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SaveOurSBS.org Archive Home Page 24 August 2009

The Home Page of the SaveOurSBS.org website is archived from time to time for historical purposes. In August 2009 the website was updated to the Atahualpa Theme. To see a snapshot of the updated Home Page with the then new Atahualpa Theme on 24 August 2009 click http://saveoursbs.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/SaveOurSBS.org_ArchiveHomePage24August2009.htm

SaveOurSBS.org Archive Home Page 10 May 2009

The Home Page of the SaveOurSBS.org website is archived from time to time for historical purposes. To see how the Home Page looked on 10 May 2009 click http://saveoursbs.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/saveoursbsorg-archive-home-page-10-may-2009.htm

Page Archive: Large Animated Logo & Home Page: December 2007

Over time this web site has changed in appearance.

Due to historical interest we now show you the style of our early web site.

From our scratchy but passionate inception on the web sometime around late April / early May 2007, the SaveOurSBS.org web site used the Patriotic Theme (which we modified) and was powered by WordPress. That Theme was in use from mid 2007 up to early 2008.

Our very first campaign, the petition to protect SBS, stop the ads and maintain our multicultural public broadcaster funded fully by government, commenced, July 2007. Initially we had no publicity but eventually more

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Early Historical Publicity

Below are some of the very first references and links made about Save Our SBS by other organisations and main stream media.

A CERTAIN SCRIBE: “Dylan’s true legacy is before us” by Errol Simper (The Australian 16 August 2007). We believe that Errol Simpers story was the first reference in main stream media about Save Our SBS.

“Network to blame for anchor’s loss” by Errol Simper (The Australian 22 August 2007)

“Save martyr Mary from SBS idiocy” by Geoff Roach (The Advertiser – Sunday Mail 25 August 2007)

“SBS: public service broadcasting is about

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What Each Party Will Do With SBS: Election 2007

The SBS policies of each party explained:

What are the policies of the political parties about SBS funding and advertising on SBS?

Save Our SBS wrote to the each of the major political parties requesting them to tell us their party policies on SBS for publication on www.SaveOurSBS.org.

We asked a series of questions covering SBS funding and advertising. We wanted to know whether or not each party had a policy to ban all advertising on SBS; or, insist that SBS restrict ads to between programs only; or, leave the current arrangement of allowing SBS to continue

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SBS: A Sad Death of Great Television by Derek Kell

SaveOurSBS recently received the blog below about one families history of viewing SBS from its opening in 1980 until now.

“SBS: A Sad Death of Great Television” by Derek Kell

We started watching SBS on the first day of its transmission. Nearly all the programmes at that time were sourced from overseas and carried subtitles, but they were really interesting programmes. SBS transmitted on channel 0 in the VHF band in those days. In

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Page Archive: FAQ SBS Funding

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How Is SBS Funded?

SBS is a public broadcaster.

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“SBS debate: 4th commercial network?” by Quentin Dempster

SaveOurSBS has been granted permission to re-publish the story below in full by Quentin Dempster. It originally appeared in The Australian 23 August 2007.

“SBS debate: 4th commercial network?” by Quentin Dempster

THE Zampatti board at SBS has embarked on a strategy to turn SBS television into Australia’s fourth commercial channel.

In the January issue of B&T, the advertising industry magazine, SBS commercial director Richard Finlayson confirmed SBS was out “to position SBS as Australia’s fourth commercial network”.

This helped to explain why the board last year obtained legal advice from external counsel to overturn a 15-year-old internal legal ruling that advertising in

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Industrial Issues At SBS

The purpose of this Category is to report on industrial issues that may affect staff at SBS. If what you want to say is not really an industrial matter, please look at placing your blog in another Category where it may be more appropriate. Although Save Our SBS is not aligned with any political party or group we do however support organised, collective bargaining and believe that all employees ought to be treated fairly and with respect.

If your comment truly relates to an SBS industrial issue, and may be of interest to

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Mary Kostakidis

According to media reports Mary Kostakidis has walked out on SBS.

