ABC News 24 has a date… July 22

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Looks like those problems seems to be fixed as the ABC has now announced a launch date for its new 24-hour news channel dubbed ABC News 24.

It will launch on digital boxes on July 22 on 7:30pm, with a simulcast on ABC1 – taking over from The 7:30 Report.

While the channel will be in HD, ABC HD (which simulcasted ABC1 programming from NSW) has been dropped in order to place this channel on digital television, causing controversy as the second broadcaster to ditch their HD feed of their main station in order to create a brand new channel, and many of the shows imported to the ABC, like The Bill and Doctor Who, were recorded in HD.

Ten, the first station to ditch their HD simulcast of their main channel, used it to create One HD – a sports channel. It has since used One HD branding for all of its sports coverage, and only HD coverage simulcasting between Ten and One HD is the AFL (and the Commonwealth Games later in the year).

This is because of the limited number of spectrum available for the ABC to broadcast another channel. However, the channel will be broadcast in HD before the switchover in 2013 in order to fulfil HD quota requirements imposed by the Federal Government.

It is unknown if the station will bring back its HD channel and change ABC News 24 into an SD channel after the switchover, or the Federal Government will provide more spectrum to stations in order to broadcast more channels onto Freeview.