Sunday, May 15, 2011

Australia's ABC faces budget crisis

The Australian reports that the ABC’s news division is facing a budget crisis after a plan to cut international reporting costs failed and a string of international disasters led to a blowout in costs. Digital channel ABC News 24 - funded from existing resources - has exacerbated the problem, with staff claiming it is a drain on the strained news budget.

“News 24 is cutting a large hole in the international budget,” an ABC source told media. “Every time a correspondent uses a satellite phone or a satellite link to talk to News 24, the charges go back to the international division.”
(R Netherlands Media Network Weblog)