What $20 million gets you. Last month Crikey asked the ABC how many journalists it would have to fire if its $20 million-a-year "enhanced news-gathering" grant, delivered for three years in 2013, was't renewed in this year's budget. The ABC wasn't willing to put a number on it, saying contingency plans for the grant not being renewed were still being worked out. But in an answer to a Senate estimates question on notice, the body said 106 people were employed with the funding in the 2016 financial year.
Of the 106 people, 42 of these are in NSW, 35 in Queensland and 10 in Victoria, with smaller numbers in the other states and territories. More than half the people are employed are outside of Sydney or Melbourne.