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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:

What is the breakdown for SBS broadcasting by language for the (a) Melbourne AM station, the (b) Melbourne FM station, the (c) Sydney AM station, the (d) Sydney FM station and the (e) national network.


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:

Appendix A (attached) shows the breakdown of broadcasting by language for the Sydney and Melbourne AM and FM signals and the National Radio Network (NRN):

30 languages are broadcast on the Melbourne AM signal.

35 languages are broadcast on the Melbourne FM signal.

31 Languages are broadcast on the Sydney AM signal.

36 languages are broadcast on the Sydney FM signal.

54 languages are broadcast on the SBS National Radio Network.

Although languages are allocated varying amounts of airtime (for example, Italian 14 hours per week on the FM frequency compared to Malay with one hour per week on AM), overall the total number of hours for all languages on the four Sydney and Melbourne frequencies and NRN (from 6 am to midnight) are the same. That is, the total hours on each of the Melbourne AM, Melbourne FM, Sydney AM, Sydney FM frequencies and NRN is 126 hours per week.

Appendix A

Programs broadcast in Sydney, Melbourne and nationally by frequency

Language Program

am

fm

NRN

Language Program

am

fm

NRN

Syd

Mel

Syd

Mel

Syd

Mel

Syd

Mel

ABORIGINAL

x

x

x

NORWEGIAN

x

x

AFRICAN (Eng)

x

x

x

PERSIAN/FARSI

x

x

x

ALBANIAN

x

x

POLISH

x

x

x

AMHARIC

x

x

x

PORTUGUESE

x

x

x

ARABIC

x

x

x

PUNJABI

x

x

ARMENIAN

x

x

x

ROMANIAN

x

x

x

ASSYRIAN

x

x

RUSSIAN

x

x

x

BENGALI

x

x

SAMOAN

x

x

BOSNIAN

x

x

SERBIAN

x

x

x

BULGARIAN

x

SINHALESE

x

x

x

BURMESE

x

x

x

SLOVAK

x

x

x

CANTONESE

x

x

x

SLOVENIAN

x

x

x

COOK IS. MAORI

x

x

SOMALI

x

x

x

CROATIAN

x

x

x

SPANISH

x

x

x

CZECH

x

x

x

SWEDISH

x

x

x

DANISH

x

x

x

TAMIL

x

x

x

DARI

x

x

x

THAI

x

x

x

DUTCH

x

x

x

TONGAN

x

x

x

ESTONIAN

x

x

x

TURKISH

x

x

x

FIJIAN

x

x

UKRAINIAN

x

x

x

FILIPINO

x

x

x

URDU

x

x

x

FINNISH

x

x

x

VIETNAMESE

x

x

x

FRENCH

x

x

x

YIDDISH

x

x

x

GERMAN

x

x

x

GREEK

x

x

x

GUJARATI

x

HEBREW

x

x

x

HINDI

x

x

x

HUNGARIAN

x

x

x

INDONESIAN

x

x

x

ITALIAN

x

x

x

JAPANESE

x

x

x

KANNADA

x

Language Program

am

Fm

NRN

Language Program

am

fm

NRN

Syd

Mel

Syd

Mel

Syd

Mel

Syd

Mel

KHMER

x

x

x

KOREAN

x

x

x

KURDISH

x

x

LAOTIAN

x

x

x

LATVIAN

x

x

x

LITHUANIAN

x

x

x

MACEDONIAN

x

x

x

MALAY

x

x

x

MALTESE

x

x

x

MANDARIN

x

x

x

MAORI

x

x

x

NEPALESE

x