Indigenous vibe rock-solid
NITV celebrates its first free-to-air broadcast when it switches to its new SBS home
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.