Local ABC news quotas could force more cuts

THE ABC's Mark Scott
THE ABC's Mark Scott

THE ABC's top manager has told a Senate inquiry that enforcing local content quotas could lead to cuts elsewhere in the national broadcaster.

The inquiry is examining an independent bill to enforce local quotas in the ABC Charter.

Managing director Mark Scott told a hearing today that enforcing local content quotas across the country would constitute a significant financial impost.

Mr Scott said if local quotas were created for region-specific news stories and other programs, it also could affect the ABC board's independence.

The ABC plans to axe 400 staff to save about $250 million in the next five years due to Federal Government budget cuts.

Those cuts have seen the broadcaster end its state-based 7.30 news programs and close several regional offices.

But both Mr Scott and Community and Public Sector Union organiser Sarah Hunt said if funding was increased, there would be no need to create quotas.

Topics:  abc media senate inquiry

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