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From Communications Minister Michelle Rowland

New appointment to SBS Board

The Albanese Government has appointed Ms Cassandra Wilkinson as a non-executive Director to the SBS Board for a five-year term.

Ms Wilkinson is the Executive Director of Transport, Infrastructure and Investment at New South Wales Treasury. She is a director, and former Vice President, of the NSW Council of Civil Liberties, and co-founder and Director of Lazy Thinking Records.

Ms Wilkinson’s previous roles include serving as President of FBi Radio, Vice President of the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA) and Director of Music NSW.

This non-executive Director was nominated for appointment by the Nomination Panel as part of the merit-based appointment process for the ABC and SBS Boards.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Communications, the Hon Michelle Rowland MP:

Ms Wilkinson’s skills and experience, including in community broadcasting, will support the SBS in making use of Australia’s creative resources and contributing to the overall diversity of Australian media services.

The SBS provides multilingual and multicultural broadcasting and digital media services that reflect our society and inform, educate and entertain all Australians.

From SBS

Statement on the appointment of Cassandra Wilkinson to the SBS Board

The SBS Board and Executive have welcomed the appointment of Cassandra Wilkinson as a Non-executive Director of the SBS Board, following the announcement today by the Minister for Communications, The Hon Michelle Rowland MP.

Ms Wilkinson is the Executive Director of Transport, Infrastructure and Investment at New South Wales Treasury. She is a former Vice President of the NSW Council for Civil Liberties, and co-founder and Director of Lazy Thinking Records. Her other previous roles include serving as President of FBi Radio, Vice President of the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA) and Director of Music NSW.

Ms Wilkinson joins the SBS Board of Directors which consists of Chair George Savvides AM, Deputy Chair Christine Zeitz, Non-executive Directors Vic Alhadeff, Aaron Fa’Aoso, Peeyush Gupta AM, Andrew Lu AM, Katrina Rathie and SBS Managing Director, James Taylor.

SBS Learn English launches new edu-tainment video series ‘Meet Leila and Ziad’

SBS Learn English has launched a new six-part digital series called ‘Meet Leila and Ziad’ to help new migrants navigate common conversations in their first year in Australia and support settlement and social cohesion.

Written by migrants for migrants, the ‘edu-tainment’ series is aligned to the Certificate 1 in English as an Additional Language (EAL) curriculum and follows new migrant couple Leila and Ziad as they visit the pharmacy, get a bank account, write work texts, go bushwalking, make small talk and find a home to rent.

Presented in conversational, everyday English, each episode is subtitled in 10 languages and has an accompanying printable worksheet, online activities and a transcript to help adult English learners follow the video and build confidence.

SBS Director of Audio Language Content, David Hua, said, “SBS Learn English supports settlement and social cohesion through a distinctive and accessible approach to learning English and understanding everyday life in Australia. We’re thrilled to launch this new educational and entertaining digital series for new migrants following the success of our first digital series Meet the Changs.

Meet Leila and Ziad is a series written by migrants for migrants and produced from a distinctively multicultural perspective. Anthony Salame who plays Ziad is a Lebanese-Australian comedian and Shiyan Zheng who is Chinese-Australian crafted entertaining characters and authentic situations that audiences can relate to.”

The series is subtitled in 10 languages - Arabic, Burmese, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Dari, Khmer, Korean, Kurdish, Pashto, Persian (Farsi) and Vietnamese, and republished in 16 languages. Languages were selected based on Census data showing which communities have self-described low English levels or are recently arrived in Australia.

The episodes were tested with English learners at Melbourne Polytechnic who created the learning activities and helped align the video series with the Certificate 1 EAL curriculum.

Education experts from Melbourne Polytechnic were involved from the very inception to ensure that English language levels were appropriate.

Pauline Morrow, Director of the Foundation Department at Melbourne Polytechnic said, "Through our English language programs, Melbourne Polytechnic supports our migrant and refugee students to settle, connect, study and work in Australia. We are extremely proud to have collaborated with the team from SBS Learn English on their latest video series. We hope you enjoy watching Meet Leila and Ziad in their settlement journey as much as we have enjoyed working with the team at SBS Learn English to bring their characters to life.”

SBS Learn English is a free, multi-platform English language learning service for Australian migrants with additional in-language support. SBS Learn English helps adult migrants to settle and live well in Australia by assisting them to learn the English language through settlement information, news and everyday life from a distinctly Australian multicultural perspective.

SBS Learn English podcasts are available via the SBS Audio App, SBS Audio website and all major podcast platforms. Meet Leila and Ziad is now available here

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Reminds me of a show that used to screen on Ten back in the 70s/80s.

They used to act out various scenarios and then the actors would turn to the camera and say something like “Now you say it” and repeat a part of the conversation with a gap for learners of English to repeat it. It featured some well known actors in it.

