The ABC has announced plans to hire more than 50 journalists to report from over 20 regional locations, following deals it struck with Facebook and Google.
The new jobs will be spread across all states and the Northern Territory, with the positions expected to be filled by early 2022.
Larger regional patches will get more support, in areas such as Horsham, Burnie, Dubbo, Wagga Wagga, Katherine, Esperance, Karratha, Longreach and Toowoomba.
Smaller bureaus will be trialled in Warragul, Batemans Bay, Carnarvon, Hervey Bay and Charleville, while individual journalists will be stationed in Swan Hill, Whyalla, Victor Harbor, Northam and Gladstone.
More remote locations will also see ABC journalists embedded there for a shorter period of time.
As part of the announcement, several new national specialist rounds will be added to the ABC’s regional team, covering water, mining, social affairs and health.
Managing director David Anderson says the cash injection will allow bureaus to deliver more local content across platforms.
ABC managing director David Anderson said the additional reporters would be placed in areas that had previously been “news deserts”.
“We want to provide greater coverage of regional…