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SBS will launch #SBSArabic24 on 7 March – a 24/7 Arabic @SBSRadio digital channel & online hub http://sbs.com.au/arabic24

Beat me to it, Mark. Will be available on digital TV sometime after launch.

More information: http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/arabic/en/article/2016/02/23/sbs-launches-arabic24-247-arabic-digital-radio-channel?language=en

From radioinfo.com.au: “SBS Radio invites fans to kick off Eurovision celebrations early with SBS Eurovision Radio, a non-stop soundtrack to the world’s biggest song contest, broadcasting 24 hours a day from 1 to 15 May. SBS Eurovision Radio will be available on SBS Radio 4 on digial radio or you can stream online or via the SBS Radio App.”

https://www.radioinfo.com.au/news/sbs-eurovision-radio-launches-may-1st

I take it no one looks after SBS radio’s repeaters, 102.1 Moree has Silent carrier, 92.1 Narrabri Off Air, 107.9 Boggabilla Off Air…What’s the go with that ???

SBS Radio appoints Dr Eman Sharobeem as Community Engagement Manager

SBS Radio has appointed Dr Eman Sharobeem to the role of Community Engagement Manager, responsible for developing and implementing strategies to deepen engagement and grow relationships with communities and stakeholders.

Egyptian-born, Eman is an advocate for refugees, migrants and women’s rights and brings to the role a wealth of experience in international relations, community development and intercultural communication.

Eman is a Member of the Settlement Services Advisory Council, Justice Multicultural Advisory Council, State Library CALD Advisory Board and an Advisory Board Member of Multicultural NSW.

In 2014, Eman was honoured as an Australia Day Ambassador and became a finalist for The Australian of The Year Award. In 2013, she was a finalist in the Premier’s Woman of the Year Award and was selected as one of 100 Most Influential Women in 2015 by the Australian Financial Review.

SBS Director of Audio and Language Content Mandi Wicks said: “SBS and Eman are passionate about inspiring social cohesion. Communities are at the heart of what we do and we are thrilled Eman will be joining SBS and bringing her wealth of knowledge and experience to the SBS Radio team.”

On her appointment Eman said: “SBS breaks down cultural barriers within society and promotes a sense of inclusion. I’m delighted to join the SBS Radio team and continue shaping and fostering relationships with diverse communities and stakeholders and, in doing so, celebrate our diversity, embrace our differences, and enjoy what it means to be Australian in today’s world.”

Prior to joining SBS, Eman was CEO of the Immigrant Women’s Health Service (IWHS) and held various posts with the United Nations. She is co-author of the ‘HIV AIDS Epidemic in the Arabic Community’ author of the ‘Fairfield Community, Harmony Book’ and has presented several papers nationally and internationally in the fields of women’s empowerment, forced and arranged marriage, female genital mutilation (FGM), domestic violence impact on migrant and refugee women, and Micro Enterprises as a form of women’s empowerment.

###Final selection criteria for SBS Radio Services Review now available

SBS has announced the final selection criteria it will apply to a review of its radio services to ensure SBS Radio continues to reflect the needs of communities in Australia today.

SBS received more than 600 submissions, representing 85 languages, during a period of public consultation from 14 November to 11 December 2016 which gave people and organisations the opportunity to provide feedback on the criteria that was being proposed.

The submissions received were taken into consideration in finalising the criteria published today. The criteria will now be used, in conjunction with the 2016 Census data, to determine which languages will be provided by SBS Radio services.

SBS will determine how the languages will be delivered across AM and FM radio, digital radio and digital television, online and podcast services, taking into account factors including audience listening habits, the need to support audience demands for anytime, anywhere news and information via digital platforms, and the changing demographics of Australia’s diverse communities.

SBS Director of Audio and Language Content, Mandi Wicks said: “We are committed to ensuring the language services we deliver reflect the cultural and linguistic diversity of Australia today.

“We are also committed to ensuring the SBS Radio Services Review is a robust and transparent process. We have listened to the many people who have provided valuable feedback, and today we have released the clear criteria that will help inform which languages SBS will need to deliver to meet the needs of contemporary multicultural Australia – from the largest communities, to high needs and emerging communities – with a revised schedule to be announced later this year.”

