SENATOR Matt Canavan wants more ABC journalists based in the regions, following the independent broadcaster's closing of its Gladstone office and reducing numbers in regional areas.
Figures released to the Senate Committee on Environment and Communications have revealed that only 14% of ABC journalists are based outside capital cities and 40% are based in Sydney, despite the fact more than 30% of Australians live outside capital cities and only 20% live in Sydney.
Senator Canavan said the figures showed the ABC's relationship with regional Australia was a long distance one.
"The ABC should be a broadcaster that fills gaps in the media marketplace," he said.
"There are already a multitude of commercial media outlets in the capital cities.
"If anything the ABC should have more people in the regions."