A study into the whether the ABC and SBS are conducting their operations efficiently is to be conducted by the Department of Communications.
The former Chief Financial Officer of Seven West Media Limited, Peter Lewis will assist the Department with this work.
Managing Director at the ABC, Mark Scott said he would be working with Mr Lewis and the Department on the review.
Costs under microscope
“The ABC has constantly reviewed its operations to deliver the best and most efficient return to Australian audiences,” Mr Scott said.
Minister for Communications, Malcolm Turnbull said he had a responsibility to ensure that the ABC and SBS used public resources as efficiently as possible.
“Over time Parliament has broadened the Charter responsibilities of the ABC and SBS, but the means by which these responsibilities are delivered, resources are allocated and priorities determined is at the discretion of the national broadcasters’ boards and managements—with varying levels of transparency to the Government of cost drivers or scope for efficiencies,” Mr Turnbull said.
“The study will examine costs for the day-to-day operations which deliver ABC and SBS programs, products and services, and propose options to increase efficiency and reduce expense.”
He said the review would not cover the terms of the national broadcasters’ charters, or editorial and programing decisions.
“In other words, the study will not review the content of what is broadcast, but rather the cost of delivering that content and the operations that support it,” Mr Turnbull said.
More information on the study is available at this PS News link.