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Compelling programs on SBS in 2022Compelling programs on SBS in 2022

SBS and NITV reveal a first look at new drama co-commission, True Colours, a breakneck mystery that takes viewers deep into the world of a First Nations community as it has never been seen before. The series starts with the investigation of a car accident but soon turns into an epic hunt for a killer. Thirty per cent of this ground-breaking series is in the First Nations language of Arrernte; an extraordinary first for Australia and thrilling achievement for NITV’s first… »

SBS pioneer Andy Lloyd-James diesSBS pioneer Andy Lloyd-James dies

From a family of public broadcasters, spanning his career between the ABC and SBS, Andy Lloyd‑James was the man in charge of SBS television in its heyday. We’re talking about the late 1980s and through the 1990s. SBS was then like no other broadcaster anywhere in the world. It was unique. I will never forget it. When Andy Lloyd-James passed last month, a saddened presenter from that golden era of SBS, movie reviewer Margaret Pomeranz, told me, “Andy was one of the… »

SBS continues to alienate and betray its audienceSBS continues to alienate and betray its audience

This was first published by Pearls and Irritations on 12 January 2022. The full text is presented here as written by Save Our SBS president Steve Aujard. It was Brian Johns, then Special Broadcasting Service managing director, who in 1987 came up with the idea of supplementing SBS’s taxpayer subsidy by broadcasting ads between TV programs. “I hope I haven’t created a monster,” he told me during an interview over coffee on 6 February 2013 at Cafe Cavallino in Carlton.… »

SBS WorldWatch new channel this yearSBS WorldWatch new channel this year

A new news channel, to be called SBS WorldWatch, is soon to launch and feature an extensive line-up of bulletins from leading international broadcasters in more than 30 languages. A spokesperson for SBS did not say if any of the in-language bulletins on WorldWatch will be subtitled in English. In the past they weren't. Two new 30-minute Arabic and Mandarin language TV news programs are to be produced locally by SBS and broadcast in prime time every weeknight. These new… »

End In-Program Ads On SBSEnd In-Program Ads On SBS

CAMPAIGN CLOSED 31 March 2022 SEND MY EMAIL Even though ads on SBS are legislated to be in “natural program breaks”, SBS forces more than 60,000 commercial breaks into programs annually. But forced breaks are not natural. That high volume of forced breaks explains why 95% of SBS viewers nationally say: “most in-program advertising breaks on SBS look forced or artificially contrived and it would be misleading to describe these as natural program… »

NAIDOC returns to SBSNAIDOC returns to SBS

The first week of July is NAIDOC Week! The National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) has its origins in the 1938 Day of Mourning. In 1975 NAIDOC became a week-long celebration of the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Schools, government agencies, local councils and workplaces are now beginning to recognize and participate in this event. SBS invites all Australians to celebrate NAIDOC 2021 with a… »

See What You Made Me DoSee What You Made Me Do

On average, one woman a week is killed by a current or former partner in Australia* and most Australians who experience domestic abuse will never report it and their abusers will never be called to account**. SBS's landmark documentary series See What You Made Me Do explores an epidemic that has no signs of slowing. Hosted by investigative journalist, Jess Hill, and inspired by her award-winning book of the same name, See What You Made Me Do will ignite a crucial… »

Easy English newsEasy English news

SBS have a daily news bulletin for new English speakers – SBS News in Easy English. It is a great initiative. Bulletins of SBS News in Easy English are read slowly using simplified language and run five minutes. Content mostly focuses on Australian news and the text of each bulletin is available on the web, app, or whatever plateform is used to listen. The idea of news in easy English is not new. In radio's hey-day, all the big broadcasters ran 'news in simple English'.… »

THREE QUESTION POLL resultsTHREE QUESTION POLL results

The results are of the THREE QUESTION POLL are in. ► There are too many ads and promos on SBS. Agree: 97.91% Disagree: 2.09% Total Votes : 6753 ► SBS has too many commercial breaks disrupting programs. Agree: 97.78% Disagree: 2.22% Total Votes : 6664 ► Most in-program commercial breaks on SBS look forced or artificially contrived, and it would be misleading to describe them as natural program breaks. … »

SBS hour logged with 50 percent more ads than allowedSBS hour logged with 50 percent more ads than allowed

SBS appears to have 50 percent more advertising in some primetime hours than the SBS Act permits according to a series of findings carried out by Save Our SBS from 2009 to 2020. Promos were not counted. Nor were classification announcements, community service announcements, sponsor billboards and sponsored promos. Under section 45* of the Special Broadcasting Service Act 1991 advertising is limited to “not more than 5 minutes in any hour of broadcasting”. Promos do… »

End COVID For AllEnd COVID For All

COVID-19 could push over 70 million people around the world into extreme poverty - and we all need to play our part! In Australia, SBS has been informing communities on SBS Radio and in 63 languages in print at the SBS coronavirus portal. This is an amazing service. But now Save Our SBS is asking you look further afield and pledge support to End COVID For All. Many of our neighbours around the world are ill-equipped to deal with a pandemic. So it’s time we offered a… »

Poll: overwhelming support for fully-funded multicultural, multiethnic, and Indigenous programs for children on SBS but with advertising restrictionsPoll: overwhelming support for fully-funded multicultural, multiethnic, and Indigenous programs for children on SBS but with advertising restrictions

An overwhelming majority of SBS viewers want the broadcaster to present programs for children provided those programs are fully-funded, without advertising or reliance on advertising. A total of 3,981 viewers were polled in two separate polls - one on Facebook, the other on Save Our SBS - in which participants were asked separate questions about multicultural, multiethnic, and Indigenous programs for children. The questions and findings of the Two question poll on… »

Two question poll: SBS children’s TVTwo question poll: SBS children’s TV

A government initiated Options paper proposes SBS be obligated to broadcast or stream a quota of children's TV. We'd like to hear your views. Take the TWO question poll below and leave a comment below that too. SBS is not currently required to carry programs for children but if it were, do you agree or disagree that—— More information at the Save Our SBS Australian content and children’s TV on SBS – a submission to the Supporting… »

Australian content and children’s TV on SBS – a submission to the Supporting Australian stories on our screens—Options paperAustralian content and children’s TV on SBS – a submission to the Supporting Australian stories on our screens—Options paper

Earlier this year, a government initiated Options paper authored by the Australian Communications and Media Authority with Screen Australia considered how best to support Australian stories on-screen generally, and proposed SBS carry a quota of children's content. The communications department then asked stakeholders to comment on the options in the paper. Below is the submission that Save Our SBS made in respect of that. To enable Save Our SBS… »

Get gambling off SBSGet gambling off SBS

Save Our SBS has long called for a total ban of all betting and gambling advertisements on SBS. The Alliance for Gambling Reform shares Save Our SBS's concerns and in its End Gambling Ads campaign is petitioning to get gambling off SBS and put community health ahead of gambling revenue. We urge you to sign the petition below.  DONATE here      Facebook post. Twitter post. #EndGamblingAds … »


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
     

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