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ABC iview goes global for international audiences

The ABC has launched the free international streaming service ABC Australia iview, opening up more of its outstanding content to audiences around the world.

The ABC Australia iview app, for iOS and Android devices, connects the national public broadcaster’s global community with distinctive Australian stories, content and conversations from across the ABC, including entertainment, factual content, arts and educational programs.

The free new app is the latest addition to ABC iview, Australia’s leading free-to-air video streaming service. ABC Australia iview delivers curated Australian content to audiences overseas and is available for download on all App Stores and Google Play fronts outside Australia.

For the first time, ABC News Channel can be streamed internationally via an ABC app, delivering Australia’s most trusted news and current affairs content to audiences everywhere, including Q&A, Four Corners, Insiders, Media Watch, Foreign Correspondent and The Drum .

ABC Australia iview features flagship ABC programs, such as Australian Story, BTN and Gardening Australia. The new service also features programs showcasing regional Australia, including the much-loved Back Roads, along with documentary, lifestyle and entertainment content such as Waltzing the Dragon and triple j’s One Night Stand .

ABC Chair Ita Buttrose said: “International broadcasting is one of the ABC’s bedrock Charter responsibilities. This service will open up a variety of outstanding Australian content to audiences around the world, as well as to the more than 1 million Australian expats who live, work or are travelling overseas.

“ABC Australia iview is an example of how, with determination and drive, we can deliver great value for international audiences, Australian taxpayers and the national interest.”

The new ABC Australia iview app will operate alongside the ABC’s other international services.

The free ABC Australia iview app can be downloaded outside Australia only through Google Play and the App Store ‎ABC Australia iview on the App Store .

About ABC Australia

ABC Australia is the ABC’s international facing brand. It delivers Australian stories and conversations to audiences around the world online, on mobile, via social media, through broadcasting on ABC Australia (TV) and ABC Radio Australia and through international development initiatives.

ABC Australia (TV) delivers a mix of programs including news and current affairs, sport, comedies, drama, documentaries, education and award-winning children’s programs. The service also covers big events from Australia including the AFL Grand Final, elections and the New Year’s Eve fireworks.

ABC Australia is available in 40 territories across the Indo-Pacific region. ABC Radio Australia broadcasts a range of bespoke and relevant RN and Local Radio content across the Pacific and in Timor-Leste. It can be streamed online and is available as audio on-demand via the web and ABC listen. This December marks 80 years since Australia started broadcasting to international audiences.

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Tried to download this and it isn’t available on AppleTV which makes zero sense to me seeing as the “Australian / regular” iView app has been on ATV for awhile. They are basically the same service so I don’t understand why they wouldn’t make it available to actually watch on a TV.

ABC iview home delivers additional 200 hours of Australian content

With Australians unable to stray far from home, ABC iview is taking them on a trip across the nation with more than 200 additional hours of on-demand content exploring the people and places of this wide brown land.

From our city streets and suburbs to the byways and bush, the ABC is home delivering Australian dramas, comedies, documentaries, crime yarns and children’s shows to keep audiences company during the COVID-19 pandemic.

ABC iview’s supercharged Australian collection features Stateless and new series of Mystery Road and Top of the Lake, plus contemporary classics such as The Secret River, The Slap, Cleverman, The Beautiful Lie and Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries.

Josie Mason-Campbell, ABC Acting Head of Programming, said ABC iview’s additional Australian content supported homegrown creativity. “As the nation’s leading creative voice, the ABC has boosted its support for Australian stories by securing the streaming rights to more local dramas, comedies, documentaries and children’s content, adding to our current collection of programs.

“With Australians stuck close to home, the ABC is showcasing the sights and sounds of this extraordinary country with more than 200 additional hours of new shows and classic content. It’s Australia’s biggest home delivery for the mind and soul, feeding audiences’ need to laugh, learn, cry and be entertained.”

ABC iview’s new Australia-all-over collection is accompanied by outstanding new dramas from here and overseas, such as High Fidelity, Les Miserables, The Capture and the latest season of Killing Eve.

Highlights of ABC iview’s supercharged Australian collection include Cliffy, Mabo, It’s A Date, Luke Warm Sex, The Moodys, The Ex-PM, The Librarians, Janet King, Sporting Nation, The Time of our Lives, Blue Murder and The Agony Of series, alongside children’s programs Mustangs, Prisoner Zero, Ready For This and My Place.

