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SBS & friends say ‘fully-fund Australian content on SBS’ senate committee told

This year, the Senate’s communications committee has been inquiring into the economic and cultural value of Australian content on our media services.

Written submissions to the committee from SBS and Save Our SBS put the case for set quotas of Australian content saying it ought to be fully-funded. Save Our SBS argued that if content were fully-funded, there would be no point in SBS carrying advertisements. To stay faithful to its Charter, Save Our SBS said that SBS needs to present more programs in languages other than English, and that could be done

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SBS appoints new MD

James Taylor is the new Managing Director of SBS.

Mr Taylor (pictured) has been working at SBS for the past six years as its Chief Financial Officer and filled the position of Acting Managing Director after the unexpected departure of former MD Michael Ebeid.

"We have already met James and look forward to working with him in the future" said Save Our SBS president, Steve Aujard.

Save Our SBS welcomes Mr Taylor to his new role.

SBS chairman Dr Bulent Hass Dellal AO said Mr Taylor "sets a very high benchmark as a widely respected leader".

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SBS National Languages Competition 2018

SBS Radio encourages all Australians to celebrate language learning with the SBS National Languages Competition 2018. The competition closes on 18 November and full details are here.

Celebrating Australia’s increasing cultural, linguistic and ethnic diversity, SBS has launched its National Languages Competition 2018 – a nationwide initiative to inspire and encourage language learning and retention. Now in its third year, the competition is expanding to engage Australians of all ages who are learning a language, including English and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages.

SBS Director of Audio Language and Content, Mandi Wicks, said:-

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Are you the next SBS Managing Director?

The SBS Board is looking for a new Managing Director. Could it be you?

The official SBS advertisement for this position appears much lower down this screen.  

Save Our SBS – supporters & friends of SBS – believe that in addition to good management skills, it is very important that SBS find someone with a strong public broadcasting ethos — who puts viewers before advertisers — and is committed to SBS scheduling niche and diverse multicultural and multilingual Charter focused content, especially in primetime, so it is noticeably different from the ABC and commercial media.

We want

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SBS boss steps down

Michael Ebeid AM will step down as SBS Managing Director. Ebeid’s departure comes seven and a half years into a nine year appointment. 

Ebeid said: “My decision to step down has been one of the most difficult decisions I’ve made. Serving as the SBS Managing Director has been a real honour and privilege and I depart feeling confident that this is the right time for a new Managing Director to take the organisation forward.” 

Chairman of the SBS Board of Directors, Dr Bulent Hass Dellal AO said: “On behalf of the SBS Board of

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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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Budget returns funds to SBS over two years

SBS News are reporting that:

The multicultural broadcaster SBS will get $17 million funding over two years from 2018-19 to support and to contribute to the production and distribution of Australian film, television and radio content.

It includes $14.6 million over two years for SBS to replace revenue that could not be raised by changes to its advertising regime, and $3 million is to support the development of Australian film and television content.

Funding for the ABC is frozen.

In a statement SBS thanked the Federal Government for the $14.6 million in funding provided

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Competitive neutrality inquiry into the ABC and SBS begins

The long awaited Inquiry into the Competitive Neutrality of the National Broadcasters that will examine the competitive neutrality of the ABC and SBS commenced today.

The Inquiry will report to Government in July.

According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, competitive neutrality means that state-owned and private businesses compete on a level playing field.

The Inquiry will include opportunities for both written input and face-to-face discussions with a Panel of three people.

The Panel will comprise Sandra Levy, former ABC Director of Television and described as one of

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Law to limit gambling ads but Labor wants SBS exempted

The Government has introduced a Bill that would regulate gambling advertisements on radio, TV and online.

If passed gambling advertisements could be limited on SBS, commercial operators, and other outlets.

However, Labor has proposed an amendment to the Bill that would exempt SBS from the provisions of the Bill.

