New public affairs channel, A-PAC, is due to launch soon on Foxtel and Austar.
The not-for-profit, independent channel, has already undergone a name change from A-SPAN, but has been promised to launch January 20th, in time for the Obama Inauguration.
The channel will feature complete sittings from the federal house, the senate, and hearings plus question time from NSW, Victoria and Queensland state parliaments. Other states will follow.
In addition to interviews with politicians it will also have a dedicated evening programme and incorporate the National Press Club, the Sydney Institute, the Institute of Public Affairs, the Business Council of Australia and various universities.
A-PAC will be an international affiliate of America’s C-SPAN and screen parliament sessions from the UK and New Zealand It will also broadcast live footage from the United Nations and the European Parliament.
Surprisingly, A-PAC generated content will also screen in the USA on C-SPAN.
The channel will screen on subscription TV, online, mobile phones and be made available for Free to Air.
A-PAC is funded entirely by Foxtel and Austar.