Government axes Australia Network tender and lets ABC retain contract

australia network logoThe government has tonight called a halt to its chaotic Australia Network tender and awarded the contract to the ABC on a permanent basis.

The decision was taken after the two previous tender processes, appeared set to deliver the contract – to be Australia’s TV voice in Asia – to Sky News. Both were cancelled after leaks on the likely outcome of the process.  

The ABC tonight quotes MD Mark Scott as saying: “”The ABC takes seriously the responsibility to take Australia into the Asia Pacific region, building on the outstanding services we have delivered over 70 years.”

The Australia Network, which was originally known as Australia Television International, and then ABC Asia Pacific, launched in 2002.


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