ABC NewsRadio

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ABC NewsRadio
Broadcast area Australia - Some Areas AM/FM & Internet
Slogan Your news now.
Frequency Terrestrial - Variable
Foxtel and Austar - TV Channel 875 / Radio Channel 43
First air date August 1994
Format News / Talk
Audience share 3% (April 2009, )
Owner Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Webcast Live Stream

ABC NewsRadio is an Australian Broadcasting Corporation 24-hour news radio service. It is available on a number of broadcasts around Australia, including AM/FM radio, some pay-TV platforms and online.

Originally called the Parliamentary and News Network (PNN), the AM/FM radio network is chartered to broadcast live the proceedings of parliament, either the House of Representatives or the Senate, as specified by the standing orders. Also broadcast, at the end of each day's sitting, is a recording of Question Time for the chamber that was not broadcast live that day. These restrictions do not apply to the other broadcasts of Newsradio.

Parliamentary broadcasting was commenced by Ben Chifley's government on 10 July 1946,[1] on ABC Radio. These broadcasts received their own frequencies in the 1980s as PNN. The PNN/ABC NewsRadio service was introduced in August 1994 to utilise the Parliamentary broadcasting frequencies which were not being used when Parliament was not in session.

ABC NewsRadio has a 24-hour news format, including extensive finance, science and IT reports, as well as extended reports from the ABC's local and international news sources. NewsRadio also rebroadcasts international programming from the BBC, DW-Radio, Radio Netherlands and All Things Considered from NPR. On AM and FM radio, NewsRadio also broadcasts Australian Football League matches on weekends in New South Wales and Queensland, where the National Rugby League is the more popular football competition and thus is broadcast on ABC Local Radio services in those two states.

ABC NewsRadio callsigns for stations on the AM radio band are always xPB, where x is the number denoting the particular state or territory and PB stands for Parliamentary Broadcasting. ABC NewsRadio stations on the FM radio band use callsigns of the format xPNN.

ABC NewsRadio also uses resources from around the world such as news bulletins and programs from the BBC.

From September 2001, the 24-hour news format began live audio streaming on the Internet. When Parliament is in session, listeners who have Internet access may still receive the NewsRadio service even when the NewsRadio network is broadcasting Parliamentary proceedings over the air. From 2004, this was extended to FTA digital satellite and subscription TV services. In 2009, separate standard and parliamentary feeds were launched on digital terrestrial (DAB+) radio in the state capitals.

FM transmission was expanded greatly during a 2006-2009 program. It planned to increase the AM/FM coverage from 78% of the population to 95%.

In November 2016, the ABC announced that ABC NewsRadio and ABC News 24 will be rebranded as ABC News in 2017.[2]


The following carry parliamentary services, including Question Time, when parliament is in session. Australian Football League broadcasts may also interrupt news coverage in NSW, Queensland and the ACT.

ABC News Radio services are expected to commence transmission in Wollongong and the Illawarra region, NSW in the near future when more frequencies become available for use in these regions.[4]


These are times ABC NewsRadio broadcast all-news format:

During these, headlines will be heard every 15 minutes, plus sport, weather, business and traffic.

Other broadcasts

The following carry 24-hour news coverage, without parliamentary or sport interruption.

Podcasts of regularly recorded segments are also available at NewsRadio Podcasts.


  1. "Parliamentary Library: Australian Political Records (Research Note 42 1997-98)". Archived from the original on 17 October 2008. Retrieved 12 September 2008.
  2. Lallo, Michael (2 November 2016). "ABC in 2017: Diversity a focus, but which popular shows aren't returning?". Brisbane Times. Brisbane. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  3. "Frequency Information". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 23 November 2010.
  4. "ABC NewsRadio". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 23 November 2010.

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