The last review of SBS Radio was conducted during 2012-2013, and it was the first major review of the radio services SBS provided to communities that had been undertaken in 18 years. At the time, SBS committed to reviewing its schedule in line with the release of each Census. The result from this review will serve audiences from late 2017 until the next Australian Census in 2021 prompts the next review in 2022.

Changes that have been made to the criteria after the public consultation include:

  • Reflecting the growing number of high needs communities by allowing SBS flexibility to increase the number of high needs languages to more than 15 if funding permits;
  • Taking into greater consideration the English language proficiency of new arrivals and older migrants; and
  • Reducing the weighting of household income as a secondary indicator in the review process.

For more information, visit sbs.com.au/consultation

###SBS Arabic24

SBS launches SBS Arabic24 live on Digital TV, available to listen on channel 36. Now Australia’s leading Arabic language radio station, the additional platform, which currently reaches more than 90% of Australian homes, aims to connect further with the growing Arabic-speaking community.

Since its launch on 7 March 2016, SBS Arabic24 has drawn significant audience growth on air and online and recent research* indicates that the service is the most trusted by Arabic speaking Australians, offering a distinctive service and impartial destination focusing on life in Australia, with global and local perspectives on world news.

Highlights include:

Good Morning Australia
Weekdays, 6am-8am
Breakfast show hosts Ghassan Nakhoul and Sylva Mezher bring listeners all their morning news. The live two-hour show is a meeting place of perspectives, ideas and voices, with a uniquely Arabic-Australian take on the issues that matter to the community.

Al Bayt Baytak
Weekdays, 8am-11am
Hosts Diala AlAzzeh and Saleh Saqqaf help listeners navigate all the latest ‘talk of the town’ from around Australia and the Arabic world.

Marhaba Australia
Weekdays, 4pm-7pm
Host Heba Kassoua and the SBS Arabic24 afternoon team welcome listeners in for an interactive on-air and online conversation about the day’s news and events.

Stay tuned to SBS Arabic24 via live streaming or catch up: sbs.com.au/Arabic; On Digital Radio: simply search for the station name SBS Arabic24; via the SBS Radio App available on App Store or Google Play.

###Living Black Radio to relaunch as NITV Radio

SBS Radio announced that from Monday 3 July, 2017, its dedicated radio program for Indigenous issues, news and culture, SBS Living Black Radio, will be known as NITV Radio.

As an extension to the increasing collaboration between NITV and SBS Radio’s Living Black program, the rebranding to NITV Radio will offer audiences the opportunity to engage with all our Indigenous content under the one banner as NITV – on TV, Radio, Online and on social platforms.

SBS Director for Audio and Language Content, Mandi Wicks said: “Since its inception in 1980, Living Black Radio has been a distinctive feature of SBS Radio. As NITV Radio, the program will continue to make a valuable and vital contribution to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander broadcasting in Australia, and remains a distinctive program that we are incredibly proud to have as a part of our schedule.”

NITV, Channel Manager, Tanya Orman said: “At NITV, we are passionate about delivering trusted storytelling to a wider Australian audience. This rebranding is an exciting move and a powerful development for Indigenous media.”

NAIDOC Week, which runs from 2-9 July, celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. As part of the celebration, NITV Radio has curated special programming reflecting on the themes of culture and language.

Tune in to NITV Radio every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 1 pm on SBS Radio 1 on digital radio/TV and available to stream online on sbs.com.au/nitvradio or via the SBS Radio App.

New SBS Radio app

SBS Radio brings listeners an enhanced mobile app experience

The updated design puts on demand content at the forefront and the new interface makes the SBS Radio app easy to use to discover live streams, podcasts, music, news and information.

Other key features include:

  • Checking the language setting in a user’s phone and presenting navigation and text in language
  • Users can now pick their favourite content and display it in their own tailored playlist
  • Switching stations is now easier in the live radio menu
  • In-app alerts to notify about new podcast episodes or any favourite content about to expire
  • Use the new ‘Explore’ screen to find any new shows to add to the favourite list
  • Set a sleep-timer for automatic switch-off after a period of time or when a program ends

SBS Director of Audio and Language Content, Mandi Wicks said, “SBS Radio recognises that our audiences expect a more on demand content experience, on the device of their choice. With the new and improved functionality, the SBS Radio app caters to our listeners with a personalised experience tailored to their content and language preferences.”

