pacific broadcasting
Free TV chair Harold Mitchell. Image credit: Lukas Coch/AAP

Four years after the Coalition government cut the ABC's broadcasting service into the Pacific, followed by further cuts to the public broadcaster's services in the region, it has announced a new deal with Australia's commercial broadcasters to fill that same role.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Free TV, a group representing the commercial television broadcasters, announced on Thursday they were "in talks" to beam Australian content into the Pacific as part of a soft power push.