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->"''We're still number four!\\
We're still number four!\\
Even {{SBS}} are knocking at the door!''"
-->--'''''The Late Show'''''

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation originally began as the Australian Broadcasting Company, a national public radio service that tried to be like the TheBBC.[[note]]Some Aussies even call the ABC "Auntie", as Brits do the Beeb.[[/note]] Since its inception on 1 July 1932, the ABC has always tried to bring the same service to all Australians, first on radio and later on TV. Not an easy task, considering how remote every town and city is. However, it has paid off -- it is currently the only national radio service, and was the first national TV service established in Australia.

While the ABC has always played second fiddle to commercial radio in Australia, it still maintains an important role on the country's radio dial and currently runs five radio services:
* ABC Local Radio (its'programming is actually divided between local, statewide and nationwide)
* Radio National (the only Australian radio station that still runs "serious" programming)
* ABC [=NewsRadio=]
* ABC Classic FM (one of the first FM services in Australia)
* Triple J (the "youth" station, and the only radio service that can play [[ClusterFBomb the F word]] in the afternoon)

In mid-2012 the ABC overtook NetworkTen, and is currently coming third in TV ratings. Until that point, the ABC had always come fourth in TV ratings after the three commercial networks (''The Late Show'' even lampshaded this with a parody of the NineNetwork's "Still The One" promotion, as quoted at the top of this page). Specifically because it doesn't worry about ratings, it takes care of a lot of public remit programming ranging from indigenous programming and religious shows to sessions of Parliament and current-affairs shows to hours and hours worth of kids' shows. As a result, it holds a special place in many Aussies' hearts. Its news and current-affairs service makes the commercial networks look like amateurs. Its dedication to children's television means that millions of Aussies grew up in front of the ABC. Its production of a variety of esoteric programmes (''Collectors'', ''Gardening Australia'', ''Rage'', ''Series/MediaWatch'', and ''Message Stick'') would not have even run, let alone become successful, on Aussie commercial TV. This all makes it essentially a showcase of Australian television production. It also has a ''lot'' of British programming... possibly more than a lot of channels in Britain.

Of course, it's not all nice and fuzzy. Ever since Australia got rid of the license fee (we had a license fee?), the ABC's budget has been depressingly meagre, meaning that while it provides a wide range of Aussie programming, many TV shows can afford little more than sets and people -- so be prepared for any ABC comedy or light-entertainment show to joke about this. Also, because many of its shows (especially comedies) push the envelope and are often offensive, it receives the ire of many conservative groups complaining about how their taxes are paying for filth. Many conservative Aussies also complain that the ABC also has a bias toward the Labor Party. The fact that former ABC newsreader Maxine [=McKew=] is now a Labor politician (and represented former Liberal Prime Minister John Howard's Division of Bennelong from 2007-2010, no less) doesn't help this perception.

Despite these problems, the ABC is still well-loved in Australia, and a vast amount of Australiana has come from the ABC over the years. For a list of shows that aired on the ABC, look at the list of AustralianTelevisionShows and choose every other one. ''That'' is how influential the ABC has been.

The ABC broadcasts four different television channels altogether:
* '''[=ABC1=]''', formerly simply known as '''ABCTV''': the original channel.
* '''[=ABC2=]''', launched March 2005. Since May 2011 it has had a programming block from 6 AM to 7 PM which is branded like a separate channel named '''ABC 4 Kids''', aimed at pre-school children.
* '''{{ABC3}}''', launched December 2009: Australia's only free-to-air channel purely for children, aimed at a slightly older audience than ABC 4 Kids. Perhaps inevitably, it became the channel most-watched by Australian kids, and produced a few smash-hits such as ''DanceAcademy''.
* '''ABC News 24''', launched July 2010: the only Australian free-to-air [[TwentyFourHourNewsNetworks 24-hour news network]], known for extending the ABC's respected journalistic repertoire (if on an absolutely tiny budget).
* Two defunct channels are '''ABC Kids''' and '''Fly TV''': both children's channels, which aired from 2001 to 2003. Have now effectively been replaced by the ABC 4 Kids block and ABC3, respectively.

