is an Australian Broadcasting Corporation
radio service devoted to delivering live and 24-hour news updates and information. The service is available on a number of broadcasts right around Australia, including AM/FM radio, some pay-TV platforms and online via the Internet.
Originally called the Parliamentary and News Network
(PNN), the AM/FM radio network is chartered
to broadcast live the proceedings of parliament
, either the House of Representatives or the Senate, as specified by the standing orders. Also broadcast, at the end of each day's sitting, is a recording of Question Time for the chamber that was not broadcast live that day. These restrictions do not apply to the other broadcasts of Newsradio (nor to newly-commissioned rural and regional transmitters in 2006 (see below), although this is not exploited).
Parliamentary broadcasting was commenced by Ben Chifley
's government on 10 July 1946, on ABC Radio. These broadcasts received their own frequencies in the 1980s as PNN. The PNN/ABC NewsRadio service was introduced in August, 1994 to utilise the Parliamentary broadcasting frequencies which were not being used when Parliament was not in session.
ABC NewsRadio has a 24-hour news format, including extensive finance, science and IT reports, as well as extended reports from the ABC's local and international news sources. NewsRadio also rebroadcasts international programming from the BBC
, Radio Netherlands
and All Things......