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5191: the number of people employed by the ABC – or 4313 full-time equivalent. 65% are employed in content making roles

4.8 million: the average weekly national audience for ABC radio across 56 local stations and four national stations.

4286: hours of first release Australian content screened on ABC TV and ABC2, including 75 hours of drama and 127 hours of children’s programming.

40: countries rebroadcast the ABC’s Australia Plus TV channel. Radio Australia is broadcast in four languages other than English

1433: people employed by ABC news and current affairs, in 56 offices around Australia and 10 bureaux overseas

84%: Percentage of Australians who believe the ABC provides a valuable service to the community.

23%: the decline in real terms of ABC base funding between 1985 and 2013. 

$254 million: has been cut from the ABC in the last two federal budgets, resulting in 400 job losses, with 100 more still on the chopping block.

Sources: ABC annual report 2014-15; Parliamentary Library research paper 2014.