Not to be confused with [[Creator/{{ABC}} the similarly-named American TV network]]. or ''TheABCMurders''.
!! Programs originating on the ABC:
* ''AngryBoys''
* ''TheAuntyJackShow''
* ''Series/BananasInPyjamas''
* ''BlueWaterHigh''
* Everything done by TheChaser
* ''{{Crownies}}''
* ''TheFerals''
* ''FeralTV''
* ''{{Frontline}}''
* ''TheGames''
* ''TheGlassHouse''
* ''GoodGame''
* ''GoodNewsWeek'' ({{Channel Hop}}ped to NetworkTen in 1999)
* ''TheGruenTransfer''
* ''TheHollowmen''
* ''KathAndKim'' (Ended up {{Channel Hop}}ping to SevenNetwork)
* ''LittleElvisJonesAndTheTruckstoppers''
* ''Series/MediaWatch''
* ''PlaySchool'' - the Australian version.
* ''{{Rake}}''
* ''Series/RedfernNow''
* ''TheSlap''
* ''SpicksAndSpecks''
* ''Series/TheStraits''
* ''SummerHeightsHigh''
* Anything that originated on {{ABC3}}
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->"''We're still number four!\\
We're still number four!\\
Even {{SBS}} are knocking at the door!''"
-->--'''''The Late Show'''''

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation originally began as the Australian Broadcasting Company, a national public radio service that tried to be like the TheBBC.[[note]]Some Aussies even call the ABC "Auntie", as Brits do the Beeb.[[/note]] Since its inception on 1 July 1932, the ABC has always tried to bring the same service to all Australians, first on radio and later on TV. Not an easy task, considering how remote every town and city is. However, it has paid off -- it is currently the only national radio service, and was the first national TV service established in Australia.

While the ABC has always played second fiddle to commercial radio in Australia, it still maintains an important role on the country's radio dial and currently runs five radio services:
* ABC Local Radio (its'programming is actually divided between local, statewide and nationwide)
* Radio National (the only Australian radio station that still runs "serious" programming)
* ABC [=NewsRadio=]
* ABC Classic FM (one of the first FM services in Australia)
* Triple J (the "youth" station, and the only radio service that can play [[ClusterFBomb the F word]] in the afternoon)

In mid-2012 the ABC overtook NetworkTen, and is currently coming third in TV ratings. Until that point, the ABC had always come fourth in TV ratings after the three commercial networks (''The Late Show'' even lampshaded this with a parody of the NineNetwork's "Still The One" promotion, as quoted at the top of this page). Specifically because it doesn't worry about ratings, it takes care of a lot of public remit programming ranging from indigenous programming and religious shows to sessions of Parliament and current-affairs shows to hours and hours worth of kids' shows. As a result, it holds a special place in many Aussies' hearts. Its news and current-affairs service makes the commercial networks look like amateurs. Its dedication to children's television means that millions of Aussies grew up in front of the ABC. Its production of a variety of esoteric programmes (''Collectors'', ''Gardening Australia'', ''Rage'', ''Series/MediaWatch'', and ''Message Stick'') would not have even run, let alone become successful, on Aussie commercial TV. This all makes it essentially a showcase of Australian television production. It also has a ''lot'' of British programming... possibly more than a lot of channels in Britain.

Of course, it's not all nice and fuzzy. Ever since Australia got rid of the license fee (we had a license fee?), the ABC's budget has been depressingly meagre, meaning that while it provides a wide range of Aussie programming, many TV shows can afford little more than sets and people -- so be prepared for any ABC comedy or light-entertainment show to joke about this. Also, because many of its shows (especially comedies) push the envelope and are often offensive, it receives the ire of many conservative groups complaining about how their taxes are paying for filth. Many conservative Aussies also complain that the ABC also has a bias toward the Labor Party. The fact that former ABC newsreader Maxine [=McKew=] is now a Labor politician (and represented former Liberal Prime Minister John Howard's Division of Bennelong from 2007-2010, no less) doesn't help this perception.

