The ABC's managing director, Mark Scott, has told a Senate inquiry the decision to close Hobart's TV production unit does not breach the national broadcaster's charter.http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-02-01/s ... ts/4495794
Mr Scott says the decision to abolish it will allow the ABC to produce TV programs more cost-effectively.
"If that's what we're asked to do - keep studios busy and filled - well, we're not funded for that, and that's never been in our charter, and that's never really been a part of our brief," he said.
"In fact our responsibility is not to keep local film production all around the country busy.
"Our charter says to reflect the country back to the nation."
On the first sitting day in Hobart it heard submissions from unions, Friends of the ABC and the Screen Producers Association of Australia.
Community and Public Sector Union spokesman Paul Blake says the cuts are part of a pattern of centralising TV production in Sydney.
He says the next round of ABC funding should be tied to producing more regional content.