Public broadcasters under fire

The ABC and SBS are currently the subject of an Efficiency Study, which includes a review of operations and cost efficiency. While the results have yet to be fully examined and recommendations agreed, there is a one per cent saving on base funding in the 2014 Federal Budget.

This measure does not constitute an ongoing efficiency dividend on the ABC and SBS. The exact implementation of savings arising from this measure will be determined by the boards and executives of the national broadcasters.

The Government expects such efficiencies can be achieved without cutting the broadcasters’ diverse range of programs and services, or affecting their editorial independence.

Written by Debbie McTaggart