The Australian reports she has concerns about whether the terms of the $223m contract were being met.
“I also have concerns about the quality of the programming and whether it is meeting the goal of promoting Australia’s interests overseas,” she said.
“It is meant to be a tool of public diplomacy and I am concerned by the level of negative feedback I receive from overseas.”
The ABC won the 10 year contract amid a badly-handled tender process under the previous Labor government, with SKY News, partly-owned by News Corp Australia, missing out.
But an ABC spokesman said the broadcaster had no concerns, saying, “The new agreement provides for ABC International to deliver a converged international media service to the region … This converged service provides opportunities to increase links between Australia and the region … The ABC works closely with DFAT to realise those opportunities.”
Current titles on Australia Network include a mix of News, Drama, Sport, Children’s, Lifestyle and Language including:
ABC News, Australian Story, Bondi Vet, Mr & Mrs Murder, Home and Away, A League, Giggle and Hoot, Country Town Rescue, The Block, Study English, Fashion Asia, Four Corners, ABC News Breakfast, Kitchen Cabinet, Packed to the Rafters, Agony Uncles and A Place to Call Home.
No sign of Border Security…..