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NITV continues to showcase the best in Indigenous storytelling, offering all Australians the opportunity to celebrate and share our cultural heritage.
17 Nov 2015 - 2:02 PM  UPDATED 18 Nov 2015 - 11:06 AM

Welcoming a fresh new voice for 2016, the channel will engage more Australians through multiplatform Indigenous content and a diverse new schedule; including innovative news and current affairs, compelling documentaries, live sport, distinctive entertainment and unique children’s content.

Tanya Denning-Orman, NITV Channel Manager, says: “NITV is committed to sharing the voices of First Nations Peoples across the full spectrum of storytelling, from traditional offerings to contemporary productions. With a revamped News and Current Affairs offering and new entertainment sports series League Nation Live, 2016 will welcome a distinctive schedule which presents a range of perspectives, investigates significant issues, celebrates culture and showcases Indigenous talent from across Australia.” 

News and Current Affairs

The Point with Stan Grant
TX: Early 2016

Placing News and Current Affairs at the heart of its schedule, NITV will offer audiences a trusted slate that leads the agenda from an Indigenous lens. News content will be online first with breaking NITV News live on-air updates and mini-bulletins hosted by Natalie Ahmat, leading to new prime-time, agenda-driven show, The Point with Stan Grant, on air from February. Fronted by renowned journalist Stan Grant, each weeknight, the show will deliver a unique First Nations voice and investigate Indigenous cultural, political and social events of importance to all Australians. Travelling into the heart of communities, it will challenge perceptions, celebrate achievements and facilitate debate through digital engagement.

Living Black
TX: March 2016

Offering an in-depth look into some of the most important Indigenous issues and telling vital stories that matter to all Australians, Australia’s award-winning and longest running Indigenous current affairs show, Living Black, investigates contemporary issues of concern to Indigenous Australians, through compelling human stories in a documentary-style format. With Karla Grant, one of Australia’s foremost Indigenous female media personalities at the helm, the series reports from across Australia, featuring a personal journey each week, from prominent public personalities to local faces at the heart of Indigenous communities; it will explore a weekly issue through human eyes – telling fascinating stories with inspiring outcomes.  

AWAKEN
TX: March 2016

Offering in-depth analysis and discussion of Indigenous issues, NITV’s flagship current affairs programme AWAKEN presents a range of informed Indigenous perspectives and brings together influential Indigenous voices and smart incisive thinkers. Award-winning journalist Stan Grant, alongside Guest Presenter and Executive Producer, Catherine Liddle, put Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues under the microscope to debate matters of importance to Indigenous Australians.

 

Entertainment

League Nation Live
TX: February 2016

New and exciting weekly entertainment sports series, hosted by newly retired Broncos captain Justin Hodges, Deadly Award and Logie nominee actor Aaron Fa’Aoso, new faces and league fanatics Hannah Hollis and Jodan Perry and community ambassador Nathan Appo. Capturing the best of Australia’s favourite football code, the NRL, each week will bring 90 jam-packed minutes of entertainment and sports, covering all layers of the game, combining big league personalities with the latest and greatest in entertainment for a unique offering. 

Arts

Colour Theory
TX: April 2016

Art series Colour Theory, will return for a third series in April. Hosted by award-winning artist Tony Albert, four-part series will feature some of the most exciting contemporary artists working in Australia today, including Frances Belle Parker, Julie and Clive Freeman, Jason Wing and Karla Dickens. Despite their differences in geography, medium, artistic training, and conceptual concerns, they are united by a sense of pride and belief in their culture. 

Documentary

Putuparri and the Rainmakers
TX: March 2016

2015 CinéfestOZ award winner, a compelling production that follows the journey of Tom "Putuparri" Lawford as he and his community fight for their native title claim for the Kurtal lands, in the Kimberley's Great Sandy Desert region. Caught between two worlds - torn between his life in the modern world of Fitzroy Crossing and his destiny as a cultural leader of his people. Tom battles with all the temptations of western society at the same time as he reconnects with his ancestral lands, learns about his traditional culture and shoulders his responsibility to pass this knowledge onto the next generation.

Songlines on Screen
TX: May 2016

The Songlines on Screen series presents 10 short films from the remote regions of Western, Northern and Central Australia, giving place to some of the many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander songlines that are integral to the makeup of Indigenous Australia.  Representing Indigenous people’s ongoing connection to land and culture as told throughout time by the way of 

creation songs, the series incorporates the full spectrum of storytelling including dance, song, art, body painting, and sites of significance.

Scaredy Blacks
TX: October 2016

A frightening and funny observational documentary series that follows two inquisitive Aboriginal men who hunt the lands where Legends and Myths lie and ask the questions we would never dare. Travelling across the country, they meet with locals, storytellers and elders, investigating ominous creatures and entities, including the water-creature lurking in South Australia’s Lake Alexandrina, the wailing Poinciana woman of Darwin, Northern Territory and Min Min lights in Outback Queensland.

Servant or Slave
TX: August 2016

An emotional and confronting insight into the domestic servitude forced upon Aboriginal women in Australia. Stolen as children from their parents and placed in girls training homes, they were trained as domestic servants: servants who would be absorbed by the new colony and modern industry.

Zach’s Ceremony
TX: September 2016

Follows an everyday Australian kid, caught between two worlds - ancient versus modern - at the heart of this film is the clash of culture, race and identity. Against the vibrant city of Sydney, Zach is provoked by racist taunts and finds himself on a self-destructive path fuelled by drugs, alcohol and sex. His rebellious outbursts challenge his once close relationship with his dad, reaching breaking point when he is expelled from school. Zach's father believes he needs to be empowered by his culture and become a man through the ancient rite of initiation. Will Ceremony and Aboriginal knowledge get Zach back on the right path? 

Sport

Marngrook Footy Show
TX: March 2016

Successful and unique AFL series will return with all the action and news from the footy season, featuring big name guests in the studio and celebrating the contribution made by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders throughout the game.

Viewers can keep up to date with all the news via NITV website, and join in the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

For further media information and interview requests:

Selina Govan, Senior Communications Specialist, NITV
0406 438 675
selina.govan@sbs.com.au