The ABC's Play School children's television program.
The ABC's Play School children's television program.

ABC cost cutting: there's a bear in there, savings as well

THE production of all ABC television shows, except news and current affairs, would be outsourced under radical proposals put forward by a cost-cutting review of the national broadcaster.

Even celebrated programs such as Play School and At the Movies would be produced externally.

Fairfax Media has been briefed on the confidential report and can reveal it has estimated the ABC would save a net $70 million by outsourcing all television production to the private sector. On top of $90 million reaped by selling off production facilities, the proposal would save $400,000 each year. Implementation costs would be $20 million.

There is "significant scope" for savings through increased use of external production studios rather than filming television programs internally, the review finds.

The ABC increasingly relies on programs purchased from the independent production sector, but still makes such signature programs as Spicks and Specks in-house.

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