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After 70 years, the ABC pulls out as Olympic Games broadcaster - says it's too expensive and it has other priorities

Moments like this brought Australia together.

Today thousands of young Australians will be up early to get to the pool, the gym or running track.

Mums and dads will be driving our young champions to training, buying the right food, looking for scholarships or the best sports programs.  

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Sports and our performance at "The Olympics" hold a special place in Australian hearts.

So I was shocked to read this morning that the ABC will no longer cover the Olympic Games.

If ever there was a role for the national broadcaster, this is it.

I've published Nick Tabakoff's report from The Australian in full below - here's the formal quote from the ABC:

“This is an incredibly tough decision, especially given our 67-year run as the official non-commercial Olympic Games radio broadcaster,” the spokesman told Diary.

“Due to competing budget priorities coupled with the fact that Australians can access Olympic Games coverage in many other ways, we have chosen not to pursue rights in 2020.”

That should be the death-knell for the whole ABC.

Australians can access everything the ABC does in many other ways.  

If that's the test, then why have the ABC at all?

The ABC pours money into its online lifestyle websites bringing us "exclusives" like trough-man - while it drops the Olympics.

This is a dreadful, un-Australian decision.

Here's Nick Tabakoff's report.

 

Games over for ABC

Next year’s Tokyo Olympics will represent the end of an era in Australian broadcasting.

Diary can exclusively reveal that the ABC has taken the unprecedented decision to pull out as an official broadcast partner with the Games. Aunty’s decision ends nearly seven unbroken decades where it has been the Olympics’ sole non-commercial radio broadcaster, and is a clear sign that significant cost-cutting is already under way at the ABC.

An ABC spokesman has confirmed the move. “This is an incredibly tough decision, especially given our 67-year run as the official non-commercial Olympic Games radio broadcaster,” the spokesman told Diary.

“Due to competing budget priorities coupled with the fact that Australians can access Olympic Games coverage in many other ways, we have chosen not to pursue rights in 2020.”

That means that listeners won’t be able to follow the quest by sports stars like Cate Campbell and Ash Barty for gold in Tokyo. To put that in perspective, the ABC started as the Games’ radio broadcast partner all the way back at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics. The decision means the ABC will not provide live commentary for the Olympics on radio, although it will provide daily updates throughout the event.

It is Seven, the official TV broadcaster of the Olympics, which onsells the radio rights to the Games. But ABC sources have told Diary that the price tag Seven put on the Olympics radio rights was not a factor in the ABC’s decision to walk away.

Instead, the ABC could no longer justify the cost of deploying a large local and international team to cover the games, at a time of significant budget pressures.

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