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Tuesday, 19 August 1980
Page: 409


Mr Barry Jones (LALOR, VICTORIA) asked the Minister for Post and Telecommunications, upon notice, on 31 March 1980:

(1)   What funds were made available to the Australian Broadcasting Commission in (a) 1976-77, (b) 1977-78 and (c) 1978-79.

(2)   What sums did the ABC spend on (a) administration, (b) the production of programs (i) internally and (ii) by Australian independent producers on contract and (c) purchasing programs from (A) within Australia and (B) outside Australia in (I) 1976-77, (II) 1977-78 and (III) 1978-79.

(3)   What was the ratio of ABC funds spent on administration compared to funds spent on the purchase of production of programs in (a) 1976-77, (b) 1977-78 and (c) 1978-79.

(4)   Is he able to indicate what was the ratio of funds spent on administration compared to funds spent on the purchase or production of programs by the (a) British Broadcasting Corporation, (b) Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and (c) Organisation Radio et Television, Francais, in (i) 1976-77, (ii) 1977-78 and (iii) 1978-79.


Mr Staley - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   The net parliamentary appropriations for the Australian Broadcasting Commission were:

(c)   The total amounts spent by the ABC on the purchase of radio and television programs in these years were:

1978-79 1977-78 1976-77

S S $

(A)   Within Australia 50,660 47,241 180,433

(B)   Outside Australia 4,703,806 3,789,568 3,746,287

(3)   The ratios of ABC funds spent on administration compared to funds spent on the purchase or production of programs are shown in the following table:

(4)   Comparable information is not available for the British Broadcasting Corporation, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation or the Organisation Radio et Television, Francais.







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