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SBS Radio is a service provided by the Special Broadcasting Service '..to inform, educate and entertain Australians, especially those of non-English speaking backgrounds'. SBS Radio originally began as two stations based in Melbournemarker and Sydneymarker, set up to provide pre-recorded information about the then-new Medibank health care system in languages other than English. Today the service targets the estimated 2.7 million Australians who speak a language other than English in the home, in addition to more mainstream audiences through programs such as World View and Alchemy.

Like SBS Television, SBS Radio supplements its government funding with paid-for information campaigns for government agencies and non-profit organisations as well as commercial advertising and sponsorship.

Programming and Content

Original SBS Radio Logo
Most programs contain a mix of news, current affairs, sport, community information and music relating to a specific ethnic or language group. The exceptions are "Alchemy" (a youth program), two English language news programs, and overnight programming from the BBC World Service.

SBS Radio has three services.

The first is called "Radio 1" and "SBS FM". In Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra it is transmitted on FM and in that context it called SBS FM "XXXX" (where XXXX is the frequency for the city it is transmitted to). It is on AM in Wollongong. It is also available nationwide through digital terrestrial television (where it is called "Radio 1") ,and on satellite from free-to-air Optus D1 and Optus B3 C-Band satellite transmissions, and on major subscription television services (such as Foxtel and Austar). The Melbourne radio transmitters broadcast a little local variation, but the Melbourne digital television services carry the standard Sydney-based feed.

The second is called "Radio 2" and "SBS AM". In Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Wollongong it is transmitted on AM and in that context it called SBS AM "XXXX" (where XXXX is the frequency for the city it is transmitted to). It is also available nationwide through digital terrestrial television (where it is called "Radio 2"), and on satellite from free-to-air Optus D1 and Optus B3 C-Band satellite transmissions, and on major subscription television services (such as Foxtel and Austar). The Melbourne radio transmitters broadcast a little local variation, but the Melbourne digital television services carry the standard Sydney-based feed.

The third service is the "National" service, which is composed of material from Radio 1 and Radio 2, broadcasting outside the areas where those two services are available on traditional radio receivers. It is transmitted on FM in most places. The National service is also broadcast free-to-air on satellite through Optus Aurora [490923].

Additionally, a few community stations in areas without dedicated SBS Radio transmitters carry some SBS Radio content.

Languages

As of 2003, SBS Radio broadcasts in the following languages:









Notes
  1. Aboriginal and African services are mostly conducted in English. The German service includes English segments.
  2. Only available in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra.
  3. Only available in Sydney and Canberra.
  4. Only available in Melbourne.


References

  1. About SBS Radio SBS Corporation, accessed 27 May 2007

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