Radio: Big changes ahead

In April SBS will change their 19 year old established Radio Schedule.

Last April, SBS Radio began a public consultation for a proposed Selection Criteria which outlined how languages could be determined in a review of the radio schedule. SBS television could learn from this process of developing a criteria to assist TV in meeting their Charter obligations too.

Almost 1200 submissions were received during the public consultation and considered carefully in determining the final Selection Criteria.

The final language Selection Criteria applied to develop the new SBS Radio Schedule is below:

For Analogue (AM/FM) Radio will be:

Large Languages Criteria*: population of approximately 20,000 or greater.

High Needs Languages Criteria*:

  • Threshold requirement – population must be greater than 1,000
  • English language proficiency (weight = 40%)
  • Recentness of arrival (weight = 30%)
  • Ageing (weight = 15%)
  • Household resources and unemployment (weight = 15%)

SBS may also include a sizeable ethnic community if its needs are significant but not adequately captured in the Large Language or High Needs Selection Criteria.

Factors which SBS may take into account include:

  • Discrimination/Vilification: where a group is subject to frequent discrimination or vilification in Australia based on race, colour, descent or national or ethnic origin.
  • Immediate need: a significant increase in the population of a language group through Australia‚Äôs Humanitarian Program.

*Based on ABS 2011 Census data for languages spoken in Australia.

Here is a sneak-peak of the new radio schedule.

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For more information on the new SBS Radio Schedule visit sbs.com.au/radio

 

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