NITV launches on free to air

NITV launches at midday as part of the SBS network

NITV launches at midday

Specialist indigenous channel NITV has widened its audience with the launch of the channel on free to air television today.

Specialising in Aboriginal and Torres Strait news, culture, affairs and entertainment, NITV will continue to appear on Foxtel and also on SBS4 which was previously a narrowcasting service.

The move to free to air TV was announced in May when $158.1m in federal funding was allocated to SBS.

NITV began airing in July in 2007 following a funding announcement from the government in September 2005.

A two-hour special from Uluru, hosted by journalist Stan Grant and Rhoda Roberts kicked off the channel’s new version. A two hour evening concert from Uluru at 8pm will include Casey Donovan, Christine Anu, Troy Cassar-Daley and Rhoda Roberts.

A campaign by agency US Sydney launched in late November to promote the channel.


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