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SBS’s new Multilingual Coronavirus Portal has 8 South Asian languages

By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE,26 March: People of non-English backgrounds in Australia can now easily access COVID-19 updates in their own languages by accessing the newly launched SBS Multilingual Coronavirus Portal from today.

The dedicated multilingual online information portal is “…in response to the growing need for communities to have access to accurate and trusted news and information, in their languages,” says a media release emailed to SAT.

SBS’s COVID-19 portal at www.sbs.com.au/coronavirus allows people to easily access the latest news and resources across 63 languages, in one place, and it will continue to grow as SBS continues its extensive coverage of unfolding events and developments over the coming weeks and months.

The 63 languages SBS COVID-19 portal includes South Asian languages, namely, Bangla, Nepali, Urdu, Hindi, Malayalam, Gujarati, Punjabi, and Tamil.

The portal complements and curates information from SBS’s existing dedicated services delivered on radio, mobile app and online.

Bollywood top 20 with Sid Vohra every Friday 6 pm at SBSPopDesi

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By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 27 September: SBS Radio today announced the launch of a new show SBS PopDesi’s Bollywood Top 20 with Sid.
Kicking off on Friday, September 27, the show will broadcast every Friday at 6 pm. Each week, #1 Breakfast Host in the UAE, Sid Vohra, will present the freshest Bollywood entertainment news and the hottest songs of the week.

“I’ve always been passionate about Bollywood and presenting the show with a twist to just songs being counted down on charts, is what I am really excited about. The Bollywood top 20 will present that extra punch and oomph tailored to the Desi community. This show will offer something to every listener – whether it’s a blast from the past or a future hit or a track which brings out the grooviest best in each of us – a guaranteed Friday chartbuster experience awaits!” he said.

Sid Vohra is the voice behind the #1 Breakfast Show airing on UAE’s Bollywood Radio Station – City1016. Having been in the radio industry for the last 15 years, Sid has been working with some of the most prestigious media houses in India as well as in the UAE – hosting some of the biggest events with some of the biggest stars from the Indian film industry.

Apart from being a prominent voice-over artist, Sid has also been hosting shows on Emirates Airlines for their in-flight entertainment system since 2015.

Mandi Wicks, SBS Director of Audio and Language Content, said: “SBS PopDesi is a popular destination for 24/7 hits in Hindi, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, Bangla, Gujarati, Malayalam, Kannada and Urdu languages.

We’re excited to be working with Sid who will bring his talent and passion for Bollywood to Australia for the first time.’’
Other SBS PopDesi highlights include:
 Non-stop Desi hits with the Bollywood Session every Monday – Friday from 5 pm
 Bhangra Nights every Wednesday – Saturday from 8 pm
 Desi Dance Party every Friday – Saturday from 9 pm

Audiences can access SBS PopDesi via live streaming on sbs.com.au/popdesi; on Digital TV: go to channel 305 to listen; on Digital Radio: simply search for the station name SBS PopDesi; via the SBS Radio App available on App Store or Google Play.

Source: SBS

SBS (Hindi) visits the Darcy Road Public School to learn about Hindi teaching there


By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE,13 September: The SBS Hindi team recently visited the Darcy Road Public School in Wentworthville to find out more about their Hindi classes and the importance of learning languages. The SBS also highlighted about the SBS National Languages Competition 2019 and encouraged participation amongst the students of this school.

“English is the largest language of all but Hindi is the largest language of children who speak a second language and so the education department agreed that we have a Hindi community language program in our school,” says the Principal Trudy Hopkins of the Darcy Road Public School in Wentworthville.

Kulwinder Kaur, a teacher of Hindi at the school, says that these Hindi programs are for children who are of Indian origin and want to learn Hindi. Talking about the process of taking children in Hindi class, she says that children of Indian origin are given the option to learn Hindi while entering school.

The program involves teaching children the Hindi alphabets, teaching through various Hindi songs and dances, considering such activities are of interest to the children and they grasp the language sooner.

Although she says that children have some difficulty in Hindi grammar. Writing is not easy yet, but they have no problem in reading. She says that children in whose home Hindi is spoken are able to perform more naturally than other children in their Hindi class.

Principal Trudy says that after Hindi, she plans to include Tamil in the school curriculum. Because after Hindi, the second biggest speaking language in the school is Tamil.

Kulwinder says that “Hindi is not only a language for children of Indian origin but they also have an identity. She says that culture and language are not separate from each other.”

- This story is based on SBS media release.

SBS announces National Languages Competition 2019

By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 26 August: Encouraging language learning and language retention in Australia, and in recognition of the United Nations’ International Year of Indigenous languages, SBS today announced the launch of the SBS National Languages Competition 2019. In its fourth year, the nationwide
competition is open to Australians of all ages who are learning a language, including English and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages.

