Kostakidis: Brown & SBS Board Commercialisation Obsession

Last week many people voiced their opinion saying they want Kostakidis to return to SBS, to read the nightly News. We know. The Save Our SBS web site (www.SaveOurSBS.org) has been inundated with comments to that effect.

In wondering why so many people have objected to Australia’s best newsreader not being on the small box we need to understand that people are fed up with the commercialisation at SBS.

The community upset triggered by the Kostakidis departure is more than just the absence of the newsreader herself.

Over a long period Kostakidis had been outspoken about the

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Industrial Issues At SBS

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Mary Kostakidis

According to media reports Mary Kostakidis has walked out on SBS.

Save Our SBS has been inundated with blog comments and emails from people who are supportive of Mary Kostakidis in her stand against the commercialisation of SBS. We publish some of those comments below and invite all bloggers who support Mary Kostakidis to post their own blog below (in preference to emailing us). A petition has been organised independently of www.SaveOurSBS.org and we agree with the petition to support Mary Kostakidis. We suggest you sign that petition as well as

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Petition Progress

What Is Happening With The Petition?

In the first month since we launched the petition to protect SBS, stop the ads and maintain our multicultural public broadcaster funded fully by government, we clocked up some 1500 signatures. Everyone at www.SaveOurSBS.org has been very encouraged. We had had virtually no publicity until the last of these and only fairly limited publicity at that. People have mainly heard about us mainly via email (from other people who have signed), search engines, links from other web sites, our own brochure and word

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“Dear SBS: ad breaks just don’t hold water” by Michael Shmith

SaveOurSBS has been granted permission to re-publish the story below in full by Michael Shmith. It originally appeared in The Age on 10 February 2007.

“Dear SBS: ad breaks just don’t hold water” by Michael Shmith

A good 25 years ago, when SBS was still called Channel 0 and ran series such as Three Women and their Hot-Dog Stand, it had the curious habit of interrupting films halfway through with promotions for other films and programs. At the time, I was editing The Age Green Guide, and we ran a small campaign to ban the break. The network’s

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Can SBS seriously still screen documentaries?

I went along to the world premiere of the Steve Thomas documentary “Hope” on Friday as part of Melbourne International Film Festival. The documentary, which screened to a full house, tells largely in her own words the courageous and tragic story of the subject, Amal Basry an Iraqi survivor of the SIEV X sinking in 2001. Filled with emotion and sensitively edited, the documentary is a feature length 117 minutes.

According to the filmmakers at a Q&A session after the screening, the film struggled to gain the funding necessary, and that

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Page Archive: SBS Complaint System Inadequate

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SBS Avoids Complaint About Ad Interruptions

SBS have devised a new protocol in broadcasting. If you have a complaint about SBS breaching its own advertising guidelines, there is no system to have

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“Come Clean On Commercialisation” by Quentin Dempster

SaveOurSBS has been granted permission to re-publish the story below in full by Quentin Dempster. It originally appeared in the July 2007 edition of the Walkley Magazine.

“Come Clean On Commercialisation” by Quentin Dempster

With the federal election campaign already in full swing Quentin Dempster previews the policy debate about the future of public broadcasting.

“Stiff and stiffer.” Those erectile dysfunction ads on SBS television are helping to spotlight the Howard government’s insidious agenda for public broadcasting in Australia.

The 2004 Liberal Party election manifesto made no mention of stretching or reinterpreting the SBS Act’s definition of “natural

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DOWNLOAD the media release: Launch Web Petition To Stop Ads On SBS – Fed Square Melb 5 August 2007 FINAL click here (1 page, 60kb)

On Sunday 5 August 2007 Save Our SBS handed out the double sided sosbs-petition-brochure.pdf (76kb) to the general public at Melbourne’s Federation Square. Many people showed enthusiastic interest. A media release of the event is available here: MEDIA RELEASE: Launch Web Petition To Stop Ads On SBS – Fed Square Melb 5 August 2007 FINAL (1 page, 60kb).

DOWNLOAD the double sided sosbs-petition-brochure.pdf (76kb) click here.

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Tell Others About Save Our SBS

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EMAIL the message below to all your friends and colleagues etc.

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Like most people, I am annoyed by the ads interrupting programs on SBS-TV. SBS is a public broadcaster, paid for by our taxes and was intended to be commercial free, like the ABC.

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Save Our SBS Media Releases & Publicity Material

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