ABC, Sky News Plan TV Services For Aussie Expats

By Dex Tennyson, for 11 September, 2014

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and its rival Sky News are planning new online television services aimed at expats, after ABC announced plans to shut down its international broadcasting service for the Asia-Pacific region from September 29.

The ABC's Australia Network said that the closure was due to Government cuts. However, it added that a new service, called Australia Plus, will provide some Australian content on television, radio, and online. ABC International is also developing an international version of its domestic on-demand service for expats. Some programs on the service will be free, while others will be pay-per-view.

Meanwhile, the Australian News Channel, which runs Sky News, says it is planning a new online subscription channel with five streams of news-related and local content, in partnership with Globecast Australia. Sky News Director of Digital, Kylie Merritt, said that plans are underway to build "a go-to news and information service for the expat community," and added that the channel would also showcase Australian industry and Australia as an investment destination.

Speaking to The Australian, Sky News head Angelos Frangopoulos said that, while the channel will be delivered online, it will also be available on connected televisions and set-top boxes.

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