ABC News (Australia)

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ABC News
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Division of: Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Headquarters: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Area served:Nationwide
Broadcast programs: News Breakfast
Weekend Breakfast
ABC News Mornings
ABC News at Noon
Afternoon Briefing
ABC News at Five
Four Corners
Behind the News
One Plus One
The Business
The Drum
The World
Parent: Australian Broadcasting Corporation

ABC News is a public news service in Australia produced by the News and Current Affairs division of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. The division is responsible for all news-gathering and production of news output for ABC television, radio and online services. Although the ABC is owned and funded by the Australian Government, the editorial independence of the ABC is ensured through the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1983. [1]


The ABC News TV channel is Australia's first free-to-air 24 hour news channel. Three flagship radio news programs – AM , The World Today , and PM – are broadcast over various ABC radio outlets. The division also produces ABC NewsRadio, Australia's only 24-hour continuous news radio channel, as well as producing hourly radio news bulletins and programmes on ABC Local Radio, ABC Radio National, ABC Classic FM, and Triple J.

ABC Television News

ABC television news bulletins are broadcast throughout the day — including the flagship nightly 7 pm state-based bulletins. Bulletins focus strongly on issues of state relevance, with a greater inclusion of national and international news items than are found in the news bulletins of commercial broadcasters.

National bulletins

News Breakfast

News Breakfast is broadcast weekdays from 6 am – 9 am on ABC and the ABC News channel from ABC's Melbourne studio and is presented by Michael Rowland and Lisa Millar, sport presenter Paul Kennedy and weather presenter Nate Byrne. The program is also shown online and on ABC Australia in the Asia Pacific region.

Weekend Breakfast

Weekend Breakfast is broadcast weekends from 7 am – 11 am on ABC and the ABC News channel from ABC's main national news studio in Sydney at Ultimo and is presented by Johanna Nicholson and Fauziah Ibrahim.

ABC News Mornings

ABC News Mornings is presented by Joe O'Brien from the ABC's main national news studio in Sydney at Ultimo, and airs weekdays at 9 am on ABC and on the ABC News channel. Sport is presented by Paul Kennedy and weather is presented by Nate Byrne, both from the Melbourne studios.

ABC News at Noon

ABC News at Noon is presented by Ros Childs (weekdays) and Miriam Corowa (weekends) from the ABC's main national news studio in the Sydney suburb of Ultimo, and airs on ABC and ABC News channel in each Australian state and territory at midday Australian Eastern Standard/Daylight Time. A separate edition of the bulletin is produced for Western Australia two to three hours after the original broadcast, as the time delay was deemed too long to remain up-to-date.

The bulletin was launched in February 2005 to replace the less successful Midday News and Business, preceded in turn by the long-running World at Noon.


7.30 is presented by Leigh Sales from the ABC's main national news studio in Ultimo, Sydney on ABC at 7:30 pm, weeknights. However, when a big state political event happens, the national program can be pre-empted by the local edition.

ABC Late News

ABC Late News is presented by Michael Tetlow from the ABC's Perth news studio on ABC at 10:30 pm (eastern time), weeknights.

A separate edition is presented from Perth for Western Australia also by Michael Tetlow on ABC at 10:30 pm (western time) and then ABC News channel at midnight (eastern time) and 1:00 am. Later, he also hosts 15-minute News Overnight bulletins. [2]

News Updates

National news updates are presented on ABC throughout the day with evening updates presented live in most states by the respective state news presenters. The ABC's Brisbane studios produces the 8:30 pm weeknight update and it is presented by Karina Carvalho.

National updates are also available on demand via ABC News Online.

ABC News channel bulletins

The news bulletins such as ABC News Mornings, ABC News Afternoons, The World , The World This Week and Weekend Breakfast are aired on ABC News along with its own 30 and 15 minute hourly bulletins.

State bulletins

ABC News' flagship 7 pm bulletin is produced and presented every night from the capital city of each state and territory and features a national financial bulletin presented on weeknights by Alan Kohler in Melbourne.

