December 3rd, 2013 | Uncategorized | 0 Comments
ABC TV’s prime time schedule contains more repeats and less Australian-made television than it did 15 years ago.
As I reveal in my column in The Australian this morning, an average hour or prime time viewing on the ABC’s flagship TV channel has five minutes less original Australian-made programming per hour than it did in 1998.
For how much longer will the ABC be able to rely on overseas content? I write in the Australian…
The BBC still produces some remarkably good television, much of it starring Stephen Fry, which the ABC buys to pad out its schedule.
Not for much longer, however. The BBC has recently decided to cut out the middleman and sell its programs direct to subscribers in Australia through its iPlayer app.
The ABC, the principal re-broadcaster of BBC programs, is in trouble. It is not after all immune from the structural challenges faced by the rest of the media industry.