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Tuesday, 7 October 2003
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Mr Murphy asked the Minister representing the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, upon notice, on 9 September 2003:

(1) Why does ABC Asia Pacific television not provide at least a daily five minute Australian news bulletin between the hours of 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. for Australian visitors to South-East Asia and Australian expatriates.

(2) At what times of the day or night does ABC Asia Pacific television provide an Australian news bulletin.


Mr McGauran (Minister for Science) —The Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1) There is currently a short interim period where there is no news bulletin in the mornings on ABC Asia Pacific television. Up until 29 August 2003, ABC Asia Pacific broadcast the Business Breakfast program each weekday morning providing business and news reports. On 15 September 2003 a reformatted business and news program commenced at midday each weekday. This change in format meant that there was no longer a news program available for broadcast by ABC Asia Pacific in the mornings.

(2) ABC Asia Pacific is currently making significant changes to its News schedule so that it can offer both Asia Pacific audiences and Australians living and travelling overseas a substantially improved service.

The following news schedule is due to be introduced during the first week in November 2003:

(HONG KONG TIME)

600 Asia Pacific News (30 mins)

630 Asia Pacific Business Report (30mins)

700 Asia Pacific News (30 mins)

800 Asia Pacific News (30 mins)

830 Asia Pacific Business Report (30 mins)

1000 ABC Midday News & Business (30 mins)

1200 ABC Midday News & Business (WA version) (30 mins)

1830 Asia Pacific News (30 mins)

2030 Asia Pacific News (30 mins)

2230 Asia Pacific News (30 mins)

Midnight ABC Lateline (30 mins)

A further evening news at 2030 Suva time will be added at the end of the year with a brief for Pacific island audiences as well as Australians living or travelling in the region.