ABC’s new 24 hour news channel is to be called ABC News 24 and not ABC4. The ABC have registered the name as a trade mark with IP Australia – the government body that administrates trademarks.
The new channel, which will be launched in the second half of the year, will take over the current ABC HD channel which is seen on digital channel 20. This will unfortunately spell the end of seeing any ABC programming content other than the news channel in HD.
ABC News 24 may also be assigned the digital channel of 24, thus maintaining the sequence of ABC digital channels – 21 for ABC1, 22 for ABC2, 23 for ABC3 and 24 for ABC News 24.