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Australian television service to the Asia-Pacific region.



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Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Media Release Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Alexander Downer

20 June 2001

Australian television service to the Asia-Pacific region

I am pleased to announce that the Government is to provide funding assistance to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation to establish an Australian television service to the Asia-Pacific region.

The ABC was selected by the Government following an evaluation of three proposals under a limited selection process. 

The decision will see an Australian television service to the Asia-Pacific region re-established in an enhanced form. The ABC proposal promises a high quality programming mix, including original news and current affairs programs and an innovative cross-media strategy building on existing ABC and Radio Australia websites.

Because the Government believes that a regional television service which projects accurate images and perceptions of Australia is in the national interest, it will provide funding assistance. However, the service will also be expected to generate additional commercial support. Shortly, my department will hold discussions with the ABC to finalise an agreement for the operation of the service.

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