Australia, New Zealand & the Pacific

Public Media Worldwide

Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)

Radio | Television | Online

296 hrs

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31 Dec 2019 -
13 Jan 2020


people used ABC
Education portal
in April 2020

In detail

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ABC independence is assured by the ABC Board under the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1983. The Managing Director is the Editor-in-Chief who has ultimate editorial power and responsibility.

The organisation receives state subsidies allocated by the Federal Government while maintaining its editorial independence.

Government funding:

2019-2020: A$1,062.3 million – up 1.6% from prior year

2018-2019: A$1,045.9 million – – up 0.2% from prior year

2017-2018: A$1,043.7 million

Other funding sources, including ABC Commercial:

2019-2020: Other funding sources not yet published.

2018-2019: A$62.5 million – down 4% from prior year

2017-2018: A$65.1 million


72% of Australians agree that ABC News is the ‘most trusted source of news and current affairs’ in Australia’ (Australian Broadcasting Corporation Annual Report 2020).

A breakdown of reach across all platforms:


Broadcast television has a reach of 19.4 million Australians each week

(OzTAM and Regional TAM,


Total ABC Radio average weekly reach in the five-city metropolitan markets was 4.92 million aged 10+, up 128,000 listeners on the 2017-2018 result (up 2.7%)


ABC Online

The average monthly reach of ABC Online in Australia was 11.0 million or 45% of Australians.

(Nielsen DCR,

ABC News (2020)

TV and radio have a 41% weekly use and 29% for more than 3 days per week

Online has a weekly use of 23%, and 15% more than 3 days per week

ABC International

Each month, ABC International reaches a unique overseas audience of 10,967,000 through broadcast television, radio and ABC websites and apps.

ABC Australia: The international television service is available in 40+ markets across the Asia Pacific and the Indian Subcontinent. It has a monthly viewership of at least 2,183,000

ABC Radio Australia: There are 407,000 listeners of ABC Radio Australia each month in the Pacific.

In 2018-2019 there were 8.6 million online streams of ABC radio services by international audiences. This equates to 6% of global streams

(Webtrends, Google Analytics,

ABC Websites and apps:

Each month there are 8,981,000 users.


ABC has a dedicated emergency website

For more information about their extensive coverage, click here.

As part of its core remit to educate, ABC expanded its educational services during school closures amid the COVID-19 pandemic by producing additional curriculum-linked content for children of all ages. It also provided additional online support through the ABC Education portal, which saw 766,000 users in April 2020 – an increase of 239% compared with the same time last year.

Radio New Zealand (RNZ)

Radio | Online


of audience
trust RNZ



Daily traffic
growth during

In detail

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RNZ is mostly government funded with a small proportion of its income generated from third party revenue.
  • Government funding: $43,375,000 (2018: $38,959,000)
  • Other revenue: $2,263,000 (2018: $2,350,000)
    (Other revenue consists of rental revenue from property leases, co-siting revenue, interest income and other income)

RNZ National and Concert are funded by New Zealand On Air (an independent government funding agency) and RNZ Pacific is funded by the Ministry for Culture and Heritage.

Source: RNZ Annual Report 2019


75% of New Zealanders consumed RNZ content in the last year

RNZ’s total weekly audience in June 2019 was estimated at 1,017,393 across all platforms

Combined weekly unique radio and online people who use any of our services: 1,017,393 (2017-2018: 845,945)


Among all radio listening in New Zealand, RNZ National has a market share of 12.6% for 2020 (2019: 11.7%)

  • RNZ National: Weekly cumulative audience in 2020 = 654,300 (2018-2019 = 626,900; 2017-2018 =606,300)
  • RNZ Concert: Weekly cumulative audience in 2020 = 242,600 (2018-2019 = 172,600)
  • RNZ National and RNZ Concert (combined): Weekly cumulative audience in 2020 = 760,300, or 16.3% of the NZ population (2018-2019 = 694,700, 2017-2018 =682,700)

