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abc.net.au
Type of site
News and current affairs
Available inEnglish
Country of originAustralia
OwnerAustralian Broadcasting Corporation
EditorGaven Morris, Director of News, Analysis & Investigations[1]
URLabc.net.au
CommercialNo
Registration1994
Launched1995
Current statusActive

ABC Online, largely indistinguishable from just the ABC, is the formal name for the online services of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation as managed by the ABC Digital Network Division. It covers a large network of websites including those for ABC News, television, radio, and video-on-demand through ABC iView.

ABC News is one of Australia's largest and most-visited web sites, according to Alexa the eleventh-most popular in the country. It currently contains over 5 million pages.[2]

History[edit source | edit]

The ABC established its original Multimedia Unit in 1995,[3] to manage the Corporation's website (launched in August that year). Although the unit at first relied upon funding allocation to the Corporation's television and radio operations, in subsequent budgets it began to receive its own.[3] The ABC provided live, online election coverage for the first time in 1996, and limited news content began to be provided in 1997.[3]

ABC Online became a part of ABC New Media and Digital Services when the Multimedia division was renamed and changed to an 'output division' similar to Television or Radio.[4] 'Broadband news' services were introduced in 2001.

In 2008, Crikey reported that certain ABC Online mobile sites in development were planned to carry commercial advertising.[5] Screenshots, developed in-house, of an ABC Grandstand sport page include advertising for two private companies. Media Watch later revealed that the websites were to be operated by ABC Commercial and distinguished from the main, advertising-free, mobile website by a distinct logo.[6]

In December 2019, a refreshed ABC homepage was launched as default. It was available for public testing earlier in the year however.[7] It's likely that other ABC sites and pages (such as news articles) will be updated to this new style in the near future.

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References[edit source | edit]

  1. Gaven Morris, ABC
  2. "Address to National Press Club 10 September 2008" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 12 October 2009. Retrieved 26 September 2008.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "About the ABC - The 90s". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Archived from the original on 6 December 2012. Retrieved 1 October 2007.
  4. "About the ABC - The 2000s". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Archived from the original on 9 December 2012. Retrieved 4 October 2007.
  5. Andrew Dodd (8 September 2008), New ABC Mobile service to include advertising, Crikey.com.au, archived from the original on 11 September 2008
  6. Media Watch (15 September 2008), ABC Designs for the future, ABC Online
  7. "Why has the ABC Homepage changed?". ABC Help. Retrieved 3 December 2019.

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