Since its launch on 7 March 2016, SBS Arabic24 has drawn significant audience growth on radio and online, offering Arabic speaking Australians and communities an impartial destination focusing on life in Australia, with global and local perspectives on world news.
SBS Director of Audio and Language Content, Mandi Wicks, said: "SBS Radio continues to play a vital role for Australia’s multicultural communities and we’re thrilled with SBS Arabic24’s growth and achievements across the last twelve months.
“We continue to explore new ways to connect diverse audiences with our distinctive multiplatform services and look forward to reaching more Arabic speaking Australians through the digital TV platform from April.”
To mark today’s anniversary, SBS Arabic24 is celebrating with a special day of programming in the community and in studio and kicked off the celebrations at 6am with breakfast show hosts Ghassan Nakhoul and Sylva Mezher live from Centenary Square in Parramatta in Sydney.
See all the pictures from the event below:
SBS Radio Director Mandi Wicks spoke about the crowd that were in attendance "There were Christians, there were Muslims, but everyone showed up for the same purpose."
"It was such a strong representation of what Arabic 24 stands for and what were trying to achieve."
SBS's Managing Director Mike Ebeid marked the occasion by wishing the program "Mabrouk!"
"As I move around the community and attend various functions throughout the year, all I've ever received is incredibly positive feedback," he said at the program's birthday celebrations in Sydney.
Throughout the day presenters are taking a nostalgic trip, revisiting the launch of the service and also some of the biggest news stories from across the year. Coverage of the Yazidi refugees’ arrival in Wagga Wagga, an interview with Dr Anne Aly, MP and many other memorable interviews also feature as part of the anniversary programming.
Today from 5pm, the evening show welcomes a live session from the strumming harmonious melodies of the Mesopotamian Trio, three Iraqi musicians who shed light on the musical essence of their homeland.
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