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FAQ's - News

What are your sources for international news?

SBS World News Australia draws its news material from the widest range of international sources of any broadcaster in Australia. Daily television news feeds are received from: Associated Press Television News (AP Television News), the BBC, CNN, Reuters and the ABC network in the United States. We also subscribe to news wire services from Australian Associated Press (AAP) and Agence France-Presse (AFP).

An important additional source of international news is SBS's exclusive access to the 21 foreign-language news programs that make up the network's WorldWatch service.

Are SBS's news and current affairs services captioned for the deaf and hearing impaired?

Yes. Captioning of SBS World News - the first prime-time news bulletin to be captioned - began 24 March 1997. The service is available to viewers with a Teletext receiver or digital set top box, and helps achieve our mission to deliver high-quality, independent, culturally relevant Australian media to all Australians. It is also a requirement under the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 that all news and current affairs programs (other than non-English language programs) be captioned for access by people who are deaf or hearing impaired.

Why don't you have bureaus in every capital city?

SBS does not have the resources to establish bureaus in each capital city. However SBS News and Current Affairs is developing multi-skilled journalists in a number of states around Australia to provide cross-platform content.

A contextual story:  The constraints of subtitling, such as screen space, timing and reading speed, set it apart from straightforward translation. With a team of staff subtitlers, subtitle editors and a pool of some 400 freelance professional translators, SBS's Subtitling Unit handles as many as 90 languages and dialects a year, across a wide variety of genres.