Committee

Save Our SBS Inc is governed by a Committee of Management in accordance with the Save Our SBS Inc Rules 2013 (as amended 2016) regulated under the Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012. Currently seven persons sit on the Save Our SBS Inc Committee of Management. They are listed below.


Steve Aujard is the President of Save Our SBS. His background is in broadcasting, the arts, theatre, and academia. A University of Melbourne graduate, he has worked in the educational, community, public & commercial broadcasting sectors as a broadcaster, producer, manager, and director at board level for public and private corporates. From a young age Steve worked for the Melbourne Theatre Company and later in theatre-in-education utilising his skills assisting in the first Melbourne Fringe Festival. He was also involved with the Public Broadcasting Association of Australia and lobbied for the air-waves to be opened up to community groups. He successfully obtained test transmission licences for pioneering community broadcast stations. Steve was as a Director on the 3RMT Board of Directors (now Triple R). In Victoria he conceived and presented “Afternoon Magazine”, the first talkback program on an Australian FM radio station and a forerunner to programs he later presented on a NSW commercial station. His professional experience spans six radio stations and two television networks. He was employed by the Special Broadcasting Service where his involvement in multicultural affairs extended beyond the workplace to regular participation in a range of community functions and events before moving to Network TEN where he specialised in presentation prior to working with a small team setting up Channel 31 Melbourne (now C31), employed in senior management overseeing budgets, operations, and employees, as well as guiding emerging ethnic community TV producers. As a long time admirer of both SBS radio and television, Steve became concerned with the direction that SBS television was taking in 2006 with lack of adequate government funding and an increasing reliance on advertising, so in 2006 he took a leading role in
the establishment of the not-for-profit association, Save Our SBS Inc, where he is currently the President. 


Matthew Boon Meng Ng is the Vice President of Save Our SBS. He is a digital communications specialist, graphic designer, political campaigner, and community engagement professional. Matthew is a first generation immigrant with Chinese Malaysian heritage and has spent 12 years of his youth in the Middle East as the son of expatriates. He joined Save Our SBS after working at GetUp’s CommunityRun platform on the successful petition campaign Preserve its Integrity! Don’t Increase Ads on SBS. He has a special interest in youth engagement, intern and migrant rights, interfaith, intercultural and intergenerational relations, industrial relations and trade unionism, and LGBTI advocacy in the religious space. Professionally he worked campaigning for GetUp, in the national office for the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union and the Finance Sector Union, and is a founding Board Director and former Deputy National Director of the peak interns advocacy body, Interns Australia. He currently works as a consultant in the not-for-profit sector.


Bill Runting is the Secretary of Save Our SBS. He has a multifaceted background as broadcast engineer, business entrepreneur, and film producer. Much of his professional work has been in the community broadcasting sector generally and engineering in particular at PBS-FM, Triple R, and other radio stations. Bill has served as a director on community broadcast related boards. He co-founded Rockhopper Productions and in past years was involved in the production of documentaries about social injustice, including Fight for Country: The Story of the Jabiluka Blockade, a film about the fight to stop uranium mining at Roxby Downs and Jabiluka. He supports Indigenous rights, has supplied footage to The Freedom Stories Project and produced a number of FM radio TV simulcasts. Bill is a founding member of Save Our SBS and is passionate about seeing an SBS uncluttered by intrusive in-program advertising breaks.


Damian O’Keefe is on the Save Our SBS Committee of Management. He  cares passionately about the unique and important role of SBS as an independent media organisation and in reflecting and enriching Australia as a multicultural society. Damian has a long term engagement with the media in Australia through working in media and communications roles with OXFAM Australia and Reconciliation Victoria, as well as with community radio stations 3MBS, 3CR and 3PBS. He also worked as an Administration Officer with Friends of the ABC (Victoria). Having worked with a number of community organisations over many years Damian has a good understanding of the role and purpose of governance structures such as boards and committees of management and of the responsibilities and obligations of a committee member. Damian has extensive experience working as an administrator in the not-for-profit sector.


Chris Doig is on the Save Our SBS Committee of Management. He has been an avid fan of SBS since its inception and joined Save Our SBS after seeing the introduction of SBS’s disruptive and disrespectful policy of placing ads during programs. In education, Chris has held many administrative and teaching positions where he developed and implemented curricula, taught film-making, wrote and taught courses. Outside of education, he was a co founder and board member in the early 1980s of the Victorian Centre for Photography, now the Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP). He also served on the board of Multicultural Arts Victoria for several years and founded two successful media-related businesses. Chris brings the skills he developed in these varied but media-connected roles and hopes to help return SBS to a more respected and pre-eminent place in Australia’s media landscape.


Peter Morgan is on the Save Our SBS Committee of Management. He  grew up in changing post-war Australia at school with other children from Greece, Italy, Yugoslavia, Sri Lanka, India, Lithuania, and Norway. After studying in Germany, Peter returned to discover a new television channel, SBS, and spent his last savings on a TV set. Peter worked with the Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria in Melbourne with over 100 member organisations, identifies with those born or identifying with cultures from outside Australia and says his family is now Greek, Chinese and Thai. He speaks and lives seven different languages at work where he teaches European Studies. Peter says SBS is for all of us, representing an Australia open to the world and responding to the needs and interests of all of us who see the world as home.


Ted Lincoln is on the Save Our SBS Committee of Management. He worked for ABC-TV channel 2 in Perth in the earlier part of his career, before moving to Texas Instruments for 22 years processing Seismic Data in Saudi Arabia/USA/Australia/Brunei/Malaysia. Later Ted worked for Seismic Data Acquisition Co processing Navigation Data before assisting technically with community television, at channel 47 in Perth (now closed). As a strong believer in the community sector and volunteerism, recently Ted has been working on a voluntary basis at Curtin FM 100.1 in the CD Library, and in administration at the South Perth Learning Centre. He is a great fan of SBS!


 


Past committee members

 


Zach Karpinellison served on the Save Our SBS Committee of Management from 2019 to 2021.


Daniel Rodriguez Martinez served on the Save Our SBS Committee of Management from 2019 to 2021.


Hayden Williams served on the Save Our SBS Committee of Management from 2019 to 2020.


Cristina Giusti served on the Save Our SBS Committee of Management from 2019 to 2020.


Jan Smith served on the Save Our SBS Committee of Management from 2008 to 2010, 2015 to 2018 and in 2020 .


Anne Tsoulis served on the Save Our SBS Committee of Management from 2016 to 2018.


Darce Cassidy served on the Save Our SBS Committee of Management from 2008 to 2010.



Former committee members

Bernie L (2008-15); Stephen R (2012-2013); Rosie S (2014-2016); Shirley P (2014-2016); Roberto D L (2008-2010, and 2013-15); Gwen A (2010-11); Robert A (2010-11).