National Indigenous Television (NITV) has unveiled its special broadcasting plans to mark 10 years since it became a free-to-air station available to all Australians.
To mark the occasion, on Dec. 12, NITV will broadcast a special concert event from Uluru.
The “From the Heart of Our Nation, A Celebration” will go to air at 7:30 p.m. across both SBS and NITV.
The event will be hosted by Wiradjuri man Luke Carroll (“Big Mob Brekky” and “Redfern Now”) and Whadjuk Noongar woman Narelda Jacobs (“The Point” and “Studio 10”).
It will feature some of the country’s best Indigenous artists who will come together to perform in celebration of the strength, resilience and talent of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
The anniversary celebrations then continue throughout summer, with a line-up including news, food, entertainment, documentary and drama.
Tanya Denning-Orman, SBS director of Indigenous content and Birri and Guugu Yimidhirr woman, said SBS is the home of First Nations storytelling.
“Stories 65,000 years in the making, exploring and celebrating the oldest living continuous culture on the planet,” she said. “Having been part of NITV since the beginning, I am so proud of what we have achieved in 10 years and I’m so excited by what’s yet to come.
“NITV is stronger than ever and through SBS is delivering more for our communities and creating more opportunities for all Australians to connect.”
Angela Bates, head of First Nations at Screen Australia, congratulated NITV on the milestone.
“I was proud to attend the historic free-to-air launch at Uluru in 2012; a truly special and momentous occasion,” Bates said.
“Now in my role at Screen Australia I’m thrilled to support so many First Nations screen stories for NITV to impressive filmmakers around the country, as it continues to provide a vital platform for our mob.”
You can read more about NITV and SBS’ upcoming content slate here.