NITV - Programs and Schedules

The Land We’re On With Penelope Towney

Wednesday 26 January 05:30 AM (Sunrise Ceremony)

In this short film, Penelope Towney performs an Acknowledgement of Country for the Dharawal and Yuin Nations. Penelope then speaks about performing Welcomes to Country and Acknowledgements of Country.

Screen Australia, SBS and National Indigenous Television (NITV) are excited to announce that applications are now open for the third Digital Originals initiative.

Screen Australia, SBS and National Indigenous Television (NITV) are excited to announce that applications are now open for the third Digital Originals initiative.

The Digital Originals initiative aims to develop exciting and innovative short-form drama projects to premiere as a single episode program on SBS On Demand and NITV, from screen creatives who are currently under-represented in the sector. This includes people who identify as culturally and linguistically diverse, First Nations Australians, people with disability, female and gender diverse, LGBTIQ+ and those who are located in regional and remote areas.

Past recipients include AACTA Award-winning Tasmanian mystery The Tailings , Western Australian comedy Iggy & Ace , and the upcoming South Australian drama A Beginner’s Guide to Grief , with three more projects from the 2021 cohort heading into production to be announced soon.

Screen Australia’s Head of Online Lee Naimo said, “We are thrilled to partner with SBS and NITV on the third instalment of Digital Originals, to continue to build this pathway for premium online Australian drama. I can’t wait to take the new batch of talent creators through the workshop, and work with them on developing their projects for the SBS OnDemand audience.”

SBS Head of Scripted, Julie Eckersley said, “Digital Originals continues to be a great success and an important initiative SBS is incredibly proud to be a part of. Over three years, we’ve seen unique and award-winning stories from across the country resonate with audiences, while supporting and showcasing incredible emerging talent in our sector. It continues to be a key element of our drama offering, and I’m looking forward to seeing what fresh voices and amazing talent this next round uncovers.”

NITV’s Head of Commissioning and Programming, Kyas Hepworth , added, “Digital Originals provides a brilliant opportunity to support more First Nations narrative writers and practitioners to hone their skills and have their voices heard. NITV, as part of the SBS network, is committed to bringing stories from underrepresented communities to a national audience, I encourage our next wave of creatives to get involved.”

Up to 10 teams will be selected to attend an exclusive workshop from 17–19 May 2022, run by Screen Australia, SBS and NITV. The workshop will focus on narrative writing skills, as well as developing the projects to align with the SBS Charter and SBS On Demand platform, culminating in a pitch to Screen Australia, SBS and NITV. Teams of either two or three members are eligible to apply and must include one writer. Teams outside of Sydney will receive flights and accommodation for up to three team members to attend the workshop. The workshop may be held virtually pending travel restrictions in place at the time.

From these 10 teams, up to four will be chosen to take their projects into further development, and from these up to three will be chosen for production funding and commissioning with SBS, NITV and Screen Australia.

Submissions should include an up to three page pitch document outlining the details of the series and more information on the creative team; an up to three minute pitch video outlining the creators’ personal connection to and reason for wanting to develop the project; and an up to 10 page script sample of previous work. For more information on eligibility and application guidelines click here.


Submissions are open now and will close at 5pm AEDT Thursday 24 February 2022. Please ensure you read the guidelines here before contacting the Program Operations team here with any remaining enquiries.

Poly Styrene: I Am A Cliche

Saturday 05 March 07:30 PM

Poly Styrene was the first woman of colour in the UK to front a successful rock band, and a key influence on the Riot Grrrl and Afropunk movements. But Poly didn’t just leave behind a cultural footprint. She was survived by a daughter, Celeste, who became the steward of her mother’s legacy and demons, which plagued Poly’s life and scarred the pair’s relationship.

Ice Cowboys

From Sunday 06 March 07:40 PM

Veteran sports journalist Greg Heister introduces us to the world of dog mushing in Alaska and the mushers who sacrifice everything for their love of their dogs and racing. Mushers are a breed of their own - extremely tough, resilient, and determined. They are not in it for the money but for the love of the sport.

Subjects Of Desire

Tuesday 08 March 09:30 PM

Subjects Of Desire is a culturally significant, provocative film that deconstructs what we understand about race and the power behind beauty.

