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SBS promises “uninterrupted viewing” this year

Viewers who do not want to see gambling, alcohol and fast food ads will soon be able to block them. Uninterrupted viewing will also be available. 

A media release issued by SBS stated that:

The SBS On Demand audience will have the option to opt-out of the advertising categories of wagering, alcoholic beverages and quick service restaurants.

An SBS spokesperson told Save Our SBS:

The initiative will be rolled out to account based audiences for On Demand, but not live or free-to-air TV services.

Public broadcasting advocate, Quentin Dempster

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SBS funding

Last October the federal government announced five-year funding for SBS. That begins on 1 July this year. Previously SBS was funded on a triennial basis.

In the budget handed down this week, existing short-term funding for key language services and audio description will continue into base government funding.

A spokesperson for SBS said:

SBS welcomes the continuity and stability which the five-year funding model provides, ensuring that we are able to keep delivering our vital services for all Australians and especially multilingual and First Nations communities.

The parliament appropriated to SBS $316.8m this year up to 30 June.

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SBS to be funded 5-yearly

The Albanese Labor Government confirmed it will deliver 5-year funding terms for Australia’s national broadcasters, SBS and the ABC, commencing 1 July 2023.

Communications Minister, Michelle Rowland, said that moving those broadcasters beyond 3-year funding terms will better safeguard the independence of the national broadcasters, as well as support long-term strategic planning and innovation in high-quality content provision and service delivery, across Australia.

Save Our SBS president, Steve Aujard, welcomed the change from 3-year to 5-year funding for SBS.

Meanwhile a spokesperson for SBS said that SBS welcomes the announcement from the Federal Government as

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SBS: Connecting with the Oldest Continuing Culture

SBS has released its fifth Elevate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), updating SBS commitment to First Nations content for the next four years.

The broadcaster has worked closely with Reconciliation Australia to continue its commitment to First Nations stories, cultures and languages. Reconciliation Australia is the lead body for reconciliation in Australia, promoting relationship-building and respect between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the wider Australian community.

RAP recognises organisations with a proven track record in championing the interests of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Of the twenty

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Uluru Statement from the Heart translated by SBS into more than 20 Aboriginal languages and 60+ other languages

SBS has translated the Uluru Statement from the Heart into more than 20 Aboriginal languages and another 60+ languages for Australia’s Culturally and Linguistically Diverse communities.

In his victory speech as Australia’s 31st Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese not only started by acknowledging the traditional owners of the land but went a step further and confirmed the Labor Party’s commitment to the implementation of the Uluru Statement from the Heart. Albanese said:

I begin by acknowledging the traditional owners of the land on which we meet … I pay my respects to their elders past, present and

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Compelling 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 foray into feature drama.

SBS Director of Indigenous Content, Tanya Denning-Orman, said:

First Nations

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SBS 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 good guys to lead television.”

He had come from the ABC in 1988 to

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SBS 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 services – SBS عربي News and SBS 中文 News – will provide Australia’s large and

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SBS live COVID-19 updates in multiple languages

SBS is providing real-time, live interpreting in multiple languages of the Victorian and NSW daily COVID-19 press conferences. 

How to watch the NSW press conference in your language:

• Watch the daily 11am NSW press conference on television with live interpreting in Arabic on SBS TV, and in Vietnamese on SBS VICELAND.

• These and other key languages are streamed live on SBS On Demand.

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NAIDOC 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 week-long dedicated schedule on National Indigenous Television (NITV), and a range of programming and content on SBS, celebrating and reflecting

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See 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 conversation about domestic abuse.

The series asks what needs to be

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Easy 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

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2021 slate: This year’s line-up

In its 2021 slate of original, entertaining and insightful content, SBS is featuring the network’s biggest ever local commissioned content offering, with distinctive stories.

This year’s programs’ include

• Five new commissioned drama series across SBS and SBS On Demand in 2021: Copping it Black, The Unusual Suspects (pictured), New Gold Mountain, Iggy & Ace and The Tailings

• New 200-episode series, The Cook Up with Adam Liaw, weeknights on SBS Food

• New and returning commissioned documentaries exploring diverse Australian stories and highlighting literacy, domestic abuse, anxiety and personal identity

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THREE 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.

Agree: 95.37% Disagree: 4.63% Total Votes : 6632

The poll was open to anyone and everyone. Only one vote per

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SBS 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 not count as an advertisement and the Act excludes them from counting in the 5 minute hourly

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