The operator of the ABC’s ABC News program Today and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation has said it will resume broadcasting live television at 12:30pm on Thursday following a technical issue that disrupted the live feed.
The outage, which has affected millions of Australians, is expected to last several hours.
ABC boss Mark Scott said the network was working with its suppliers to fix the issue.
“We’re confident we will be back up and running on Friday morning,” he said.
“In the meantime, we will not be broadcasting live at this time.”
ABC boss Mark Ryan says he is ‘relieved’ the outage will not affect the live broadcast.
The ABC has not yet announced when the network will resume broadcast.
The ABC is the country’s only publicly-funded news broadcaster, broadcasting in Australia and the United States.
The corporation has been broadcasting since 1946.
On Wednesday, the ABC said it was working to “restore” its online live stream to its original source.
The network has said this will happen by the end of the day.
A spokesperson for the ABC Network said it would be “premature” to comment on the network’s current status.
“The ABC does not comment on individual issues, but rather the network remains committed to its mission of providing independent, factual, compelling and objective news coverage,” the spokesperson said.
ABC managing director Alan Joyce said the broadcaster’s coverage of the global economic crisis was “not just a one-off”.
“Our work is not just about providing a good news service but it’s also about building the resilience of communities and people in times of crisis,” he wrote in a statement.
It comes amid rising criticism that the ABC has been too critical of Australia’s banks, rather than focusing on the issues that led to the financial crisis.
Earlier this week, the Australian Financial Review reported the ABC had given a “biased and uncritical” coverage of one of Australias biggest banks, Westpac, to avoid the consequences of the financial meltdown.