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The Australian Broadcasting Corporation, commonly referred to as "the ABC" (and informally as "Aunty"), is Australia's national public broadcaster. The corporation provides television services throughout metropolitan and regional Australia. Founded in 1929 as the Australian Broadcasting Company, it was subsequently nationalised and made a state-owned corporation on 1 July 1932, as the Australian Broadcasting Commission. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1983 changed the name of the organisation to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, effective 1 July 1983. Although funded by the government, the ABC remains editorially independent.