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SBS Meet the Broadcaster – Sydney 2019

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On Wednesday evening, Western Sydney MRC was delighted to attend the SBS Meet the Broadcaster Sydney event at Chauvel Cinemas in Paddington.

In a recent SBS-commissioned report, Deloitte Access Economics quantified the economic dividend of increased social inclusion in Australia.

The report asked key questions about who we are as Australians, and how to leverage our diversity. What does it mean to be and feel included? What is the importance of seeing yourself represented in media, and how does that make you feel connected to the community?

Key insights

Some key insights from the report, which you can access here:

  • 2.8% of Australians identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
  • 22% speak a language other than English at home
  • Over 270 different ancestries are represented in Australia
  • 1 in 5 people live with a disability
  • 49% of Australians are born overseas or have at least one parent born overseas
  • 46,800 same sex couple households
  • 1 in 6 Australians are aged over 65

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SBS showcased a fabulous selection of platforms and productions, providing attendees with the opportunity to understand scheduling, programming, production and community engagement.

SBS are at the forefront of community news, storytelling, language and multicultural content production. They are meeting the needs of communities and strive to genuinely represent the diversity of Australian society across all of their platforms.

Our Highlight

One of the many highlights was hearing from the Commissioning Editor of National Indigenous Television, NITV. NITV is Australia’s free, on-air television channel that commissions and acquires primarily indigenous-produced content. NITV is proud to host the only daily national news service dedicated to covering stories from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across Australia.

You can find out more on their websites using these links SBS TV and SBS radio.

With in-language programs for over 68 different languages, SBS offers something for so many Australians. The event, like SBS more broadly, was a fantastic celebration of cultural and linguistic diversity, and truly captured the multicultural melting pot that is a community in Australia.

Thank you to the team at SBS for inviting us with special mention to Jackie Leewai, Community Engagement and Partnerships Manager and Mandi Wicks, Director, Audio Language and Content.

About Western Sydney MRC

About Western Sydney MRC Western Sydney MRC is a not-for-profit organisation and community advocate supporting newly-arrived individuals and diverse emerging and established communities to settle in Australia. We work with people who experience vulnerability, including individuals from a refugee background, those seeking asylum and culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities, assisting in building capacity to live empowered, informed and connected lives.

Media Enquiries

Media enquiries can be directed to:
Rachel Haywood,
Marketing and Communications Manager,
Contact 0456 222 080
Email: rachel@wsmrc.org.au

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