Here’s a bit of good news:
Sky News is planning to launch, within months, a five-channel news service, delivered via IPTV or internet-based television, to broadcast news, business, political and sports content to 180 countries, including China and the Middle East.
The service will not cost taxpayers a cent, unlike the Australia Network, which has $223 million in funding over 10 years.
But then there’s this:
THE ABC has panned the Sky News plan for an international news platform called the Australia Channel that would rival, and potentially replace, its Australia Network, if it is cut in the budget. . . .
ABC spokesman Michael Millet yesterday strongly criticised the venture, after The Weekend Australian reported that Sky’s New Australia Channel would make the Australia Network obsolete technologically and distribution wise.
Mr Millet said an IPTV channel service would be no substitute for what the public broadcaster now delivered for its audiences internationally and in Australia.
But you know, it may happen after all:
ALP communications spokesman Jason Clare said: “Australia’s future is tied to Asia and any decision by Sky News to expand into Asia is welcome.”