Australian Capital Territory

ABC News Canberra is presented from the ABC's Dickson studio by Dan Bourchier on weeknights and Craig Allen on weekends with sports presenter Chris Kimball.

New South Wales

ABC News New South Wales is presented from the ABC's (Ultimo, New South Wales) studio by Juanita Phillips from Sunday to Thursday and Jeremy Fernandez on Friday and Saturday. Weather is presented by Graham Creed on weeknights.

Fill-in presenters for the bulletin include Kirsten Aiken, Gemma Veness, Karina Carvalho and Lara Hyams.

Northern Territory

ABC News Northern Territory is presented from ABC's Northern Darwin studio by Amy Culpitt from Sunday to Thursday and Nick Hose on Friday and Saturday


ABC News Queensland is presented from the ABC's Queensland headquarters on Brisbane's South Bank by Matt Wordsworth from Monday to Thursday and Jessica van Vonderen from Friday to Sunday. Weather is presented by Jenny Woodward on Sunday to Thursday and Craig Zonca on Friday.

Fill-in presenters for the bulletin include Ellie Sibson, Ashleigh Stevenson and Rebecca Hyam.

South Australia

ABC News South Australia is presented from the ABC's Collinswood studio by Jessica Harmsen on weeknights and Emma Rebellato on weekends. Weekend bulletins feature local sport bulletins presented by Alina Eacott.

Fill-in presenters for the bulletin include Stacey Lee, Richard Davies and Neil Cross.


ABC News Tasmania is presented from the ABC's Hobart studio by Guy Stayner from Monday to Thursday and Angela Ross from Friday to Sunday. Weather is presented by Simon McCulloch on weeknights.


ABC News Victoria is presented from ABC Victoria's Southbank studio by Tamara Oudyn from Monday to Thursday and Mary Gearin from Friday to Sunday. Weather is presented by Paul Higgins on weeknights.

Fill-in presenters for the bulletin include Paul Higgins, Mary Gearin, Ben Knight, James Hancock and Nate Byrne.

Western Australia

ABC News Western Australia is presented from ABC WA's East Perth studio by Pamela Medlen from Monday to Thursday and Charlotte Hamlyn from Friday to Sunday. Tom Wildie present's sport on weekends, with Weather being presented by Irena Ceranic on weeknights.

Fill-in presenters for the bulletin include Frances Bell, Briana Shepherd, Charlotte Hamlyn, Michael Tetlow, Ben Gubana and Herlyn Kaur.

Broadcast presentation history


The news theme used from 1956 to 1985 was "Majestic Fanfare", composed by Charles Williams. From 1956 until the early 1980s the version used was the abridged version performed by the Queen's Hall Light Orchestra, from a recording made in 1943. Each bulletin opened with a clip from the top story of the day, with the title "ABC News" superimposed over the footage. Later, this onscreen approach was replaced by a generic graphic title sequence. In 1982, to celebrate the ABC's 50th anniversary, a new version of the theme was commissioned, which incorporated both orchestral and new electronic elements. With the exception of a period in the mid-1980s, during which a synthesised theme arranged by Sydney musician Tony Ansell was used for 12 months or so, this was used on radio until August 1988, and on television until early 1985. A reworking of "Majestic Fanfare" (essentially the original orchestration up one tone) was arranged by Richard Mills and recorded in 1988 by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

The 1988 orchestration is still used exclusively for ABC's radio news bulletins across all stations, except Triple J, which uses a 1991 remix of the original "Majestic Fanfare", and NewsRadio, which has always used specially-composed themes since its inception. The original theme package was written by Peter Wall and Tony Ansell.


The ABC refreshed its structure and look in 1985 when the 7 o'clock news and the following current affairs programme (at that time, Nationwide) were combined to form ABC National (usually known as "The National") and moved to 6:30 pm. The news theme used was "Best Endeavours", written by Alan Hawkshaw. This piece of music was at that time, and is still, the theme for Channel 4 News in the UK.


