Efficiency review recommends more collaboration by ABC & SBS
More back office collaboration recommended, but questions over 'off Charter' content resurface in govt review.
An efficiency review into ABC & SBS headed by former Foxtel boss Peter Tonagh and former media regulator Richard Bean, has been completed.
The Age reports 100-plus page documents have been handed to management teams at ABC and SBS.
They recommend more back-office collaboration between the public broadcasters, but also draw attention to “off Charter” content including ABC Life and SBS Food.
That’s despite a separate review, by former ABC director of television Sandra Levy, former Free TV chief executive Julie Flynn and former Productivity Commission head of office Robert Kerr, recently clearing both broadcasters of too much “off-Charter” content.
Both were also recently cleared of having an unfair competitive advantage over their commercial rivals.
The review ordered by the Turnbull government in 2018 did not consider changes to either the public broadcaster’s charter, the editorial policies of the national broadcasters, allowing advertising on the ABC, charging for digital services, privatisation or a merger of the two.