ABC News will launch the half-hour news bulletin from the Perth studios and it will air on ABC1 across the country in all states and territories.Presented by James McHale, ABC NEWS – EARLY EDITION will air from Monday to Friday. Western Australia will also have a live updated local edition airing at 5.30pm (WST). Continue reading »
It’s set to be one of the closest US elections in decades – with a result possibly not likely to be known for many many hours after polls close in all states – unlike 4 years ago where the result was known in the afternoon our time, minutes after west coast polls closed. Plenty of coverage on both free to air and pay TV. Continue reading »
On Monday night, October 16, ABC News outrated Seven’s and Nine’s 6pm News. The slump in Seven News is mostly due to very poor figures in Melbourne, where ABC news was the most watched news of the night. Continue reading »
ABC1 and ABC News 24
Bali Remembered: Canberra Memorial Service
9.30am – 11am
The Governor General hosts a memorial Service in the Great Hall in Canberra to mark the tenth anniversary of the first Bali bombing. Continue reading »
The man in charge of Australia’s broadcasting standards and called newspapers into question has dropped the F-bomb on national television.
Federal Communications Minister Stephen Conroy was speaking at the National Press Club in Canberra this afternoon when he dropped the expletive.
He was asked a question on what evidence existed that Australia was a “risk-free place to do business”.
“In terms of sovereign risk, I love the debate about sovereign risk,” he said.
“I have seen a new definition of sovereign risk, it’s assymetrical.
“If a tax goes up, God, that is sovereign risk, but if a tax goes down that’s f***ing fantastic, excuse me, that is fantastic.”
While some of the audience laughed, Senator Conroy went on.
“The complete hypocrisy on this debate about sovereign risk is staggering. This is completely, completely a fictitious debate and I reject utterly these arguments about sovereign risk.”
Senator Conroy’s address on the national broadband network was broadcast live on ABC TV.
He dropped the F-word shortly before 1:30pm, before popular children’s show Meerkat Manor hit the screens.
The Victorian Senator, whose portfolio responsibilities did not change following Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s ministerial reshuffle unveiled yesterday, has been a vocal critic of this newspaper.
He recently announced an independent inquiry into print and online media, which is ongoing.
Comment is being sought from Senator Conroy as to whether he regretted the slip-up.
The ABC’s Code of Practice states that M-rated programs – recommended for people aged over 15 years – may be shown between noon and 3pm on school days – when the National Press Club broadcast was shown.
“Generally, coarse language that is stronger, detailed or very aggressive should be infrequent, and not be gratuitous,” the ABC’s code says of the M-rating.
The code goes on to say that “coarse language . . . may form a legitimate part of reportage, debate, documentaries . . .”
A spokeswoman for the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) was not aware of any complaints having been made.
The ABC’s complaints process involves writing to its Audience and Consumer Affairs section. If viewers are dissatisfied or have received no response within 60 days, they may contact ACMA.
Source With Thanks – The Daily Telegraph
Yesterday, after the 5pm announcement by QANTAS CEO Alan Joyce that the airline was grounding all flights from 8pm last night, ABC News 24 went into rolling news coverage that went right through into the early hours of the morning – when a result from Fair Work Australia was hoped for – and into today – Sunday. It wasn’t until after 3pm that rolling coverage ceased for some regular programming.
Sky News Australia also ran rolling coverage throughout the night. As international flights are affected, the news made headlines in many international news broadcasts as well.
ABC News 24 will tonight at 7.30pm AEDT broadcast a special edition of 7.30 covering the events of the last day and the issues that led up to the ensuing crisis. It will also be broadcast at 7.30pm local time on ABC1, pushing the nights’ regular programming from 7.30 onwards back half an hour.
Nine’s 5pm news for tonight (Sunday night) has been extended to an hour, which will see it merge into the 6pm news. Ten
already have a 90 minute news bulletin form 5pm – 6.30pm.
Both Seven and Nine have their Sunday night public affaris programs – Sunday Night and 60 Minutes respectively – that will no doubt mention QANTAS.
The grounding of QANTAS flights will affect the television industry as guests for shows, actors and crew may not be able to reach their destinations on time.
Picture: The Australian
Three members of an ABC news team have died after a helicopter crash at Lake Eyre in South Australia.
Police have found two bodies and a searching for a third in the wreckage of the crash – on the eastern shores of Lake Eyre.
The ABC has confirmed those on board were veteran journalist Paul Lockyer, cameraman John Bean and pilot Gary Ticehurst
The experienced news crew had been working on news and feature projects in the Lake Eyre region and it is believed their Sydney-based helicopter crashed in a remote area northwest of Maree.
SA Police located the wreckage early on Friday, but have not identified the helicopter as the ABC’s as yet.
Police have confirmed however that two people are dead.
‘As a result of an initial search, police have located two deceased persons in the wreckage,’ Inspector Glen Sickerdick said in a statement on Friday.
A search is under way for the third person believed to have been in the helicopter.
A police investigation has also commenced, Insp Sickerdick said.
The ABC said in a statement that police do not expect to find any survivors.
The network’s managing director, Mark Scott, said: ‘This has been the longest of nights and we fear it will be the saddest of days.
‘Paul, Gary and John have each given decades of service to the ABC. They are passionate about their work and finding great stories from all over Australia to bring to the public.