Save Our SBS has been inundated with blog comments and emails from people who are supportive of Mary Kostakidis in her stand against the commercialisation of SBS. We publish some of those comments below and invite all bloggers who support Mary Kostakidis to post their own blog below (in preference to emailing us). A petition has been organised independently of www.SaveOurSBS.org and we agree with the petition to support Mary Kostakidis. We suggest you sign that petition as well as our Click here to read the full story . . .

Petition Progress

What Is Happening With The Petition?

In the first month since we launched the petition to protect SBS, stop the ads and maintain our multicultural public broadcaster funded fully by government, we clocked up some 1500 signatures. Everyone at www.SaveOurSBS.org has been very encouraged. We had had virtually no publicity until the last of these and only fairly limited publicity at that. People have mainly heard about us mainly via email (from other people who have signed), search engines, links from other web sites, our own brochure and word of mouth.

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“Dear SBS: ad breaks just don’t hold water” by Michael Shmith

SaveOurSBS has been granted permission to re-publish the story below in full by Michael Shmith. It originally appeared in The Age on 10 February 2007.

“Dear SBS: ad breaks just don’t hold water” by  Michael Shmith

A good 25 years ago, when SBS was still called Channel 0 and ran series such as Three Women and their Hot-Dog Stand, it had the curious habit of interrupting films halfway through with promotions for other films and programs. At the time, I was editing The Age Green Guide, and we ran a small campaign to ban the break. The network’s excuse, that viewers

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Can SBS seriously still screen documentaries?

I went along to the world premiere of the Steve Thomas documentary “Hope” on Friday as part of Melbourne International Film Festival. The documentary, which screened to a full house, tells largely in her own words the courageous and tragic story of the subject, Amal Basry an Iraqi survivor of the SIEV X sinking in 2001. Filled with emotion and sensitively edited, the documentary is a feature length 117 minutes.

According to the filmmakers at a Q&A session after the screening, the film struggled to gain the funding necessary, and that ultimately it was

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Page Archive: SBS Complaint System Inadequate

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SBS Avoids Complaint About Ad Interruptions

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“Come Clean On Commercialisation” by Quentin Dempster

SaveOurSBS has been granted permission to re-publish the story below in full by Quentin Dempster. It originally appeared in the July 2007 edition of the Walkley Magazine.

“Come Clean On Commercialisation” by Quentin Dempster

With the federal election campaign already in full swing Quentin Dempster previews the policy debate about the future of public broadcasting.

“Stiff and stiffer.” Those erectile dysfunction ads on SBS television are helping to spotlight the Howard government’s insidious agenda for public broadcasting in Australia.

The 2004 Liberal Party election manifesto made no mention of stretching or reinterpreting the SBS Act’s definition of “natural breaks”. From 1992, when advertising

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DOWNLOAD the media release: Launch Web Petition To Stop Ads On SBS – Fed Square Melb 5 August 2007 FINAL click here (1 page, 60kb)

On Sunday 5 August 2007 Save Our SBS handed out the double sided sosbs-petition-brochure.pdf (76kb) to the general public at Melbourne’s Federation Square. Many people showed enthusiastic interest. A media release of the event is available here: MEDIA RELEASE: Launch Web Petition To Stop Ads On SBS – Fed Square Melb 5 August 2007 FINAL (1 page, 60kb).

DOWNLOAD the double sided sosbs-petition-brochure.pdf (76kb) click here.

DOWNLOAD the double sided sosbs-petition-brochure.pdf (76kb) here. Print it several times. Give it to your friends, retailers and others.

Help Promote Us In Your Community

Tell Others About Save Our SBS

DOWNLOAD the double sided sosbs-petition-brochure.pdf (76kb) here. Print it several times. Give it to your friends, retailers and others.

EMAIL the message below to all your friends and colleagues etc.

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Like most people, I am annoyed by the ads interrupting programs on SBS-TV. SBS is a public broadcaster, paid for by our taxes and was intended to be commercial free, like the ABC.

