Posted October 13, 2018 05:14:03 The ABC and SBS will merge in Australia’s east on Saturday.
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation will operate in the new regional broadcaster’s new home on the ABC’s new flagship station, with the ABC now operating in Sydney and Brisbane.
“We are taking this decision to create a single regional broadcaster that will deliver quality programming across the ABC and our digital platforms,” the ABC said in a statement.SBS will operate the ABC on the SBS Network.
The move will mean the Sbs will be the only broadcaster in the Australian Broadcasting Commission’s four-state coverage area, which includes Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth.
The ABC is owned by News Corp. and is a member of the ABC Trust.
The SBS has a long history of regional broadcasting.
Its flagship, ABC Local, is the flagship channel of its ABC regional network, and it is broadcast in seven markets across the country.
In 2014, the ABC decided to close its existing regional network.
“As part of the SBC merger, SBS Broadcasting will continue to be a regional broadcaster with all of the benefits of its existing local radio stations, including its iconic ABC Local brand,” the network said in the statement.
The new SBS broadcaster will continue its existing ABC Local format, with ABC Local’s existing ABC Radio One, SBC Radio One and SES radio in the ABC Local and ABC Local TV stations.
The news follows a number of regional networks closing or cutting their ties with the media giant in recent years.
The ABC has previously said it plans to cut the news outlet’s news content, and also to create new regional news programs.