The announcement jobs at the ABC will be axed has been met with dismay by candidates in Eden-Monaro's by-election, although positions in the South East newsroom are reportedly safe.
Recent polling of 879 residents in the Eden-Monaro for GetUp found 70 per cent said the ABC's funding should either be increased or restored from the cuts that have occurred over recent years.
But in a blow to its audience, on Wednesday the national broadcaster announced 250 jobs would be lost, with managing director David Anderson saying operational funding would be more than 10 per cent lower in 2021/22 than it was in 2013, the AAP reported.
In response to the announcement ABC South East's chief of staff Lisa Markham said there would not be job losses within her team.
"Our team of 10 staff are now able to contribute to the ABC by providing radio, television and online content to share the stories of our region to a national audience," she said.
"This was particularly evident during our bushfire coverage and we remain committed to continue to do so."
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While the local newsroom is safe, an ABC spokesperson confirmed a change the region's radio listeners can expect is the cancellation of the 7.45am news bulletin.
Also, the national head of emergency broadcasting will be cut, the Guardian reported.
The ABC has the support of the candidates in Eden-Monaro's by-election, with Labor's Kristy McBain saying "the ABC literally saved lives and properties during the summer bushfires".
"I support reversing the shortsighted funding cuts imposed on the ABC by the Morrison government. I call on the government to increase funding for emergency broadcasting, and the Liberal candidate should do the same," Ms McBain said.
The Liberals' candidate Fiona Kotvojs said it was always very sad to hear about any redundancies, but was important to understand ABC staffing was an operational decision made independently by the ABC management.
"The ABC continues to receive more than $1billion a year, each and every year, and that funding continues to rise," Dr Kotvojs said.
"They are the only media organisation in Australia that have the security of guaranteed funding."
She said if elected she will continue to advocate for the ABC and for its continued local presence.
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The Greens' candidate Cathy Griff said listeners should not criticise the ABC for cutting key news bulletins, instead "be angry with successive governments cutting $783million between 2015 and 2023".
"Six years of downsizing has resulted in the loss of more than 1000 jobs," she said.
"The loss of human talent leaves little choice to rely more on digital production."
The Nationals' candidate Trevor Hicks believed there needs to be safeguards in place to make sure that the ABC can still deliver its services into regional, rural and remote communities.
"It is disappointing to hear that the ABC felt it was necessary to end the national head of emergency broadcasting position, especially given the great work the ABC did in delivering news to our bushfire-affected communities," he said.