I’m not sure if it was called something like “English for You at Home” or “Now You Say It”. Anybody remember this?

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You Say The Word. It was made at WIN4 (i think in collaboration with the Dept of Immigration?) but shown across the Ten Network.

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Cheers for that. I couldn’t recall the title but from memory it ran a long time. Maybe it was just repeated a lot.

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A little more information on it:


Victor Corones joins SBS in key ad inventory role across its network

Multicultural and First Nations broadcaster SBS has hired one of Australia’s most senior and well-regarded investment directors, Victor Corones, to oversee its pricing, ad inventory and commercial technology systems.

Corones will take up the role of Head of Trading Optimisation and Business Systems effective immediately, reporting to Kevin Harris, Head of Trading and Operations, in SBS’s sales division SBS Media.

“We could not be more thrilled to have Victor joining SBS in this important role,” said Adam Sadler, Director of Media Sales. “There is frankly no one better placed or qualified in this market to help SBS at a time when the broadcaster is growing both its share of linear TV and also remaking the mould for success in the BVOD space with shows like Alone Australia.”

Corones is a former Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer of Magna Global Australia, the strategic media investment and intelligence division of major advertising holding group IPG Media Brands Australia. During his time there, Corones oversaw the group’s combined advertising expenditure on behalf of clients.

More recently, Corones has continued to be System Chair for the Media Federation of Australia (MFA), overseeing the automation and integration of media systems across the industry between agencies and media owners. He was also a vocal agency representative working with OzTAM as it launched Virtual Oz (Voz), a new measurement system that combines audience measurement for linear and digital television.

“I am thrilled to join SBS,” said Corones. “It is a company that values diversity and inclusion as much as I do. The people and culture here are truly amazing, and I feel like I am part of a community committed to positively impacting the world.

“Having recently completed a Master of Analytics, I can’t wait to immerse myself in the organisation, leveraging my agency experience and newly found knowledge to uncover new ways to improve data-decision capabilities and optimise trading outcomes.

“I am excited to work with talented and passionate individuals who share my values and vision for the future. I know we can create something extraordinary and make a real difference.”

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SBS Elder In Residence Oration 2023 is on tonight at 7:30 on SBS On-Demand or NITV.

In celebration of the 2023 NAIDOC week join Auntie Rhoda Roberts for the inaugural SBS Elder In Residence Oration.

Teachers, explore the unique and special role of Elders with SBS Learn’s National NAIDOC Week education resource

SBS Learn has once again published a curriculum-aligned education resource for National NAIDOC Week, with thousands of educators across Australia accessing the guide to support learning about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, perspectives, histories and stories.

Authored by proud Yankunyjatjara and Wirangu woman**, Shelley Ware**, and marking Shelley’s fifth SBS Learn NAIDOC Week resource, it explores this year’s NAIDOC Week theme, For Our Elders. Through questions to prompt meaningful discussions and targeted reading lists appropriate to each year level with suggested activities, students can deepen their understanding of what it means to be a First Nations Elder, and the unique and significant role they have in communities.

Created for all Australian schools, the resource features classroom-ready clips, engaging activities, suggestions for whole-school events and discussion guides. SBS Learn teaching resources aid teachers to embed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives into primary and secondary units of work. Since launching on the 26th of June, more than 6,500 copies of the free resource have been downloaded, with tens-of-thousands of visits to the website.

Shelley Ware said: "It’s an honour to, once again, write the SBS Learn NAIDOC resource, as they support and help educators connect and share with their students the beauty within First Nations culture and history. So many teachers stop me in the street, to say how much these resources help them embed our history and culture, into their everyday classroom as they use them all year round.

“This year’s SBS Learn NAIDOC resources are extra special as they celebrate and pay respects to our beautiful Elders. I hope you love them as much as we do!"

This year, the SBS Learn team has also launched a new teaching resource based on the theme For Our Elders featuring iconic interviews by Karla Grant from NITV’s current affairs program, Living Black. The resource includes additional worksheets and classroom activities linked to the Living Black clips, available in English, Arabic and Simplified Chinese to elevate First Nations perspectives in multilingual communities. The resource celebrates the integral role of Elders in communities, recognising the importance of the continued practice of teaching and sharing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.

These SBS Learn resources form part of SBS’s extensive NAIDOC Week offering, which has included programming and coverage across the entire network. They also proudly continue the work set out in SBS’s Elevate Reconciliation Action Plan 2022-2026. This Plan outlines SBS’s commitment to reflecting, exploring and embedding First Nations stories, knowledges, cultures and languages across the network, and to connecting the oldest continuous culture on Earth with the newest Australians.

