Here’s something we could truly aspire to. Just announced:
The ABC will launch Australia’s first free-to-air 24-hour television news channel in 2010.
The ABC’s Managing Director, Mark Scott, said the ABC’s commitment to quality news and current affairs would enter a new era with the creation of the new digital channel.
The channel will provide live continuous news coverage of major breaking stories from Australia and around the world. Broadcasting around the clock will enable the ABC to increase its in-depth coverage of local, national and international affairs through background features and analysis, combined with the ABC’s unrivalled long-form current affairs reporting.
We do have our own version, TVNZ 7, but it needs a boost and to be taken really seriously rather than be an add on.
Just imagine if we could consistently produce news around New Zealand drawn from New Zealand and overseas across a digital platform that encompassed radio, television and online mediums that was driven by news values and not ratings.
That’s the New Zealand I want to live in.
My colleague Brendon Burns is doing some work in this area and will have mroe to say on this subject.
Hat tip: Mark Scott, ABC Managing Director on Twitter (abcmarkscott)