The timing of the axed deal has come at a good time for the broadcaster.
“To be honest the savings we have made on the BBC deal have been a windfall for us in being able to reinvest in Australian content. It’s one of the reasons your seeing such a full and deep slate in 2015,” ABC Director of Television Richard Finlayson told TV Tonight.
“We’re happy to be reinvesting in Australian content at a time when budgets are under pressure.”
The deal means ABC no longer has first-run rights to many scripted dramas and comedies, which will now fall to STV channel BBC First.
They include Call the Midwife, Last Tango in Halifax and The Wrong Mans. But in a year’s time ABC will have the option to purchase them.
Safe on ABC are Doctor Who and David Attenborough documentaries and the deal does not affect ITV titles.
“There is a 12 month holdback on content but we’re confident that audiences will very much appreciate the UK content we’re providing from both the BBC and other suppliers. Broadchurch from ITV is a great example.
“British content is still a really important part of our offer but we are really focused on Australian stories.”