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According to The Australian’s Media Diary, SBS hosted an all-expenses-paid wining and dining of a group of its most prized clients at Tour de France last week. At least four SBS executives: managing director James Taylor, director of media sales Adam Sadler, national sales director Andrew Mudgway and national marketing chief Jane Palfreyman hosted a collection of the network’s top clients, including a group of about 20 sponsors and media buyers - representing about 80% of its advertising revenue. There were allegedly some cost savings during the trip, with some sales client having already attended the Cannes Lions advertising festival which finished in late June.

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According to The Australian’s Nick Tabakoff, SBS in June laid off up to 15 staff, including small numbers in radio and TV, as well as editorial staff from SBS Voices. An SBS spokesman told the paper that the broadcaster “made a handful of redundancies as part of ensuring we meet the needs of our audiences as efficiently as possible”.

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SBS and NITV keeping all Australians informed on the road to a referendum on an Indigenous Voice to Parliament

  • The SBS Voice Referendum portal brings together news and information from across the SBS network - including National Indigenous Television (NITV) - with articles, videos, and podcasts in more than 60 languages.
  • The SBS On Demand Voice Referendum hub is a dedicated destination to stream SBS and NITV’s trusted news and analysis, and First Nations storytelling.
  • Current affairs show The Point: Referendum Road Trip continues its journey around the continent hearing from communities on Country, returning Tuesday 8 August on NITV and SBS with an episode from the Garma Festival.
  • SBS’s unique network-wide offering includes ongoing comprehensive coverage across NITV News, SBS News and SBS Audio.
  • Special programming to feature on NITV and SBS in the lead up to the vote including NITV premieres, Insight and Dateline specials, and live broadcasts on the day of the referendum, and analysis in the days following as Australia reacts to a result.

SBS is providing unparalleled multiplatform and multilingual news and information across its network as Australians prepare to vote in a referendum on an Indigenous Voice to Parliament. Delivering in more than 60 languages, SBS is a source of trusted, accurate and reliable coverage and context for all Australians, including news, explainers, and information on how to enrol to vote and take part in the process.

With NITV providing a vital platform for a diversity of First Nations voices, a unique ability to reach and engage all Australians in their preferred language through SBS Audio, and as home to Australia’s most trusted news brand in SBS News[1], SBS is playing a crucial role in supporting all Australians to be informed and engage in the national conversation.

Tanya Denning-Orman, a proud Birri and Guugu Yimidhirr woman and Director of Indigenous Content at SBS, said SBS and NITV’s unique role in covering the referendum is increasingly important as the debate gathers momentum.

“As the discussion about an Indigenous Voice to Parliament gets louder and the debate intensifies, SBS is uniquely positioned as a multiplatform, multilingual media network - home to Australia’s dedicated national First Nations broadcaster in NITV - to ensure all Australians have access to news and information that cuts through the noise.

“SBS is the network for all Australians to be informed before the vote, whatever language you speak, wherever you live, whoever your mob is. We’re trusted to provide impartial, balanced and accurate coverage that gives all Australians insights into key developments, news from the corridors of Canberra, and also shares the stories and perspectives from communities on Country. We’re providing an important platform for a diversity of voices to be heard while also countering misinformation and disinformation, to empower all Australians to be a part of this historic conversation.”

The content being delivered across the SBS network in more than 60 languages is available via the SBS Voice Referendum portal at - a dedicated online destination connecting audiences with the latest news, insights and analysis from across NITV, SBS News, and the multilingual SBS Audio network.

SBS also has a growing collection of video content available to stream on the SBS On Demand Voice Referendum hub. Alongside news and current affairs, short clips and full episodes of key programs, the hub also features truth-telling documentaries, series that educate and entertain, and movies that inspire greater understanding of First Nations peoples, histories and cultures.

SBS’s Uluru Statement from the Heart in Your Language collection, which re-expresses the statement in over 80 languages including more than 20 Aboriginal languages from communities in the Northern Territory and north Western Australia, can also be easily accessed at both online destinations.

Across the network, NITV, SBS News and SBS Audio teams are also breaking down information about the referendum through video, article and podcast explainers, covering everything from the process involved, key arguments for and against the Voice, context and the history of Indigenous affairs that have led to this moment, and more. SBS is also piloting Auslan interpreting of explainer videos to make this important content accessible for Australia’s deaf community.

Alongside NITV News and Nula, leading NITV’s coverage is The Point: Referendum Road Trip which returns tomorrow night, Tuesday 8 August, with a special program recorded at the Garma Festival on Gumatj Country at Gulkula, North East Arnhem Land, where the upcoming referendum has been a focus of discussion.

Hosted by Wuthathi and Meriam man, John Paul Janke, and Whadjuk Noongar woman, Network Ten’s Narelda Jacobs, The Point: Referendum Road Trip is elevating community voices as it travels to every state and territory this year. Having already broadcast from Waiben (Thursday Island), Boorloo (Perth) and Durumbal Country (Rockhampton), over the coming weeks The Point will head to lutruwita (Tasmania), Cummeragunja (on the New South Wales and Victorian border) and Tandanya (Adelaide), the Pilbara and Mparntwe (Alice Springs), and also from the studio on Cammeraygal Country in Sydney.