Subjects Of Desire explores the cultural shift in North American beauty standards towards embracing Black female aesthetics and features while exposing the deliberate and often dangerous portrayals of Black women in the media.

NITV will air interview special Isaiah Firebrace - More to Give at 8pm this Saturday, February 26.

By 17, Isaiah Firebrace represented Australia at Eurovision and won The X Factor Australia. Karla Grant speaks to Isaiah about his life, career, and why he’s competing in Eurovision Australia Decides.

It will be followed by Eurovision: Australia Decides 2022 at 8.30pm. It will be live in NSW, ACT, VIC and TAS, and delayed in other regions (live telecast on SBS).

Upcoming NITV programming from Upfronts

Proud Anaiwan and NRL player Dean Widders takes the reins on a new look Over the Black Dot, taking over from Jodan Perry, Timana Tahu, Bo de la Cruz and George Rose.
Richmond and Collingwood player and proud Mineng and Yinggarda man Andrew Krakouer joins Megan Waters on Yokayi Footy, following Tony Armstrong’s two years as co-host.

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SPECIAL: Yokayi Footy returns at the special one-off time of 9pm tonight Tuesday 15 March.

National Indigenous Television (NITV) have footy fans covered with the return of their ground-breaking sports programs Yokayi Footy and Over the Black Dot.

2022 will bring new faces to both shows, with iconic Richmond and Collingwood player and proud Mineng and Yinggarda man Andrew Krakouer joining existing co-host Megan Waters on Yokayi Footy , and proud Anaiwan and legendary NRL player Dean Widders taking the reins on a new look Over the Black Dot .

Andrewjoins the Yokayi Footy team following Tony Armstrong ’s two years as co-host, whilst Deanwill be taking over from Jodan Perry , Timana Tahu , Bo de la Cruz and George Rose on Over the Black Dot.

Over the Black Dot returns Tuesday 15 March at 8.30pm.

Following a mammoth 2021 for the Dot, which even saw Russell Crowe pop in to chat with the panel, Over the Black Dot are back to tackle a huge season for the NRL, in a year that will see the 50th Koori Knockout and another epic Indigenous round. Each week every play, from every round, will be broken down alongside special guests.

Andrew joins the Yokayi Footy team following Tony Armstrong ’s two years as co-host, whilst Dean will be taking over from Jodan Perry , Timana Tahu , Bo de la Cruz and George Rose on Over the Black Dot.

In partnership with the AFL, Yokayi Footy returns at the special one-off time of 9pm on Tuesday 15 March.

With its new co-host duo in action, Yokayi Footy will continue to cover everything Australian’s love about AFL through bold yarns, powerful monologues, compelling community stories and exclusive interviews with Indigenous AFL players.

Yokayi Footy then moves to an ongoing time slot on Wednesdays at 8.30pm for the remainder of the season.

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Tonight’s season premiere of Yokayi Footy will feature Andrew Krakouer’s one-on-one chat with Sydney Swans forward Lance Franklin, who only needs five more goals to break the 1000-goal milestone.

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Deadly Funny 2021

Tuesday 22 March 09:00 PM

Cheeky and loud, Black and proud, Deadly Funny is the Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s national comedy competition, aimed at unearthing bright and bold First Nations talent from across the country.

The 2021 final, hosted by Dane Simpson, is a joyous celebration of fresh, fierce and funny Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander talent with the top 15 competing for the Deadly Funny crown! Catch these budding stars before they become the next big thing!

The 2021 Deadly Funny National Grand Final was the culmination of two years of workshops and events across the nation, including a COVID-19 forced pause in 2020.

