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SBS Radio Implements Revised Services Tailored for Australia

SBS Radio has implemented its revised schedule this week focusing on delivering programs and services tailored to the needs of Australia’s rapidly changing and diverse communities.

The 2016 Census revealed that more than 1.3 million people have migrated to Australia during the past five years and nearly five million people speak a language other than English at home; reinforcing the importance of SBS Radio’s services providing Australian-focused news and information in languages other than English.

The review process involved extensive community consultation to finalise the Selection Criteria which, in conjunction with the 2016 Census data, has determined the revised language services.

As part of the 68 language programs and services provided by SBS Radio, seven new communities will be catered for, including six ‘high needs’ languages and one ‘large’ language supporting new communities who need news and information in their language as they navigate life in a new country. The new languages are: Telugu, Karen, Tibetan, Hakha Chin, Rohingya, Mongolian and Kirundi (Rundi). All content in the new languages will be available on digital platforms with audio podcasts accessible via the SBS website and SBS Radio app to meet the needs of those audiences. (C+T Mag)