ABC celebrates 80 years

Staff Writer

In 1932 the ABC launched with 12 radio stations. In 2012, 80 years later, she is a multi-platform broadcaster with countless terrestrial and digital stations and brands.

This year is the ABC's 80th birthday and to celebrate they have created a special events digital radio station which will broadcast across the 3 days from 29 June to 1 July.

"Over the past eight decades, there's been an incredible revolution not only in the development of Australia, but also in the development of the media landscape – and what better way to showcase the wealth of material we've collected than through the latest radio broadcasting technology – digital radio." commented Tony Walker, Manager, Digital Radio.

The broadcast will cover significant historical moments, from the 1932 Melbourne Cup, to Gough Whitlam’s dismissal, from Blue Hills to 9/11.

The digital station will be hosted by some of the ABC's highest profile on-air talent: Geraldine Doogue, Jon Faine, Margaret Throsby, Linda Mottram, Richard Fidler, Tracee Hutchinson, Robbie Buck and Zan Rowe.

ABC Turns 80 has been written and produced by Sophie Townsend.


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