Turnbull announces 'efficiency' study for ABC and SBS

JUST days after Prime Minister Tony Abbott accused the ABC of not "playing for the home team", Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Thursday announced an "efficiency study" of the broadcaster and SBS.

A statement from Mr Turnbull's office said the study would "ensure that the ABC and SBS use public resources as efficiently as possible".

The study, he said, would examine the costs of day-to-day operations of both national broadcasters, and propose "options to increase efficiency and reduce expense".

"The objective is to ensure ABC and SBS fulfil their Charter responsibilities at least cost to the community, and keep pace with rapidly changing practices in the broadcasting sector," Mr Turnbull said.

"It will not review the terms of the national broadcasters' Charters, or editorial and programming decisions.

"In other words the study will not review the  content of what is broadcast, but rather the cost of delivering that content and the operations that support it."

The study will be led by former Seven West Media chief Peter Lewis, with "the full cooperation and assistance" of both broadcasters.


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