The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) is Australia's national broadcaster. It is principally funded by the direct grants from the Australian Government, and is administered by a board appointed by the government of the day. The ABC plays a leading role in journalistic independence, and is fundamental in the history of broadcasting in Australia.
The ABC has its origins in the Australian Broadcasting Company, which began in 1924 as a private company and was contracted to provide public broadcasting from 1929. It was replaced by the state-owned Australian Broadcasting Commission in 1932, adopting its current name in 1983. Modelled on the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), which is funded by a television licence, the ABC was originally financed by consumer licence fees on broadcast receivers. Licence fees were abolished in 1973 and replaced by direct government grants, as well as revenue from commercial activities related to its core broadcasting mission.
The ABC now provides radio, television, online, and mobile services throughout metropolitan and regional Australia and overseas through ABC Australia and Radio Australia. The ABC's headquarters is in Ultimo, an inner-city suburb of Sydney.
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