Statement from SBS regarding Sir Nicholas Michael Shehadie

 February 12, 2018

News Release

Sir Nicholas was an instrumental figure in the formation of SBS and during his nearly 20-year (1981-1999) Chairmanship, oversaw pivotal moments in our 42 year history, including the introduction of the Special Broadcasting Service Act (1991) and expansion of SBS’s in-language services which everyday help new migrants navigate Australian life.
The son of Lebanese immigrants, Sir Nicholas truly believed in SBS and its purpose and was committed to advancing the understanding of and amongst Australia’s diverse communities. Following the completion of his term as Chairman, he continued to be a strong advocate for our organisation.
As its longest continuing serving Chairman, Sir Nicholas was central in building the foundations for today’s SBS and will be remembered as a truly inspirational Australian.
SBS passes on its deepest sympathies to his wife, Dame Marie Bashir AD, CVO, children and loved ones during this difficult time.