The Brumby Government wants a future headquarters of an ABC3, the prospective children’s channel, to be based in Victoria.
In its submission to the Federal Government’s review of the ABC and SBS, the stage government says it should host the channel because it is already home to the Australian Children’s Television Foundation and several leading independent children’s production companies.
“Victoria has a prolific history of developing award-winning, successful children’s programming,” the submission says.
“There is an opportunity for Victoria to be the home of ABC3, utilising local expertise to deliver content for the dedicated channel,” it says.
The submission cites Victorian productions such as Round the Twist, Saddle Club, Holly’s Heroes and Animalia, as well as Kids360°, an initiative being developed by Film Victoria, the ACTF and ABC.
Victoria is also home to Jonathan M. Shiff Productions which produced Elephant Princess, Thunderstone and Wicked Science plus GalaxyPop which produced RockIt!.
There has been speculation that the dedicated kids channel will be one of several 2020 Summit ideas adopted by the Federal Government.
A spokesman for Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said the Government was still considering its response to the summit.
Funding for an ABC3 channel hinges on the May budget.
Source: The Age