In­dige­nous vibe rock-solid

NITV cel­e­brates its first free-to-air broad­cast when it switches to its new SBS home

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WED­NES­DAY marks a his­toric day for tele­vi­sion when a ded­i­cated in­dige­nous sta­tion broad­casts free-to-air for the first time. It’s when Na­tional In­dige­nous Tele­vi­sion switches on to its new home on SBS4.

NITV cel­e­brates with a spe­cial day of pro­gram­ming, start­ing with a two-hour live broad­cast at noon from Uluru, in the North­ern Ter­ri­tory.

Stan Grant and Rhoda Roberts host the event, From the Heart of Our Na­tion , joined by the Pit­jan­t­jat­jara and Yankun­yt­jat­jara tra­di­tional land own­ers to wel­come au­di­ences.

That event is fol­lowed by a one-hour

Liv­ing Black spe­cial (2pm) broad­cast from the SBS stu­dios in Syd­ney, be­fore re­turn to Uluru for a spe­cial edi­tion of NITV News with Natalie Ah­mat at 7.30pm.

The real party starts at 8pm, when in­dige­nous en­ter­tain­ers Chris­tine Anu, Casey Dono­van, Troy Cas­sar-Da­ley and oth­ers take to the stage for a a two-hour sun­set con­cert. Ernie Dingo hosts.

NITV has come a long way from hum­ble be­gin­nings in 2007 with an of­fice in Alice Springs and a TV arm in Syd­ney.

‘‘With NITV part of the SBS fam­ily, we will re­flect Aus­tralia’s di­ver­sity in a way no other broad­caster has be­fore,’’ says SBS man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Michael Ebeid.

NITV chan­nel man­ager Tanya Den­ning says it re­mains ded­i­cated to pre­sent­ing in­dige­nous cul­ture and lan­guages in the me­dia. ‘‘We’re ex­cited to in­vite Aus­tralians of all back­grounds to tune in, and join us in cel­e­brat­ing our unique cul­ture,’’ she says.

The sta­tion uses the tal­ents of in­dige­nous writ­ers, direc­tors, jour­nal­ists and pro­duc­ers to make a wide va­ri­ety of pro­grams, with gen­res rang­ing from mu­sic to cur­rent af­fairs, sport, cul­ture, news and chil­dren’s pro­grams.

From the Heart of the Na­tion:

Wed­nes­day, noon, SBS4; SBS1.

Stan Grant

Casey Dono­van

Chris­tine Anu

Troy Cas­sar-Da­ley

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