There are two public broadcasters in Tasmania, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS). Both broadcasters provide Tasmanian radio and television services using the facilities of Broadcast Australia.
In 1998 the ABC became directly responsible for contracting the operation of its transmission network, following the sale of the National Transmission Agency (NTA) by the Commonwealth Government. Since then, the ABC has introduced 5 new analog services for Tasmania, including Radio National and Local Radio for Weldborough and ABC TV for Lilydale, Meander and Mangana.
ABC Digital TV went to air in Hobart on 1 November 2001 and Launceston on 1 April 2004.
The improved facilities for regional areas in Tasmania have seen the coverage of ABC Television reach 97.0% of the population as at 1 January 2002, Local Radio 98.1%, Radio National and NewsRadio 95.8%, and Classic FM and Triple J 91.7%.
At February 2004, the ABC had a full-time equivalent work force of 183, which was 4.4% of the national work force for the ABC.