Australia will again have an entrant in the Eurovision Song Contest. Plus new documentaries 'Deep Water' and 'Hanson: The Years that Shook the Nation', will air on SBS in 2016.
The world’s biggest singing competition is back in all its glittery goodness. Live from Stockholm, Julia Zemiro and Sam Pang will return as hosts of the 61st annual Eurovision Song Contest.
SBS is excited to announce that, following the huge success of Australia’s first ever competitive entry in 2015 with singer Guy Sebastian, it has once again secured an opportunity for an Australian artist to officially compete on the world’s biggest stage.
Next year in Stockholm, Australia will be competing from the semi-finals, fighting it out with 41 other nations and SBS will announce in the New Year who the lucky artist will be.
SBS Managing Director Michael Ebeid made the announcement during the unveiling of the network's 2016 program lineup, with this year's focus on strengthening the channel's distinctive content.
“In 2016 Australian audiences can expect engaging programs that explore and celebrate the people and stories of modern multicultural Australia in a way that no other media company can and importantly, they can come to SBS for a genuine point of difference," he said.
Among the 2016 offerings is the cross-platform feature documentary Deep Water, which will explore the unsolved gay hate crimes that bloodied Sydney’s coastline during the 1980s and 1990s.
And 20 years years after Pauline Hanson gave her maiden speech, Hanson: The Years that Shook the Nation will delve into how the extreme views of one of Australia’s most divisive politicians have influenced race and racism in politics today.
Two new documentaries will also examine important chapters in Australia's history with Vietnam: The War That Made Australia charting the course of the men who lived, fought and died in the most hostile warzone of the modern era
The four-part series Untold Australia will explore hidden worlds of multiculturalism across the country.