ABC takes Australia to the future

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The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) has leapt further into the digital media age after announcing more sites to its already large number of sites.

Those include a brand new 24/7 “continuous news centre” and also more than 60 new sites pushing local news to their respective regional community. Those 60 new sites were launched today, as a ABC Local Radio website redesign.

The ABC will also be experimenting with IPTV (Internet Protocol TV) by offering three new channels. One channel will show recently aired programming on both ABC1 and ABC2; while the other two will feature documentaries and content from the ABC Shop.

Dubbed “ABC Playback”, it will be launched on Tuesday.

The ABC has told the that no additional funding had been obtained and were using existing resources for the 60 brand new sites.

The new and ambitious move will rival the established online media operators like Yahoo!7, Fairfax Digital and ninemsn, but the ABC does provide some news to Yahoo!7 under an existing arrangement with Yahoo! Australia before the merger with Seven’s online operations.

The continuous news centre will be located in Ultimo, and will contain journalists working around the clock to provide hundreds of hours of news to all ABC outlets, which include both television channels, ABC Online, its radio stations, IPTV and portable devices like mobile phones.

The ABC is currently inviting those with an ADSL2 connection to try out the Playback service, and can be regisitered over at their site at As of writing, the site has been replaced with an error message.

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