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ABC launches new attempt to provide local Australian News

NewsKevin Perry

Airs 9:30pm AEDT Saturdays on ABC News 24 & 10:30am Sundays on ABC

ABC TV has launched  a new weekly half hour current affairs program, AUSTRALIA WIDE to help combat criticism its not doing enough to present local news on TV

Airing weekly on Saturdays at 9:30pm AEDT on ABC News 24 and again on Sundays at 10:30am on ABC, AUSTRALIA WIDE tells the stories from the people and places that make up the Australian experience.

Each week, AUSTRALIA WIDE will be presented from a different state by a different host.

The ABC was heavily criticised when it axed the Friday night state versions of 7:30 last year. At the time the broadcaster promised regular 1 hour news bulletins to fill the void, however these have been sporadic in there scheduling.

From the city streets to the urban centres and beyond, our best reporters look behind the stories that make the news. We look at things that affect us, from natural disasters and politics, to the things that inspire us in culture and the environment around us. It’s about where we live, the lives we lead and the things that challenge and unite us.

“The program will run four or five stories every week, each from a different state or territory” said Gaven Morris, ABC Head of News Content.
“They’ll come from the cities, regional centres, urban fringes and the bush and will traverse a range of topics.
“The stories may be from your postcode, but they will speak to us all.”