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SBS Radio today announced two new digital radio stations – SBS PopAsia, SBS PopDesi and a refresh of SBS Radio 3 will be available on digital television from Wednesday 18 April, 2018.
18 Apr 2018 - 9:00 AM  UPDATED 31 May 2019 - 11:41 AM

SBS Radio 3 will broadcast world news and current affairs from the BBC World Service (previously airing on SBS Radio 4 on Digital Radio) and special events coverage. BBC World Service is the world's leading international radio broadcaster providing a global perspective on news, reports and analysis.

The two new 24 hour music audio channels on digital television celebrate music from different genres for Australian audiences. SBS PopAsia is Australia's number one destination for Asian pop including the hottest Korean, Japanese and Chinese hits; and listeners can tune in to a great selection of Indian music hits from bhangra to Bollywood on SBS PopDesi.

Following the introduction of these new digital radio stations, VAST (Viewer Access Satellite Television) audiences will have access to all SBS Radio services – SBS Radio1, SBS Radio2, SBS Radio3, SBS Arabic24 and music channels SBS PopAsia, SBS PopDesi and SBS Chill.

All Foxtel satellite and cable platform users will have access to SBS Radio 1, SBS Radio 2 and SBS Chill.

SBS Director of Audio and Language Content, Mandi Wicks, said: “SBS continues to explore new ways to connect diverse audiences with our distinctive multiplatform services. With the inclusion on digital television, all the SBS Radio services will now be accessible to our audiences, Australia wide.”

Some viewers may be required to retune their televisions in order to receive the newly launched 24 hour audio channels. Other televisions will automatically detect changes to the channels and retune. Most televisions, set top boxes, personal video recorders or (PC tuner cards) purchased from 2009 onwards will be compatible.

SBS Radio audio channels on Digital TV:


Service Name

Channel number (Ch)

SBS Radio 1

Ch 37 & 301

SBS Radio 2

Ch 38 & 302

SBS Radio 3

Ch 303

SBS Arabic24

Ch 36 & 304

SBS PopDesi

Ch 305

SBS Chill

Ch 39 & 306

SBS PopAsia

Ch 307