abbott government could significantly reduce the national broadcaster’s operating budget of over $1.2 billion per year. The money saved would allow the Federal Budget to return to surplus even quicker than currently planned.
“Economic commonsense” to abolish ABC TV
Mr Turnbull emphasised that the decision to abolish ABC TV was based on “economic commonsense” and not on any unhappiness with the national broadcaster’s political coverage. The move also had nothing to do with pressure from private media owners, such as Rupert Murdoch.
“The ABC has served our country well,” said Mr Turnbull, “but it’s time to move on. We’ve all got Foxtel and HBO box sets now. And for those of us who don’t, there’s always Channel 9.”
To allow older Australians to adjust to the ABC being abolished, Mr Turnbull said the Federal government would stream Midsomer Murders and other British detective shows on a special website until 2020.
Mr Turnbull confirmed that multicultural broadcasting service SBS would also be abolished. It would instead be replaced by a website streaming Danish crime dramas and the best in European adult erotica.
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