ABC to open Afghanistan bureau

Updated November 1, 2010 14:30:00

The ABC has announced it will open a news bureau in Afghanistan next year.

ABC director of news Kate Torney says the move follows a review of the national broadcaster's internal operations.

Torney says the review looked at the ABC's current overseas operations and staffing arrangements.

"The changes are designed to put more ABC journalists in more places," she said in an email to staff.

"We want to make more funds available for bureau travel.

"We want to create more opportunities for reporters and camera operators to work overseas and we want to develop stronger partnerships with other international broadcasters."

Ms Torney says one of the changes to come out of the review includes forming a partnership with television news agency Associated Press Television News (APTN).

She says the move to open the Afghanistan bureau will not result in the closure of any other bureaux and the number of correspondents will remain the same.

Much of the ABC's coverage in Afghanistan is done by South East Asia correspondent Sally Sara.

Australia has 1,500 Defence Force personnel serving in Afghanistan, with the bulk of them based in Uruzgan province, where they are assisting in training the members of the Afghan National Army.

Twenty-one soldiers serving with the Australian Defence Force have been killed in Afghanistan since 2002.

Last month Australia's troop presence in the war in Afghanistan was debated in Federal Parliament.

Both the Government and the Opposition have given bipartisan support to the war, however several individual MPs have expressed their opposition to Australia's presence there.

Tags: media, government-and-politics, federal-government, information-and-communication, broadcasting, abc, unrest-conflict-and-war, terrorism, afghanistan, australia

First posted November 1, 2010 10:39:00

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