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ABC Australia and MediaCorp sign partnership agreement

Australia’s public broadcaster, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and MediaCorp, have signed a partnership agreement between their international platforms.

The agreement was signed in Singapore on 26 June 2015 and sees both companies exploring opportunities for future programme and content exchange and co-production between its various platforms on television, radio and online.  The cooperation includes providing news talent for live crosses and the exchange of news footage between Australia Plus TV and  the partnership is applicable to regional broadcaster Channel NewsAsia and MediaCorp’s other language channels as well as radio stations.  The journalism is also applicable to the whole array of media properties that both companies own, from traditional free-to-air platforms to digital entities.    

CEO of ABC International, Ms Lynley Marshall, said: “Channel News Asia sets a benchmark for quality international broadcasting across Asia. As we extend and enrich our content and services to audiences across the region, we are delighted to have reached an agreement that will enable both companies to leverage our respective knowledge, content and platforms.” 

MediaCorp’s Head of News and Premier, Ms Debra Soon, added, “With pressure on news organisations to stay relevant, report faster, expand our digital offerings and meet our competitors head on, media organisations, need to find ways to work together without compromising our business objectives or standards.  We look forward to working with ABC to explore how we can do so.”