The ABC has outlined how it is keeping the nation informed, educated and entertained in response to COVID-19, with trusted content and services all Australians can turn to.
Managing Director David Anderson said the ABC is playing an essential role in the lives of all Australians impacted by COVID-19.
“Clearly, the challenge for the ABC is to continue providing the essential broadcast and digital services all Australians expect of us,” he said. “There have been some changes to our normal schedule that audiences will have noticed already, such as the suspension of the National Press Club broadcast and a reduction of The Signal podcast. And, like other providers, it will take some time for us to return to normal activity once the threat has passed.
“But Australians should be reassured that we are making every effort to continue to provide our trusted and valued services to audiences, wherever they are. We are conscious of the important role the ABC plays in our lives. And we are doing all we can to keep Australians informed, educated and entertained in these unprecedented times.
“Contingency planning is well advanced and we are also adjusting our output to meet the rapidly changing needs and expectations of all Australians, covering everything from new box sets to binge on iview to recipes and activities for people staying indoors at home.
“And with so many children now at home, the ABC is helping primary and secondary students and teachers with additional curriculum-linked education content across multiple platforms. No matter the challenges to come, the ABC will be there for all Australians for the long haul, as a trusted friend and companion in a time of need.”
ABC’s Key Points
> Expanded educational programming for primary and secondary school students.
> Connecting communities with the latest local news, expert advice, official health information and talkback on the ABC’s Capital City and Regional Radio networks.
> Bringing audiences trusted news, insights and analysis on ABC NewsRadio, the ABC News Channel and our digital networks, including our rolling live blog and coronavirus website.
> New on-demand content on iview, including acclaimed drama Les Miserables, the latest series of Killing Eve and true crime series Murder 24/7.
> Distinctive new Australian content, such as Mystery Road (series 2).
> Increased support for Australian artists, musicians and creatives.
> Insider tips on family-friendly games from ABC ME’s Good Game Spawn Point.
> Keeping Australians fit and healthy, including recipes on cooking with the essentials and tips on exercising in isolation.
> New weekend sports radio programs and more digital content across all codes.