Report puts ABC digital radio at risk

Staff Writer

A confidential efficiency review commissioned by Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has put the ABC’s digital radio service on the chopping block.

The Lewis review says the service needs to go to save the Government money.

The suggestion is the ABC and SBS should run as more commercial ventures charging for content, selling property, increasing advertising revenue and outsourcing production.

It’s feared that if recommendations from the Lewis review are implemented, hundreds of jobs would be lost.

The Guardian has listed the following recommendations:

• Charge fees for iView

• Sell ABC studios in each state

• Sell SBS in Artarmon and move staff to Ultimo

• Dump digital radio channels

• Increase advertising on SBS

• Shutdown SBS in Melbourne and move staff to ABC

• Save $90m by not proceeding with new Melbourne studios

• Get out of internal production

ABC Friends has called for the report to be made public.

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