The ABC has also launched the $5 million Fresh Start development fund to support Australian producers and safeguard local content and creativity. ABC iview also features Australian performances across theatre, opera, ballet and classical music.

That Pacific Sports Show launches on ABC Australia and ABC iview


A new 30-minute television sports show celebrating the achievements of Pacific Island athletes across the world launches on ABC Australia and ABC iview on Wednesday 25 November.

That Pacific Sports Show is a 30-minute sports panel and magazine program produced for Pacific audiences, hosted by NSW State of Origin and Olympic 7’s rugby union player, Tiana Penitani, who is of Tongan heritage. Tiana is joined by Dene Halatau, former NZ International and NRL legend. The show will examine the big sporting issues of the week and talk to the sporting world’s most iconic Pacific personalities.

Regular guests will include Tongan-Australian former Wallaby Tatafu Polota-Nau, Fijian-Australian Olympic gold medallist Ellia Green and comedy duo Roq and Cav, who host Radio Australia’s Pacific sports radio show Can You Be More Pacific.

Pacific Island athletes are rightly known around the world for their skill, speed and physicality. In Australia Pacific Island athletes famously dominate rugby league and rugby union competitions. That Pacific Sports Show will share the stories, meet the athletes and explore the issues affecting the region through the lens of sport.

The Manager of ABC Sport, Nick Morris said ABC Sport was excited to be launching a new program with a unique Pacific perspective on the sports. “Our neighbours across the Pacific are a huge part of Australian sporting identity, and the opportunity to share their successes and personalities on our TV screens each week is very exciting,” he said.

Acting Head of ABC International Strategy, Claire Gorman said: “ABC Australia reaches TV audiences across the Asia Pacific region and we are delighted to offer a show that talks directly to our neighbours across the Pacific in our shared language of sport. We hope That Pacific Sports Show contributes to the ongoing conversations between Australia and our neighbours and fosters mutual understanding about the people and cultures of our shared Pacific region.”

That Pacific Sports Show is funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade through PacificAus Sports. PacificAus Sports is part of the Australian Government’s Pacific Step-up and Sports Diplomacy 2030 strategy, and aims to build sustainable, elite sport pathways between Australia and the Pacific.

That Pacific Sports Show premieres on ABC Australia and iview on Wednesday 25 November at 6 pm PNG time, 7 pm in Solomon Islands, 8 pm in Fiji and 9 pm in Samoa. A second episode will air on Wednesday 2 December and then return in 2021 for a full season.


It would be good if maybe the ABC gave this to NITV so it got a free-to-air spot in Australia, I think.


That Pacific Sports Show returns 1 June 2022.

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The ABC launches lecture celebrating Chinese Australian contribution to Australia


The inaugural Wang Gungwu Lecture premieres Wednesday 29 June at 8pm on ABC Australia and on ABC iview.

Chinese Australians have contributed to Australia’s business, political, scientific and cultural sectors for more than a century. The Wang Gungwu Lecture aims to shine a light on their achievements.

Renowned pediatrician and former Australian of the Year, Dr. John Yu AC, delivered the inaugural lecture to a live audience at ABC Sydney’s studios on Wednesday 22 June.

Dr. Yu used his address to reflect on his experience as a refugee and to highlight the important contribution made to Australia by migrants: “We need to think more about how we treat migrants, and especially refugees, and accept that sometimes refuges might have something worthy of this country and very often, some of us might be able to repay that debt in a very positive way by the way we live.”

The program will premiere on ABC Australia, the ABC’s international television channel available in 38 countries, on Wednesday 29 June at 8.00pm in Papua New Guinea, 6.00pm in Hong-Kong and Singapore, 5.00pm in Jakarta, 3.30pm in India and on ABC TV in Australia on Tuesday 5 th July at 11am AEST.

It will also be available on ABC iview and ABC Australia iview from 29 June.

The exciting new initiative is the result of a partnership between ABC Australia, the National Foundation for Australia China Relations (NFACR) and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), and takes its name from Professor Wang Gungwu AO CBE, the pre-eminent scholar on overseas Chinese communities and the Chinese international migration experience.

ABC Head of International Services Claire Gorman said: “The ABC has a proud history of sharing the stories of Australians from diverse background and we are delighted to be helping launch this new lecture celebrating the lives and achievements of Chinese Australians in partnership with our friends at the National Foundation.”

