The ABC will deliver to all Australians, no matter where they are, access to this year’s Anzac Day commemorations, with extensive coverage across its radio, television, digital and social media platforms.
Following the closure of Returned & Services League venues and the cancellation of Anzac Day marches and international services due to COVID-19, the ABC has worked closely with the RSL, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and the Australian War Memorial to ensure Australians can connect with the key national commemoration services as well as with some of their local RSL services.
The ABC’s Managing Director, David Anderson, said the ABC had always been the main focal point for Anzac Day coverage, but with Australians isolated in their homes due to the coronavirus, this year’s coverage had taken on particular significance.
“This year, the many thousands of Australians who would normally attend their national, state or local remembrance services, will not be able to do so.
“On Anzac Day we invite all Australians to connect through the ABC – from their driveways, balconies, front gates and farm gates or from their loungerooms – or wherever they may be.”
In addition to the National Commemorative Service starting at 5.30am local time, the ABC will broadcast a two-minute, quiet reflection at 11.30am local time on its national and local radio services, on its main television channel, on the ABC NEWS channel, ABC iview and across social media.
The Governor-General, David Hurley’s Anzac Day address will be broadcast on the ABC main channel at 6.55 pm local time, on ABC Radio at 7.05pm local time (5.05pm WA) and on the ABC NEWS channel from 7.00am (AEST) and replayed across the day.
Local services from Melbourne, Adelaide, Hobart, Sydney and Townsville will be covered by their respective ABC capital city or regional radio station.
Anzac Day marches from 2019 will be available on ABC iview from Friday 24 April and the centenary commemorative services from Gallipoli (2015) and Villers Bretonneux (2018) will be rebroadcast from 12.30pm on 25 April on the ABC’s main channel.
You can find more on ABC’s coverage of Anzac Day 2020 at www.abc.net.au/anzacday or at https://iview.abc.net.au/collection/anzac-day-2020-australia-remembers.
Summary of ABC’s Anzac Day coverage (#AnzacDay2020)
Anzac Stories (from 5.00am local time) presented by Dan Bourchier, will look at the origins of Anzac Day and tell some of the personal stories of servicemen and women, including those who helped in the recent bushfires on the ABC main channel, iview and ABC NEWS channel
The ABC will broadcast the National Commemorative Service live from The Australian War Memorial in Canberra from 5.30am local time on Saturday 25 April on its main television channel, ABC iview, RN and across its 55 metropolitan and regional radio stations. The ABC NEWS Channel will broadcast the service live and it will be live streamed on the ABC’s Facebook and YouTube channels.
At 6.00am, the Commemorative Service will broadcast The Ode, The Last Post and a one-minute silence, as Australians stop and remember those who have served in wars.
Coverage of local Anzac Day services from Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide will follow the National Commemorative Service on the ABC main channel, iview, ABC NEWS Channel and Local Radio and Facebook streams. Services from Hobart and Townsville will be broadcast on their local stations.
A Quiet Reflection, which will include The Ode and The Last Post, followed by a one-minute silence, will be broadcast at 11.30am (local time) on ABC’s main television channel, iview, triple j, Double J, ABC Classic, ABC Country and on all ABC metropolitan and regional radio stations. It will also be broadcast live on the ABC NEWS channel and live streamed on the ABC’s Facebook and YouTube channels. Timing of this broadcast was chosen to mark the approximate time (AEST) the first Australian troops landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula.
The Gallipoli Centenary Commemorative Ceremony from 2015 will be broadcast on the ABC main channel at 12.30pm, followed by the Villers Bretonneux Centenary Commemorative Ceremony from 2018, starting at 1.30pm. State and territory 2019 Anzac Day marches will be available on iview from late on 24 April.
The Governor-General, David Hurley Anzac Day address will be broadcast at 6.55pm (local time) on the ABC’s main television channel, on ABC Radio at 7.05pm local time (5.05pm WA) and on ABC NEWS channel from 7.00am (AEST) and replayed across the day.