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abcAccording to the Guardian managing director of the ABC, Mark Scott said the ABC was planning for the inevitable job losses as a result of the withdrawal of funding for the Australia Network. The ABC’s international broadcasting service will be rejigged to maintain a Charter obligation, but up to 80 staff will lose their jobs.

A report in Fairfax Media said a government efficiency review found the ABC could save millions if it used external production studios rather than filming television programs internally. Commissioned in January by the communications minister, Malcolm Turnbull, the review was conducted by Seven West Media’s former chief financial officer, Peter Lewis.

But a spokesman for Turnbull told Guardian Australia the distinction between programs and production had been misinterpreted and the Lewis report did not suggest outsourcing all ABC TV programs such as Play School and the Movie Show to the private sector.

Turnbull said the outsourcing of program production was not part of the Lewis review. The ABC increasingly relies on programs purchased from the independent production sector. Under former TV head Kim Dalton the level of internal TV production was reduced dramatically.Most ABC TV programs are now produced by external TV production houses, including the Gruen series, the Chaser series and all the dramas.
July 7, 2014
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