National Foundation CEO Peter Cai said: “The Wang Gungwu Lecture provides an enduring platform for discussion on what it means to be a Chinese Australian today, and there is no one better placed to address this topic than Dr John Yu AC. His continuing commitment to Australian society and Chinese communities is admirable and extensive – from healthcare to the arts, culture and education.”

It will also be available on ABC iview and ABC Australia iview from 4 February as part of the ABC’s Favourites with Chinese Subtitles collection.

Pacific Upside

Pacific innovation and inspiration explored in new ABC documentary


The documentary uncovers the stories of people across the region, from Tonga to Timor-Leste, driving positive change in their communities.

Produced by Small World Stories for the ABC, the documentary offers insights into how innovation and inspiration are found in diverse corners of the Pacific and Timor-Leste. It draws on a previous ABC Australia shortform series Pandemic Warriors which looked at how people in the Pacific and Timor-Leste had turned the COVID-19 crisis into an opportunity to improve their communities.

The new release is hosted by the ABC’s Melissa Maykin, an Australian-Fijian journalist and celebrates resilience, creativity and friendship as locals tackle the region’s challenges, often in collaboration with Australians.

Meet the pioneering Papua New Guinean women’s rugby league team and accompany them as they prepare for the World Cup, inspiring women, and girls to participate in their country’s favourite game. Get to know the brave head of Tonga’s public broadcaster Viola Ulakai who, along with her dedicated team, kept life-saving information going out on the airwaves as Tonga faced a devastating triple disaster of volcano, earthquake and tsunami in January 2022. And travel to the remote highlands of Timor-Leste where you’ll find out how a thriving community is successfully trading on the international carbon market. The documentary also includes stories from the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Samoa and Fiji.

According to Melissa Maykin, “Working on this documentary humbled me in many ways and was a beautiful acknowledgment of the unwavering Pacific spirit. The leaders and innovators at the grassroots in the Pacific have always been there, but their work hasn’t always been acknowledged.”

ABC International Head Claire M. Gorman added, “I am sure this exciting new release for ABC Australia will resonate with audiences across the Pacific and Timor-Leste and beyond. It highlights how people across the region draw on their own strength and resilience to lead change in their own communities, with, at times, a little help from their Australian friends.”

Pacific Upside is funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Pacific Upside will premiere on ABC Australia, on Wednesday 1 March at 4:00PM in Timor-Leste, 5:00PM in Papua New Guinea, 6:00PM in Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, 7:00PM in Fiji, and 8:00PM in Samoa and Tonga. It will also be available on ABC iview and ABC Australia iview from 1 March.

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Starting 6 April on ABC Australia

In Australia, The Pacific will be shown on ABC News channel at 9.30pm AEST Thursdays from tonight (April 6), and repeated on ABC TV at 10.30am Fridays from April 7.

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ABC launches ground-breaking new show The Pacific


The 30-minute pan-Pacific news program will be broadcast to Pacific audiences every Thursday, starting Thursday 6 April at 7:00 PM AEST on ABC Australia followed by ABC iview and ABC News Channel.

Check out a sneak peek of The Pacific here.

Designed and created specifically for Pacific audiences, The Pacific is dedicated to covering the stories that matter in the region.

Hosted by ABC presenter Tahlea Aualiitia, The Pacific will be produced in Melbourne and draw on a network of journalists with deep regional expertise including local presenters Evan Wasuka and Johnson Raela and correspondents Lice Movono in Suva, Fiji and Chrisnrita Aumanu-Leong in Honiara, Solomon Islands.

The Pacific will offer a new way to stay in touch with everything happening in our region which is rich in culture, people and stories,” Tahlea said. “I’m so proud to be hosting this program and to be working with a great team of passionate, respected journalists who are experts in Pacific storytelling.”

The Pacific will be shared with the ABC’s broadcast partners across the region and available in Australia via the ABC NEWS Channel and iview.

ABC Managing Director David Anderson said: “We are excited to see The Pacific launch. It is an innovative addition to the ABC’s content offering for Pacific audiences and an important investment in our regional journalism capabilities which will add additional Pacific newsgathering resources to our existing international network.”

In 2022, the Australian Federal Government confirmed $32 million dollars in funding over four years for the ABC under its Indo-Pacific Broadcasting Strategy (IPBS). The funds will be used by ABC International Services for increased content for Indo-Pacific digital and linear audiences, an expanded FM footprint for ABC Radio Australia and enhanced media and training activities across the Indo-Pacific.

