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Australia has many media outlets. There are two national radio, television and online broadcasters that receive public funding–the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS).

The ABC is Australia's national public broadcaster. Founded in 1929, the ABC provides television, radio, online and mobile services across the country. Through its international charter, it also provides radio and television services to overseas audiences.

SBS broadcasts programs in English and a range of other languages, and covers news from all over the world. SBS also manages the National Indigenous Television channel (NITV), which broadcasts programs produced primarily by Australia's Indigenous people.

Australia also has three commercial free-to-air television networks, an indigenous commercial television station, hundreds of pay television channels, and many print, radio, digital and online media outlets.

Did you know?

83 per cent of Australia's population has access to the internet.

Telstra telecommunications tower, Canberra
Telstra telecommunications tower, Canberra (VisitCanberra)
Last Updated: 25 August 2016
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