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The Australian Broadcasting Corporation has launched Australia’s first free-to-air 24-hour television news channel. It is a high definition television service, which comes from continuous news centre with a new state-of-the-art studio, located in the foyer of the ABC’s Ultimo headquarters in Sydney. Ultimo is an inner-city suburb of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Ultimo is located 2 kilometres south-west of the Sydney central business district.


The free service was launched on Thursday July 22nd, 2010 at 7:30pm (AEST).


The launch special was also broadcast on ABC 1 as well as digital channel 24.


The ABC can draw on newsrooms in every state and territory, 12 international bureaux and 60 regional newsrooms. It now broadcasts continuous local, national and international news and current affairs. New programs have been developed in world news, national politics and business, while existing television news and current affairs programs will also feature.


ABC News Director Kate Torney said, “Our motivation has absolutely been to deliver what audiences need and want from the ABC and to deliver value for money to Australians.”


ABC News 24 goes live

The ABC’s Director of News Kate Torney talks about today’s launch of the public broadcaster’s 24 hour news channel.


Audiences in 44 countries will also benefit from the new channel via the Australia Network. This ABC international satellite television service is aimed at the Asia-Pacific region.


Up until now only pay TV subscribers had anything comparable with Sky News, CNN and the BBC’s own 24-hour news operation BBC World is available to paying customers.


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