ABC unveils strong Australian slate in 2017 and announces investment in digital programming

ABC have just made a couple of announcements in regards to their Television content and the hosts that will start to appear in the beginning of next year.

In 2017, audiences of Australia can expect appearances from actors including Claudia Karvan, Hugo Weaving, Miranda Tapsell, Xavier Samuel, Ian Thorpe, Anh Do and Rob Collins. In addition, the ABC channel will have some audience favourites of comedy, current affairs, news and entertainment broadcasted on the network. With 20 brand new Australian shows to be aired on the channel, there will be a range of new seasons being released from some favourable titles. Brand new and returning shows will be announced in February 2017.

ABC has a keen focus on bringing original Australian content and will also have a flexible program to cater towards the changing needs and interests of audiences. This will include a culturally diverse media representation for people on-and-off camera as well. Some of the already announced TV titles will include Newton’s Law (starring Claudia Karvan), You Can’t Ask That, and Ronny Chieng: International Student.

Director of Television, Richard Finlayson says: “We exist to bring great Australian stories to life. Our track record of innovation and creativity over recent years, means that the best creative talent in the country want to work with us. In fact, they keep raising the bar and it’s thanks to them that we can present another fabulous year of the very best of Australian TV to our audiences.

“But it’s not just at the premium end – in 2017 the network will double its commitment to digital-first content, with more than 200 hours of new content made especially for ABC iview, which continues to introduce audiences to exciting new content and create opportunities for a fresh and diverse generation of creative talent. We’re very proud of our great VOD service which provides free access all year, with no advertisements and across every imaginable device.

“Continual evolution is part of the DNA of the ABC. Earlier this year, we proudly launched the live streaming of all ABC channels on ABC iview, and in September we successfully launched the new ABC ME platform for school aged children.”

Furthermore, there will be more consistency across the ABC network in television, radio, digital and social media. The changes will include ABC News 24 and ABC NewsRadio changing to the title of ABC News. There will also be a contemporary look implemented for the ABC News digital content and TV platforms with new graphics, maps and weather.

“The way our audiences get news and current affairs content continues to change, but increasingly they’re looking for fast access. As Australia’s most trusted news source we need our offering to be seamless and consistent no matter how audiences choose to access it. Our new, unified identity will be simply ABC News, representing independent, quality reporting and context that works equally well across all our digital and broadcast platforms,” said Director of News, Gaven Morris.

For more info on the upcoming ABC programs in 2017, visit: http://about.abc.net.au/abc-in-2017/

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