Stop the cuts

Despite Tony Abbott’s election promise not to cut funding to SBS, it seems highly likely our poorest broadcaster will be severely cut beyond the bone.

SBS has no fat to trim and although sketchy, the list of speculated cuts is frightening:-

SBS Melbourne studios and offices to go.
SBS and ABC to share technical facilities where possible.
SBS and ABC to join back house operations such as one pay office for both.
Anticipated effective cuts in the order of $40m to $60m p.a. to SBS.
SBS advertising quota to increase beyond the currently legislated cap of 5 minutes per hour.

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Survey: Should SBS have ads?

This single-screen survey asks for your views on SBS advertising, SBS Charter adherence, and public funding. The information collected may help better SBS and your viewing experience. All identifying personal details remain private and will not be published nor passed onto anyone.

Your views are important.

Five years after SBS began to disrupt all TV programs for commercial breaks, the Parliament has not required SBS stop the practice, allowing SBS to determine that matter themselves. Last year SBS was granted a 27% increase in base government funding over four years, the biggest increase ever and this

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End of ads on SBS: when?

You may be wondering what happened to the Bill introduced in the Senate last year to phase out disruptive breaks on SBS-TV. Following the campaign in April last year, organised by SaveOurSBS.org in which a confirmed 9,171 messages were sent from ordinary people like you, the government granted SBS the biggest increase in base government funding ever (27%) and decided advertising is a matter for SBS to now determine. Additionally, SBS will be granted three year funding this May but has no plans to move ads out of programs, believing that advertising and in-program disruptions are a non issue.

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Petition to SBS

Veteran activist Mannie De Saxe has launched an on-line petition to SBS requesting the broadcaster voluntarily cease in-program commercial breaks. The petition is independent of Save Our SBS and is the initiative of Mr De Saxe.

In a statement De Saxe said, "after years of frustration it seemed it was about time to try [a petition] because, we have all been complaining about this for so many years without any breakthrough". He said that in 2006 he put a petition on his blog together with some email exchanges between SBS and himself. He described it

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Why SBS received a funding increase

In the month before the May Budget some 9,171 messages were sent from people in every State and Territory to selected politicians urging government to steeply increase public funding for SBS and remove the disruptive commercial breaks from SBS television. The general public sent emails to the finance and communications ministers, some members of Cabinet, and other politicians according to a preset method. SaveOurSBS.org provided background material about SBS’s finances and links to the Special Broadcasting Service Amendment (Natural Program Breaks and Disruptive Advertising) Bill 2012. 

Here we publish a representative sample of all emails sent.

The identities

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Campaign statistics

In the month leading up to the May Budget, Save Our SBS ran a campaign where supporters were given the opportunity to send a personal email to the finance and communications ministers and other politicians in the Make SBS Special Again campaign published on the SaveOurSBS.org website. The purpose was to press government for a steep increase in funding for SBS with the removal of in-program commercial breaks from SBS television.

On the campaign webpage visitors were presented with an example of an email text and asked to compose an email in their own words. Most

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Make SBS special

SBS needs your support before early May to secure increased funding and ensure the Special Broadcasting Service Amendment (Natural Program Breaks and Disruptive Advertising) Bill 2012 becomes law. The Bill has now been introduced to the Senate. If passed, this Bill will phase out in-program commercial breaks on SBS-TV by 2016 and establish a scheme for increased funding for SBS. SBS will be better off and so will you.

If the Bill fails to become law, the future of SBS will be uncertain but commercially driven and no longer special.

Funding for

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Email Minister before 8 May here

Government is to decide SBS’s funding fate for the next three years on 8 May. SBS needs more funding and your support for the Bill * now before the Senate to become law. If passed, the Bill will phase out in-program commercial breaks on SBS-TV by 2016 and establish a scheme for increased funding for SBS. Send your email here# to the Minister, Shadow Minister, Senators, & MPs urging them to vote in favour of the Bill.

for webmail users:minister@dbcde.gov.au,Senator.Wong@aph.gov.au,Stephen.Smith.MP@aph.gov.au,Chris.Bowen.MP@aph.gov.au,attorney@ag.gov.au,A.Albanese.MP@aph.gov.au,S.Crean.MP@aph.gov.au,Steve.Georganas.MP@aph.gov.au,senator.Cameron@aph.gov.au,Malcolm.Turnbull.MP@aph.gov.au,Senator.Ludlam@aph.gov.au,stats2012web1@saveoursbs.org

Say why you want increased funding for SBS and the Bill to become

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Outsourcing SBS

SBS staff are worried about loosing their jobs to outsourcing as the broadcaster ascertains whether it is more cost effective and technologically better to outsource their presentation and playout departments. Other areas could go. But a spokesperson for SBS said news, current affairs and sport would not be outsourced.

