With increased funding from the Albanese Government, the ABC’s international arm has now launched a new TV Program, The Pacific.

The new program will air at 7pm on Thursdays on both international and domestic TV services. Hosted by Tahlea Aualiitia, The Pacific will explore news, culture and sport from across the Pacific.

Tahlea Aualiitia

It is the first new program to result from the additional $8 million per year over four years to ABC international services provided under the Government’s Indo-Pacific Broadcasting Strategy which will increase Australian content and project Australia more widely to the region.

Read the Indo-Pacific Broadcasting Strategy

Other new TV, radio and online programs for the region are now being developed, along with greater transmission capability and media training and assistance for other Pacific media organisations.

ABC staff, including Managing Director, David Anderson, have also been visiting places such as Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Timor-Leste to discuss the ABC’s increased capacity.

ABC Alumni Deputy Chair, Helen Grasswill has put a comprehensive report together on the ABC’s plans and the history of the ABC’s international services and soft power impact.

Read the full article here

Phil Evans


Director of Rhizomatic. Since 2019, Phil has been the NationBuilder Administrator for ABC Friends.