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The ABC News Channel Celebrates 10 Years on Air in 2020


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In 2020, the ABC News Channel celebrates a decade on air as Australia’s leading source of continuous broadcast television news.

Launched on 22 July 2010, ABC News Channel is the home of breaking television news and the hub for video creation, curation and distribution across the ABC’s digital and broadcast news platforms.

ABC News Channel was Australia’s most-watched 24-hour news channel in 2019 with a metro average weekly reach of 2.1 million viewers on broadcast TV, a monthly average of 735,000 live-streams via ABC iview and 11 million views of the live-stream on YouTube (up 52% YoY).

Its coverage of the catastrophic summer bushfires saw the channel record its biggest ever audience: In the first week of January 2020 it reached 3.4 million metro viewers and posted 709,000 iview live streams. (Source: OzTAM 5 City Metro; YouTube Analytics; OzTAM VPM)

“Viewers want an accurate, up-to-the-minute news service they know they can trust,” said Director ABC News Gaven Morris.

“I was proud to lead the launch of ABC News Channel and a decade on it continues to demonstrate its value to audiences in delivering factual news coverage and independent analysis.

“Having set the standard for live local broadcast news, this year will also lead our strategy to provide the video-on-demand services Australian news consumers are increasingly demanding.”

The ABC News Channel highlights in 2020

In this US election year Planet America gets promoted to an exciting new timeslot of 10.15pm Wednesday on ABC TV, with a second show, Planet America: Fireside Chat, airing 8pm Friday on ABC NEWS Channel. Join Chas Licciardello and John Barron as they bring you the latest from the US campaign trail – and attempt to make sense of it – two nights every week.

The Drum is back at 6pm weeknights on ABC TV and 9pm on ABC News Channel. Hosts Ellen Fanning and Julia Baird lead a panel of experts and opinion-leaders discussing the key issues gripping or confounding Australia. The Drum will also continue to go on the road for in-depth programs from regional Australian communities.

Afternoon Briefing with Patricia Karvelas extends to every weekday from 4pm, delivering coverage of current events and PK’s trademark sharp political analysis.

New to our audience offering is the 2020 Series, a series of regular segments led by senior presenter Jeremy Fernandez. Across broadcast and digital platforms, these reports will deliver topical stories and usable information on subjects including education, entertainment, health, financial security, the environment, social affairs, the economy, Indigenous affairs, Australia in the Asia Pacific, security and crime.

Also, in 2020 … Barrie’s back! After signing off from Insiders after 18 years, Barrie Cassidy returns to the hosting chair, this time for a special series of One Plus One focused on leadership on both ABC TV and ABC NEWS Channel. Later in the year Kurt Fearnley takes over the hosting chair to bring more in-depth conversations about excellence.

The latest breaking news will be brought to you by our top team of experienced journalists and presenters, starting from 6am with the News Breakfast team: Michael Rowland, Lisa Millar, Nate Byrne and Paul Kennedy.

Across the day and into the night join Joe O’Brien, Miriam Corowa, Ros Childs, Kirsten Aiken, Gemma Veness, Karina Carvalho, Andrew Geoghegan and Michael Tetlow and our presenting team in Canberra, led by Greg Jennett, Andrew Probyn and Jane Norman.

Rounding out the schedule are returning favourites: Arts program The Mix, The World with Bev O’Connor each weeknight at 10pm, Weekend Breakfast with Jo Nicholson and Fauziah Ibrahim and The Business with Elysse Morgan at the new time of 8.45pm on ABC NEWS Channel and 10:15pm on ABC TV following the Late News.