Despite these problems, the ABC is still well-loved in Australia, and a vast amount of Australiana has come from the ABC over the years. For a list of shows that aired on the ABC, look at the list of AustralianTelevisionShows and choose every other one. ''That'' is how influential the ABC has been.

The ABC broadcasts four different television channels altogether:
* '''[=ABC1=]''', formerly simply known as '''ABCTV''': the original channel.
* '''[=ABC2=]''', launched March 2005. Since May 2011 it has had a programming block from 6 AM to 7 PM which is branded like a separate channel named '''ABC 4 Kids''', aimed at pre-school children.
* '''{{ABC3}}''', launched December 2009: Australia's only free-to-air channel purely for children, aimed at a slightly older audience than ABC 4 Kids. Perhaps inevitably, it became the channel most-watched by Australian kids, and produced a few smash-hits such as ''DanceAcademy''.
* '''ABC News 24''', launched July 2010: the only Australian free-to-air [[TwentyFourHourNewsNetworks 24-hour news network]], known for extending the ABC's respected journalistic repertoire (if on an absolutely tiny budget).
* Two defunct channels are '''ABC Kids''' and '''Fly TV''': both children's channels, which aired from 2001 to 2003. Have now effectively been replaced by the ABC 4 Kids block and ABC3, respectively.

Not to be confused with [[Creator/{{ABC}} the similarly-named American TV network]]. or ''TheABCMurders''.
!! Programs originating on the ABC:
* ''AngryBoys''
* ''TheAuntyJackShow''
* ''Series/BananasInPyjamas''
* ''BlueWaterHigh''
* Everything done by TheChaser
* ''{{Crownies}}''
* ''TheFerals''
* ''FeralTV''
* ''{{Frontline}}''
* ''TheGames''
* ''TheGlassHouse''
* ''GoodGame''
* ''GoodNewsWeek'' ({{Channel Hop}}ped to NetworkTen in 1999)
* ''TheGruenTransfer''
* ''TheHollowmen''
* ''KathAndKim'' (Ended up {{Channel Hop}}ping to SevenNetwork)
* ''LittleElvisJonesAndTheTruckstoppers''
* ''Series/MediaWatch''
* ''PlaySchool'' - the Australian version.
* ''{{Rake}}''
* ''Series/RedfernNow''
* ''TheSlap''
* ''SpicksAndSpecks''
* ''Series/TheStraits''
* ''SummerHeightsHigh''
* Anything that originated on {{ABC3}}
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10th Dec '12 6:03:39 PM Ckuckoo
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* ''Series/RedfernNow''
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* ABC Local Radio (a bit of a misnomer, as much of its programming is the same nationwide)

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* ABC Local Radio (a bit of a misnomer, as much of its programming (its'programming is the same actually divided between local, statewide and nationwide)



* '''[=ABC1=]''', formerly simply known as '''ABC''': the original channel.

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* '''[=ABC1=]''', formerly simply known as '''ABC''': '''ABCTV''': the original channel.
9th Oct '12 8:11:42 PM Ckuckoo
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In late 2012 the ABC overtook NetworkTen, and is currently coming ''third'' in TV ratings. Until that point, the ABC had always come fourth in TV ratings after the three commercial networks (''The Late Show'' even lampshaded this with a parody of the NineNetwork's "Still The One" promotion, as quoted at the top of this page). Specifically because it doesn't worry about ratings, it takes care of a lot of public remit programming ranging from indigenous programming and religious shows to sessions of Parliament and current-affairs shows to hours and hours worth of kids' shows. As a result, it holds a special place in many Aussies' hearts. Its news and current-affairs service makes the commercial networks look like amateurs. Its dedication to children's television means that millions of Aussies grew up in front of the ABC. Its production of a variety of esoteric programmes (''Collectors'', ''Gardening Australia'', ''Rage'', ''Series/MediaWatch'', and ''Message Stick'') would not have even run, let alone become successful, on Aussie commercial TV. This all makes it essentially a showcase of Australian television production. It also has a ''lot'' of British programming...possibly more than a lot of channels in Britain.

