ABC crew get room to improve

Warrnambool ABC Radio presenter Jeremy Lee (left) with community producer Emily Bissland, director of ABC Victoria Randal Mathieson, news journalist Dan Conifer and manager of Ballarat and south-west Victoria Dominic Brine in the expanded studio and newsroom. 140807DW01 Picture: DAMIAN WHITE

Warrnambool ABC Radio presenter Jeremy Lee (left) with community producer Emily Bissland, director of ABC Victoria Randal Mathieson, news journalist Dan Conifer and manager of Ballarat and south-west Victoria Dominic Brine in the expanded studio and newsroom. 140807DW01 Picture: DAMIAN WHITE

AUNTY’s home in south-west Victoria has been transformed with the latest in broadcast technology installed at its Warrnambool bureau.

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Koroit Street office has quadrupled in size after extensive renovations, with on-air identities and community leaders celebrating the re-opening yesterday.

ABC state director Randal Mathieson said the redevelopment gave staff and guests room to move.

“It’s quite a change from what it once was,” he said. 

“Before, you wouldn’t have been able to swing half a cat and now you’d be able to swing at least four.”

ABC regional content manager Dominic Brine said the south-west station was one of the best equipped of its kind nationwide. 

He said the station’s three staff — presenter Jeremy Lee, journalist Dan Conifer and ABC Open producer Emily Bissland — were thrilled with the results.

“We’re expanding our online presence through social media but the equipment we have here for broadcast is also fantastic,” Mr Brine said.

ABC South West Victoria is broadcast on 1602AM in the Warrnambool region, 96.9FM in the Portland region and 94.1 FM across Hamilton and northern districts.

Mr Lee, who has presented the ABC south-west breakfast program for seven years, said the extra room opened up new broadcast opportunities, such as live music performances.

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