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Pollies want better deal for SBSPollies want better deal for SBS

Last week Save Our SBS met with politicians in Parliament House, Canberra - to discuss SBS - its future, funding and more. As always, there was talk around advertising and SBS's charter. The much publicly discussed - Competitive Neutrality Inquiry - was also a hot topic. Save Our SBS was told that the Government will hold the inquiry into both public broadcasters in 2018. It is expected to be widely publicised at the time. A spokesperson for the Minister said the… »

Sunshine: compelling drama tells life of South Sudanese in AustraliaSunshine: compelling drama tells life of South Sudanese in Australia

Sunshine is a high-stakes crime drama that explores the hopes and heartbreak felt by those forging a new life in a foreign land. That land is Australia. It is vibrant, kinetic and compelling. Set in Melbourne’s outer-western suburb of Sunshine, the story follows Jacob Garang played by new on-screen talent Wally Elnour. Jacob is a young, aspiring South Sudanese-Australian basketball player whose dreams of climbing his Biblical namesake’s ladder to heaven - the… »

New SBS radio line-up soonNew SBS radio line-up soon

After a 12 month review, SBS has announced changes to its radio services to meet the needs of multicultural Australia. The new SBS Radio services to be implemented from Monday 20 November 2017 is here. -- select language -- NITV Radio African English Albanian Amharic Arabic Armenian Assyrian Bangla Bosnian Bulgarian Burmese Cantonese Cook Islands Maori Croatian Czech Danish … »

SBS aim to triple Oz content forum toldSBS aim to triple Oz content forum told

Speaking at a community forum before a group of SBS supporters, SBS Managing Director Michael Ebeid AM announced the broadcasters aim to triple Australian content. The forum, hosted by SBS, was held in Melbourne last month. It was attended by community stakeholders, including Save Our SBS, who met directly with the SBS Board and senior SBS staff. The late-afternoon event was moderated by SBS journalist Sarah Abo. After a Welcome to Country, SBS Chairman Dr Hass… »

SBS cannot be privatised: Michael Ebeid explainsSBS cannot be privatised: Michael Ebeid explains

"people who talk about privatising SBS really have no idea what SBS does" SBS Managing Director Michael Ebeid was recently asked if SBS should be privatised to save taxpayers footing the bill. Answering the question, Mr Ebeid said, "I think people who talk about privatising SBS really have no idea what SBS does. "It would be impossible to privatise SBS because of its Charter. "When you think about the role that we play in, for… »

Government backs down on SBS advertising BillGovernment backs down on SBS advertising Bill

Former SBS World News Australia presenter, Mary Kostakidis and Save Our SBS today thanked thousands of ordinary people who opposed a government Bill to further commercialise SBS. Save Our SBS President, Steve Aujard said, "The government has killed the Bill. The Minister's Office phoned me a short while ago." Ms Kostakidis said, "We are pleased the government has listened to SBS viewers; all were strongly opposed to the Bill. "We now call on the… »

Mary Kostakidis speaks out against government Bill to increase SBS advertisingMary Kostakidis speaks out against government Bill to increase SBS advertising

Mary Kostakidis today called on ordinary people to oppose the further commercialisation of SBS in a campaign called, Preserve our media diversity: Don’t turn SBS into Australia’s fourth commercial TV network. The former SBS World News Australia presenter, Ms Kostakidis said, “Save Our SBS and I launched the website campaign so that SBS viewers can voice their concerns about the government’s plans to make SBS even more reliant on advertising. We expect the government… »

Advertising bill will manoeuvre SBS away from its Charter obligationsAdvertising bill will manoeuvre SBS away from its Charter obligations

by Mary Kostakidis The relentless push to further commercialise SBS has been ramped up yet again with SBS management and government set on increasing advertising within programs. This destructive policy will ultimately make the public broadcaster - SBS - indistinguishable from mainstream commercial television. Not only will advertising be more intrusive, it will also increasingly become the driver of programming decisions and the public broadcaster will continue to be… »

Preserve our media diversity: Don’t turn SBS into Australia’s fourth commercial TV networkPreserve our media diversity: Don’t turn SBS into Australia’s fourth commercial TV network


National survey shows SBS viewers do not want gambling ads and reject government’s SBS commercialisation policyNational survey shows SBS viewers do not want gambling ads and reject government’s SBS commercialisation policy