The 2021 Deadly Funny national finalists are Bel Mac (Kukatha/Wikangu, Kaurana, SA), Ben Moodie (Gamilaroi, VIC), Chris Crebbin (Waanyi Garawa, SA), Christopher Dawson (Waanyi/Gamilaroi, QLD), Cy Fahey (Dja Dja Wurrung, ACT), Dave Human (Wiradjuri/Dunghutti, NSW), Duane Williams (Whadjuk Nyoognar Booja, WA), Elliot Rovedi (Wiradjuri, NSW), Jacob Keed (Wiradjuri/Kamilaroi, ACT), Jahmarley Dawson (Wanyii/Gamilaroi, QLD), Jay Wymarra (Ludang/Yadaykenu, Meriuam, Saibai Koedal, QLD), Kasey Johnson (Wiradjuri, Gundtjmarra, Yorta Yorta, Wemba Wemba, VIC), Mason Garwood (Noongar Wardandi, WA), Maureen French (Darug, NSW), and Paul Seden (Wuthathi, Mularag, NT).

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Who Put The Klan In Ku Klux Klan

Sunday 1 May 8:30 PM

Archaeologist and historian Neil Oliver has often celebrated the disproportionate impact Scots have had on the history of other countries. He’s previously explored how Scottish ideas and energy helped build the American Dream - now he explores how Scottish settlers shaped America’s racist nightmare.

In this surprising documentary Oliver examines the links between racism today in the Deep South and the Scots who first occupied it. Throughout the 18th Century, hundreds of thousands of Scots emigrated to America. Some came willingly, but many resented being cleared from their land after the failed Jacobite rebellions or by aristocratic landowners. They embraced the opportunity that the arrival of cotton gave to become slave masters and wealthy plantation owners. When their world was threatened, the southern states opted for Civil War rather than give up their slaves.

With attitudes in the South embittered by defeat and fear of the now-freed slaves, six Scottish American, former Confederate officers formed a fraternal society, and clan became Klan! The oldest and most feared racist hate group in America - the Ku Klux Klan - was born.

Now, well over 800 hate groups stalk America and Neil finishes his journey with one of them. The League of the South advocates a separate Southern society run by ‘Anglo Celts’ and Neil discovers that here Scottish-ness still shapes attitudes that don’t seem to have changed much in the last 250 years.

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NITV celebrates National Reconciliation Week with a powerful content line-up for all Australians in 2022

Attention footy fans and foodies, NITV reveals new program Feeding the Scrum. which takes the traditional sports panel show into the kitchen. The First Nations Arts Awards returns to NITV in 2022, hosted by Karla Grant and Luke Currie Richardson and celebratory programming marks the 30th Mabo Day and 30th Anniversary of the Torres Strait Islander Flag.

National Indigenous Television (NITV) is proud to announce the channel’s programming slate for Reconciliation Week 2022, inviting all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements and exploring how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

Kicking off the week is a new, and delicious, take on the traditional sports panel show.

Feeding the Scrum

Have you ever wondered what the biggest names in the NRL yarn about off the field? Premiering Tuesday 24 May at 9pm, Feeding the Scrum sees host and NRL legend George Rose takes the panel out of the studio and into the kitchen.

Each week, he’s joined by some of the best NRL players in the league, as well as a mix of well-known athletes and entertainers, as they dissect all the big NRL news and real-world issues over a meal dished up by chef and restaurateur Aaron Grant.

The ever-changing menu will highlight the best in Australian cuisine. Dual international rugby league and touch icon Bo de la Cruz will join as guest host for special episodes throughout the season.

The first episode will see Abie Wright, Leli SK and Latrell Mitchell join George over a (dish) to discuss sport, their personal journeys to success and the unique challenges they face being people of colour in the spotlight.

First Nations Art Awards

At 9:05pm on Friday 27 May, NITV will bring the First Nations Art Awards to screens across Australia. Join hosts Karla Grant and Luke Currie-Richardson in recognising and celebrating the outstanding creativity and lifetime achievements of First Nations artists. These significant awards are held each year on 27 May to mark the anniversary of the 1967 referendum.

On Saturday 28 May, Indigenous horror films will be celebrated with short film The Moogai airing at 10:15pm and The Darkside airing at 10:35pm. In The Moogai, a young mother ( Shari Sebbens ) becomes increasingly unstable when she is terrorised by a malevolent spirit that she believes is trying to take her children. Meanwhile, The Darkside incapsulates a collection of poignant, sad, funny and absurd ghost tales from across Australia, bringing them to life with some of Australia’s most iconic actors as the storytellers.

