Following the $84.7 million in budget cuts imposed on the ABC by the Turnbull government in the 2018-19 budget, reports are circulating that closures and mergers are being considered by the national broadcaster.
Media outlet Crikey (paywalled) reports that while the proposals are just that at the moment, ‘what is being discussed ould bring about the most radical changes for the corporation in decades.’
Reports suggest that the merging of Radio National and ABC News Radio is being actively discussed, along with a proposal to close, or severely cut, Classic FM.
‘Another area of possible cuts is in the regional radio and TV networks with offices and bureaus being closed (as regional TV and radio broadcasters have done such as WIN, Prime and Southern Cross).’
ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie said when the budget cuts were announced that they could not be absorbed by efficiency measures alone.