TS News - ABC To Suffer A$25m Budget Cut

TELE-satellit News, 14 May 1997

ABC To Suffer A$25m Budget Cut
  CANBERRA, Australia, 97/05/14 (SatND) -- The Australian Broadcasting
Corporation ABC will finally get a A$500.5 million slide from the country's
1997/98 budget, some A$25 million less than it hoped for, but more or less
what its chairman Donald McDonald expected. The Special Broadcasting
Service (SBS), which offers multicultural television and radio services,
will see its budget cut by A$8.4 million over the next four financial years.

  The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said it would contribute A$4
million from its aid budget to the international broadcaster Radio
Australia (RA) for an A$7.2 million service offering satellite and
short-wave broadcasts to the South Pacific, Papua New Guinea and Asia.
Foreign Affairs Minister Alexander Downer said this would allow RA to
maintain key foreign language broadcasts including Tok Pisin, Bahasa
Indonesian, Chinese Mandarin, Vietnamese and Khmer.

  By: Peter Klanowski
  Source: SatND
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