Email SBS board of directors & politicians to #GetExcessiveCommercialBreaksOffSBS

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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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Get Excessive Commercial Breaks Off SBS

Join the movement to Get Excessive Commercial Breaks Off SBS by emailing the SBS Chair & Board directly from here. SBS’s disruptive commercial breaks are not just annoying but have shifted its focus. Our multicultural broadcaster presents as a shadow of its former self. Remember when it was unique with ads before and after programs only? It’s time we demanded a better SBS, one with fewer in-program breaks and one that is socially responsible again. Act now, before it’s far too late!

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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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Two question poll: SBS children’s TV

A government initiated Options paper proposes SBS be obligated to broadcast or stream a quota of children’s TV. We’d like to hear your views.

Take the TWO question poll below and leave a comment below that too.

SBS is not currently required to carry programs for children but if it were, do you agree or disagree that——

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Australian content and children’s TV on SBS – a submission to the Supporting Australian stories on our screens—Options paper

Earlier this year, a government initiated Options paper authored by the Australian Communications and Media Authority with Screen Australia considered how best to support Australian stories on-screen generally, and proposed SBS carry a quota of children’s content. The communications department then asked stakeholders to comment on the options in the paper. Below is the submission that Save Our SBS made in respect of that.

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Get gambling off SBS

Save Our SBS has long called for a total ban of all betting and gambling advertisements on SBS. The Alliance for Gambling Reform shares Save Our SBS’s concerns and in its End Gambling Ads campaign is petitioning to get gambling off SBS and put community health ahead of gambling revenue. We urge you to sign the petition below. 

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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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New TV channel proposed with more foreign language content and commercially less intrusive than current SBS channels

The Directors on the SBS Board have been asked to consider a new, different type of TV channel.

The new channel – proposed in a submission by Save Our SBS to the SBS Board – is for a free-to-air television channel scheduling programs predominately in languages other than English – LOTE TV – with programs subtitled in English.

The submission, which was driven by community views and published evidence from reputable sources including separate studies of four different cohorts totalling 6,202 viewers from every metropolitan and rural region nationwide, also called for

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