Existing users of the SBS PopDesi and SBS Chill app will be directed to download the new SBS Radio app to continue listening to their favourite channels. As a new feature, listeners of SBS PopDesi, SBS Chill and SBS PopAsia can now see a track list played in the past 7 days and purchase them for offline listening.

SBS announces changes to its radio services to meet the needs of multicultural Australia

SBS Radio announced changes to its services to reflect Australia’s rapidly changing and increasingly diverse society.

Based on the findings of 2016 Census, more than 1.3 million people have migrated to Australia in the past five years and nearly 4.87 million people speak a language other than English at home including Indigenous languages. The revised services will include seven new languages, including six ‘high needs’ languages and one ‘large’ language supporting new communities who need news and information in their language as they navigate life in Australia. The new languages are: Telugu, Karen, Tibetan, Hakha Chin, Rohingya, Mongolian and Kirundi (Rundi). All content in the new languages will be available digitally via on demand audio podcasts accessible via the SBS website and SBS Radio app to meet the needs of those audiences.

Mandi Wicks, SBS Director of Audio Language and Content, said: “SBS Radio is the most linguistically diverse public broadcaster in the world and our services have never been more vital providing Australian-focused news and information in languages other than English. The implementation of the new SBS Radio services will ensure SBS Radio is relevant by reflecting the changing demographics of today’s Australia. While live, linear radio is important to many communities, audiences are increasingly consuming our content via digital platforms, listening to programs on demand and downloading podcasts. Through the review we will re-align our services to ensure they are tailored to the different communities’ needs, delivering more audio and online content when and where audiences are consuming it via mobile devices and tablets.”

During a four-week consultation process (14 November – 11 December 2016) which gave people and organisations the opportunity to provide feedback on the Selection Criteria that was being proposed, SBS Radio received more than 600 submissions; representing 85 languages. The submissions received were taken into consideration in finalising the Selection Criteria, which in conjunction with the 2016 Census data, has determined the revised language services to be provided by SBS Radio. The last review of SBS Radio was conducted during 2012-2013, after the 2011 Census.

Based on the final Selection Criteria for the SBS Radio Services Review and as Australia’s multicultural communities evolve, 12 current languages will be discontinued as they do not meet the Selection Criteria*. These languages are Kannada, Tongan, Norwegian, Cook Island Maori, Fijian, Swedish and the African program (in English) and the following languages that have been in recess for the last 12 to 18 months including Lithuanian, Malay, Latvian, Danish and Maori. These are among the 21 languages broadcast on the 24 hour digital radio station SBS Radio 3, which is also broadcast on digital TV as an audio channel. The remaining nine languages currently on SBS Radio 3 will be retained and include Estonian, Finnish, Ukrainian, Slovenian, Czech, Bulgarian, Slovak, Romanian and Armenian. They will be made available on analogue radio services. SBS Chill, the 24 hour music radio station, will be simulcast on SBS Radio 3 temporarily after the changes are implemented.

Given their size relative to other communities, the Turkish and Croatian languages will each reduce one program (from five to four hours per week); while German will reduce two programs (from seven to five hours per week). Taking into account the demographic profile of each community, Hungarian, Bosnian and Albanian will also reduce to one program per week.

Following the changes, SBS Radio will offer services in 68 languages and the new SBS Radio services will be implemented on air effective Monday 20 November 2017.

To tune in to SBS Radio anytime, anywhere:

  • Download the free SBS Radio App available now at the iTunes App Store and Google Play
  • Analogue radio programs – AM / FM
  • Digital radio (DAB+) and digital television
  • Online live streaming and On Demand
  • Podcasts

For more information on the new SBS Radio Schedule, visit sbs.com.au/radio.

SBS Radio implements revised services tailored for today’s Australia

SBS Radio will implement its revised schedule from Monday 20 November focusing on delivering programs and services tailored to the needs of Australia’s rapidly changing and diverse communities.

The 2016 Census revealed that more than 1.3 million people have migrated to Australia during the past five years and nearly five million people speak a language other than English at home; reinforcing the importance of SBS Radio’s services providing Australian-focused news and information in languages other than English.

