One of those decisions is to approve funding for ABC to establish a television channel specifically for children.
The new channel, tentatively ABC3, will include a mix of in-house and private sector production – and promises that 50 per cent of all programming will be Australian.
Programs will cover all genres including drama, animation and documentaries. ABC’s director of television Kim Dalton said that the broadcaster will announce more details of the channel over the coming weeks and months.
The announcement of the new ABC channel comes after Network Ten has launched its 24-hour high-definition channel OneHD and SBS has announced plans to relaunch its World News Channel as SBS2. The Nine Network has not made any formal announcement, though it is suggested that their new digital channel may be an entertainment channel called GO!99.
That leaves Seven still to make any hint as to what its multi-channel plans are beyond its existing part-time channel 7HD – when almost two months ago, network chief David Leckie teased the press with a statement that an announcement was imminent.