Australia’s public broadcaster, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and affectionately known as Aunty, is celebrating its 80th birthday today.
The ABC’s first wireless broadcast was on this day in 1932, at the height of the Great Depression.
The chimes of Sydney’s GPO clock were the first sounds transmitted across the country from 12 radio stations.
In the 80 years since, the ABC has expanded from those radio stations into multiple platforms including television and online.
Last night at midnight, TVNZ turned off TVNZ7, our antion’s only public television channel after a mere 4 and a half years. The National Government made the decision not to fund it. Now New Zealand becomes the only country in the OEC, bar Mexico, to be without a public television channel.
The Australian Federal Government allocates $912 million per year to the ABC and is a vital part of the Australian identity . In NZ, TVNZ7 cost around $16 million. Our national identity is being steadily eroded.