Reports are coming in from the press launch today of the ABC’s television relaunch, which will take place on Friday immediately before the start of The Midday Report.
Kim Dalton, the Head of ABC Television said: “We are helping to reshape the way people use and interact with television by giving them more programs, more ways to view them and more flexibility around when and how they watch them, we have deliberately chosen an alternative path to other Australian networks – embracing true multi-channelling. Increasingly much of this content will be available on demand, online, as downloads, and streamed.”
The new onscreen identity has been developed by ZSPACE, an award winning design house, which has been responsible for many of the ABC’s on screen packages for a variety of programmes.
At the same time, new programmes for ABC1 have been announced. These include:
The Cut – a 6 part drama series starring John Wood.
Dirt Game – a 6 part drama series set in a mining town.
The Gruen Transfer – a 10 part expose on the advertising industry, hosted by Wil Anderson.
Lawrence Leung’s Choose Your Own Adventure – a new comedy series written by popular comic Lawrence Leung and produced by The Chaser team.
The Howard Years – a 4 part documentary.
Q&A – a new current affairs programme hosted by Lateline presenter Tony Jones.
The ABC also announced it will launch an internet TV platform later in the year, as well as a high speed online programme dowload site, called ABC Playback.
Exciting times ahead, from 12pm tomorrow!