Carry the Flag

Sunday 29 May 2022 marks the 30th Anniversary of the Torres Strait Islander Flag. To celebrate, NITV will air Carry the Flag at 9:00pm on Monday 30 May, a rich and powerful story of a man whose design created meaning for a nation of people once invisible to the mainland of Australia. Celebrate the 30th anniversary of the creation of the Torres Strait Islander Flag as we journey into the Straits with Bala B to uncover and honour the life and times of his late father – Bernard Namok Senior, the flag’s creator.

Living Black

On Monday 30 May at 8:30pm, Living Black airs a special conversation with Mitch Tambo . Language, culture and tradition isn’t just a source of pride for singer songwriter Mitch Tambo - it’s a way of life. Since bursting onto the scene singing his song Walanbaa in language on ‘Australia’s Got Talent’, Mitch has been taking the music world by storm. Join host Karla Grant as she travels to Torquay in regional Victoria to talk to Mitch about his life, his love of language and to hear about the birth of his baby girl Phoenix.

The Point

On Tuesday 31 May at 7:30pm, NITV’s news and current affairs program The Point will cover the lead-up to the 30th anniversary of Mabo Day, and on Friday 4 June at 5:30pm, NITV’s weekly news wrap-up program Nula will feature crosses to Mabo Day celebrations.

From Monday 30 May to Thursday 2 June, NITV will air a number of iconic films, all starting at 9:30pm. On Monday May 30, The Tracker follows an Indigenous tracker through the mountains of Southern Australia as he attempts to find a fugitive on the run, whilst three mounted white policemen follow closely behind. Warwick Thornton’s powerful Australian western, Sweet Country , will air on Tuesday 31 May. Set on the Northern Territory frontier in the 1920s, justice itself is put on trial when an Aboriginal farmhand shoots a white man. Rachel Perkin’s Radiance, starring Deborah Mailman , airs on Wednesday 1 June and sees three sisters reunite at their mother’s funeral after years apart. On Thursday 2 June another Thornton classic, Samson and Delilah , will round out the week of dramas. Follow the story of 14-year-olds Samson and Delilah, who escape their government-controlled Aboriginal community and go to the city, Alice Springs, looking for a better life.

On Friday 3 June, NITV celebrates the 30th Mabo Day by airing Land Bilong Islanders at 9:30pm. Land Bilong Islanders tells the story of what has become known as the ‘Mabo Case’ through rare interviews with the late Eddie Mabo, James Rice, Father Dave Passi and others involved in this historic legal drama. Together they challenged the idea that prior to European settlement, Australia was a land belonging to no-one, a 'terra nullius’.

In the lead up to Mabo Day, viewers can tune into WIK vs Queensland at 8:30pm on Sunday 29 May - a documentary which gives a powerful insight into the High Court’s decision to grant native title to the Wik people in 1996 and the dramatic political and cultural fallout that followed.

Tanya Denning-Orman, Director of Indigenous Content for SBS, said: “This Reconciliation Week is set to be a powerful one. As with any anniversary, it is important for us to reflect on the past and take a note of how we have progressed as a nation. This year, our community will celebrate two 30th anniversaries – the 30th Mabo Day and the 30th anniversary of the Torres Strait Islander flag. We are so pleased to be able to highlight incredible content that can further educate all Australians on the land they live on.

“It’s also fitting that we have a new show premiering – Feeding the Scrum incorporates so many elements worth celebrating – sport, food and a good yarn!”

George Rose, host of Feeding the Scrum, said: “What a week to premiere our new program! I’m so looking forward to showing off Feeding the Scrum, and inviting all of Australia into the kitchen for a yarn with me and the best in the sport and entertainment business. It’s always a pleasure to work with the NITV family, and I can’t wait for Australia to see what we serve up this season on Feeding the Scrum.”

Viewers will also be able to enjoy additional titles on SBS On Demand to stream anywhere, anytime including Yolgnu Boy and Rabbit Proof Fence.

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Little J and Big Cuz will return for a fourth season, with production funding from Screen Australia announced today.