The review process involved extensive community consultation to finalise the Selection Criteria* which, in conjunction with the 2016 Census data, has determined the revised language services.

As part of the 68 language programs and services provided by SBS Radio, seven new communities will be catered for, including six ‘high needs’ languages and one ‘large’ language supporting new communities who need news and information in their language as they navigate life in a new country. The new languages are: Telugu, Karen, Tibetan, Hakha Chin, Rohingya, Mongolian and Kirundi (Rundi). All content in the new languages will be available on digital platforms with audio podcasts accessible via the SBS website and SBS Radio app to meet the needs of those audiences.

Mandi Wicks, SBS Director of Audio and Language Content, said: “SBS Radio is the world’s most linguistically diverse broadcaster and whilst many communities are passionate about live radio, they are also engaging with our in-language digital services via their smartphones and tablets. With increased content available online and via the SBS Radio app, our revised services will continue to deliver on our Charter obligations and ensure that we remain relevant for today’s Australia.”

More content will be available online and via the SBS Radio app for the growing language communities who speak Punjabi, Tamil, French, Urdu, Indonesian, Sinhalese, Nepali, Persian, Japanese, Thai, Bengali, Malayalam, Gujarati, Dari, Russian, Portuguese, Assyrian and Samoan.

There will also be a new weekend format, with more music and entertainment content for many of the largest communities including Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Korean, Italian, Greek, Filipino, Hindi and Spanish.

For more information on the new SBS Radio Schedule, visit sbs.com.au/radio.

To tune in to SBS Radio anytime, anywhere:

  • Download the free SBS Radio App available now at the iTunes App Store and Google Play
  • Analogue radio programs – AM / FM
  • Digital radio (DAB+) and digital television
  • Online live streaming and On Demand
  • Podcasts

Mandi is doing a great job of basing content allocation on Census numbers. Tough to argue favouritism for one language over another if that is your reference.

SBS World News analogue radio program has been axed as part of the programming change, which was not mentioned in the above press release. This was posted on SBS website:

SBS World News Radio (English programming) has been realigned to better meet audience needs for more news and information, more often. SBS News will offer on demand audio news updates across the day and regular podcasts providing information and exploring key issues facing Australia today. The analogue radio program has been discontinued.

How unclear, the whole programming for a station or a news bulletin?

SBS Radio Melbourne 93.1 Is currently transmitting a carrier signal and beeps.

Before it was showing some weird wave form but I will post it in the morning.

So an update to the overload issues caused by Radio 2 in Melbourne.

I had a look to see it’s EIRP and other info on the ACMA database and it turns out that the SBS is now required to add, adjust or fit a device to the receiver to eliminate or minimise the overload caused at their own expense by 93.1 under it’s licence conditions. :thinking::thinking::thinking:

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SBS Radio launches digital only services for five new languages

The new services will provide weekly content to meet the needs of new migrant communities, including settlement guide information and community updates. Drawing on expert advice and tips from service providers, each week the SBS Radio Settlement Guide focuses on a facet of daily Australian life that new migrants and emerging communities might find unfamiliar - from how to vote or lodge a tax return to information about water and fire safety, healthcare and housing.

SBS Director of Audio and Language Content, Mandi Wicks, said: “We are thrilled to be expanding SBS Radio services to include more communities who are most in need of information in languages other than English. With our audiences increasingly consuming our content via digital platforms, we believe on demand content is the most effective way to reach and engage with younger audiences.”

Offering a platform to share their stories and celebrate their culture and people, SBS Radio will connect communities as they navigate life in Australia.

SBS Radio recently reviewed its language services to ensure they reflect Australia’s evolving demographics. The review process involved various consultations and, in conjunction with the 2016 Census, resulted in identifying seven new languages to be provided by SBS Radio.

The commencement of Rohingya and Telugu services will be announced soon.

All content in the new languages will be available digitally via on demand audio podcasts accessible via the SBS website, SBS Radio app and on all podcast players.

sbs.com.au/karen
sbs.com.au/tibetan
sbs.com.au/hakhachin
sbs.com.au/kirundi
sbs.com.au/mongolian

Feel at home wherever you are; download the free SBS Radio App available now at the iTunes App Store and Google Play.

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