According to Claire M. Gorman, ABC Head International Services: “The Pacific is the first of many exciting developments in the pipeline. We believe it is more important than ever before for Australians and Pacific audiences to have access to independent, trusted information about our region. As we grow our audiences in the Indo-Pacific, expect more fantastic ABC content and programming.”

The journalists and presenters working on The Pacific will contribute stories to the ABC’s other internationally broadcast programs like Pacific Beat on ABC Radio Australia and The World on ABC Australia in addition to the ABC’s domestic broadcast network and digital NEWS channels.

According to Managing Editor Asia Pacific Matt O’Sullivan, “The key aim is to have Pacific voices telling Pacific stories. New team members will enhance the work of the long-standing Pacific team, bringing their extensive local knowledge and content. Meanwhile, new technology, such as mobile journalism kits, is making it easier and faster to tell the stories of the Pacific.”


INTERNATIONALLY: The Pacific will premiere on ABC Australia, on Thursday 6 April at 7:00 PM AEST, 5:00PM in Singapore, 7:00 PM in Papua New Guinea, 8:00 PM in Solomon Islands and 9:00 PM in Fiji, with new episodes airing weekly.

DOMESTICALLY: The Pacific will be available on ABC iview and ABC NEWS Channel from 9.30 PM AEST Thursday 6 April and broadcast weekly on ABCTV, starting from Friday 7 April at 10:30 AM AEST.

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Anzac Day 2023 broadcast schedule

(all times AEST)
4:20am Anzac Dawn Service From Sydney 2023

5:30am Anzac Dawn Service From Canberra 2023

6:00am News Breakfast

9:00am ABC News On Anzac Day

9:30am Anzac Day March Canberra 2023

10:30am ABC News On Anzac Day

12:00pm ABC News On Anzac Day

12:30pm Anzac Day: Gallipoli Dawn Service 2023

1:30pm Anzac Day: Villers-Bretonneux Dawn Service 2023

The channel will also broadcast the AFL clash between Essendon and Collingwood live from Melbourne Cricket Ground, at the conclusion of the Villers-Bretonneux dawn service.

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Huh? On radio you mean?

No, the ABC Australia TV channel, which is the public broadcaster’s Asia-Pacific channel and has been broadcasting AFL matches into the region since it was founded as Australian Television International in the 1990s.

I do believe ABC Radio Australia will also broadcast the match.


The Pacific returns to ABC Australia for a second season

The groundbreaking 30-minute pan-Pacific news program is back on ABC Australia, covering the stories that matter most to the region.

Launched earlier this year, The Pacific returns to its weekly slot from Thursday 3 August at 7:00 PM AEST, available to Pacific audiences on ABC Australia and ABC Pacific Facebook. Audiences in Australia can watch it on ABC iview, ABCTV and the ABC News Channel.

The Pacific Season 2 will deliver the latest in Pacific news, sport, politics and entertainment. ABC reporter Johnson Raela returns as host and is joined by new co-host Alice Lolohea and a team of correspondents with deep regional expertise including Evan Wasuka, Gabriella Marchant, Lice Movono in Suva, Fiji, Chrisnrita Aumanu-Leong in Honiara, Solomon Islands, and Marian Kapu in Nuku’Alofa, Tonga.

According to Raela: “Stepping into the main presenting role this season is exciting and signals the ABC’s long-term commitment to having Pacific people at the forefront of Pacific content. Our network of international correspondents on the ground throughout the region is what I call our ‘superpower’ because their insights into local issues ensure we are telling stories from a lived Pacific perspective.”

According to Claire M. Gorman, ABC Head International Services: “I am delighted to see The Pacific return to ABC Australia for another season. The program provides a unique platform for Pacific audiences to access independent and trusted information which covers the issues of importance for the whole region. We can also bring these stories back to audiences in Australia.”

The Pacific is a flagship offering from the ABC which is expanding its international services across the Indo-Pacific region under additional funding provided by the Australian Government.


INTERNATIONALLY: The Pacific Season 2 will premiere on ABC Australia on Thursday 3 August at 7:00PM AEST, 5:00PM in Singapore, 7:00PM in Papua New Guinea, 8:00PM in Solomon Islands and 10:00PM in Samoa. It will also be available on ABC Pacific Facebook.

