ABC News 24 to launch this month

14 July, 2010 by IF

Press release from ABC TV

The ABC is pleased to announce that ABC News 24 – Australia’s first free-to-air, 24-hour digital news service – will start broadcasting at 7.30pm AEST, Thursday 22nd July, right across the country.


ABC News Director, Kate Torney, said: “ABC News 24 will showcase the very best of the ABC’s journalism from Australia and around the world.”

These resources will be on display during ‘ABC News 24 Launch – ABC News Special’ – a national program airing on ABC1 at 7.30pm, and simulcast on ABC News 24 at 7.30pm AEST, on Thursday 22nd July.

Produced from ABC’s Ultimo studios, the launch special will feature coverage of the news of the day from ABC News 24’s state-of-the-art broadcast centre. ABC News 24’s first hour will deliver an unparalleled examination of the national and international news agenda with stories from Australian regions and cities; reports from Asia, Europe and the US; and analysis of the political, social and economic trends that will impact this election year and beyond.

ABC correspondents preparing for the launch night special include Political Editor, Chris Uhlmann; Foreign Correspondents, Kim Landers and Phil Williams; Regional Affairs Reporter, Paul Lockyer; and from Asia, Stephen O’Donnell and Sally Sara.

ABC News 24’s launch showcases the philosophy of the channel – excellent journalism, stunning visual design and multiplatform delivery of news as it happens.

ABC News 24 will be available on digital Channel 24 and is an HD service. Last week, across the country, the ABC’s HD digital Channel 20 was migrated to HD digital Channel 24, in readiness for the new 24/7 news service. TV viewers will need an HD-compatible set-top box or an HD-compatible digital television in order to access the service.

This new service is also available on the Freeview platform.

HD Foxtel viewers will find ABC News 24 on Channel 202; Austar viewers on Channel 24.

ABC News 24 will also be streamed live at, on iView at as well as on the popular ABC iPhone application (the free download will be available from iTunes).

The attached media kit includes program and presenter details and a statement by Kate Torney.

And click on the following link – or go to digital Channel 24 now – to view an introduction to the service:

ABC News 24. Get the news now. On TV, online and on mobile.








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