Save Our SBS released the findings of a nationwide survey today that showed 91% of SBS viewers want an end to SBS broadcasting betting and gambling advertisements. Save Our SBS President, Steve Aujard said, "SBS viewers believe that such advertisements are not good for social cohesion. This finding is significant because the SBS Corporate Plan states that the purpose of SBS is to contribute to a cohesive society" (SBS Corporate Plan 2016-17, pg 2). Mr Aujard… »

Précis of Survey 2017 about SBSPrécis of Survey 2017 about SBS

95% of SBS viewers nationally do not want increased advertising on SBS and say that if there is an increase in ads, then the law ought to restrict advertisements to before or after programs only - except in sport - like SBS used to be. The results are in of the Survey 2017 about SBS. It is the third in the series of periodic surveys undertaken about SBS. Across all three surveys, three different cohorts totalling 4953 SBS viewers nationally have been surveyed… »

Save Our SBS welcomes new SBS ChairmanSave Our SBS welcomes new SBS Chairman

SBS has a new Chairman, Dr Bulent Hass Dellal AO. Dr Dellal is no stranger to SBS. The Minister for Communications, Senator Mitch Fifield announced the appointment today. Save Our SBS president, Steve Aujard welcomed the appointment and said, “Dr Dellal was appointed as a Director to the SBS Board in 2010 and has been the Deputy Chairman since 2011. He has been Acting Chairman for the past year. Previously we have met with Hass and look forward to working with him in… »

SBS to double primetime advertising if bill passesSBS to double primetime advertising if bill passes

At Senate Estimates today, the Deputy Secretary of the Department of Communications & The Arts, Nerida O'Loughlin said that the government would soon introduce a bill to increase advertising on SBS. Later, SBS Managing Director Michael Ebeid acknowledged the advertising bill remark. Last year Save Our SBS gathered 62,000 signatories in a petition opposing the bill that would have increased commercial disruption on SBS to similar levels as seen on commercial free-to-air… »

Identity theft or giving up on Charter: how the ramping up of commercialism has weakened SBS a decade onIdentity theft or giving up on Charter: how the ramping up of commercialism has weakened SBS a decade on

A couple of months ago, when the ABC’s 4 Corners program broadcast the excellent but heart wrenching documentary titled "Children on the Frontline: Escape from Aleppo" by Marcel Mettelsiefen, something was inadvertently portrayed about SBS – what it is not doing. The entire Children on the Frontline program was in a language other than English (LOTE). All this occurred in primetime. Children on the Frontline was told through the eyes of four children filmed over… »

Minister asked to limit gambling ads on SBSMinister asked to limit gambling ads on SBS

Today, Independent MP Andrew Wilkie and Senator Nick Xenophon gave notice of a joint motion calling on the Minister for Communications Senator Mitch Fifield to limit gambling advertisements on SBS. The motion comes on the back of SBS broadcasting Sportsbet ads in the mid-year UEFA Cup. In July, Save Our SBS called for a total ban of all betting and gambling advertisements on SBS. In a statement Mr Wilkie said, “The new Parliament presents a perfect opportunity to… »



Save Our SBS – friends of SBS – joins all supporters and every friend of SBS in celebrating SBS radio, television, digital and online services. We are a not-for-profit association and defend the original special purpose of SBS. We advocate greater public funding for SBS, value multilingual & multicultural programs, and treasure the diverse culturally rich service intended for SBS – without in-program commercial breaks.

When the 1991 Parliament incorporated the phrase “natural program breaks” into the SBS Act it intended the placement of advertising on SBS television would not disrupt programs, that SBS not present itself like a commercial broadcaster and that “natural program breaks” would be restricted to:-

  • Mr SMITH Liberal  half-time in a soccer match … in effect what will happen is that advertising will top and tail programs  
  • Sen ALSTON Liberal  natural program breaks, one would think that it is not too difficult to identify … clearly the half-time break in football and other sporting programs is a fairly common occurrence. The topping and tailing of programs so that good quality films are not massacred by advertisements is something that most people will readily identify with and recognise the breach of very quickly  
  • Sen COLLINS Labor  natural program breaks will be so unobtrusive on audiences as to be almost undetectable
  • Mr LEE Labor  advertisement–at the beginning and the end of the sponsored program. In that way the viewers were not disturbed and were not constantly interrupted, as is the case on some of the commercial television programs
  • Mr SINCLAIR National  let us not try to get the advertising revenue that will make the SBS another commercial channel. If we do, again, that will change its character, and I do not think that is really what we are about