Source: GfK Radio Audience Measurement, All Radio Stations,


By June 2019 more than 793,000 users were accessing weekly, 32% up year-on-year

Average monthly users of RNZ’s websites: 2,555,310 (2017-2018: 1,968,578)

Source: Google Analytics,


Number of Pacific Island radio stations incorporating RNZ services: 21 stations (2017-2018: 17 stations) Source: RNZ internal data,

Page-views of RNZ Pacific International website: 7,990,370 (2017-2018: 6,429,885) Source: Google Analytics,

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Online Audiences for
  • In a typical month in 2019 almost 3 million users visited the RNZ website.  As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic traffic increased to 7.23million in March, up 114% from February
  • On an average week in 2019 847,000 users visited In the two weeks when the lockdown was announced traffic increased to 2.75m and 3.03m respectively
  • Daily traffic has grown to 394,000 users since New Zealand’s first case of Covid-19 was announced, up from 161,000 users on a typical day last year       (increase of 145%)

Source: Google Analytics,


During 2019 the RNZ app attracted 52,000 users each week, this has increased to 72,000 in 2020, and reached 101,000 during lockdown


Last year RNZ’s Facebook channel typically had 553,000 users each week, so far in 2020 RNZ’s Facebook audience has grown to 936k. In the past five weeks user numbers have ranged from 1.2 million and 2.4 million

  • Podcast and audio content downloads/streams
  • Downloads of podcasts and other audio from the RNZ website reached 1.8 million last month, up from 1.55m in February
  • Plays/downloads of RNZ content on other platforms also shows impressive growth in February (797,000), March (1,096,000) and April (1,144,000)
  • In 2019, users of streamed 61,000 pieces of audio content each week.  Since lockdown this has increased to more than 90,000almost 50% higher than last year

After discussions about a new public media entity in New Zealand were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they have recently re-emerged. The new public media entity would replace RNZ and government-owned, commercial broadcaster, Television New Zealand (TVNZ). A Government Group, consisting of a group of eight media experts, established in March, has been tasked with exploring the viability of a new public media entity. However there are concerns about its potential mixed model funding structure and independence.

Read our latest report: Group of experts to develop case for new public media entity in New Zealand

Special Broadcasting Service (SBS)

Radio | Television | Online


audiences agree
SBS helps Aus to
be more successful
multicultural nation


growth in
audience trust
in 2019-2020

In detail

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SBS’s Board of Directors exists to ensure the independence of SBS and its efficient and cost-effective functioning, decide policies and strategies, that it works closely with Australia’s other public broadcaster (ABC)and that it fulfils its Charters’ responsibilities. Other duties undertaken by the Board are outlined in section 10 of the SBS Act. 

SBS is funded partly through federal sources and by generating its own revenue through advertising and the sale of goods and services. In 2019-2020, it received an appropriation from the government of $290.054 million (70.7% of its operating revenue) and generated $120,398 (28.9%) million in sales and advertising. 

11.9 million Australians reached on TV each month across the SBS network. 

2.2 million Australians reached by NITV each month. 

94% of audiences say SBS helps them find content they couldn’t find anywhere else. 

Serves around 97% of the population. 

Trust in SBS News increased by six percentage points in 2019-20. According to RISJ’s Digital News Report 2020, it is the second most trusted news brand in Australia (71%), just below ABC News. 

SBS Radio offers programming in 68 languages for audiences whose first language is not English.  

1451 employees. 

37.5% of SBS employees were born overseas. 

SBS reacted to the early phases of the COVID-19 pandemic by launching a dedicated multi-lingual COVID-19 portal in 63 languages. It has experienced impressive audience growth, recording over12million playsand podcast downloads in March and April 2020 and increased traffic online. 

Header Image: The SBS building in Melbourne’s Federation Square. Image: Philip Bouchard/Creative Commons