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In late 2012 mid-2012 the ABC overtook NetworkTen, and is currently coming ''third'' third in TV ratings. Until that point, the ABC had always come fourth in TV ratings after the three commercial networks (''The Late Show'' even lampshaded this with a parody of the NineNetwork's "Still The One" promotion, as quoted at the top of this page). Specifically because it doesn't worry about ratings, it takes care of a lot of public remit programming ranging from indigenous programming and religious shows to sessions of Parliament and current-affairs shows to hours and hours worth of kids' shows. As a result, it holds a special place in many Aussies' hearts. Its news and current-affairs service makes the commercial networks look like amateurs. Its dedication to children's television means that millions of Aussies grew up in front of the ABC. Its production of a variety of esoteric programmes (''Collectors'', ''Gardening Australia'', ''Rage'', ''Series/MediaWatch'', and ''Message Stick'') would not have even run, let alone become successful, on Aussie commercial TV. This all makes it essentially a showcase of Australian television production. It also has a ''lot'' of British programming... possibly more than a lot of channels in Britain.
6th Oct '12 11:22:53 PM Ckuckoo
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The Australian Broadcasting Corporation originally began as the Australian Broadcasting Company, a national public radio service that tried to be like the TheBBC.[[note]]Some Aussies even call the ABC "Auntie", as Brits do the Beeb.[[/note]] Since its inception, the ABC has always tried to bring the same service to all Australians, first on radio and later on TV. Not an easy task, considering how remote every town and city is. However, it has paid off -- it is currently the only national radio service, and was the first national TV service established in Australia.

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The Australian Broadcasting Corporation originally began as the Australian Broadcasting Company, a national public radio service that tried to be like the TheBBC.[[note]]Some Aussies even call the ABC "Auntie", as Brits do the Beeb.[[/note]] Since its inception, inception on 1 July 1932, the ABC has always tried to bring the same service to all Australians, first on radio and later on TV. Not an easy task, considering how remote every town and city is. However, it has paid off -- it is currently the only national radio service, and was the first national TV service established in Australia.



In late 2012 ABC overtook NetworkTen, and is currently coming ''third'' in TV ratings. Until that point, ABC had always come fourth in TV ratings after the three commercial networks (''The Late Show'' even lampshaded this with a parody of the NineNetwork's "Still The One" promotion, as quoted at the top of this page). Specifically because it doesn't worry about ratings, it takes care of a lot of public remit programming ranging from indigenous programming and religious shows to sessions of Parliament and current-affairs shows to hours and hours worth of kids' shows. As a result, it holds a special place in many Aussies' hearts. Its news and current-affairs service makes the commercial networks look like amateurs. Its dedication to children's television means that millions of Aussies grew up in front of the ABC. Its production of a variety of esoteric programmes (''Collectors'', ''Gardening Australia'', ''Rage'', ''Series/MediaWatch'', and ''Message Stick'') would not have even run, let alone become successful, on Aussie commercial TV. This all makes it essentially a showcase of Australian television production. It also has a ''lot'' of British programming...possibly more than a lot of channels in Britain.

