The ABC has been granted permission by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation to move its headquarters from Melbourne to Sydney to help with the ongoing construction of the NBN, the ABC announced today.ABC News, which has been based in Australia since 1966, is being relocated to Sydney from its Melbourne headquarters in Melbourne.ABC journalists will report from the new Sydney headquarters on a 24-hour basis.
ABC News will also have a dedicated newsroom and new reporting team at the Sydney headquarters.
The move comes as the ABC works to secure funding for its new national headquarters.
In a statement, the network said it had signed a memorandum of understanding to secure the funding needed for the project.
The ABC’s chief executive, Mark Scott, said he was pleased the ABC would be able to contribute to the construction of Australia’s first national newsroom, adding that the move would help create jobs and create opportunities for local people.
“This will also provide the ABC with a greater capacity to deliver its news in an inclusive and transparent manner and will help ensure a strong future for ABC News in Australia,” he said.
Scott said the move was also part of the ABC’s plan to expand its Australian content beyond its existing television coverage.
“It’s important to us that the Australian community can access the ABC and that our local ABC stations and regional ABC stations can continue to operate,” he told reporters.
The newsroom will be located in a new space that will be dedicated to new and emerging stories.
It will have a new team of journalists who will cover the ABC, and a new executive editor who will oversee the ABC in the new space.
The changes to the ABC will not affect the current ABC News audience.
The organisation has faced criticism in recent years over its coverage of asylum seeker boat arrivals in the Australian waters off Papua New Guinea.
In 2016, the agency’s staff were told to stop reporting on the asylum seekers.
ABC journalists who broke the story had their jobs stripped and threatened with termination.
Scott added the move will help the ABC improve its “local content” in an attempt to “keep people safe”.
“The news is being delivered in a way that is very sensitive and respectful to the communities where we operate,” Scott said.
“The ABC will continue to report on local news in Australia.”