ABC may outsource Outside Broadcasts, calls for tenders.
Exclusive: The ABC is considering outsourcing the delivery of its OBs, which could impact on crew roles.
EXCLUSIVE: The ABC is considering outsourcing the delivery of its Outside Broadcasts, which could impact on crew roles.
ABC OBs include coverage of election, news specials, National Press Club, ANZAC Day, Australia Day, New Year’s Eve, Melbourne Comedy Festival and Adelaide Golf.
The public broadcaster is currently calling for tenders, but is not planning to reduce coverage for audiences.
ABC’s current fleet of OB vehicles are reaching the point where they will need to be replaced – at significant cost – while technological improvements, including the provision of virtual OBs, would help the it modernise as a digital broadcaster.
An ABC spokesman told TV Tonight, “The ABC is considering outsourcing the delivery of outside broadcasts (OBs) for television, to find efficiencies and modernise our production capabilities.
“The ABC is not reducing the quality or scale of our OBs, nor our coverage of live and iconic events and ceremonies, including Anzac Day, Australia Day, New Year’s Eve, election days and sports fixtures.”
ABC is unable to advise how many role may be impacted until it assesses tenders.