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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End 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

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Poll: 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 SaveOurSBS.org were:-

SBS is not currently required to carry programs for

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New SBS Chair: familiar face

A new Chair has been appointed to SBS: Mr George Savvides AM.

He is appointed for a period of five years, effective from today.

Save Our SBS President, Steve Aujard said, “We have previously met George as he was the Deputy Chair of SBS for three years.”

SBS Managing Director, James Taylor; said: “On behalf of the Board and SBS, I’d like to congratulate George on his appointment.

“Since being appointed as Deputy Chair in 2017, and most recently as Acting Chair, he has played a key role in ensuring SBS is a contemporary media organisation

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SBS multilingual coronavirus portal

SBS have launched a multilingual coronavirus portal.

The content is produced by SBS Radio and SBS News.

Save Our SBS President, Steve Aujard said, “SBS is the only Australian media outlet with information about COVID-19 in more than 60 languages. In this coronavirus era, many people whose first language is not English need SBS.

“The portal site provides a single place where anyone who speaks a language other than English can get the latest updates about the virus. An information sheet available in multiple languages explains how

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The economic reason to remove in-program advertising on SBS

Apart from ease of viewing, there are many reasons to shift advertising away from programs on SBS but until now, the economic benefits have not been explored.

SBS aims to inspire “inclusivity and social cohesion.” That’s what drives the broadcaster and this aim is articulated in its Corporate Plans, underpinned by its Charter.

Despite SBS’s aims, The Scanlon-Monash Index of Social Cohesion 2007‑2018 shows that social cohesion has been falling in Australia since 2007. The Index parallels the period

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