Abc funding cuts announced by malcolm turnbull in 2010 meant the ABC would close 13 of its 13 studios, and many of them would remain closed for longer than expected, including the new studio at the top of the hill next to the station.
So why did Abbott choose this particular location, one that contained two stations, a single video studio, a large outdoor auditorium, and the ability to rent out the space to the public?
After all, the Australian Film and Television Association has previously noted that its membership has “convinced” Malcolm Turnbull that the ABC’s current level of funding is not sustainable.
Indeed, the ABC has been losing more money per unit annually since it launched its first online video service back in December of 2007.
But while it would have been easier to use a similar location in West End, ABC director general Bill DiBlasio has refused, noting that he doesn’t want to put ABC employees at risk by using a different building.
“We’re not looking to cut any costs,” he said. “There are many, many costs that come through. We’ve got staff, and the number is declining very quickly.”
However, there are fears that the facility on the top of the hill is vulnerable to fire and collapse — and that it would be “not very safe” for an audience watching live programming to access it during the day and night hours of the week.
According to one of the artists who managed the space, the facility will not only be a “virtual library” for the Australian public to use, but also for Australian media and the wider public.
Turnbull will probably have to work with the ABC’s new national security director, Peter Dutton — a Liberal 우리카지노MP — in ensuring there will be a “reasonable safety plan.”