ABC managing director

The ABC will blow out its allotted $1 million for emergency reporting, with the broadcaster telling Crikey its bushfire crisis coverage expected to cost "well into the millions of dollars".

It's not surprising: an ABC spokesperson told Nine last week that there have already been 670 emergency broadcast events for the 2019-20 financial year, compared to 371 in total for the 2018-2019 financial year.

And the cost of that coverage is "only going to create headaches for management", according to veteran television producer and host of podcast TV Blackbox Robert McKnight.