Federal member for Page Kevin Hogan has condemned the ABC management’s cuts to regional ABC News and Current Affairs, in particular the axing of ABC Regional Radio Mornings Programme.
“The ABC has a clear responsibility to serve regional Australia, but their Sydney-centric management seems only interested in competing with city-based media outlets,” he said.
“The ABC has four city-based TV channels and numerous city-based radio channels and programmes. It also has a significant digital presence competing with a plethora of other outlets.
“Local ABC Radio, on the other hand, is often the only news outlet in regional areas – and this is where they see fit to cut.
“It shows a complete lack of commitment to regional areas which given they are publicly funded is not acceptable.
“I will be taking this up with the Communications Minister today.”