ABC’s channel controllers Brendan Dahill and Stuart Menzies have confirmed the network’s ban on used formats.
The impetus came from ABC’s head of television Kim Dalton with Menzies describing the move as a point of difference between them and commercial networks.
“We’re the only broadcaster that won’t do second hand formats,” he said.
Menzies says that it is a step in the right direction in making ABC2 “creatively and intellectually distinctive”.
Dahill described the role of ABC as “we find the talent, develop it, and then they [commercial broadcasters] nick it. But that’s OK. If we get three good seasons, that’s excellent”.
He also confirmed that ABC will continue to invest in Australian films, with emphasis on getting in early and being involved in the development process.
Source: Screen Hub