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Thursday, 11 September 2003
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Mr Jenkins asked the Minister representing the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, upon notice, on 18 August 2003:

(1) What is the difference in staffing arrangements for (a) SBS TV and (b) SBS Radio between the Sydney production centre and the Melbourne production centre.

(2) Which SBS (a) radio and (b) TV programs are sourced from (i) Sydney, (ii) Melbourne and (iii) other capital cities.


Mr McGauran (Minister for Science) —The Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1) SBS Television

SBS Television is broadcast nationally from Sydney. Functions of program acquisition, commissioning, production, scheduling, classification, subtitling, closed captioning, publicity, on air promotion, presentation to air, transmission, engineering, audience research and the other activities that make up television are handled by the 396 staff of the Television Division located in Sydney.

SBS also maintains a bureau in Melbourne which contributes to SBS World News, World News Tonight, Toyota World Sport, Insight, The World Game, and, on occasions, SBS-produced lifestyle programs. The Melbourne bureau also houses two staff of SBS Independent, the section of SBS Television that commissions documentary, drama and other programs from Australia's independent production sector. The total number of SBS Television staff employed in Melbourne at present is 14.

SBS Radio

Staffing arrangements for SBS Radio are the same in the Sydney and Melbourne production centres. The SBS Enterprise Agreement and Awards are applied equally in both centres. There are differences between staff across the production centres such as broadcaster-journalists who are on fixed rosters in alignment with program times compared with operators who work rotating rosters in line with studio needs. In both production centres there is a minimum staffing formula for broadcaster-journalists of 12 hours preparation and presentation for each hour on-air.

There are differences in staff numbers between Sydney and Melbourne. For the month of June 2003 - the last full month available - the number of full-time equivalent (FTE) positions in Sydney was 108.64, compared to 128.05 in Melbourne. These equate to 173 full-time and part-time employees in Sydney and 190 in Melbourne. For the three months up to and including June 2003, the average FTEs was 112.78 in Sydney and 125.15 in Melbourne. These figures take into account all individuals on the payroll for each production centre and so include people on leave and those backfilling for leave.

(2) SBS Television

All programs produced by SBS itself are produced in Sydney apart from rare occasions when a program is broadcast from Melbourne and partly produced in that city.

The SBS Melbourne bureau contributes to programs as described in the answer to part (1). The SBS Canberra bureau contributes to news and current affairs programs.

SBS commissions or purchases programs which are made in different parts of the country. In 2002-03, the breakdown based on State/Territory location of the production company was as follows (the great majority of these production houses are located in the capital city):

Queensland

The Trouble with GeorgeTrashHard ChoicesTriple Zed(S)truth2 short films for eatcarpet

Northern Territory

Wild TurkeyOz Concert1 short film for eatcarpet

South Australia

2 short films for eatcarpet

Victoria

Stories from the GolfJohn Safron vs GodLittle SiberiaA GradeTales from TurnbuckleTroubled MindsMombassa ManifestoMy VietnamQueen of HeartsWhy Men Pay For ItThe Mysterious GeographicExploration of Jasper MorelloTwo Men and a BabyThe Innocence ProjectDesigner BabyIs Grandad Playing Games?Call Me MumBob Brought the WarPetra JourneyGodfather of Bodies11 short films for eatcarpet

New South Wales

TwentyfourSevenLife SupportTasty Bust ReunionSandman in SiberiaThe Glue FactoryStrangers in TownThe President vs David HicksThe Sexual Life of UsHandle with CarePreservationTransportedPuckeridge FamilyLilitaDivorceHelen's WarSilent StormOver the FenceKapsalides FamilyKnot at HomeBig All at OnceFine LineThe Safe HouseIndigenous dramaWith MotherMore than ScarletDying to LeaveRed Heart HospitalFrom the Sky to the SeaSelling SicknessLennie Cahill Shoots ThroughToken KoorisBush DoctorConvictsKorean AnzacsWithout Prejudice23 short films for eatcarpet

Tasmania

Cable

SBS Radio

Programs in 53 languages are produced in Sydney in a fortnightly networking cycle between the two production centres. Programs in 54 languages are produced in Melbourne. See Appendix A for the full list.

No programs are broadcast from other capital cities. Many language programs have their own correspondents in cities where there are significant populations of their language communities. SBS Radio also has State Correspondents in Canberra, Adelaide and Perth feeding reports and features to the National Radio Newsroom. The National Radio Newsroom is staffed equally in Sydney and Melbourne and serves programs in both centres.

Appendix A

Programs produced in Sydney and Melbourne by language

SYD

MEL

SYD

MEL

ABORIGINAL

x

x

NORWEGIAN

x

AFRICAN (Eng)

x

x

PERSIAN/FARSI

x

x

ALBANIAN

x

POLISH

x

x

AMHARIC

x

PORTUGUESE

x

x

ARABIC

x

x

PUNJABI

x

x

ARMENIAN

x

x

ROMANIAN

x

ASSYRIAN

x

x

RUSSIAN

x

x

BENGALI

x

RUSSIAN

x

x

BOSNIAN

x

SAMOAN

x

BULGARIAN

x

SERBIAN

x

x

BURMESE

x

SINHALESE

x

CANTONESE

x

x

SLOVAK

x

COOK IS. MAORI

x

SLOVENIAN

x

x

CROATIAN

x

x

SOMALI

x

CZECH

x

x

SPANISH

x

x

DANISH

x

SWEDISH

x

DARI

x

TAMIL

x

DUTCH

x

x

THAI

x

ESTONIAN

x

x

TONGAN

x

FIJIAN

x

TURKISH

x

x

FILIPINO

x

x

UKRAINIAN

x

x

FINNISH

x

URDU

x

x

FRENCH

x

x

VIETNAMESE

x

x

GERMAN

x

x

YIDDISH

x

x

GREEK

x

x

53

54

GUJERATI

x

HEBREW

x

x

HINDI

x

x

HUNGARIAN

x

x

INDONESIAN

x

x

ITALIAN

x

x

JAPANESE

x

KANNADA

x

KHMER

x

x

KOREAN

x

x

KURDISH

x

LAOTIAN

x

x

LATVIAN

x

LITHUANIAN

x

x

MACEDONIAN

x

x

MALAY

x

MALTESE

x

x

MANDARIN

x

x

MAORI

x

NEPALESE

x