National’s Senator for Victoria, Bridget McKenzie today welcomed changes at the ABC which will bring a new emphasis on regional and local content.
“The new internal structure of ABC creative teams will reduce overlap between abc staff covering the same issue for multiple programs and platforms.
“i am particularly delighted that one of the main teams under the new structure will concentrate on regional and local issues.
“Technology is changing rapidly and it is great that the abc in its announcement today talks about new formats, devices and platforms.
“It is important that traditional coverage by the ABC into regional and rural areas is enhanced and increased but using technology under this new package will allow regional areas to access local content more quickly.
“That local content could include local football, netball or even small businesses accessing information to operate more effectively.
“Regional areas will embrace any new way of delivering services and sharing news and information locally, across regions and nationally,” Senator McKenzie said.
“ABC services in regional and rural areas have been withdrawn or reduced over the past ten years, it is hoped this announcement by ABC Managing Director Michelle Guthrie will reverse that trend.
“My private members bill on the ABC spelt out changes needed to improve regional services, changes that were later incorporated in the Government’s Media Reform Bill.
“I am pleased that the ABC is recognising these areas at last and look forward to better services in regional and rural areas.
“All of us love and respect the past but we will embrace this modern technology where news and information is shared no matter what your geographical location”.
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15 November 2017