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OFFLINE   TGIF #21

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Posted 15 December 2008 - 07:51 AM

Enter Mark Scott..

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ABC managing director Mark Scott said ABC4 would give Australian citizens the opportunity to watch key democratic processes and public events in an unmediated form.

"This is part of our triennial funding submission and will remain a key part of our submission," he told Media.

The ABC does have one advantage -- exclusive rights to the National Press Club addresses. The ABC currently gives access to Sky News on a one-off basis.

Mr Scott said an ABC public affairs channel would be broadcast free of charge into every Australian home -- "not just the 25 per cent who have pay-TV. And importantly, we think it will help drive the take-up of digital TV. We think a channel that includes ABC news services, parliamentary sessions of federal and state parliaments, major speeches, press conferences, significant court decisions and company AGMs presented live and unedited would give all Australians unfiltered and unprecedented access to the political process," he said.

http://www.theaustra...89-7582,00.html

The similarity of the two ideas almost sounds like Foxtel wants to out-ABC the ABC..

ONLINE   TV Head #22

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Posted 15 December 2008 - 02:04 PM

The ABC don't "own" public broadcasting. There is nothing stopping ABC doing a similar service.

OFFLINE   byron #23

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Posted 15 December 2008 - 02:20 PM

I hope A-SPAN will mean ABC will step backwards from the C-SPAN format and just have a News 24 style channel.
There is no need to have 2 C-SPAN style channels in Australia when there is a need for a FTA news channel.

OFFLINE   TGIF #24

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Posted 15 December 2008 - 02:30 PM

QUOTE (Mike 360 @ Dec 15 2008, 03:04 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
The ABC don't "own" public broadcasting. There is nothing stopping ABC doing a similar service.
The ABC is, by definition, a public broadcaster owned by the Commonwealth of Australia. Foxtel is a private business owned by Telstra, PBL Media, and News Corporation. Hence A-SPAN is a public service being offered by a private company - there's a bit of a distinction there.

I think a channel like this fits in far better with the ABC's public service remit - although I question the need to compete with private businesses. Having said that, a little competition would do wonders for things here and I wouldn't mind seeing either type of channel put to air by the ABC.

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ONLINE   TV Head #25

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Posted 15 December 2008 - 03:30 PM

It is being run not for profit and it serves a pubic service so in its essence it is public broadcasting.

OFFLINE   600watch #26

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Posted 16 December 2008 - 12:34 PM

I think having two channels doing similar things will help keep them accountable. With just Sky running A-SPAN it may not be any good...but with the ABC offering an alternative (probably with a higher bandwidth and thus quality than a D-44 broadcast) not only will there be a choice of viewing but some useful competition.
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OFFLINE   TGIF #27

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Posted 16 December 2008 - 06:39 PM

A somewhat naive idea would be for them to collaborate..two of the networks best known for their coverage of politics working together could put together something quite good. ABC Enterprises or whatever they call it this week could have a 50% share of it or something.

OFFLINE   MelbourneTV #28

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Posted 16 December 2008 - 06:45 PM

Would be a bit complicated though - tax payer's dollars going to a commercial venture via the ABC.

I'd rather the ABC (and our taxes) go towards a BBC News Channel style service...

OFFLINE   TGIF #29

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Posted 16 December 2008 - 07:05 PM

Oh me too, but it'd be an interesting idea. And it'd certainly put their altruistic claims to the test.

ONLINE   TV Head #30

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Posted 29 December 2008 - 05:20 PM

A-SPAN sounds better than A-PAC, I hope they don't change.

OFFLINE   Mark #31

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Posted 29 December 2008 - 05:25 PM

topic title changed.

Still trying to work out what channel it will be on Digital PayTV.

QUOTE (Mike 360 @ Dec 29 2008, 06:20 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
A-SPAN sounds better than A-PAC, I hope they don't change.


well, to be fair, "C-SPAN on A-SPAN" would sound a bit daft! People would go "What happened to B-Span?"

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ONLINE   TV Head #32

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Posted 29 December 2008 - 05:31 PM

QUOTE (The Spy Reporter @ Dec 29 2008, 06:25 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
well, to be fair, "C-SPAN on A-SPAN" would sound a bit daft! People would go "What happened to B-Span?"

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Not really, but it just doesn't flow as well, it reminds me of Political Action Committees.

OFFLINE   mubd #33

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Posted 29 December 2008 - 09:23 PM

Name reminds me of the horrid atrocity of APEC 2007.
EDIT:Oh, also:
QUOTE ('Mike 360')
It is being run not for profit and it serves a pubic service so in its essence it is public broadcasting.

LOL.

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Edited by mubd, 29 December 2008 - 09:26 PM.


OFFLINE   SA TV #34

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Posted 29 December 2008 - 10:01 PM

".... your watching APEC, on A-PAC..."


A-SPAN was better

OFFLINE   newtaste #35

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Posted 29 December 2008 - 10:49 PM

IP Australia shows: APAN lodged on 1 Sep 2009 and A-SPAN lodged on 20 Nov 2008. Would seem to be a complete waste of money to register APAN and A-SPAN, choose A-SPAN, then change the name to A-PAC. Nothing on IP Australia for A-PAC.

May be confused with:
APAC - Australian Partnership for Advanced Computing
APAC - Australian Psychology Accreditation Council
APAC - Asia Pacific Aerospace Consultants
APAC (Aboriginal Perspectives across the Curriculum) initiative
APAC - Asia Pacific Augustinian Conference
APAC - Australian Protected Areas Congress
and many other Australian APACs.

A-SPAN appears to be a unique name in Australia.

Edited by newtaste, 29 December 2008 - 11:17 PM.


ONLINE   TV Head #36

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Posted 29 December 2008 - 11:20 PM

...it would seem stupid to change everything with promotions a launch and a logo already up on the site and then change it all. I am a little skeptical.

OFFLINE   Otacon2009 #37

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Posted 30 December 2008 - 09:19 AM

I suppose it would ease the political tragics who have only FTA that they will one day get to watch it.

OFFLINE   trisreed #38

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Posted 30 December 2008 - 10:08 AM

If they create a second channel will it be 2-PAC?
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OFFLINE   Cyril Washbrook #39

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Posted 30 December 2008 - 02:16 PM

QUOTE (Mike 360 @ Dec 29 2008, 06:31 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Not really, but it just doesn't flow as well, it reminds me of Political Action Committees.

Indeed. That was the second thing that came to my head though... first thought was AIPAC, the pro-Israel lobby group in the US. mischievous.gif

OFFLINE   Mark #40

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Posted 30 December 2008 - 06:58 PM

A-PAC will be D607 on Austar. I would presume the same for Foxtel.