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ABC declares it has no plans to switch off Radio National

RadioKevin Perry

The ABC has denied it has any plans to switch off linear broadcasts for Radio National in favour for a digital future with content delivered predominantly via podcast.

Recent cuts to Radio National has again led to some commentators questioning the long-term future of the network.

A spokesperson for the ABC telling Decider TV:

"There are categorically no plans to end linear broadcasting on RN. We expect it to be a full linear service well beyond 2020."

The spokesperson went on to confirm the ABC is re-evaluating how it manages resources in the news and current affairs divisions.

“The News and Radio Divisions are looking at ways to improve how the ABC delivers audio current affairs, for both current and future radio and digital audiences. This project is about increasing the ability of our radio journalists and teams to do original and investigative reporting and making sure that content will reach the widest possible audience. It is not about finding budget or job cuts. The project is still in its early stages, with a working group of senior radio current affairs journalists from the News Division and Radio recently formed to examine how a new model might operate.
The ABC is strongly committed to radio current affairs, and is the predominant media organisation doing original and investigative journalism in this area. We will keep staff and audiences fully informed as soon as we have plans to announce.”