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In late 2012 the ABC overtook NetworkTen, and is currently coming ''third'' in TV ratings. Until that point, the ABC had always come fourth in TV ratings after the three commercial networks (''The Late Show'' even lampshaded this with a parody of the NineNetwork's "Still The One" promotion, as quoted at the top of this page). Specifically because it doesn't worry about ratings, it takes care of a lot of public remit programming ranging from indigenous programming and religious shows to sessions of Parliament and current-affairs shows to hours and hours worth of kids' shows. As a result, it holds a special place in many Aussies' hearts. Its news and current-affairs service makes the commercial networks look like amateurs. Its dedication to children's television means that millions of Aussies grew up in front of the ABC. Its production of a variety of esoteric programmes (''Collectors'', ''Gardening Australia'', ''Rage'', ''Series/MediaWatch'', and ''Message Stick'') would not have even run, let alone become successful, on Aussie commercial TV. This all makes it essentially a showcase of Australian television production. It also has a ''lot'' of British programming...possibly more than a lot of channels in Britain.
6th Oct '12 11:02:30 PM Ckuckoo
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* '''ABC3''', launched December 2009: Australia's only free-to-air channel purely for children, aimed at a slightly older audience than ABC 4 Kids. Perhaps inevitably, it became the channel most-watched by Australian kids, and produced a few smash-hits such as ''DanceAcademy''.

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* '''ABC3''', '''{{ABC3}}''', launched December 2009: Australia's only free-to-air channel purely for children, aimed at a slightly older audience than ABC 4 Kids. Perhaps inevitably, it became the channel most-watched by Australian kids, and produced a few smash-hits such as ''DanceAcademy''.



* Anything that originated on ABC3

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* Anything that originated on ABC3{{ABC3}}
6th Oct '12 8:07:43 PM Ckuckoo
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Meanwhile, since Australian TV began, ABC has always come fourth in TV ratings after the three commercial networks, until late 2012 (''The Late Show'' even lampshaded this with a parody of the NineNetwork's "Still The One" promotion, as quoted at the top of this page). In late 2012 ABC overtook NetworkTen as the consistently more-watched television broadcaster. Specifically because it doesn't worry about ratings, it takes care of a lot of public remit programming ranging from indigenous programming and religious shows to sessions of Parliament and current-affairs shows to hours and hours worth of kids' shows. As a result, it holds a special place in many Aussies' hearts. Its news and current-affairs service makes the commercial networks look like amateurs. Its dedication to children's television means that millions of Aussies grew up in front of the ABC. Its production of a variety of esoteric programmes (''Collectors'', ''Gardening Australia'', ''Rage'', ''Series/MediaWatch'', and ''Message Stick'') would not have even run, let alone become successful, on Aussie commercial TV. This all makes it essentially a showcase of Australian television production. It also has a ''lot'' of British programming...possibly more than a lot of channels in Britain.

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Meanwhile, since Australian TV began, In late 2012 ABC has overtook NetworkTen, and is currently coming ''third'' in TV ratings. Until that point, ABC had always come fourth in TV ratings after the three commercial networks, until late 2012 networks (''The Late Show'' even lampshaded this with a parody of the NineNetwork's "Still The One" promotion, as quoted at the top of this page). In late 2012 ABC overtook NetworkTen as the consistently more-watched television broadcaster.page). Specifically because it doesn't worry about ratings, it takes care of a lot of public remit programming ranging from indigenous programming and religious shows to sessions of Parliament and current-affairs shows to hours and hours worth of kids' shows. As a result, it holds a special place in many Aussies' hearts. Its news and current-affairs service makes the commercial networks look like amateurs. Its dedication to children's television means that millions of Aussies grew up in front of the ABC. Its production of a variety of esoteric programmes (''Collectors'', ''Gardening Australia'', ''Rage'', ''Series/MediaWatch'', and ''Message Stick'') would not have even run, let alone become successful, on Aussie commercial TV. This all makes it essentially a showcase of Australian television production. It also has a ''lot'' of British programming...possibly more than a lot of channels in Britain.
6th Oct '12 7:33:37 PM Ckuckoo
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Meanwhile, since Australian TV began, ABC-TV has always come fourth in TV ratings after the three commercial networks (''The Late Show'' even lampshaded this with a parody of the NineNetwork's "Still The One" promotion, as quoted at the top of this page). Specifically because it doesn't worry about ratings, it takes care of a lot of public remit programming ranging from indigenous programming and religious shows to sessions of Parliament and current-affairs shows to hours and hours worth of kids' shows. As a result, it holds a special place in many Aussies' hearts. Its news and current-affairs service makes the commercial networks look like amateurs. Its dedication to children's television means that millions of Aussies grew up in front of the ABC. Its production of a variety of esoteric programmes (''Collectors'', ''Gardening Australia'', ''Rage'', ''Series/MediaWatch'', and ''Message Stick'') would not have even run, let alone become successful, on Aussie commercial TV. This all makes it essentially a showcase of Australian television production. It also has a ''lot'' of British programming...possibly more than a lot of channels in Britain.

