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Concern over reduced Pacific news coverage

Funding cuts to public broadcasting services have led to a “steady decline” in Australian news coverage of the Pacific region, a Canberra think tank has told a Senate inquiry.

The Development Policy Centre says more than 100 reporting jobs have been lost over the past two years from Australian Broadcasting Corporation news operations that specialise in Pacific Islands news and current affairs.

It says other losses include the closure of the Australian Associated Press bureau in Papua New Guinea and the axing of the federally funded Australia Network television service which broadcast to more than 40 countries across the Asia Pacific.

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