ABC managing director Mark Scott says he is delighted by the Government’s decision to award the permanent Australia Network contract to the ABC, but failed bidder Sky News says it wants compensation after what it calls an “extraordinary” decision.
The Government has decided the ABC, which currently operates Australia Network, should continue to deliver the international broadcasting service.
Sky News and the ABC had both bid for the 10-year $223 million contract to broadcast the network to 44 nations in Asia and the Pacific.
Media leaks prompted the Federal Government to cancel the tender on November 7, when it called the Australian Federal Police to investigate.
Those leaks suggested an independent evaluation panel had recommended the multi-million dollar contract be awarded to Sky News, which is owned by the Australian News Channel (ANC).
ANC chief executive Angelo Frangopoulos said the decision to grant the contract to the ABC permanently was “extraordinary” given the two investigations – one by the Auditor-General into the tender process and the Australian Federal Police examining the leaks.
“We expected to be fully compensated,” he said. … full article here.
ABC’s AM radio program, presented by Tony Eastley, covered the story this way..