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Source: Australian Department of Communications

The ABC will focus on the communities most affected by the ongoing bushfires as part of its 2020 Australia Day coverage.

The ABC will broaden its Australia Day coverage this year to include stories from the regions that have been impacted by bushfires.  Emergency broadcasting,  however,  will remain at the core of its service for those communities still under threat from bushfires.

In addition to the coverage of The Australian of the Year Awards and Australia Day events, the ABC will share stories from those Australians living in bushfire affected communities – stories of generosity, solidarity and community spirit.  Those stories will be broadcast across all platforms including ABC’s local and regional radio networks, television, online and on the corporation’s social media platforms.

The ABC’s Managing Director, David Anderson, said the Australia Day weekend had always given Australians the opportunity to reflect on what makes us who we are, as well as celebrating the things that bring us together as a nation.

“That has never been more important than now.  As the ABC continues to bring communities the emergency information they rely on, we will also take the opportunity to tell Australians the stories of bravery, determination and resilience that we are seeing in communities across the country in the face of these unprecedented events.”

Mr Anderson said the ABC’s New Year’s Eve partnership with the Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund had closed after raising $13.3 million funding recovery programs, practical support and emergency grants.  He said the national broadcaster would continue to promote all the key charities supporting bushfire affected communities.  A list of all major national and state-based charities can be found at abc.net.au/appeals.

Underpinning the ABC coverage will be four key  Australia Day events, starting with the Australian of the Year Awards live from Canberra at 7.30pm (AEST)on Saturday 25 January, hosted by Kumi Taguchi and Jeremy Fernandez.  The WugulOra Morning Ceremony will be broadcast live from the Barangaroo Reserve, Sydney from 7.30am on Sunday 26 January,  followed by the Flag Raising and Citizenship Ceremony live from Canberra starting at 9.00am.  Australia Day broadcasts will end with the Australia Day Live Concert  from Circular Quay, Sydney featuring many of Australia’s most-loved artists.

Across the same weekend, ABC Local Radio will broadcast the Golden Guitar Awards live from Tamworth on Saturday 25 January and triple j will  broadcast the Hottest 100 Weekend on Saturday 25 and Monday 27 January.

Program highlights (all times are AEST):

  • The Australian Of the Year Awards celebrates its 60th anniversary live from the National Arboretum, Canberra.  Broadcast on ABC TV + iview, ABC Local Radio and ABC News Channel from 7.30pm on Saturday 25 January. Hosted by Kumi Taguchi and Jeremy Fernandez.
  • WugulOra Morning Ceremony, Barangaroo Reserve NSW.  Live on ABC TV + iview on Sunday 26 January from 7.30am – 8.30am and on the following Facebook accounts: ABC Indigenous, ABC Australia and ABC Sydney. Hosted by Luke Carroll and Karla Ranby.
  • Flag Raising and Citizenship Ceremony, Canberra.  Live on ABC TV + iview and on the ABC Canberra Facebook page on Sunday 26 January from 9:00am to 10:15am.  Hosted by Dan Bourchier, Stephanie Brantz and ACT’s Commissioner for Emergency Services, Georgeina Whelan.
  • Australia Day Live Concert, Circular Quay.  Live from the forecourt of Sydney’s iconic Opera House on ABC TV + iview on Sunday 26 January from 7:30pm to 9:30pm.  Hosted by John Foreman, Christine Anu, Jeremy Fernandez and Vanessa Amorosi.

The above programming will also be broadcast on ABC Australia (into 40 territories in the Asia-Pacific), ABC Radio Australia, ABC Australia iview and social media.

plus, for music lovers:

  • Golden Guitar Awards Saturday 25 January live from Tamworth from 7.30pm AEST on digital radio station ABC Country and live streamed on ABC New England North West, ABC Music, ABC Landline and Australia All Over Facebook pages.  Updates and highlights on Saturday Night Country straight after, and a special 90-minute highlights program on ABC TV + iview at 12.30pm on Sunday 26 January, presented by Felicity Urquhart.
  • Hottest 100 Weekend.  Hottest 100 on triple j live from 12.00pm on Saturday 25 January. Australian Music all day on Double J on Sunday 26 January. The Hottest 200-101 on triple j from 10.00am Monday 27 January and the Classic Hottest 100 of 1999 from 10.00am on Monday 27 January on Double J.
  • Classic 100: Music in the Movies.  Across the Australia Day long weekend, ABC Classic will replay every one of the nation’s top 100 soundtracks as voted in 2013 – from Star Wars, Lord of the Rings and Superman to classical music by Bach, Beethoven and Mozart, that has featured in iconic films. We’ll also ask whether Morricone’s The Mission is still the nation’s number one soundtrack, revealing the new favourite on Monday 27 Jan at 5.00pm.

For more information

John Woodward
ABC Communications
woodward.john@abc.net.au

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