After The National was deemed unsuccessful, that same year the news was refreshed again with a new set, graphics, and theme, composed by Tony Ansell and Peter Wall. This theme was used for 20 years, even after the refresh in 1998. In 2010, it was sampled and remixed by the group Pendulum and this revised work went on to be placed #11 on the Triple J Hottest 100 chart on Australia Day 2011.


In 1998, the set was updated, a new opener featuring a light blue globe and the ABC logo was introduced, and the theme remained the same but was tweaked. The graphics also changed to match the new look.


The theme for ABC News changed on Australia Day (26 January) 2005, and was written by Martin Armiger and John Gray and for a couple of years bore a resemblance to the original Peter Wall / Tony Ansell work in the opening signature notes. Wall challenged the ABC and was successful in reaching an agreement. The opening notes were removed and the work was re-arranged in 2010. The new look made use of an orange and blue globe motif. At the same time the set and graphics received a major overhaul to fit in with this look. This package was used until 21 July 2010, a day before the launch of ABC News.


With the launch of ABC News on 22 July, all 7 pm bulletins across Australia had a graphics overhaul to match the look of ABC News. The opener replaces the blue/orange globe style with a series of sliding panels, featuring images specific to each state. The theme from the 2005–2010 era was remixed by Martin Armiger, its composer, giving it a more upbeat, synthesised feel. New South Wales, Queensland, Northern Territory, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia and the ACT have new sets, built to match the ABC News set. The graphics have changed to match the "sliding panels" look and are more akin to the feel of ABC News in 2010.

ABC News Channel

In January 2010, the ABC announced that a dedicated 24-hour digital television news channel, named ABC News 24 would be launched during the year. [3]

The new channel commenced preliminary broadcasting with a promo loop in early July 2010, with the ABC re-numbering ABC HD channel 20 to logical channel number 24.

The ABC News channel was officially launched as ABC News 24 at 7:30 pm Australian Eastern Standard Time on 22 July 2010 and simulcast its first hour of transmission on ABC. [4] The news channel utilises the ABC's existing resources including more than 1000 journalists in 60 newsrooms across Australia along with 12 foreign bureaux.

ABC Radio

Current affairs

ABC News produces three current affairs programs for radio – AM, Correspondents Report, The World Today, and PM. All share a quasi magazine format, and investigate stories in greater depth compared to news bulletins. AM in particular is influential in reflecting and setting the agenda of federal politics in Canberra.

State bulletins

State bulletins are produced by the ABC Local Radio station from the capital city of each state and mainland territory. They are broadcast to all ABC Local Radio and ABC Radio National stations in each state, and focus strongly on issues of state relevance, but also feature national and international stories. National bulletins air when state bulletins are not produced.

ABC Local Radio stations broadcast a flagship 15 minute state bulletin at 7:45 am, the only bulletin still introduced by the 18 second version of Majestic Fanfare. All other bulletins are introduced by a 9-second version of Majestic Fanfare. ABC Radio National and ABC Classic FM stations do not broadcast the 7:45 am bulletin, instead broadcasting an ordinary 8:00 am state bulletin and a 10-minute 7 am bulletin respectively, and continue to broadcast bulletins every hour when Local Radio stations broadcast bulletins every 30 minutes in the early morning.

National bulletins

ABC Classic FM broadcasts state bulletins every hour from 6 am until noon and then every 2 hours on the hour. Nonlocal streams of ABC Radio National broadcast national bulletins every hour, 24 hours a day.

National youth radio station Triple J broadcasts its own bulletins between 6:00 am and 6:00 pm on weekdays, and between 7:00 am and noon on weekends.

ABC Radio Australia News

Regular bulletins are produced and broadcast for Radio Australia in the Asia Pacific region. Bulletins are produced in Melbourne, and feature reports from foreign correspondents in the region.

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