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2014

SBS commissions two new documentaries

SBS continues its commitment to quality Australian factual programming with the commission of two new documentaries with funding from Screen Australia; After the Wave and Uranium: Twisting The Dragon’s Tail.  

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SBS ON DEMAND launches across Android

SBS’s dedicated catch up and online video service, SBS ON DEMAND, will launch as an App in the Google Play™ store this week, making the service available to all Android users.

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This is Brazil! comes to SBS for the 2014 FIFA World Cup

SBS has announced one of its key commissioned programs in the lead up to the 2014 FIFA World Cup, This is Brazil! will premiere on SBS on Friday 2 May at 7.30pm.
The six part series is hosted by Brazilian-born Australian Fernanda de Paula and will showcase the vibrant colour and culture of the 12 capital cities in Brazil that will play host to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in June.

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SBS 2 fast tracks Orphan Black Series Two

SBS 2 will screen the new series of critically acclaimed conspiracy thriller Orphan Black express from the US.

SBS 2 have teamed up with  SBS On Demand to make the new series available online immediately after the show airs state side. Orphan Black will be available to stream online via the SBS On Demand service on Sundays from 12pm.The new series will also screen at its usual time on Tuesday nights at 8.30pm on SBS 2. It is a classic win win for viewers.

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Vikings announces third season

The Nordic warriors with an insatiable appetite for brutal warfare, unrestrained passion, fierce alliances and ruthless betrayals have announced a third season which will air on SBS ONE in 2015.

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From Darwin to Denmark Jessica Mauboy to perform for Australia at Eurovision Song Contest

SBS today announced that multi-talented singer and ARIA Award winner Jessica Mauboy will perform at the 59th Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Copenhagen, Denmark and broadcast on SBS over three days from Friday May 9 to Sunday May 11.

Jessica’s performance follows SBS’s ambition to increase Australia’s presence at Eurovision by having an Australian artist perform, which has been embraced by the European Broadcast Union and the 2014 host broadcaster DR.

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Harmony Game Schools Pack for every primary school in Australia

A resource kit using the world game of football to promote cultural understanding will be rolled-out to primary schools across Australia as the nation gears up for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

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Living Black is back with a new look and new team, unearthing the real Indigenous issues

Living Black, Australia’s leading Indigenous news and current affairs show, returns in April with a fresh perspective to uncover the real issues behind the headlines to tell vital Indigenous stories important to all Australians. This season’s premiere episode will be presented from the nation’s capital to speak with the political leaders about issues affecting our First Peoples.

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SBS CHAIR, JOE SKRZYNSKI AO, STEPS DOWN

 SBS Chair Joseph Skrzynski AO will step down when his term ends on March 26, 2014 having served five years on the SBS Board of Directors.

Mr Skrzynski, a Polish refugee whose family arrived in Australia in 1950, initiated a strategic review of SBS resulting in a revitalised expression of the SBS Charter, which then led to a period of transformation of the organisation in an environment of significant changes in Australian society and in broadcast media.

Over the past five years, SBS TV programming has been distinguished through the delivery of ground-breaking national and international award-winning Australian programs like Go Back to Where You Came From 1 and 2, which shone a light on the refugee experience;  Immigration Nation, which went to the heart of what it means to be part of multicultural Australia;  East West 101 and Better Man.  These programs exemplify the essence of the unique SBS Charter, which is to reflect the diversity of Australian society and which speak to our multicultural society in a way no other broadcaster does.

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SBS brings the laughs with new comedy site

SBS has launched a new online comedy destination, SBS Comedy (www.sbs.com.au/comedy), which will feature a variety of comedy content and serve as a launching ground for new Australian comedy and comics alike.

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RocKwiz salutes Vanda and Young in a special episode to launch the new season

Starts Monday March 24, 9.30pm on SBS ONE

While The Easybeats had Friday on their mind, RocKwiz have Monday on theirs when the new season launches on Monday March 24 with a special episode saluting Australian songwriters Harry Vanda and George Young.

Season 12 kicks off with a live show recorded at Sydney’s Enmore Theatre in December last year where RocKwiz paid tribute to Vanda and Young - Australia’s most famous songwriting and production team.  From The Easybeats to Flash and The Pan, to producing material for The Angels and AC/DC, Vanda and Young were responsible for some incredible music. This special episode pays loud and loving tribute to an important slice of our musical history.

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SBS UPDATES CODES OF PRACTICE

SBS has updated the Codes of Practice which outline the principles and policies SBS follows in fulfilling its Charter to provide multilingual and multicultural radio, television and digital media services that inform, educate and entertain all Australians.

The Codes of Practice set the benchmark for SBS programming and detail its obligations on matters such as television program classification, advertising and sponsorship, and complaints handling.

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Every stage of Giro d’Italia LIVE on SBS

SBS will broadcast all stages of the Giro d’Italia, the first of cycling’s three Grand Tours, LIVE for the very first time from 9 May to 1 June on SBS ONE and online at www.sbs.com.au/CyclingCentral. SBS will also show daily highlights of the iconic cycling race.

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SBS 2 secures exclusive international streaming rights for Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras broadcast

In an Australian first, SBS has secured the international streaming rights for the SBS 2 broadcast of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 2014 on Sunday March 2 at 8.30pm.

Mardi Gras is one of the world’s largest LGBTQI events which celebrates a universal message of diversity and equal rights. SBS is thrilled to be able to make this broadcast available to international audiences via SBS ON DEMAND at the same time it broadcasts in Australia on SBS 2.

SBS’s purpose is to explore, appreciate and celebrate diversity and tell unique Australian stories that contribute to a cohesive society. This online streaming presents an opportunity to share the story of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras on a global scale.

The exclusive broadcast will take the Mardi Gras conversation far beyond Oxford Street and Australia, with tweets and Facebook messages displayed on screen throughout the television and online broadcasts, using the official event hashtag #sydneymardigras.

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