Current Maltese radio programs retained in new SBS Schedule
The SBS Radio Services Review has been finalised and the outcomes were published on 22 September 2017. The new schedule will take effect on 20 November 2017.
The two weekly one-hour programs in the Maltese language have survived the review. The only change is that the programs will be broadcast on Tuesdays and Fridays both at 12.00 noon, instead of Tuesdays at 12 noon and Saturdays at 2.00 pm. Both programs will be broadcast on the FM Analogue radio network in Melbourne and Sydney and the Friday program will also be broadcast on the same network nationally. The two programs will also be broadcast on Digital Radio DAB+ (SBS Radio 2) and Digital TV (SBS Radio 2).
There is no change to their accessibility online at www.sbs. com.au/maltese (Listen live or catch up on programs and podcasts), on Social Media at www.facebook. com/SBSMaltese and via iPhone and Android app – SBS Radio app (Live, Catch up & Podcasts).
The Review began nearly 12 months ago with a public consultation into the proposed Selection Criteria to be used, in conjunction with the Census 2016 data, to select which languages would be serviced by SBS Radio from the end of 2017.
The MCCV and MCCNSW had made a detailed submission to SBS on the proposed Selection Criteria in December last year.
The population of Maltese who reported that they speak their language at home decreased by 7% during the past 5 years from 34,396 in the 2011 Census to 31,987 in the 2016 Census.
Since SBS last reviewed its services in 2011 more than 1.3 million people have migrated to Australia. An extra 950,000 people now speak a language other than English at home.