The Bill supports the best interests of children under Best interests of the child: Article 3(1) of the Convention on the Rights of the Child by providing mechanisms to ensure, if required, that broadcasters and online content service providers respect community standards and reduce

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Australian content on SBS

Last October the Senate’s communications committee launched an inquiry into the "economic and cultural value of Australian content on broadcast, radio and streaming services". Submissions were received from industry groups and stakeholders. The outcome of the inquiry will be reported in May.

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A copy of the Save Our SBS submission is below.

Australian content on SBS and related matters

Senate Environment and Communications

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What’s on SBS this year

The slate is looking good this year for SBS.

Save Our SBS presents a comprehensive overview of the year ahead.

Something different

The Ghan is Australia’s first foray into the ‘slow TV’ movement – an immersive style of television, originating from Europe, which invites the viewer on a real time journey.

This innovative program takes viewers aboard Australia’s most iconic passenger train trip from Adelaide to Darwin. Three hours, no commercials, no interruptions, just the tracks beneath and stunning scenery through the heart of Australia while exploring the foundations

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The Mosque Next Door

Step inside The Mosque Next Door is a new SBS three-part documentary series which premieres Wednesday 8 November, 8.30pm on SBS.

For many non-Muslim Australians, the mosque is shrouded in mystery, and for some, controversy. But how many Australians have ever stepped inside one?

For the first time in Australia, television cameras were given unprecedented 24-hour access into an Australian mosque for SBS’s new three-part documentary series, The Mosque Next Door.

Brisbane’s Holland Park Mosque is one of the oldest in Australia. Located near Pauline Hanson’s former electorate when she was first elected

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Pollies want better deal for SBS

Last week Save Our SBS met with politicians in Parliament House, Canberra – to discuss SBS – its future, funding and more.

As always, there was talk around advertising and SBS’s charter.

The much publicly discussed – Competitive Neutrality Inquiry – was also a hot topic.

Save Our SBS was told that the Government will hold the inquiry into both public broadcasters in 2018.

It is expected to be widely publicised at the time.

A spokesperson for the Minister said the inquiry will most likely be run by ‘two respected experts

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Sunshine: compelling drama tells life of South Sudanese in Australia

Sunshine is a high-stakes crime drama that explores the hopes and heartbreak felt by those forging a new life in a foreign land.

That land is Australia.

It is vibrant, kinetic and compelling.

Set in Melbourne’s outer-western suburb of Sunshine, the story follows Jacob Garang played by new on-screen talent Wally Elnour.

Jacob is a young, aspiring South Sudanese-Australian basketball player whose dreams of climbing his Biblical namesake’s ladder to heaven – the American National Basketball Association – hang in the balance when he’s drawn into a criminal investigation.

Police are

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New SBS radio line-up soon

After a 12 month review, SBS has announced changes to its radio services to meet the needs of multicultural Australia.

The new SBS Radio services to be implemented from Monday 20 November 2017 is here.

— select language —NITV RadioAfrican EnglishAlbanianAmharicArabicArmenianAssyrianBanglaBosnianBulgarianBurmeseCantoneseCook Islands MaoriCroatianCzechDanishDariDinkaDutchEstonianFijianFilipinoFinnishFrenchGermanGreekGujaratiHakha ChinHebrewHindiHmongHungarianIndonesianItalianJapaneseKannadaKarenKhmerKirundi (Rundi)KoreanKurdishLaoLatvianLithuanianMacedonianMalayMalayalamMalteseMandarinMaori NZMongolianNepaliNorwegianPashtoPersianPolishPortuguesePunjabiRohingyaRomanianRussianSamoanSerbianSinhaleseSlovakSlovenianSomaliSpanishSwahiliSwedishTamilTeluguThaiTibetanTigrinyaTonganTurkishUkrainianUrduVietnameseWorld News Radio

The SBS Radio Services Review began nearly 12 months ago with a public consultation into the proposed Selection Criteria to be used, in conjunction with the Census 2016 data, to select which languages would be serviced by SBS Radio from the end of 2017.

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