ABC says it will be forced to uphold Children’s Television production in Australia after the recent quota overhaul meant Commercial FTA broadcasters were no longer required to produce Childrens’ TV from 2021.
Yesterday during the Senate Estimates, Managing Director David Anderson was asked, “Is it fair to say that ABC will be left carrying the baby?”
“Yes,” he replied.
“Have you received any extra funding to help make sure you can cover the cost of creating good quality Australian children’s television?” a Senator asked.
“Not recently,” he confirmed. “We received additional funding back in 2007 or 2008, I think. But we certainly haven’t received any additional funding lately. I can confirm on notice Senator, but I believe we spend approximately $18 or $19 million on high quality children’s programming, from animation through to scripted drama for older children.”
He continued, “To have high quality programs, comes with a high cost. I signed a (License Agreement) for a second series of Hardball -and apologies to my Editor of Children’s, I think I just announced something- the other day.
“The cost of Hardball, which is a series based in Western Sydney around kids play handball … that’s a $5 million series all up for that total production budget, for which the ABC pays a bit over a million in license. So we have to put in some money for equity, otherwise, it doesn’t get made. So we’re in there for nearly $2 million of what is a $5 million programme.
“It’s won awards, it’s done quite well and is well worth doing, just to give you an indication of what a high-end, good quality, school age, children’s production is.”