W-League coverage scrapped as ABC cuts hit

Football Federation Australia (FFA) has confirmed that ABC TV coverage of the W-League will be scrapped after this season as widespread budget cuts hit the public broadcaster.

The FFA is exploring opportunities with other broadcasters but says the decision to rein in sports coverage would imapct "codes and competitions all over Australia".

“FFA is disappointed with the decision to cut the broadcast of Australia’s premier women’s national sporting competition," a spokesperson said.

“The decision does not affect broadcast of the current Westfield W-League season or the on-going viability of the competition and FFA will work with all broadcasters to explore options to ensure the on-going coverage of the W-League.”

ABC managing director Mark Scott addressed staff members in Sydney on Monday, revealing the organisation will cut $254 million dollars over the next five years, with 400 jobs expected to be lost in the process.

Along with closing the ABC production department in Adelaide and five regional offices, Scott forecast the scaling back of sport broadcasts, with coverage of the W-League and WNBL among those scrapped.

As one of the few broadcasters of women sport in the country, the decision – reported by ABC staff members via Twitter - to finish broadcasting the W-League at the end of this season has stirred up plenty of reaction on social media on Monday afternoon.