SBS aim to triple Oz content forum told

Speaking at a community forum before a group of SBS supporters, SBS Managing Director Michael Ebeid AM announced the broadcasters aim to triple Australian content.

The forum, hosted by SBS, was held in Melbourne last month. It was attended by community stakeholders, including Save Our SBS, who met directly with the SBS Board and senior SBS staff.

The late-afternoon event was moderated by SBS journalist Sarah Abo.

After a Welcome to Country, SBS Chairman Dr Hass Dellal AO talked about SBS as did Mr Ebeid.

A sneak preview of a forthcoming drama titled Sunshine

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SBS cannot be privatised: Michael Ebeid explains

"people who talk about privatising SBS really have no idea what SBS does"

SBS Managing Director Michael Ebeid was recently asked if SBS should be privatised to save taxpayers footing the bill.

Answering the question, Mr Ebeid said, "I think people who talk about privatising SBS really have no idea what SBS does.

"It would be impossible to privatise SBS because of its Charter.

"When you think about the role that we play in, for example, providing In-Language Australian news and current affairs on our radio programs — that is something you could

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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 should

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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 another

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Advertising bill will manoeuvre SBS away from its Charter obligations

by Mary Kostakidis

The relentless push to further commercialise SBS has been ramped up yet again with SBS management and government set on increasing advertising within programs. This destructive policy will ultimately make the public broadcaster – SBS – indistinguishable from mainstream commercial television.

Not only will advertising be more intrusive, it will also increasingly become the driver of programming decisions and the public broadcaster will continue to be manoeuvred away from its Charter obligations.

When SBS first accepted limited advertising between programs, both the Managing Director and then Communications Minister told me this would not result in

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Preserve our media diversity: Don’t turn SBS into Australia’s fourth commercial TV network

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 Territory.

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Précis of Survey 2017 about SBS

95% of SBS viewers nationally do not want increased advertising on SBS and say that if there is an increase in ads, then the law ought to restrict advertisements to before or after programs only – except in sport – like SBS used to be.

The results are in of the Survey 2017 about SBS. It is the third in the series of periodic surveys undertaken about SBS.

Across all three surveys, three different cohorts totalling 4953 SBS viewers nationally have been surveyed from every State and Territory.

In this latest survey, 1176 people

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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 of

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SBS to double primetime advertising if bill passes

At Senate Estimates today, the Deputy Secretary of the Department of Communications & The Arts, Nerida O’Loughlin said that the government would soon introduce a bill to increase advertising on SBS.

Later, SBS Managing Director Michael Ebeid acknowledged the advertising bill remark.

Last year Save Our SBS gathered 62,000 signatories in a petition opposing the bill that would have increased commercial disruption on SBS to similar levels as seen on commercial free-to-air television.

Currently SBS airs 5 minutes of advertisements per hour – limited by legislation – plus about 4 minutes of

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Identity theft or giving up on Charter: how the ramping up of commercialism has weakened SBS a decade on

A couple of months ago, when the ABC’s 4 Corners program broadcast the excellent but heart wrenching documentary titled “Children on the Frontline: Escape from Aleppo“ by Marcel Mettelsiefen, something was inadvertently portrayed about SBS – what it is not doing.

The entire Children on the Frontline program was in a language other than English (LOTE). All this occurred in primetime.

Children on the Frontline was told through the eyes of four children filmed over three years in Syria and Germany. Fleeing the Syrian conflict, the four siblings and mother eventually take refuge in Germany. This

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Minister asked to limit gambling ads on SBS

Today, Independent MP Andrew Wilkie and Senator Nick Xenophon gave notice of a joint motion calling on the Minister for Communications Senator Mitch Fifield to limit gambling advertisements on SBS.

The motion comes on the back of SBS broadcasting Sportsbet ads in the mid-year UEFA Cup.

In July, Save Our SBS called for a total ban of all betting and gambling advertisements on SBS.

In a statement Mr Wilkie said, “The new Parliament presents a perfect opportunity to finally achieve meaningful gambling reform and we’re starting with tackling gambling advertising. . .

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Gambling ads ought have no place on SBS

Forever chasing the commercial dollar, SBS has succumbed to broadcasting advertisements that promote betting in their sporting programs. Viewers watching the recent UEFA Cup competition would have seen Sportsbet ads on SBS at 5:30pm on Sundays and 6:30pm on weekdays.

The broadcaster has proceeded down this path under the SBS Codes of Practice and as an associate member of Free TV Australia, under the advertising and betting restrictions contained in the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice. The Code permits betting and gambling advertisements in all sports and news programs, irrespective of

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What will the Parties do with SBS after the election?

Save Our SBS put six questions – the same questions – to the Coalition, Labor and Greens parties about their policies for SBS. This is what they promised.

The full unedited answers are in the Q&A section lower down this screen.

The Greens are the only party who will move advertising away from programs on SBS. Labor does not plan to alter the advertising arrangement at all. The Coalition have already introduced a Bill to increase primetime advertising. Labor has not promised to return the cuts made to SBS by the Coalition but the Greens have.


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Why the proposed takeover of SBS failed

Although SBS is currently without a permanent chairman, this week high profile supporter of multicultural broadcasting and former chair of SBS Joseph Skrzynski AO spoke out against the idea of an ABC-SBS merger. Mr Skrzynski wrote in Fairfax Media that for every $1 SBS spends to reach each TV audience member, the ABC spends $3, and SBS delivers double the amount of TV per TV employee compared to the ABC. The former SBS chairman detailed why a merger made no economic sense and echoed concerns of the wider community opposed to a merger of the two broadcasters.

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