ABC and SBS Efficiency Review
13 August 2018
Government has commenced an efficiency review of the public broadcasters which
was announced in the May Budget.
Communications and the Arts, Senator Mitch Fifield, said the review would
support the organisations to identify best public broadcasting practice.
“The ABC and
SBS are vital public news and cultural institutions that are an important
underpinning of media diversity and represent a major Commonwealth contribution
to civic journalism,” Minister Fifield said.
fast-evolving world of media organisations, it is important to support our
public broadcasters to be the best possible stewards of taxpayer dollars in
undertaking their important work for the community.”
will assist the public broadcasters as they approach the next funding triennium
through which more than $3.9 billion will be provided from July 2019.”
and Richard Bean will conduct the review, assisted by the Department of
Communications and the Arts in cooperation with the ABC and SBS.
Mr Tonagh has
significant broadcasting and media experience including as Chief Executive
Officer of Foxtel until January 2018. He is currently chair of the
not-for-profit Bus Stop Films, which gives people with intellectual
disabilities opportunities to learn skills through filmmaking. Mr Tonagh is
also a member of the Council of the Australian Film Television and Radio School
Mr Bean was
acting chair of the Australian Communications and Media Authority until October
2017. Before joining the ACMA in 2010, Mr Bean was General Counsel at wireless
broadband infrastructure owner and ISP, Unwired (subsequently acquired by
including Terms of Reference for the Review are available at: https://www.communications.gov.au/national-broadcasters-efficiency-review
Authorised by Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield, Liberal Party of Australia, Parliament House, Canberra.