ABC News 24

"ABC 24" redirects here. For other uses, see ABC 24 (disambiguation).
For the Australian news service, see ABC News (Australia).
ABC News 24
Launched 22 July 2010
Network ABC Television
Owned by Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Picture format 720p (HDTV) 16:9 (until 6 Dec 2016)
576i (SDTV) 16:9 (from 6 Dec 2016)
Audience share 1.1% nationally (March 2011, )
Slogan It's news, when you want it.
Country Australia
Language English
Broadcast area Nationally
Headquarters Ultimo, New South Wales
Replaced ABC HD (HD channel space; 2008–10, to be relaunched Dec 2016)
Sister channel(s) ABC
ABC HD (6 Dec 2016)
ABC Kids
ABN Sydney (DVB-T) 544 @ 12 (226.5 MHz[1]
ABV Melbourne (DVB-T) 560 @ 12 (226.5 MHz)
ABQ Brisbane (DVB-T) 576 @ 12 (226.5 MHz)
ABS Adelaide (DVB-T) 592 @ 12 (226.5 MHz)
ABW Perth/Mandurah (DVB-T) 736 @ 12 (226.5 MHz)
ABT Hobart (DVB-T) 624 @ 8 (191.5 MHz)
ABD Darwin (DVB-T) 640 @ 30 (543.5 MHz)
Freeview ABC (virtual) 24
Foxtel (virtual) 642
VAST (virtual) 24
Foxtel/Optus (virtual) 642
Streaming media
ABC iview ABC iview live stream ABC News 24 live stream (Australia Only)
YouTube Watch Live (Australia only)

ABC News 24 is an Australian 24-hour news channel launched and owned by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.[2]<ref name= New ABC news channel to be called 'ABC News 24'>Danny (5 April 2010). "abc-news-24 "New ABC news channel to be called "ABC News 24"". The Tube. Retrieved 10 July 2010.  </ref>[3] The channel replaced the former ABC High Definition simulcast of ABC TV and commenced broadcasting at 7:30 pm (AEST) 5:30 pm (AWST) on Thursday, 22 July 2010.[4][5]

The majority of the channel's content is produced from the ABC Ultimo Centre in Sydney, which the public can view being presented from an atrium looking into the news presentation studio. ABC News 24's early morning programme, ABC News Breakfast and the evening programme The World is produced at the ABC Southbank Centre in Melbourne (weekdays).

Due to the rebroadcast of ABC HD on 6 December 2016, ABC News 24 will be reduced to standard definition.[6]


The ABC announced in January 2010 that it planned to launch a 24-hour news channel.[2] The logo of ABC News 24 was revealed by Freeview in their new promotion on Tuesday 22 June.[7] The official promotional reel for ABC News 24 was launched on digital channel 24 between 6 and 8 July.[8]

Speculation about a launch date for ABC News 24 took place in the weeks prior to the official announcement. The Daily Telegraph claimed in early July that the channel would be delayed due to technical issues at the ABC's new playout facility, MediaHub, in south west Sydney while other outlets reported that the channel was on track to begin in mid-July.[9]

The ABC announced on 13 July 2010 that the channel would have its first live broadcast on 22 July.[4][5]

In November 2016, the ABC announced that ABC News 24 and ABC NewsRadio will be rebranded under a unified ABC News brand in 2017.[10]


Since the commencement of regular broadcasting, the reaction to the new news channel has been mixed. A particular concern has been the pressure placed upon the budget and operations of both the news division of the ABC, as well as the broadcaster as a whole, owing to the decision to launch the channel without additional Government funding, as was the case with the recent launch of the children's channel ABC3.

In Senate Estimates hearings in February 2012 the broadcaster confirmed a $2.5 million shortfall in the budget for its news and current affairs division and imposed a 1.5% cut in newsroom budgets, though denies the link to ABC News 24, instead pointing to recent major news events in the past year such as the Christchurch earthquakes and flooding in Queensland and Victoria.[11] However, Independent Senator Nick Xenophon has blamed the reported $20 million annual cost of the network for cutbacks in ABC TV sports coverage of the SANFL.[12]

However, the network has seen success with high viewership compared to competitor Sky News Australia, with reach exceeding 2 million viewers weekly, tripling that of Sky News.[13]

The channel's highest primetime viewership share was 9.5% during 2016 Federal election coverage on 2 July 2016.[14]


ABC News presented by Juanita Phillips

ABC News 24's output consists of a mix of live bulletins, timeshifted repeats of existing ABC News and Current Affairs output, coverage of the Federal Parliament's Question Time, documentaries and factual and arts programming.[15] These draw upon the ABC's own resources and those of its partner broadcasters, the BBC, TVNZ, PBS, NHK, and Al Jazeera English.