‘Our love, thoughts and prayers go out to family and friends of Paul, Gary and John at this terrible time.’
Eyewitnesses described seeing the chopper going down in flames, although it remains unclear what caused the accident.
The weather around Lake Eyre was clear at the time of the crash, with just a few scattered showers.
William Creek pilot Trevor Wright told Adelaidenow.com.au on Thursday the aircraft had been carrying out aerial photography and video work when it went down.
Occupants of the helicopter had been due to meet a group on the edge of the lake for dinner, Mr Wright said.
‘When the helicopter didn’t turn up, they became anxious and sent out a search party on foot; then they found the wreck,’ Mr Wright said.
The ABC said Mr Lockyer is one of its most experienced journalists. In a career spanning more than 40 years he has covered some of the biggest stories that have broken at home and abroad for all forms of television and radio reporting.
He has worked as a correspondent in Washington, Singapore and throughout Asia, won a Logie Award for best TV Reporter, and in recent years built his reputation on unsurpassed coverage of rural and regional issues.
Mr Ticehurst is one of the most experienced media pilots in Australia. He has close to 40 years of helicopter operational experience, which includes 30 years as chief pilot of Film Helicopters Australia, working with the Australian film and television industry.
Mr Bean is an award winning lighting camera operator who has worked for the ABC for 20 years, filming for programs as diverse as News and The 7.30 Report.
News surfaced around 12.30pm eastern that the world’s most wanted man – Osama Bin Laden – has been killed in a mansion outside of Islamabad in Pakistan.
Confirmation of the news was addressed by US president Obama, 11.30pm US eastern time, 1.30pm AEST. A crowd gathering at the White House, cheering, contiued to grow.
Australian TV networks went live to international coverage of the news. Nine are using a feed from US ABC, Ten and Seven CNN and ABC1 & 24 are showing Al Jazeera. SBS ONE and Sky News are also using the CNN coverage.
Pay TV news channels Fox News and BBC World News of course have blanket coverage as well. Strangely, Even Sky News business has the same feed on air as Sky News main channel.
After Obama’s speech, Seven and Nine kept going with their own coverage, Ten used CBS news, SBS reamined on CNN while ABC1 & 24 had their own correspondent in Washington.
At 2pm, Nine returned to normal programming, Ten played Oprah. CNN continued on Seven and SBS until 2.30pm, when they returned to regular programming.
ABC1 & 24 were still covering, but using their own news brand with various live crosses to Aljazeera English coverage.
All times based on observations in Sydney market.
ABC News 24 is the ABC’s 24 hour news channel and fourth digital channel for the national broadcaster. The idea of the ABC presenting a 24 hour news channel had been around for a number of years.
ABC News 24 was announced in January 2010, before ultimately being launched on air from July 22, 2010. In April, the announcement was made that ABC News 24 would replace ABC’s HD channel ABC HD which had been broadcasting a simulcast of ABC1 allowing some ABC1 content to be seen in HD.
Putting the 24 hour news channel on the HD channel was not the ideal arrangement according to the ABC. But the current limitations on both technology and legislation which states that all broadcasters must provide one high definition channel meant that the ABC’s fourth channel had to occupy their HD stream. With ABC1 having to remain a standard definition channel, and ABC2 and ABC3 also already committed as standard definition channels, the fourth channel could only be the HD channel.
The commercial networks are only allowed two standard definition and one high definition channel – a total of three channels. Until analogue switch over is complete, main channels must be offered in standard definition. Both ABC and SBS are allowed as many channels they can technically fit – which is really only three standard definition channels and one high definition. While the commercial broadcasters offer their HD channel in 1080i, the HD channel for ABC and SBS are 720p.
Commercial networks have the added restriction of having to provide 1040 hours per year of material in true high definition, while ABC and SBS only have to upscale – this means that ABC and SBS do not have to show anything in HD – they simply have to upscale so shows appear to be in HD. Most people would be hard pressed trying to tell the difference.
What this means for ABC News 24 is that the channel is actually airing in 720p HD at all times. As far as we know, there is no true or native HD content broadcast on ABC News 24. There are no shows designated as HD in those guides that indicate HD status of programs and there is no promotion anywhere from the ABC relating to HD programming.
Therefore the answer to the question as to how much HD content there is on ABC news 24 is that there is none – but seeing that the channel is upscaled to 720p, it appears to be in HD at all times.
Next part: Part 4. SBS ONE HD
Info below is for NSW ONLY.
1. Nine have updated their programming in Sydney (and therefore NSW for regional affiliates) on Saturday night to include a one hour Nine News special at 6.30pm covering the Election. As the election result is most likely to be known very early in the night, the one hour news special at 6.30 could well be the only coverage needed.
As a result, Funniest Home Videos moves to 7.30pm, followed by the movie: The Da Vinci Code at 8.30pm..
2. Seven will be airing a two hour news special covering the NSW election, from 6.30 – 8.30pm.
3. Sky News will provide coverage all day, from 5am until well into the evening.
4. ABC1 (NSW) and ABC News 24 have a special from 6pm called NSW Votes. ABC1 returns to normal programming from 10.30pm, while ABC News 24 has a news special at 10.30pm.
5. Ten – business as usual. Movie Ice Age at 6.30, Die Hard at 8.30pm. AFL 10.30pm. News updates will intervene though.
6. Nothing on SBS ONE.