Friday, October 25, 2019

Review of Australian Broadcasting Services in the Asia Pacific released

The long awaited review of Australian Broadcasting Services in the Asia Pacific has been released and is available here.

The 193 page report has been prepared for the Department of Communications and the Arts. The review was announced in September 2017.

I'm particularly interested in that it specifically includes the role of shortwave broadcasting. Australia has ceased shortwave broadcasts.

An interesting conclusion in the report on page 128 is that the authors estimate that shortwave broadcasts to the Asia and Pacific by Australia have a net economic benefit since 2007-08 of $40.3 million.

Supporters of Australian Broadcasting in Asia and the Pacific (SABAP) (I am a member). Has issued an initial response.

The ASPI Strategist has now published an excellent critique by Geoff Heriot titled "Asia-Pacific broadcasting review misses the point". It's well worth a read.

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