The arrival of A-PAC Channel last year could have thwarted the ABC’s chances at its own public affairs channel.
The government didn’t receive any funding for the channel, despite faring well with its children’s channel and a boost to local drama.
With the tight economic conditions, it appears the government may have been satisfied A-PAC was adequately covering the territory, even though the ABC reaches a much wider audience.
Meanwhile, Australian Children’s Television Foundation chief executive Jenny Buckland said the establishment of the ABC3 channel was the biggest step forward in children’s television in Australia since the children’s regulations were introduced more than 20 years ago.
“It’s a very pleasing result,” she said last night. “It means significant gains for both the children’s audience and the Australian production industry.”