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SBS’s flagship Indigenous radio program Living Black Radio has relaunched as NITV Radio. NITV is now bringing you the best in Indigenous content across TV, Online and Radio.
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3 Jul 2017 - 3:45 PM  UPDATED 3 Jul 2017 - 4:17 PM

SBS Radio today announced that from Monday 3 July, 2017, its dedicated radio program for Indigenous issues, news and culture, SBS Living Black Radio, will be known as NITV Radio.

As an extension to the increasing collaboration between NITV and SBS Radio’s Living Black program, the rebranding to NITV Radio will offer audiences the opportunity to engage with all our Indigenous content under the one banner as NITV – on TV, Radio, Online and on social platforms.

SBS Director for Audio and Language Content, Mandi Wicks said: “Since its inception in 1980, Living Black Radio has been a distinctive feature of SBS Radio. As NITV Radio, the program will continue to make a valuable and vital contribution to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander broadcasting in Australia, and remains a distinctive program that we are incredibly proud to have as a part of our schedule.”

NITV, Channel Manager, Tanya Orman said: “At NITV, we are passionate about delivering trusted storytelling to a wider Australian audience. This rebranding is an incredibly exciting move and a powerful development for Indigenous media.”

NAIDOC Week, which runs from 2-9 July, celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. As part of the celebration, NITV Radio has curated special programming reflecting on the themes of culture and language.

Tune in to NITV Radio every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 1pm on SBS Radio 1 on digital radio/TV and available to stream online on sbs.com.au/nitvradio.

What's on for NAIDOC week:

Monday 3 July: Interview with the NAIDOC Week Poster Competition winner, Wiradjuri woman, Joanne Cassady. Her poster is titled Your Tribe, My Tribe, Our Nation – aligning with NAIDOC Week 2017’s theme of ‘Our Languages Matter’.

Wednesday 5 July: An analysis of Indigenous languages spoken at home from the 2016 Census Data by Professor Jakelin Troy, Director of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research/ Deputy Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Strategy and Services, The University of Sydney.

Friday 7 July: Document on the journey of SBS staff on the Birrarung William (River Camp) Cultural Walk, hosted by the Koorie Heritage Trust.

Looking back at Living Black Radio

2017 has been a big year for Living Black Radio, featuring a big improvement with producing content online and sharing content across the SBS and NITV network. The relationship between the program has been strengthened with NITV from sharing online content and attending editorial meetings with NITV The Point for the 2017 season.

Living Black Radio highlights of 2017:

Interview: Ken Wyatt

The newly appointed Federal Minister for Aged Care and Indigenous Health Ken Wyatt. 

Read more and listen to the interview:
Changing times: The first Indigenous Federal Minister sworn in

The newly-appointed Federal Minister for Aged Care and Indigenous Health Ken Wyatt says that youth suicide prevention and prison healthcare will be high priorities and that he has already been in discussions with the PM regarding Indigenous Recognition. 

January 26 Coverage  

Living Black covered the First Nations Australia Day demonstration Melbourne City in addition to SBS's coverage for new migrants on their first day.  Welcome to country by  Boon Wurrung elder Carolyn Briggs.

More coverage here:
First Day: Womenjika - Aunty Carolyn welcomes migrants
Australia’s First Peoples ask that you make a commitment to learning when you first travel to Australia to live. Please learn about the nation you live on, who the First Nations people are and understand there are many traditional languages.

February

Living Black attended the Yalukit Willam Ngargee Festival on Narrm St Kilda - a People Place gathering on the Boon Wurrung nation.

Read more and hear the interviews:
Promoting good health through dance and creativity

The Indigenous Hip Hop Projects comprises of young First Nations professional dancers and creative artists from all corners of Australia. The Projects' objective is to promote good health through music and creativity. 

The team also covered the launch of Pecan Summer  - the Australian cinematic premiere of the first Indigenous Opera documentary, launched at ACMI with NITV. The opera is based on the story of Yorta Yorta Soprano and member of the Stolen Generations, Deborah Cheetham. 

