Vale Australia Network. At midnight on Saturday, the ABC's Australia Network will switch off. After it airs the AFL grand final, it's gone. It lost funding in the last budget, and the ABC has already laid off or reassigned most of its dedicated journalists, staff and producers.
Through Australia Plus, the ABC will still broadcast Australian content (though nothing specifically produced for the purpose) into many Asian countries. One Crikey reader who lives in Laos wondered how he'd go on watching the ABC now. Subscription TV service TrueVisions, according to the ABC, will be airing Australia Plus, but as our tipster noted, TrueVisions made no mention of its Australian content on its website. He'll be channel-surfing come Sunday to try to find Insiders.