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 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.

We still need a lot, lot more people to sign.

WATCH THIS SPACE for updates about the petition and read below.

As far as we know, in the first month, our web address had not yet appeared in print in mainstream media.

We Need Your Help

We are now at the stage where we need vast numbers of people, like yourself, to write letters to the daily newspapers to discuss the SBS advertising issue. The success of the petition needs the publicity. Be sure to include our correct name, which is: Save Our SBS and our correct web address, which is:

Phone talkback radio too. When calling talkback radio it is critical to mention “Save Our SBS DOT org even if it is only a passing comment.

Another way to let people know about Save Our SBS and the petition is to copy and paste the text in the box below and email it to all your contacts.


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 who want SBS to be fully funded by government, as it once was, so it is not reliant on ads. Your support is needed. I urge you to look at the web site below and tell all your friends to do so too. and please click on the link there to sign the petition about advertisements on SBS and funding for our multicultural public broadcaster.

Also, anyone can become a ‘blogger’ and write material for the web site as well about SBS and the direction that public broadcasting is heading in. Details are on the web site at: which is a not for profit, volunteer, community organisation that is not aligned with any political party or group. Don’t forget to sign the petition.

Copy, paste and send a copy of the relevant paragraphs of this to as many people as you know.


Lobby Politicians

Also speak to your senator, your local member for parliament, local government and any organisations that may have some influence. In the end it is the federal politicians who need to change legislation to fix the problem. If you can lobby, then do that.

Your Comments

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Please submit any material that you write in English only.

Sign the petition to protect SBS, stop the ads and maintain our multicultural public broadcaster funded fully by government. Click and wait while you are redirected to the petition server.


3 comments to Petition Progress

  • Save Our SBS

    We think that the first time was mentioned in print in mainstream media was when Errol Simper made reference to it in A CERTAIN SCRIBE published in The Australian on 16 August 2007. In the days that followed, the petition to save SBS had another flood of signatures. Previously, in his column, Errol Simper had written about the ad break interruptions on SBS.

  • SaveOurSBS

    The response to the petition over the last few days has been amazing, nearly, 500 per day. From comments received (some posted elsewhere on this site), clearly the Mary Kostakidis issue strikes a nerve in many SBS viewers. The message is that loyal viewers are not happy!

    Keep those signatures and comments coming, and we will be able to demonstrate the need for a change.

  • SaveOurSBS

    The Administrator of the “No Ads on SBS petition” has provided some statistics to Save Our SBS.

    As of 29 August 2007 the petition clock counter hit 3600 signatories. Of those 51% of the people who signed had post codes from NSW. 14% of those that signed were from Victoria, 12% from Queensland, 13% from SA, and the balance from other parts of Australia. The first person signed in July 2007.