Save Our SBS is a group of ordinary people

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Save Our SBS Media Releases & Publicity Material

To download any of the Save Our SBS Media Releases and other publicity material published by us please look for the individual Posts reverse date order in the Category SOSBS Media Releases & Publicity Material. You might also like to look at the Category Help Promote Us on this web site.

Sign the petition to protect SBS, stop the ads and maintain our multicultural public

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Page Archive: FAQ What Else Can I Do?

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FAQ What else can I do besides sign the petition?

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Page Archive: SBS Ads & ABC

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If SBS is allowed to keep interrupting TV programs for commercials, will that

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Page Archive: SBS Doc’s: Truth About Ads

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SBS Secret Documents Reveal Truth About Ads

Since SBS

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What are the policies of the candidates and political parties about SBS funding and advertising on SBS?

What are the policies of the candidates and political parties about SBS funding and advertising on SBS?

Could SBS be saved as a result of the 2007 federal election?

Let us know what you think. Write your comments below.

 

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SBS Staff Views

This Category is intended for SBS staff to express their views anonymously if desired.

If you do or did work at SBS or a close friend or member of your family is or was employed by SBS you may want to tell others about what has been happening inside SBS. You can tell your story here without fear of consequences if you write under an alias.

SOSBS wants to know is it true that many of the SBS staff have effectively been silenced by SBS and are now fearful of

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Page Archive: FAQ SBS Advertising & Legislation

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What is the relevance of section 45 of the Special Broadcasting Service Act?

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Page Archive: A Petition To Save SBS

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About the Save Our SBS Petition

An on-line petition

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Tell Us What You Think About SBS

In late 2006 SBS-TV began interrupting programs for advertisements and promos. However SBS is a public broadcaster and is funded by the tax payer. Many people are annoyed that SBS now interrupts programs for ad breaks. What do you think? Is it right? Did you prefer it before when SBS placed all the ads between the end of one program and the start of the next program? Were programs easier to watch then? Do the breaks into program now seem un-natural? Are they obtrusive?

You can tell us your opinion below. You may

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Regular Writers For SOSBS

In this section you can read material written by Contributors. Contributors usually write more detailed articles than other ‘bloggers’. Some may write on a regular basis. No one is paid to write for SOSBS.

Most Contributors write elsewhere and are invited by SOSBS to do so here. If you are a writer and would like to become a regular Contributor, please let us know via email on the ‘Contact Us’ page. Generally you need to have had at least one article published elsewhere or written Comments and had your Comments published as

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Tell Us What You Think About SBS Radio

SBS radio has been broadcasting advertisements on its radio services for years even though SBS is a public broadcaster and is funded by the tax payer. What do you think? Is it right? Are the ads on SBS radio intrusive?

You can tell us your opinion below. You may want to make a general observation or write about a specific program. Please write your comments below.

 

A Comment may or may not be published for others to read. To write a Comment about a Post you first

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Are There Any Programs on SBS-TV That Are Not Interrupted For Commercial Breaks?

If you have noticed any programs on SBS-TV that were not interrupted for commercial breaks, please give your feedback here. Tell us the name of the program, the date and time it went to air on SBS, and, which languages it was in. What did you think of the program? Was it easier to watch with no ad breaks? Is this a regular program that usually has no breaks? If it is a regular program that does not have commercial breaks inside it, others would like to know.

Other than overseas News programs

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Programs That Were Never Meant To Be Interrupted For Advertisements

If you have noticed any programs on SBS-TV where the ad break(s) looked like they were ‘forced’ into the program and seemed un-naturally placed, please give your feedback here. Tell us the name of the program, the date and time it went to air on SBS, and, which languages it was in. What did you think of the program? How obtrusive was that interruption in the program at that point? Was it the 1st, 2nd, 3rd break in program that seemed ‘forced’? Was it more difficult to follow the program that had ad breaks ‘forced’ into

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Page Archive: FAQ Petition

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What’s wrong with interrupting programs on SBS-TV for commercial breaks?

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