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NITV Celebrates 10 Years of Nationwide Free-to-Air Broadcasting

On 12 December 2022, Australia’s National Indigenous Television (NITV) celebrates 10 years since it launched free-to-air and began beaming into every Australian household as part of the SBS network.

To mark the occasion, NITV will present a special live broadcast event at Uluru, From the Heart of Our Nation, A Celebration from 7.30pm on NITV and SBS. A line-up of some of Australia’s best Indigenous artists will come together to perform in celebration of the strength, resilience and talent of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and usher in another decade of Blak excellence.

The event will be hosted by Wiradjuri man, Luke Carroll (Big Mob Brekky, Play School, Redfern Now) and Whadjuk Noongar woman Narelda Jacobs (The Point, Studio 10) live from inside Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park at the foothills of Uluru with support from the Anangu and the community of Mutijulu.

The anniversary celebrations continue throughout summer, with an original line-up of NITV programming including a suite of news, food, entertainment, documentary and drama premieres.

Our Law explores the relationship between police and First Nations people in Western Australia, premiering weekly from Wednesday 4 January at 7.30pm on NITV. During the week of NITV’s 10 Year milestone, join actor, producer, director and Samu and Koedal man Aaron Fa’aoso in a food odyssey of the Torres Strait Islands in Strait to the Plate season two, airing weekly from Thursday 15 December at 8pm on NITV and simulcast on SBS Food. Then at 9:30pm, scripted short film initiative, No Ordinary Black premieres on NITV, showcasing thought-provoking First Nations stories from across the country. Kutcha’s Koorioke, a short music series featuring Mutti Mutti Songman Kutcha Edwards premieres on Sunday 4 December at 8.30pm, with new episodes airing twice weekly on Sundays at 8:30pm and Wednesdays at 9.30pm.

Indigenous news and current affairs programs NITV News and Nula will mark 10 years of NITV news in every household across the country by travelling to Uluru and telling stories of celebration. NITV News airs from Monday to Thursday at 6.30pm, and a special episode of Nula will broadcast on NITV and SBS on Friday 9 December at 3pm from Uluru.

SBS Director of Indigenous Content and Birri and Guugu Yimidhirr woman, Tanya Denning-Orman, 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. Having been part of NITV since the beginning, I am so proud of what we have achieved in ten 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.”

Screen Australia’s Head of First Nations, Angela Bates said, “Congratulations to NITV on this milestone. I was proud to attend the historic free-to-air launch at Uluru in 2012; a truly special and momentous occasion. Now in my role at Screen Australia I’m thrilled to support so many First Nations screen stories for NITV from impressive filmmakers around the country, as it continues to provide a vital platform for our mob.”


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