Meanwhile one of the unions representing workers at SBS, the Community & Public Sector Union (CPSU) is taking a multi-pronged approach to save jobs and address the underlaying issue, the commercialisation of SBS. With the slogan SBS – without the special…it’s

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Ensuring SBS’s survival without commercial breaks: Email your politicians here

After five years and multiple campaigns to end in-program commercial breaks disrupting SBS television programs, a Bill has been introduced into the Parliament that would achieve that, if passed. But the private Bill will only become law if several thousand people continue campaigning by writing to the Minister and Shadow Minister demanding they vote in favour of the Bill. An email to Senator Conroy at minister@dbcde.gov.au and a separate one to Malcolm.Turnbull.MP@aph.gov.au in your own words is needed saying why you do not want commercial breaks disrupting SBS-TV programs,

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2010 campaign statistics

In the month leading up to the 21 August 2010 federal election, visitors to the SaveOurSBS.org website sent 15,427 emails to selected politicians asking for a promise to increase public funding for SBS to free it from advertising. 12,835 are confirmed by emails copied to us. Not everyone copied their email to us. Some informed us, via our Contact page, that they had sent an email but are not included in the 12,835 figure. Our site statistics track the total number of emails sent by the number of unique clicks to activate the software client to send

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Vote to restore SBS

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The Rudd government barely increased SBS funding with less than a stingy 6 cents/taxpayer/month* to produce Australian programs. Nothing for much needed expansion, nor catch-up money for years of chronic under-funding. And nothing to remove advertising. Under $1 taxpayer/monthClick here to read the full story . . .

Rescue SBS

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SBS has been under funded for years and all governments have shirked responsibility for funding it adequately while the pursuit of the commercial path has offended many. SBS needs more government funding and no one wants the ads. Insist that the government

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Restore our multicultural broadcaster

SBS is under attack. Still more adverts, staff being sacked, cuts at World News Australia, 30% reduction in subtitlers, and insufficient government funding. You can do something to reverse all this but you need to act quickly. Don’t wait until after the election. Send an email to Prime Minister and other parliamentarians.  The future of our SBS depends on your action today. You can make a difference. Act now!

SEND an EMAIL HERE * to the Prime Minister, key Ministers and opposition politicians.

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EMAIL politicians about their SBS policies

Now is the time to ask all politicians or candidates who intend to stand at the next federal election to explain their policy in relation to funding and advertising on SBS. Do they value our multicultural broadcaster? Don’t wait until after the election. Act now!

Send an email before the next federal election is announced.

If you already know the names and email address of the elected politicians for your electorate, click to send an EMAIL from here now*. (The click will activate your email client with a pre-worded email

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SBS 2009 Budget: Proper Funding & No Ads email the Treasurer & PM

Save Our SBS has launched a campaign to see SBS better funded in the 2009 triennial federal Budget and as part of an ongoing objective that would enable SBS to be the public, non-commercial, multicultural ’special’ broadcaster it once was. The Budget is the time to right recent past policies and prohibit the interruption of programs for advertisements. Save Our SBS has been lobbying for sometime with the support of thousands of concerned persons for this change followed by an eventual phasing out of all commercials on the SBS.

On 5 August 2008, Save Our SBS Inc made a recommendation

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One Minute Survey Results

Save Our SBS conducted an online one minute multiple choice question survey about SBS. In addition to the nine multiple choice questions, we also asked for each persons post-code and provided an open ended comments box, for those who wanted to express concerns beyond the questions asked.

The One Minute Survey commenced in October 2008 and is now closed.  

The results of the survey are below.

The total number of people who participated in the survey was: 1733  participants.

1) In the past six months, how often did you watch SBS-TV?

16 being 0.92%

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No advertising on SBS Your Submission To Government

Make a submission to government today

Following our recent eNewsLetter of a couple of weeks ago Save Our SBS has received enquiries from many people who would like some assistance in making a submission to the public enquiry into SBS. The feedback to us is that the Minister’s 36 page background discussion paper is too long and the Department’s website for submissions difficult to navigate through. Many are overwhelmed and at a loss to know what to say or where to begin. Our supporters have asked us to show a sample submission. As a result, we have

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The SBS Must Be Special


A PDF of the statement below may be viewed at: http://saveoursbs.org/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/the-sbs-must-be-special-signed.pdf


The SBS Must Be Special

The Special Broadcasting Service was established by the Fraser coalition government, building on the creation of the publicly funded multi-lingual radio stations 2EA and 3EA by the Whitlam government. ‘EA’ stood for Ethnic Australia.

Concrete government support for multiculturalism was a bi-partisan issue in the mid-seventies, but recently the special nature of the SBS has been under threat.

Since the introduction of sponsorship and advertising to SBS-TV in the 1990s the service has steadily become more generalist and less specialist

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No Ads on SBS – one minute survey

Save Our SBS is conducting a one minute survey at www.SaveOurSBS.org that seeks to find out peoples views in relation to SBS. The survey asks a series of multiple choice questions about advertising, programming and the Charter of SBS and seeks to find out what people think about the ‘commercialisation’ of SBS.

The data at the end of the survey period will be published on the SaveOurSBS.org web site and may be provided to politicians and media outlets.

Personal details of the participants will remain confidential and will not be handed over to anyone. It is

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NO ADS ON SBS & ABC: email campaign

A Joint Email Campaign Organised by SOSBS & FABC

Save Our SBS and Friends of the ABC joined forces for a joint last minute campaign in the lead up to the 2007 Federal Election. Aside from this joint campaign, each organisation remains separate and independent from the other.

This campaign is now closed.

The campaign involved participants clicking on a link, within the email flyer below, that activated a pre-filled, generic email in a ready to send state to the leaders of the

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No Advertisements OR Sponsorship on SBS: petition

What does the petition say?

A preview copy of the No Ads on SBS petition is below.

You can still sign this petition until it is presented to the Minister in 2008. Read then click here to sign

To The Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts,

No Advertisements OR Sponsorship on SBS

I appreciate the important role that SBS plays in Australian life as our valued public broadcaster, that reflects and enriches

Australia’s diversity and multicultural society.

However I am furious at SBS’s decision of

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