In AUSTRALIA: From Thursday 3 August, The Pacific will be available from 7:00PM AEST on ABC iview, at 9.30 PM AEST on ABC NEWS Channel and at 10:30AM AEST on Friday mornings on ABCTV.


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ABC Australia’s live coverage of AFL Grand Final day this Saturday (September 30) starts at 11am AEST with the AFLW clash between Collingwood and Essendon, from Melbourne’s Punt Road Oval. It will be followed by pre-match entertainment featuring KISS at 1pm AEST and the match itself at 2.30pm AEST.

ABC Australia’s broadcast concludes at 6.30pm AEST.

More info

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ABC Yours for the Pacific Games


Some of the ABC’s favourite Pacific presenters will be based in Honiara throughout the 2023 Pacific Games from 19 November to 2 December, bringing to audiences an exciting schedule of live broadcasts and special programming.

For program schedules and details, see here.

This is the first time the Solomon Islands will host the Games and Honiara will be welcoming over 5,000 athletes competing from 24 participating countries.

The ABC will be providing live broadcasts and special programming on ABC Radio Australia and ABC Australia. ABC Pacific online and social media accounts will offer around-the-clock competition results, interviews, and stories featuring the sporting stars of the games.

That Pacific Sports Show hosts Sam Wykes, Tinirau Arona and Anna-Liza Mopio-Jane will give audiences a sneak preview of the competition venues, a tour of Honiara and talk to those in and around the Games. Episodes will air on ABC Australia on Wednesday 15 and 22 November at 6:00PM PNG time.

ABC Radio Australia’s Agnes Tupou and veteran sports broadcaster Richard Ewart will be broadcasting Pacific Beat from Honiara from 20 to 24 November and Jacob McQuire and Michael Chow from Nesia Daily will be hosting from 27 November to 1 December, with outside broadcasts from the heart of all the action, the National Stadium sports precinct.

During the Games Fresh Off The Field will be live daily from 27 November to 1 December, with host Bobby Macumber broadcasting from the National Stadium sports precinct in Honiara. Bobby will talk to athletes, journalists, and locals as she captures the Honiara Games experience.

The ABC will also play an important role through its media development programs, supporting Pacific media covering the Games and telling Pacific stories. ABC International Development (ABCID) specialist commentators, mobile journalism storytellers and event planning specialists have been working with the national broadcaster, Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation (SIBC), for much of this year building staff skills and the organisation’s capability to carry out its home host broadcaster role through its radio and online platforms.

ABCID will also oversee a team of Pacific and First Nations Australian women journalists and commentators to provide media support to SIBC. These women come fresh from having completed training at another major regional sporting event, the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Brisbane and are eager to work with their Solomon Islands’ colleagues. ABCID trainers will continue to mentor SIBC and the Pacific-Australia team throughout the Games. The two media development programs are funded by Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Office for Sport.

ABC International Services Head Claire M Gorman said: “We are excited to be sending our teams to the 2023 Pacific Games and supporting our fellow Pacific media partners to cover the biggest sporting event in the Pacific region.”

Games Organising Committee (GOC) Board Chairman, Martin Rara thanked ABC for coming on board and partnering with the Games. “I believe that having ABC provide live radio broadcast of the Games right throughout Pasifika is an added bonus for the Games and our coverage. We truly value ABC getting on board in helping us deliver a successfully memorable and historical Games,” Mr Rara said.

Head of ABC Sport Nick Morris said: “I’m delighted our sports programs will be on the ground in Honiara talking to the stars of The Pacific Games. I know the teams are really excited to share all the colour and movement of the Games with audiences across the Pacific. and giving audiences some insights into.”

That Pacific Sports Show host Sam Wykes said: “I can’t wait to be amongst the athletes, visiting fans and locals who will be in Honiara to celebrate the best that Pacific sport has to offer.”

Fresh Off The Field host Bobby Macumber said: “It’s been an exciting lead up to the Games as we’ve been covering the preparations of many of the athletes, so it’ll be fantastic to continue to deliver special coverage of the results.”

ABCID commentary trainer Peter Longman said: “The ABC has a long history of major sport event coverage whereas this is on a whole new scale for SIBC. It’s not just the athletes training hard – SIBC commentors and reporters are also honing their skills, preparing to do their best, and we are honoured to work together as partners.”

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Australia is going to have a substantial media presence at the Pacific Games, with SBS having TV rights, ABC having radio rights and Nine enjoying “exclusive access” to the Australian team.

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