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Meanwhile, since Australian TV began, ABC-TV ABC has always come fourth in TV ratings after the three commercial networks networks, until late 2012 (''The Late Show'' even lampshaded this with a parody of the NineNetwork's "Still The One" promotion, as quoted at the top of this page).page). In late 2012 ABC overtook NetworkTen as the consistently more-watched television broadcaster. Specifically because it doesn't worry about ratings, it takes care of a lot of public remit programming ranging from indigenous programming and religious shows to sessions of Parliament and current-affairs shows to hours and hours worth of kids' shows. As a result, it holds a special place in many Aussies' hearts. Its news and current-affairs service makes the commercial networks look like amateurs. Its dedication to children's television means that millions of Aussies grew up in front of the ABC. Its production of a variety of esoteric programmes (''Collectors'', ''Gardening Australia'', ''Rage'', ''Series/MediaWatch'', and ''Message Stick'') would not have even run, let alone become successful, on Aussie commercial TV. This all makes it essentially a showcase of Australian television production. It also has a ''lot'' of British programming...possibly more than a lot of channels in Britain.
11th Sep '12 1:45:38 PM MarkLungo
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Meanwhile, since Australian TV began, ABC-TV has always come fourth in TV ratings after the three commercial networks (''The Late Show'' even lampshaded this with a parody of the NineNetwork's "Still The One" promotion, as quoted at the top of this page). Specifically because it doesn't worry about ratings, it takes care of a lot of public remit programming ranging from indigenous programming and religious shows to sessions of Parliament and current-affairs shows to hours and hours worth of kids' shows. As a result, it holds a special place in many Aussies' hearts. Its news and current-affairs service makes the commercial networks look like amateurs. Its dedication to children's television means that millions of Aussies grew up in front of the ABC. Its production of a variety of esoteric programmes (''Collectors'', ''Gardening Australia'', ''Rage'', ''MediaWatch'', and ''Message Stick'') would not have even run, let alone become successful, on Aussie commercial TV. This all makes it essentially a showcase of Australian television production. It also has a ''lot'' of British programming...possibly more than a lot of channels in Britain.

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Meanwhile, since Australian TV began, ABC-TV has always come fourth in TV ratings after the three commercial networks (''The Late Show'' even lampshaded this with a parody of the NineNetwork's "Still The One" promotion, as quoted at the top of this page). Specifically because it doesn't worry about ratings, it takes care of a lot of public remit programming ranging from indigenous programming and religious shows to sessions of Parliament and current-affairs shows to hours and hours worth of kids' shows. As a result, it holds a special place in many Aussies' hearts. Its news and current-affairs service makes the commercial networks look like amateurs. Its dedication to children's television means that millions of Aussies grew up in front of the ABC. Its production of a variety of esoteric programmes (''Collectors'', ''Gardening Australia'', ''Rage'', ''MediaWatch'', ''Series/MediaWatch'', and ''Message Stick'') would not have even run, let alone become successful, on Aussie commercial TV. This all makes it essentially a showcase of Australian television production. It also has a ''lot'' of British programming...possibly more than a lot of channels in Britain.



* ''MediaWatch''

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* ''MediaWatch''''Series/MediaWatch''
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