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Viewers say ‘hand back our SBS without ads’ competitive neutrality inquiry

In response to the Inquiry into the Competitive Neutrality of the National Broadcasters, Save Our SBS President, Steve Aujard said, "With Australia’s growing migration and the importance of social cohesion, SBS is needed more now than ever before and it’s essential it be on track. We focused our submission to the Inquiry with that in mind while respecting the principles of competitive neutrality."

Centre and front of the 59 page Save Our SBS submission titled: Attaining a level playing field: SBS — commercial is a call for the decommercialisation of SBS and more Charter focused content

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Government 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 custodians of SBS to also take note of viewer concerns and wipe out in-program commercial breaks. The idea that a public broadcaster

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Mary 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 proposal to become more apparent following the Budget.”

Save Our SBS President, Steve Aujard said, “The government are going to have

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National 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 said, "The survey of 1,176 people was conducted in the first week of April and included people from every State and

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Save 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 the future.”

SBS Managing Director, Michael Ebeid said, “On behalf

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Don’t merge the ABC and SBS

A 40-page report released today raises the possibility of niche programs being relegated to internet, apps and catch-up platforms as part of an ABC-SBS merger. Niche programs are central to SBS.

Commenting on the report, Save Our SBS President Steve Aujard said, “This is deeply disturbing. The SBS and NITV free-to-air broadcast channels could cease to exist as we know it.”

The Australia Institute’s report, titled, “I want my ABC (and SBS and NITV)” claims to have examined the risks and potential benefits of a merger.

The report was written by former ABC digital

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Disconnect Foxtel, don’t sack SBS staff

Joint statement by Save Our SBS President Steve Aujard, and public broadcasting advocate Quentin Dempster.

The budgetary ‘haircut’ now under consideration by the SBS Board and management should come from Foxtel carriage charges and not SBS staff or commissioned Australian content.

Federal Parliament’s decisive rejection of the SBS advertising and product placement Bill last Wednesday was motivated by a widespread concern that SBS would be turned into Australia’s fourth fully commercial TV network while favouring advertisers ahead of Charter obligations and at a time when free-to-air networks seek all the local advertising revenue they can get.


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Save Our SBS and supporters thank senators for saving SBS from itself

The Parliament has rejected the Bill that would have increased primetime advertising on SBS.

The majority by which the SBS advertising amendment Bill has been rejected in the Senate has rescued SBS from itself.

Save Our SBS thanked the majority Senate view for rejecting the Bill to further commercialise SBS and in holding the line for SBS’ raison d’être: a multilingual and multicultural public broadcaster committed to serve audiences, particularly from non-English speaking backgrounds, as citizens in a robust democracy and not as ‘ethnic’ consumers to be delivered up to advertisers.

Save Our SBS President, Steve Aujard said,

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Unacceptable coercion: SBS

"A ‘threat’ by the SBS Board to sack staff and axe local programs unless Federal Parliament accepted a fully commercial future for the multicultural broadcaster was unacceptable coercion", says Save Our SBS.

"The Abbott government has no mandate to turn SBS into Australia’s fourth commercial TV network."

Save Our SBS President Steve Aujard said, "It is distressing to see both the SBS Board and apparently FECCA (Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils of Australia) roll over on a strategy that can only destroy SBS’ raison d’être.

"There seems to be a hidden agenda here. A fully commercial SBS can

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Government wants to fully commercialise SBS with new law

Today the government decided to proceed with the Communications Legislation Amendment (SBS Advertising Flexibility and Other Measures) Bill 2015 to double advertising on SBS and allow product placement. Minister Turnbull is expected to introduce the bill tomorrow. 

Save Our SBS President, Steve Aujard said, “If passed, SBS will look no different from commercial TV. It will broadcast 14 minutes of disruptive commercial breaks per hour, mostly in primetime and sport.

“Despite some 50,000 people signing a petition against the bill, the government is still putting this forward. There will not be

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Petition opposes more ads

Margaret Pomeranz & Quentin Dempster with Save Our SBS and GetUp! have launched a petition opposing the government’s proposal to increase advertising on SBS. The online petition is on GetUp’s community campaigning website, CommunityRun getup.org.au/saveoursbs

Late last year the communications Minister announced the government will introduce a bill in 2015 that effectively doubles advertising on SBS through a system known as ad-averaging.

Campaign spokesperson, journalist and public broadcasting advocate, Quentin Dempster said, “Margaret and I join this campaign to try to save SBS from forces and strategies which can only destroy it.

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No ad disruptions Bill introduced in Senate

Save Our SBS President, Steve Aujard welcomed today’s introduction in the Senate of a Bill gradually phasing out disruptive breaks during SBS TV programs.

The Special Broadcasting Service Amendment (Natural Program Breaks and Disruptive Advertising) Bill 2012 was introduced by Greens Communications spokesperson, Senator Scott Ludlam .

Commenting on the Bill, Mr Aujard said, “We call on all parties to support the Bill. That would ensure the long term viability of SBS and only then will viewers of SBS television be returned to the experience of before 5 years ago when constant and inappropriate disruptions began. That led

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SBS-TV free of ad breaks?

Last week an event of significance took place in the Senate that may have important implications in the funding of SBS, leading to a considerable reduction in the number of adverts cluttering up television programs.

On Wednesday (26/11/11) the government voted in favour of a motion, tabled by Senator Scott Ludlum, communications spokesperson for the Greens, reiterating the value of SBS to Australian society. He also gave notice of a private bill, aimed at removing commercial breaks during programs on SBS television.

The Special Broadcasting Service Amendment (Natural Program Breaks and Disruptive Advertising) Bill 2012 will be tabled

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SBS a worthy election issue

In a media release issued yesterday the President of SaveOurSBS.org, Steve Aujard, called on the government and Opposition to include SBS in their election policies.

Mr Aujard accused the Labor and Liberal parties of showing little regard towards SBS.

“Despite more than 12,000 emails sent to leaders of all parties from visitors to the SaveOurSBS.org website in the past few weeks, pleading for a promise to increase funding for SBS to free it from advertising, neither Labor nor Liberal are interested”, Mr

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Will the real SBS TV please stand up?

MEDIA RELEASE from Save Our SBS www.SaveOurSBS.org

Will the real SBS TV please stand up?

Save Our SBS www.SaveOurSBS.org congratulates SBS-TWO on its prime time* TV schedule. It goes more than half way in serving Australians whose native tongue is not English.

For the week ending Friday 5 June 2009 the schedule, as published on the SBS website, indicates that well over half of the prime time programs on the SBS second channel are in LOTE (languages other than English).

Save Our SBS spokesperson Darce Cassidy said “This would be good news, but the

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