The more we pay, the less we get.
In the 1998 financial year the ABC drew $555,991,000 from the public purse, the equivalent of $853,467,000 in 2013 dollars.
In 2013, the ABC received $1,023,700,000 from Treasury, an increase of 20% over 15 years in real terms.
The result: more repeats and more overseas programs. In the average hour of prime time in 1997-1998, the ABC TV broadcast 27 minutes and 41 seconds of first-release Australian television:
As Paul Keating once said:
We pay them more than the state of Tasmania. Do we get value for it? It’s a moot point.
Update: Dollar values are in $(000).