Mandi Wicks, SBS Director of Audio and Language Content, said: “SBS Radio is proud to organize this competition to celebrate and encourage language diversity and cross-cultural understanding in Australia.

“Language retention is linked to cultural identity and increases a sense of belonging in Australia. We look forward to receiving thousands of beautiful stories of language learning, which reflect our cultural and linguistic diversity.”

From today, Monday 26 August until Friday 27 September 2019, entrants can submit their stories at sbs.com.au/nlc19 – with either a drawing or a written entry answering the question: “How does learning a language make a world of difference to you?”

Entrants will be categorized into five groups: Junior Primary (Aged 4-7); Primary (Aged 8-12); Junior High School (Aged 13-15); Senior High School (Aged 16-18); Open (Aged 18+). Participants aged 4 – 12 are required to upload a drawing along with a short caption, while
participants aged 13+ are required to submit a written entry (up to 100 words).

The competition will award five major prizes, one for each age category, who will receive an iPad Pro and AirPods. The winners will be judged on their clarity, creativity, and uniqueness and will be invited to an awards ceremony in November 2019 to be held at SBS in Sydney. In
addition, each Monday during the competition period, there will be a weekly random draw from the entries received, to win an Apple watch.
The SBS National Languages Competition 2019 is supported by Community Languages Australia and First Languages Australia and sponsored by the Australian National University.

SBS announces changes to its radio services


MELBOURNE, 22 September: SBS Radio today announced changes to its services to reflect Australia’s rapidly changing and increasingly diverse society.

Based on the findings of 2016 Census, more than 1.3 million people have migrated to Australia in the past five years and nearly 4.87 million people speak a language other than English at home including Indigenous languages. The revised services will include seven new languages, 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 Australia. The new languages are Telugu, Karen, Tibetan, Hakha Chin, Rohingya, Mongolian and Kirundi (Rundi). All content in the new languages will be available digitally via on-demand audio podcasts accessible via the SBS website and SBS Radio app to meet the needs of those audiences.

Mandi Wicks, SBS Director of Audio Language and Content, said: “SBS Radio is the most linguistically diverse public broadcaster in the world and our services have never been more vital providing Australian-focused news and information in languages other than English. The implementation of the new SBS Radio services will ensure SBS Radio is relevant by reflecting the changing demographics of today’s Australia. While live, linear radio is important to many communities, audiences are increasingly consuming our content via digital platforms, listening to programs on demand and downloading podcasts. Through the review we will re-align our services to ensure they are tailored to the different communities’ needs, delivering more audio and online content when and where audiences are consuming it via mobile devices and tablets.”

During a four-week consultation process (14 November – 11 December 2016) which gave people and organizations the opportunity to provide feedback on the Selection Criteria that was being proposed, SBS Radio received more than 600 submissions; representing 85 languages. The submissions received were taken into consideration in finalizing the Selection Criteria, which in conjunction with the 2016 Census data, has determined the revised language services to be provided by SBS Radio. The last review of SBS Radio was conducted during 2012-2013, after the 2011 Census.

Based on the final Selection Criteria for the SBS Radio Services Review and as Australia’s multicultural communities evolve, 12 current languages will be discontinued as they do not meet the Selection Criteria*. These languages are Kannada, Tongan, Norwegian, Cook Island Maori, Fijian, Swedish and the African program (in English) and the following languages that have been in recess for the last 12 to 18 months including Lithuanian, Malay, Latvian, Danish and Maori. These are among the 21 languages broadcast on the 24-hour digital radio station SBS Radio 3, which is also broadcast on digital TV as an audio channel. The remaining nine languages currently on SBS Radio 3 will be retained and include Estonian, Finnish, Ukrainian, Slovenian, Czech, Bulgarian, Slovak, Romanian and Armenian. They will be made available on analog radio services. SBS Chill, the 24-hour music radio station, will be simulcast on SBS Radio 3 temporarily after the changes are implemented.

Given their size relative to other communities, the Turkish and Croatian languages will each reduce one program (from five to four hours per week); while German will reduce two programs (from seven to five hours per week). Taking into account the demographic profile of each community, Hungarian, Bosnian and Albanian will also reduce to one program per week.

Following the changes, SBS Radio will offer services in 68 languages and the new SBS Radio services will be implemented on-air effective Monday 20 November 2017.

To tune into SBS Radio anytime, anywhere:
· Download the free SBS Radio App available now at the iTunes App Store and Google Play

· Analogue radio programs – AM / FM

· Digital radio (DAB+) and digital television

· Online live streaming and On Demand

· Podcasts

For more information on the new SBS Radio Schedule, visit sbs.com.au/radio.