ABC News Content and Appearance

No minimum temperatures shown on the Canberra bulletin tonight. No mention of why.
(Sorry for the quick iPhone photos)


I’d love to see Tom Saunders do Canberra’s weather. Not going to cost any more.


Agreed. I’d previously e-mailed Graham Creed and asked him if he had considered doing Canberra’s weather. He replied and said that he’d mentioned it a few times before but no one ever took him up on the offer.

A former Special Forces Commando is suing the ABC claiming the national broadcaster falsely alleged he was under investigation for a callous war crime murder in Afghanistan.

Heston Russell’s career, as a commander in one of Australia’s most elite platoons, came under scrutiny in an ABC article in November 2021 by journalists Mark Willacy and Joshua Robertson.

The story, Mr Russell’s lawsuit claims, defamed him because it falsely suggested he was being criminally investigated by the Department of Defence for his conduct as part of the Commando November Platoon in mid-2012.

Mr Russell is also suing over a link in the article to an older ABC piece which also detailed the alleged execution of the Afghan prisoner in 2012.

Mr Russell wants damages, aggravated damages, legal costs and the articles taken down.

ABC News VIC having some issues during the opening, no titles or graphics.


From 2 October, ABC Late News (main channel) is moving to later time slots; basically there will be an extra program in the line-up before the news.

So on Monday, instead of a 10pm start it will be closer to 11pm.; Tuesday will be 11pm instead of 10:30pm , Wednesday and Thursday approx 10:30pm instead of 10pm and Friday 10:40 instead of 10:15pm.


ABC News channel airs the following bulletins with very similar names:

5pm ABC News Hour
6pm ABC Evening News
7pm ABC National News
8pm ABC News Tonight

Seems strange to have so many different titles for the same content

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I guess National News is to distinguish from the state bulletins at 7pm. But yes, seems unnecessary…

9pm ABC Nightly News

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It’s just for the way ratings are coded. The different names help

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ABC National Nightly Network News.


This branding is never really used on air - probably only seen on the EPG and in the ratings. Nevertheless, you’re right that it does seem odd to have a variety of names for what are ostensibly identical news bulletins. Each program except National News is an hour, so calling the 5 a ‘News Hour’ seems like a strange distinction.

Just call the 5, 6 and 8pm bulletins ABC Evening News, and maybe revert the 5 back to just ABC News during summer months/DST. Keep the 7pm bulletin as National News. If ratings are the reason, just code them ABC Evening News at 5 or just ABC News at 5.

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He can do Adelaide’s too… or any city without a weather presenter!


The following change will commence from 23rd October.


So the last remnants of ABC’s state-based current affairs shows will be gone in three weeks.

(The Sunday bulletin was extended to 40 minutes to cater for 1-2 long topical reports in each state or territory)

They need to bring back a weekly state based version of 7.30.

Sorta - It was also used to show programs that were designed for FTA, hence the 40 min run time without ads. It was a bit of a win-win.

Or Stateline prior to it being called 7.30. But this is a costly exercise.

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October Budget


Tuesday 25 October 7.30pm

The Federal Budget of 2022/23 will be handed down on Tuesday, 25th October. With the rising cost of living affecting Australians across the board and as the country deals with record debt, Treasurer Jim Chalmers’ inaugural budget, and Labor’s first in almost a decade will be challenging and highly scrutinised.

Join the ABC expert team including Sarah Ferguson, David Speers, Andrew Probyn, Laura Tingle, Stan Grant and Jeremy Fernandez for the most extensive coverage, analysis and updates throughout the evening.

The ABC will also broadcast Opposition Leader Peter Dutton’s Budget Reply speech at 7:30pm (AEDT) on Thursday, 27th October.

The ABC can consider axing Q+A and use the money and resources on Stateline. But that’s for another topic.