The ABC will cover Anzac Day services in all states and territories on Sunday 25 April as marches return to towns and cities across the country.
Live coverage of state and territory dawn services as well as the National Dawn Service and Ceremony from Canberra will be carried across all ABC platforms. There will also be coverage of Light up the Dawn when Australians will mark a minute’s silence wherever they are – from their driveways, balconies, front gates or farm gates.
The director of ABC regional & local, Judith Whelan said Anzac Day still carried deep meaning for Australians. “This was evident in last year’s coverage when Australians from every part of the country stood at their gates at dawn to remember those who have served.”
“Anzac Day continues to be one of the largest and most important events the ABC covers. This year we will have ABC crews in all our major cities and in towns, covering local commemorations and connecting them with all Australians across all our platforms.”
The ABC will also mark the day with special programming on ABC Television and ABC ivew that includes a Landline Anzac Day edition at 12.30pm; Air Force 100 – a commemoration of 100 years of the Royal Australian Air Force at 4.00pm; The Art of Remembrance, which looks at Australia’s involvement in conflict through the lens of visual art, at 6.00pm; and a special collection of news features and documentaries on ABC iview in Anzac Day: Australia Remembers.
ABC News Weekend Breakfast is inviting viewers to share their photos and videos of their Anzac Day commemorations at [email protected] and ABC Classic is featuring musical moments of reflection in the lead up to and on Anzac Day.
Canberra Dawn Service and National Ceremony will be broadcast on ABC TV, ABC News channel, iview, ABC RN, ABC Radio (except Victoria), ABC Australia and on social media. The ABC listen app will carry a dedicated Anzac Day stream featuring Dawn Services, The Townsville March and local radio streams.
TV broadcasts of Sydney Dawn Service, Canberra Dawn Service and National Ceremony and Melbourne Shrine of Remembrance Service will all be live from 4.30am AEST on ABC TV and ABC NEWS channels, on iview, and streamed live on ABC Australia Facebook and YouTube.
State TV broadcasts of capital city marches and dawn services will also be streamed live on ABC capital city Facebook accounts and on the ABC’s capital city local radio websites.
Every capital city will have live coverage of a local march, however coverage of capital city dawn services will vary in each state. Broadcasts times can be found on the website.
Radio coverage of the Canberra Dawn Service and National Ceremony will be heard on local ABC Radio, RN and on the ABC Listen app from 5.30am – 6.00am. This will incorporate a minute’s silence at approximately 5.50am. This will be followed by an Anzac Day edition of Ian ‘Macca’ McNamara’s Australia All Over from 6.00am – 10.00am.
The Anzac Day Address by the Governor-General, David Hurley will be broadcast on ABC Television and iview and at 6.55pm and replayed on ABC Radio during its national Evenings program.
ABC News Digital’s Anzac Day coverage will include previews on the different ways to commemorate the day and a series of historical features and news stories reflecting the ways Australians are marking it. On Sunday, readers can stay up-to-date with events around the country as they unfold, at abc.net.au/news and on the ABC listen app.