As well as panel discussions, the program will continue to include commentary and analysis from Voice Correspondent for SBS and NITV, Gamilaroi man Cameron Gooley, and current affairs features from National Point Correspondent and Gamilaroi woman Keira Jenkins. It also includes special segments ‘History Bites’ with John Paul Janke, reflecting on key historic moments in Australia’s path to referendum, and ‘Miss Information’ with “Australia’s number one drag journalist”, dispelling myths and interviewing politicians which have so far included Minister for Indigenous Australians Linda Burney, Senator Lidia Thorpe, and Senator David Pocock, among others.

The Point: Referendum Road Trip airs weekly on Tuesday nights at 7.30pm on NITV and 10.30pm on SBS, and on SBS On Demand where episodes are made available with subtitles in Arabic, Vietnamese, Korean, Simplified and Traditional Chinese.

As the nation gets closer to a vote, there will be a suite of programming scheduled on NITV and across the wider network showcasing First Nations stories and perspectives, including the premiere of new NITV original documentaries. SBS will present a special episode of Insight hosted by Living Black’s Karla Grant discussing views and perspectives on an Indigenous Voice to Parliament, and Grant will also present an episode of SBS’s international current affairs show Dateline exploring how the Sámi Parliament works to advise the Norwegian government. Then on referendum day and in the days following, NITV will feature special coverage and analysis providing a unique First Nations lens as the vote unfolds and Australia reacts to a result. Further details of this line-up and more will be shared in the coming weeks.

Stay informed on the 2023 Indigenous Voice to Parliament referendum from across the SBS Network, including First Nations perspectives through NITV. Visit the SBS Voice Referendum portal at to access articles, videos and podcasts in over 60 languages, or stream the latest news and analysis, docos and entertainment for free, at the Voice Referendum hub on SBS On Demand.

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Highly inflated by FIFA World Cup highlights I’d assume.

SBS Learn English launches series to help new migrants with the Australian Citizenship test

In the lead-up to Australian Citizenship Day on 17 September and beyond, SBS Learn English’s new multilingual video and podcast series Australian Citizenship is helping new migrants to prepare for the Australian citizenship test, including understanding what a referendum is.

SBS Learn English, a free multilingual English adult language learning service, has launched a new video and podcast series available in over 10 languages to help new migrants successfully complete the Australian citizenship test regardless of their English level.

The four-part series, called Australian Citizenship, covers the topics of Australia’s people, democratic rights, government and law, and cultural values. Content is aligned to the official government booklet ’Australian Citizenship: Our Common Bond’ and includes a special podcast episode on First Nations people.

The videos are hosted by Wiradjuri warriors and actors Luke Carroll and Angeline Penrith, who explain important colloquial vocabulary such as ‘fair go’ and ‘mateship’ and simplify complex concepts including ‘referendum’ and ‘double majority’ in an easy-to-understand and entertaining format for diverse audiences.

“Taking the Australian citizenship test is one of the most important milestones in the migrant journey and we know it can be a daunting task, especially for those who are still learning English and come from diverse backgrounds,” said David Hua, SBS Director of Audio and Language Content.

"That’s why we created our multilingual Australian Citizenship video and podcast series to make the process as accessible and engaging as possible. It’s the combination of Australian cultural information and English language learning that makes this resource so relevant and empowering for new migrants.”

The accompanying multilingual podcast series features conversations in-language between people who have taken the citizenship test and those who are preparing for it, with each sharing their real-life experiences. This includes diverse stories in Cantonese, English, Filipino and Hindi which build on the video topics.

The 6-7 minute videos are subtitled in 11 languages: Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Filipino, Gujarati, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Urdu and Vietnamese. These languages were selected based on statistical data of those who gained Australian citizenship in 2021/2022.

“Many migrants, like myself, are really nervous about taking the citizenship test. It’s so helpful to hear real life experiences from people who have been through the process,” said TJ Correa, SBS Filipino Producer who features on the podcast series.

“Even if you’re an expert English speaker, SBS’s Australian Citizenship series is a valuable resource for those who are eager to become new citizens and it’s a powerful reminder of the importance of feeling that you belong and are accepted.”

The Australian Citizenship series is available now on the SBS Learn English website and SBS Audio app (App store | Google Play). Or link to video episodes i) Australia and its people; ii) Australia’s democratic beliefs, rights and liberties; iii) Government and the law in Australia; iv) Australian values. Podcast episodes available in Cantonese, English, Filipino and Hindi.

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SBS’s 2024 upfront and industry lunch will take place at Sydney Town Hall on October 31.

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