SBS Radio: 40Years!

Staff Writer

For the month of June SBS is celebrating the 40th anniversary of SBS Radio, and 40 years as the voice of multicultural Australia. 

Established in June 1975 SBS Radio has grown and developed into the world’s largest multicultural media organisation with  74 language programs and four music channels producing over 265 hours of original, Australian focused news and information every week.

SBS Director of Audio Language Content – Radio, Mandi Wicks said: “Radio is at the heart of SBS, and is the foundation from which we have grown into a modern, multi-platform network. Just two years on from the launch of our new radio schedule and new language programs, we are now delivering news and information to a larger and more diverse community and across more platforms, than at any other point in our history.”

To mark the anniversary, SBS Radio are celebrating 40 years of a multicultural Australia with specialised content looking back on the news that shaped Australia and the world over the last 40 years.


SBS Managing Director, Michael Ebeid said:  “SBS Radio has had a significant impact on the lives of so many people in the last 40 years, including my own parents who I remember listening to the Arabic program, when I was young.  For them, as with many migrants, SBS was a trusted place where they could get impartial news and information in a language they were more familiar with, helping them participate in Australian society.

“We are still that trusted voice for the more than four million Australians who speak a language other than English at home. With that figure now double what it was 40 years ago; there is a greater need today for SBS’s services than ever before, which will only increase as Australia continues to grow in cultural complexity”.

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