SBS partners with Screen Australia to increase opportunities for under-represented screenwriters

SBS has teamed up with Screen Australia to launch Digital Originals, a new initiative aimed at developing exciting and innovative scripted short-form projects for SBS On Demand. 

The initiative, an evolution of SBS’s Short-Form Content Initiative, aims to provide opportunities and support for writers from diverse backgrounds currently under-represented in the sector. These include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, people living with a disability, females, those who identify as LGBTIQ+ and gender diverse, and people living in rural and remote areas.  

Statement from SBS Managing Director regarding freedom of the press

 At SBS, we share the concerns of media organisations in Australia and around the world of any activity which has the potential to impact freedom of the press.

Read the statement here.

Statement from SBS regarding the passing of former Prime Minister of Australia, Bob Hawke AC

On his passing, SBS has paid tribute to former Prime Minister Bob Hawke AC, in recognition of his commitment to Australia’s multicultural and Indigenous communities.

Read the statement here.

SBS to bring a world of cinema to all Australians with the launch of SBS World Movies free-to-air

SBS has today announced that it will be bringing a channel dedicated to international cinema to all Australians with the launch of SBS World Movies free-to-air and in HD, from 1 July 2019.

Read the News Release here

Australia, make your vote count in the Eurovision Song Contest

Get behind Kate Miller-Heidke from 16-19 May on SBS

The 64th Eurovision Song Contest will be broadcast live and in primetime exclusive to SBS and SBS On Demand from 16 to 19 May. With the Federal Election on 18 May, Australians will be able to watch twice the amount of drama unfold in what is shaping up to be the double bill of the century.

Award-winning singer-songwriter Kate Miller-Heidke will take to the stage in Semi Final 1 with her operatic pop song Zero Gravity. She was selected by the Australian public and jury of industry experts at the first national selection show Eurovision – Australia Decides in February.

Game of Thrones star Aidan Gillen leads the critically acclaimed new drama series Project Blue Book on SBS

 Read the media release here [PDF]

The 10-part series is based on de-classified US government investigations into UFOs and unexplained phenomena conducted between 1952 to 1969

Premieres 8.30pm AEDT Thursday 28 March on SBS

Statement in response to the Federal Budget

SBS welcomes the funding of $887 million over the next three years it has received as part of the 2019-20 Federal Budget.

Read the media statement here. (PDF) 

SBS launches Cultural Connect

A suite of services helping brands connect with Australia’s multicultural and multilingual communities.

Read the News Release here. (PDF)

SBS Food and Screen Territory to bring Australians a taste of Delicious Darwin with new series

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An eight part series exploring Darwin’s diverse food scene, and hosted by Chinese-Sri Lankan Territorian chef Jimmy Shu, has been awarded funding as part of an initiative from the Northern Territory government, Screen Territory and SBS. 

Watch the mighty Matildas take on Brazil, Italy and Jamaica in Group Stage of the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ next June on SBS

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Announced today at the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ draw in Paris, the Matildas have drawn the prime position in Group C and will face a relatively favourable set of opponents in the first stages of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in June. The Matildas’ campaign kicks off against Italy at the Stade du Hainaut in Valenciennes on Sunday, June 9 before they face Brazil at the Stade de la Mosson in Montpellier four days later.

What’s God got to do with it? 10 outspoken Australian Christians live together for a week in social experiment Christians Like Us

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Christianity in Australia is on the decline. Making headlines around the world, it’s a religion currently facing scandals and dividing public opinion. Christianity has suffered steadily declining numbers, as a whole generation of Australians grow up with “no religion”*.

SBS brings audiences a world of difference

SBS has unveiled its new brand position, a world of difference, encouraging all Australians to embrace and celebrate difference, and reinforcing SBS’s commitment to contributing to an inclusive society.

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New SBS online documentary recognises Indigenous heroes in Australian true crime story

Follow the Aboriginal trackers who searched for abducted schoolgirl Wendy Jane Pfeiffer. 

Read the News Release here (PDF).