The Role and Future of Radio Australia and Australia Television

The Role and Future of Radio Australia and Australia Television

TABLE OF CONTENTS

COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP

TERMS OF REFERENCE

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

CHAPTER 1 - Introduction

Establishment of the Inquiry
Conduct of the Inquiry
Lack of Departmental Co-operation
Timing of the Inquiry  

CHAPTER 2 - Background

Introduction
Brief History of Short-Wave Radio Transmission
Radio Australia
Brief History of International Satellite Television
Australia Television

CHAPTER 3 -Restructuring International Broadcasting Services: Overseas and in Australia

Introduction
Overseas Restructuring
Responsibility for and Funding of Radio Australia
Major Inquiries of the 1980s and 1990s
Conclusion

CHAPTER 4 - The Mansfield Review of the ABC

Establishment of the Review
Conduct of the Review
Mansfield Report

CHAPTER 5 - Radio Australia

Introduction
Radio Australia's Audience

Introduction
Audience Surveys
Qualitative Surveys
Listeners' Mail
Mansfield Report
Listeners' Responses to the Mansfield Report's Recommendatons
Programming
ABC Programming Policies and Guidelines
Relevance and Effectiveness of Radio Australia Programming
'Culturally Appropriate' Programming
Intrusiveness of International Broadcasting

Foreign Affairs Implications of Radio Australia Services

Introduction
Regional Support for Radio Australia
Human Rights
Role of Radio Australia in Times of Crisis
Defence and Reconstruction
Trade
Tourism
Education
Conclusion

CHAPTER 6 - Radio Australia: Transmission, Funding and Cost-Effectiveness Matters

Short-Wave Transmission
Other Technologies
Cost Effectiveness of Radio Australia  

CHAPTER 7 - Australia Television

Background
ATV Delivery to the Region
Viewer Audience
Programming
ATV's Contribution to Foreign Policy and Trade
Funding for ATV
Profitability of ATV
Commercial Value of ATV
Privatisation of ATV
Future Structure of Australia Television  

CHAPTER 8 - Role of International Broadcasting

Introduction
International Radio Services in the Asia Pacific Region
Radio Australia's Position
International Broadcasting Survey
Television Services in the Asia Pacific Region
Globalisation

CHAPTER 9 - Consequences of the Closure of Radio Australia and/or Australia Television

Domestic Consequences
International Consequences

GOVERNMENT REPORT

Broadcast Options for the ABC

Role and Responsibility of ABC Management
Regional Priorities
Rebroadcasts
Comments by DOCA on Radio Australia
Comments by DFAT regarding RA and ATV
Public Funding for Radio Australia
Future Role of the ATV Services

Examining the Role of Radio Australia

Costs of RA and ATV
Comments on the Future of RA and ATV

ABC Management's Attitude Towards Radio Australia

Consideration of Alternative Funding Models

Conflicting/Anecdotal Evidence

Conclusions

Continued Commitment to the Region

Recommendations

APPENDIX 1: List of Submissions Received

APPENDIX 2: List of Witnesses