The ABC has responded to an article in The Australian headlined “ABC local content hits new low.”
The article published yesterday claimed its primetime Australian content was being driven by News and Current Affairs, at up to 40% of the schedule, with 10-25% other Australian content over the past 4 weeks between 7pm – midnight.
Sunday programming has been dominated by British content, including the UK-produced David Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef.
In a statement ABC said, “The ABC currently broadcasts between 55-57 per cent premiere Australian content on a weekly basis, including News and Current Affairs programming which is integral to the ABC and a central viewing priority for our audiences. No other network offers the same level of public affairs broadcasting, or the level of program quality that makes the ABC Australia’s most trusted source of news.
“The ABC also broadcasts significant other premiere Australian entertainment (including award winning drama, comedy and factual content) and specialist programming across Arts, Science and Religion which amounts for about 20 per cent of prime time programming. Our content has been recognised by both audiences and the industry for its quality and distinctiveness, including a record number of Logies nominations and the highest number of awards of any network.
“The ABC remains unchallenged in investment in digital programming and ABC iview leads the way in Australian first content making it Australia’s number one online TV service.
“We are confident we are meeting not just the requirements of the ABC charter but also the expectations of our audiences for high quality programming that is informative, entertaining and educational.”