Read more and hear the interviews:
NITV launch 'Pecan Summer': the Australian cinematic premiere of the first Indigenous Opera at ACMI
NITV Producer Julie Nimmo says, "Watch the documentary, because all of those really important stories come to light and you can see and feel the power of all their ancestors stories, really lifting up every singer."

April

Miller Mack's re-internment 

Private Miller Mack’s image is iconic - frequently used as a symbol of Indigenous Australians’ important contribution to the ANZAC war effort. Yet for nearly a century, the soldier himself has lain forgotten, in an unmarked pauper’s grave. Now, his grand-niece Michelle Lovegrove tells Living Black Radiohe has finally been given the burial he deserves, as his body has been re-interred on Ngarrindjeri land.

Read more and listen to the interview here:
Indigenous serviceman Private Miller Mack's remains "repatriated" for burial on country
Private Miller Mack’s image is iconic - frequently used as a symbol of Indigenous Australians’ important contribution to the ANZAC war effort. Yet for nearly a century, the soldier himself has lain forgotten, in an unmarked pauper’s grave. Now, says his grand-niece Michelle Lovegrove, he has finally been given the burial he deserves, as his body has been re-interred on Ngarrindjeri land.

Tjungu Festival

Executive Producer Kirstyn Lindsay was invited to the Tjungu Festival,  “Coming Together at Yulara, Uluru Kata-Tjuta National Park to cover the festival and Inma ceremony with senior Anangu Elders.

The festival showcased Anagnu culture, crafts, music and sport.  Kirstyn was given the opportunity to learn about protocols and present content on traditional customary law and country and contemporary events at the festival. 

See her full coverage here:
Leave the sacred sites the way they are at Uluru Kata-Tjuta National Park
Anangu Yankunytjatjara cultural presenter Leroy Lester says he gets a good response from people who go on his tours. After an introduction to country at the sacred Uluru Kata-Tjuta National Park, one hour with Leroy Lester can take you on a journey that will change your entire understanding of life.
Tjungu Festival 2017: Anangu Senior Women share law and understanding of coming together
Tjungu means coming together in Pitjantatjara. The Tjungu Festival, now in its fourth year, celebrates the best of Australian Indigenous culture at Yulara Ayers Rock Resort.
Tjungu Festival 2017. "We all got to work together"-Anangu Senior Law Man Murray George
Tjungu in the Pitjantjatjara language means coming together. Over four years The Tjungu Festival at Voyages Ayers Rock resort has become a celebration of the Indigenous culture at Yulara.

May

Interview with Warren Mundine at the Melbourne University Law School on the launch of his Essay Practical Recognition from the Mobs' Perspective-Enabling our mobs to speak for country.

The interview was a lead into the First Nations Dialogue at Yulara, Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park with the Referendum Council. 

Read more and listen to the interview here:
A guarantee that traditional owners will always speak for country-Warren Mundine
“The push for recognition needs to capture the hearts and minds of Indigenous Australians. It must not be framed around the way others have looked at us, but how we look at ourselves; it must not be about recognising a race of people, but about recognising the First Nations of our country and the mobs to which each of us still belong.”-Nyunggai Warren Stephen Mundine AO

Long Walk Event and activation with Living Black Radio and NITV.  The program had a stall to celebrate the start of reconciliation Week and the Sir Doug Nicholls Indigenous round.

Federation Square hosted the event for Reconciliation Week. We Here Now.

June

Interview with Koiki Mabo's granddaughter, Gail Mabo in the Melbourne studios for the 20th Anniversary of Mabo Day and the  Mabo High Court Decision.

Bertrand Tungandame attended Mabo Day celebrations in Melbourne for Reconciliation Week.

Read more and listen to the interview with Gail Mabo here:
"Keep the Faith" - Gail Mabo, 25 years on from her father's landmark court win

On the 25th Anniversary of the Mabo decision Koiki Mabo's daughter Gail tells SBS Living Black, "We as Indigenous people have to fight harder, we have to fight longer, but it's how we chose to do that and how we chose to move on doing that. But I say to all those who are fighting: keep the faith. Because it's within them that they are fighting their own Mabo battle."