Living Black

Monday 12 April at 08:30 PM on NITV

Living Black returns with its 29th season in 2021. Australia’s longest running Indigenous current affairs program continues to provide the best with a series of investigations and celebrity conversations. From children living in out of home care, to the return of cultural artefacts, journalist Karla Grant explores important and often unknown issues affecting Indigenous Australians. Karla also speaks with well-known personalities to talk about their lives, careers, and what inspires them to achieve greatness for their people and for themselves.

Executive Producer and Host of Living Black Karla Grant will return to the helm in her 18th year producing the program and 26th anniversary at SBS - a career that has seen her interview iconic figures such as the Dalai Lama, Kevin Rudd, Malcom Turnbull, Adam Goodes , Cathy Freeman, Uncle Jack Charles, Samantha Harris and Archie Roach .

Episode 1

The episode sees Karla travel to the town of Meningie, South Australia to the set of Ernie’s successful program Going Places with Ernie Dingo. Karla chats to the renowned traveller about his life, career, the importance of language and culture, and what the future holds for the legendary personality.

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Living Black returns in 2022

Australia’s longest-running Indigenous current affairs program returns Monday 18 April for its 29th season.

National Indigenous Television ( NITV )’s Walkley Award winning current affairs program Living Black returns in 2022 on Monday 18 April at 8.30pm.

Hosted by presenter, producer, journalist and proud Western Arrernte woman Karla Grant , this year Living Black will continue to unearth the most important issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.

Living Black ’s 29th season will begin with four episodes devoted to First Nations politicians, ahead of the 2022 federal election.

Independent Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie will share her life story and delve into what inspires her politically on Monday 18 April. Victorian Greens Senator Lidia Thorpe describes her journey from a childhood in public housing to walking the halls of Parliament House, on Monday 25 April.

On Monday 2 May, Labor Senator for the Northern Territory Malarndirri McCarthy opens up about the fight for the rights of her people and the reasons behind why she crossed the floor in parliament against her own government. The Honourable Ken Wyatt AM MP will share his journey to becoming Australia’s first Indigenous frontbencher, and the first Indigenous politician to hold the portfolio for Indigenous Australians in the Federal Government on Monday 9 May.

The 29th season includes conversational episodes devoted to Narelda Jacobs , Brooke Blurton , Mitch Tambo and Sonny Bill Williams , as well as more of Living Black ’s award-winning investigations, following on from a year that saw the program report on the COVID-19 crisis in Wilcannia and the forced removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children – the latter winning Living Black an Amnesty International Australia Media Award in 2021 and a Walkley Award in 2022.

Host Karla Grant said, “I am so looking forward to another year full of important conversations and investigations as part of Living Black . My team and I are committed to telling the stories of our people. As we head into our 20th anniversary in 2023, we’re reminded of how significant a program like Living Black is. Living Black provides Indigenous peoples with a voice that reaches right across the country, and we are committed to this platform where we’re able to draw attention to the lived experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.”

Director of Indigenous Content at SBS, Tanya Denning-Orman , said: “Fresh from their Walkey’s win, I’m so looking forward to what 2022 has in store for Living Black. Living Black is synonymous with NITV for a reason. Karla and her team are devoted to bringing Indigenous voices to wider Australia, whilst representing Community with passion and empathy. We can’t wait to celebrate the program’s 30th season next year.”

Watch Living Black weekly from Monday 18 April at 8:30pm on NITV and SBS On Demand.

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