Radio stations broadcast AFL games in traditional language during Sir Doug Nicholls Round


Two more AFL matches will be broadcast in traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander language this weekend, as part of the 2023 Sir Doug Nicholls Round

In consultation with First Nations Media Australia and Senior Research Fellow for Media and Communications at RMIT Dr Daniel Featherstone, the AFL – with support from Telstra – has extended its offering of in-language broadcasts to three different radio stations this year, ensuring the game is available to more First Nations people during the dedicated round.

More than 50 remote communities and homelands will have the opportunity to listen to the game in their traditional language with games broadcast in Yolngu Matha, Tiwi and Arrernte.

Last weekend saw the return of Yolŋu Radio to broadcast the annual Dreamtime at the ‘G match between Essendon and Richmond in traditional Yolngu Matha.

The game was broadcast into the six major communities and 15 homelands throughout the North-East Arnhem Land region and across Darwin and Palmerston.

This weekend sees Top End Aboriginal Bush Broadcasting Association (TEABBA) cover the Darwin match between Gold Coast Suns and the Western Bulldogs in traditional Tiwi language.

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAMMA) will broadcast the match between the Adelaide Crows and Brisbane Lions in Arrernte language.

AFL Executive General Manager Inclusion and Social Policy Tanya Hosch says “The AFL is proud to extend its offering of in-language broadcasts to three different radio stations this season to provide more Australians with an opportunity to hear the elite game in their own languages.”

“I’d like to thank Yolngu Radio, TEABBA and CAMMA for their contribution to our game along with Telstra for being a supporting partner of this initiative and Triple M for their technical support for each of the broadcasts.”

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