Live rolling news coverage on the channel is presented on weekdays by Joe O'Brien (mornings), Ros Childs (midday), Kumi Taguchi (afternoons). Specialist and feature programming includes a daily business programme covering the Asia-Pacific region, a topical debate programme entitled The Drum presented by Steve Cannane or Julia Baird and an international bulletin with Beverley O'Connor entitled The World presented from ABC Melbourne Studio.[15]

Existing shows ABC News Breakfast and ABC News at Noon are broadcast live on ABC News 24 at the same time as on ABC TV in AEST/AEDT time zones; viewers in the AWST and ACST time zones can choose to watch these programs either live (on ABC News 24) or on delay in their local time (on ABC TV). In addition, The Business is shown in an earlier timeslot than currently scheduled on ABC TV.

On 30 September 2010, the ABC announced the first new programme to be shown on ABC News 24 titled Capital Hill. The political programme, originally hosted by Chris Uhlmann airs Fridays at 5:30 pm AEST/AEDT and takes a look at the week's political events and news, as well as feature interviews with the key players of politics. It is now broadcast every weekday at 1:00 pm AEST/AEDT and is hosted by Greg Jennett.

The World presented by Scott Bevan

Overnight ABC News 24 uses 'satellite' programming, mainly from BBC World News which mostly uses the main BBC News bulletins, as well as sometimes using shows such as Impact (TV programme) with Yalda Hakim, Outside Source with Ros Atkins and Global with Matthew Amroliwala. These BBC World News broadcasts come live into ABC News 24 before being broadcast around Australia. About two hours of two Al Jazeera Newshour bulletins are also broadcast.[15]

Repeated from ABC TV


Along with other rolling news channels, ABC News 24 has been criticised for launching into rolling news coverage for 'breaking news' where little new information supports such coverage, and just repeating limited information and footage about an event.[16] Conversely, ABC News 24 has also been criticised for not turning to rolling coverage.[17][18]

ABC News 24 online

ABC News 24 can be streamed online at the ABC's website and on YouTube.[19] However, the news stream on both sites is not available outside of Australia,[20] and unlike other programming on iView it is not currently offered as unmetered content by any internet service providers. The ABC News 24 stream is available in medium and high bandwidth varieties on the iView site.

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Former presenters

International bureaus

Overseas correspondents


  2. 1 2 "ABC to launch 24-hour news channel". ABC News Online. 21 January 2010. Archived from the original on 27 June 2010. Retrieved 10 July 2010.
  3. Knox, David (21 January 2010). "ABC announces 24/7 News channel". TV Tonight. Retrieved 10 July 2010.
  4. 1 2 "ABC to launch 24hr news channel next week". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 13 July 2010. Archived from the original on 15 July 2010. Retrieved 13 July 2010.
  5. 1 2 "ABC News 24 will launch on Thursday 22 July". The Spy Report. Media Spy. 13 July 2010. Archived from the original on 27 April 2011. Retrieved 13 July 2010.
  6. "ABC is changing to HD". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 9 November 2016. Retrieved 9 November 2016.
  7. "ABC News 24 logo revealed". The Spy Report. Media Spy. 29 June 2010. Archived from the original on 2 July 2010. Retrieved 13 July 2010.
  8. "ABC News 24 hype reel unveiled". mUmbrella. 8 July 2010. Archived from the original on 10 July 2010. Retrieved 8 July 2010.
  9. "Exclusive: ABC News 24 will launch this month". The Spy Report. Media Spy. 4 July 2010. Archived from the original on 11 July 2010. Retrieved 13 July 2010.
  10. 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.
  11. Meade, Amanda (13 February 2012). "Aunty admits its news unit is $2.5m in the red". The Australian. Retrieved 10 March 2012.
  12. Reece Homfray; Miles Kemp (23 February 2012). "ABC-24 costly for the SANFL". Adelaide Now. The Adelaide Advertiser. Retrieved 10 March 2012.
  13. "News 24 not hurting main bulletin: ABC". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 10 March 2012.
  14. Knox, David (4 July 2016). "ABC, TEN lift in buoyant ratings week". TV Tonight. Retrieved 4 July 2016.
  15. 1 2 3 Blundell, Graeme (3 July 2010). "24-hour party people". The Australian. p. 27. Archived from the original on 12 August 2010. Retrieved 3 July 2010.
  16. SIMONS, MARGARET SIMONS. "How ABC News 24 lost pace with news from Japan". Retrieved 18 January 2015. All news channels, including the ABC, played the same pictures, and the same interviews, over and over again.
  17. Canning, Simon (16 December 2010). "ABC news missed the boat via reruns". The Australian. Retrieved 18 January 2015. THE ABC's news channel, ABC24, has been slammed by critics for failing to recognise the scale of the Christmas Island asylum-seeker tragedy.
  18. SIMONS, MARGARET (15 Aug 2011). "ABC News 24 runs on the smell of an oily rag". Crikey. Retrieved 18 January 2015. And other critics (including me) have complained that the channel is too slow to switch to breaking news.
  19. "abc news 24". ABC NEWS. Archived from the original on 17 August 2010. Retrieved 22 Jul 2010.
  20. "abc news 24 FAQ". ABC NEWS 24 FAQ. Archived from the original on 24 July 2010. Retrieved 22 Jul 2010.

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