A fourth season of the ground-breaking animated children’s series for NITV and the ABC, centred on 5-year-old Little J and his 9-year-old cousin Big Cuz, a couple of lively First Nations Australian kids who live with their Nanna and their Old Dog. Whether it’s at school, in the backyard or beyond the fence, Little J and Big Cuz find out about culture, community and country with the help of Nanna and their teacher Ms Chen. Little J & Big Cuz director Tony Thorne again teams up with producer Ned Lander (Last Cab to Darwin) and writers Dot West (The Heights), Erica Glynn (Redfern Now), Sam Paynter (Thalu), Danielle MacLean (Barrumbi Kids) and Adam Thompson (author of Born Into This). This project is financed with support from the ABC, NITV, the Australian Children’s Television Foundation with VicScreen, Screen Tasmania and ACER.

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Spirit Talker

From Tuesday 7 June 8:00 PM

Spirit Talker is documentary series that will follow Mi’kmaq medium Shawn Leonard as he travels from coast to coast to coast using his psychic abilities to connect the living with the dead and bring hope, healing, and closure to indigenous communities. Shawn, named White Eagle Spirit Talker by a Mi’kmaq Elder, has built a reputation as one of North America’s most gifted and accurate mediums.

Off Country

Airing weekly from Thursday 7 July, 8pm

Off Country (4 x 30’) is a candid documentary series which follows the lives of seven Indigenous students over a year at the prestigious Geelong Grammar School, grappling with family tragedy, mental health and identity issues. Wrestling with their conflicting identities as students move between boarding life and home life, the series creates a historic record of one of Australia’s key Indigenous education pathways and a complex portrait of what it is to be a First Nations child in Australia today.

Driven by the students’ stories and told entirely in their own words, Off Country combines personal observational storytelling and features intimate perspectives of contemporary First Nations youth alongside their personal educational experiences.

Off Country will be subtitled in Arabic, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean on SBS On Demand. Off Country will also air on SBS later this year.


Saturday, 2 July from 6:30pm

Returning after a two-year hiatus, the National NAIDOC Awards kick off NAIDOC Week 2022 – a week of celebrations giving stage to this year’s theme of Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! Tune in to NITV and NITV Socials from 6:30pm on Saturday, 2 July to catch all the stars on the red carpet with NITV hosts Luke Carroll and Narelda Jacobs, before the National NAIDOC Awards are broadcast live on NITV from 7:00pm. The Awards recognise individuals who have contributed their talents, expertise, knowledge and lives to the First Nations Peoples of this land. This year’s Awards are hosted by television presenter Shelley Ware and comedian Steven Oliver. The NAIDOC Awards Aftershow follows from 10:30pm on NITV Socials - Gilbert McAdam and Megan Walters will wrap up the night, featuring interviews with the National NAIDOC Award winners, as well as an acoustic performance from proud Gamilaraay artist, Loren Ryan. At 10:30pm on NITV, The National NAIDOC Award Winners Stories 2022 will also give viewers an insight into the incredible lives and achievements of the winners.

Ningla A-Na

Sunday 10 July, 8:30pm

In tribute to this year’s theme Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! NITV is proud to be presenting the remastered film of Ningla A-Na. Ningla A-Na was made in 1972 and has been remastered for the 50th anniversary of the Tent Embassy. The film records the events surrounding the establishment of the Tent Embassy on the lawns of Parliament House. It includes interviews with black activists of the time and footage from demonstrations and arrests at the Embassy. This iconic film presents an inside view of Aboriginal political life at the time. A film which should be seen by all Australians. 20 July is the anniversary of the day in 1972 when the federal government amended the law to allow police to march in and forcibly dismantle the Embassy.

Marosszeky and Woven Threads co-founder and producer Paul Sullivan are in the midst of developing a third iteration with Lifeline and NITV that will focus on Indigenous stories.

Production is expected to begin in August on new episodes, which will feature contributions from the Yorta Yorta/Wurundjeri (Woiwurrung) theatre, film practitioner, Tony Briggs, and the co-founders of Deadly Connections, Keenan Mundine and Carly Stanley.

Living Black Investigations: Art, Greed, And Betrayal

Wednesday 6 July 9:30 PM

NITV’s Walkley Award winning current affairs program Living Black returns in 2022. 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.