SBS Radio enters its fifth decade

(Transcript from SBS World News Radio)

SBS Radio is 40 years old and federal politicians and supporters have united to wish it well for the future, and celebrate its past and its achievements.


They have paid tribute to the contribution the broadcaster has made to multiculturalism and underscored the importance of radio’s unifying effect in a time of geo-political uncertainty.

Amanda Cavill reports.

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It was a humble little broadcaster in 1975 when then immigration minister Al Grassby launched Radio Ethnic Australia with the aim of explaining the new Medibank scheme to migrant groups in different languages.

Now SBS Radio has expanded significantly, broadcasting in 74 languages including English, in digital and analogue radio and online.

The first language broadcast was Greek and Independent Senator Nick Xenophon says it has been, and remains, a focus for the Greek community.

But Senator Xenophon says SBS radio is much more than just that.

“It’s a great station. It’s very good for Australia. It brings people together. Don’t underestimate it’s impact. I know my parents who have been here for over 50 years – 60 years rather, close to 60 years – still listen to it. And it just makes a big impact. And I think the second generation, people like me like listening to the Greek language program because it keeps that link to our culture and our heritage.”

Treasurer Joe Hockey too has praised the role of the broadcaster.

Mr Hockey says 40 years on air is quite an achievement and SBS Radio plays a special role in the Australian community.

“SBS reaches out to the community in way that few do. It is able to open the door to communities particularly those that have no strong English language skills and it helps them become a part of Australia and part of the Australian community. Now in my own community’s case I know there are a lot of Armenians that came to Australia and SBS Armenian radio has reached out to people in a way that no other media outlet does.

Former communications minister in the Rudd government Stephen Conroy says SBS has helped Australia become the great multicultural nation it is today.

Senator Conroy says communities rely on the efforts of the radio broadcasters to keep in touch and keep informed.

“I think it’s been an essential fabric. I think that the newer communities to Australia have been incredibly grateful for the service that’s been provided. I think their radio stations are passionately listened to, passionately followed and woe betide anybody that tries to take one away. Because the local communities will fight and kick and scream. It’s provided a lifeline at times for people to be able to get information, to be able to listen, to understand, to keep in touch. I think the radio stations have been a fabulous, fabulous jewel in the crown of multiculturalism in Australia.”

Small Business Minister Bruce Billson says SBS Radio is continuing the fine tradition it began in 1975.

He says it unites communities and the nation and inspires people to become their best.

“You’ve got to be optimistic. We’ve got a diverse community. SBS reaches out to those communities. You know what I love about that diversity and SBS? Enterprising people. men and women come from all cultures and all parts of the world. That shared ambition of running your own business, providing a better livelihood for your families. That’s the uniting value that runs right across our community and SBS can capture that and communicate that. Happy birthday SBS.”

Veteran broadcaster Quentin Dempster says SBS Radio’s role is perhaps more important today than it has ever been.

He says the multicultural broadcaster, in concert with migrant communities, is crucial in helping counter radicalisation and encouraging social inclusion.

Mr Dempster says SBS Radio brings a tangible benefit to a robust democracy which has engaged people of all ages.

“That’s what’s so important particularly at a time now of geopolitical tension which is sometimes visited back to Australia, particularly of terrorism, jihadi recruitment, all the things that we are concerned about in Australia, to have people who have come to Australia, here programming in the languages from the countries from where they came is so important to a sense of inclusion and it is a counter to isolation and it’s a counter to terrorism.”

And each and every one of its well wishers hopes SBS Radio continues long, long into the future.

“And happy birthday to SBS Radio for 40 fabulous years. This is great news for SBS Radio. A spritely 40. Happy Birthday to SBS Radio. It’s one of the things that makes me extraordinarily proud to be an Australian and may it continue for 40 more years and well beyond that. Happy 40th birthday SBS Radio. You only look 21!”




Roosters, Warriors aiming to tidy up

When the Sydney Roosters face the Warriors this Saturday they need only beat the NRL’s most error-prone side to turn around their ailing fortunes.


But coach Trent Robinson’s men shouldn’t get ahead of themselves, given they’re currently ranked second in that department.

Wastefulness and complacency cost the fifth-placed Roosters dearly in their 10-4 upset loss to Cronulla on Sunday.

Dropped balls and turnovers aplenty bumped the tri-colours’ error count up to a whopping 20 – the team’s highest since round one when they also made 20 in their 28-4 trouncing of a lacklustre North Queensland.

It means that after 13 rounds they’ve committed the second-most errors (141) in the competition ahead of lowly Newcastle (140) and Gold Coast (139) and behind only the Warriors, who are in a league of their own on 152.

It’s a far cry from the Roosters outfit that humiliated Melbourne 24-2 a week ago on the back of only nine errors and a solid 82 per cent completion rate.

Robinson on Sunday pasted his team’s inability to complete anymore than 53 per cent of sets against an unforgiving Cronulla side bristling with the confidence that comes with the long-awaited return of injured skipper Paul Gallen.

It makes for discouraging reading for the 2013 premiers as they prepare to travel across the ditch without their State of Origin contingent.

Forward Jared Waerea-Hargreaves said set completion would be firmly front of mind this week in training, after they found out the hard way that looking for shortcuts and trying to score off every play often doesn’t work.

“That’s definitely one of our main focuses,” Waerea-Hargreaves told AAP.

“It’s something that you try and focus on every week, but Sunday was just ugly.

“It’s something we’ll address this week and prepare as well as we can to focus on playing well against the Warriors.”

Waerea-Hargreaves was keen to see the positives in facing the Warriors at Mount Smart Stadium, traditionally a successful fortress for the seventh-placed New Zealand side.

He saw a “great challenge” in playing without key stars Michael Jennings, Mitchell Pearce and Boyd Cordner who were all recalled to the Blues camp on Tuesday for Origin II.

However the Roosters will benefit from the presence of winger Daniel Tupou, who despite his strong form in the NRL was dropped by NSW coach Laurie Daley after an underwhelming game one performance.

“We’ve got to tighten the group here,” Waerea-Hargreaves said.

“It’s sticking together, and we’ll possibly have some debutants in our side.

“I’m looking forward to going home and seeing some family, and playing in front of a home crowd for me.”

Dellavedova key to LeBron’s ‘Grit Squad’

The legend of Matthew Dellavedova continues to be written.


The scrappy lad with a surname people struggle to pronounce was already Maryborough, Victoria’s favourite son and Cleveland’s new working-class hero.

The 24-year-old’s stardom was launched to a new level after his heroics for the Cleveland Cavaliers in Sunday’s 95-93 overtime NBA Finals game two victory over the Golden State Warriors.

The teams are locked 1-1 in the series.

Across the US on Monday in the sports pages of newspapers, on sports talk radio and in TV reports Dellavedova’s story received top-billing, or a co-starring role with his great Cavaliers teammate LeBron James.

“For better or worse, Matthew Dellavedova has a knack for making himself the story,” the New York Times began its story on the Australian.

The Washington Post told its readers how “Dellavedova has secured a place in the hearts of Clevelanders for eternity”.

CBS Sports, in a story titled, “How Matthew Dellavedova took the fire out of Stephen Curry”, began with: “The best heroes are often unexpected, and Matthew Dellavedova certainly fits that bill”.

Dellavadova was brought into the Cavaliers’ starting line-up after the kneecap fracture to starting point guard Kyrie Irving.

The man known in the Cavaliers’ locker room as Delly grabbed a key offensive rebound with 10.1 seconds to go, was fouled, put Cleveland ahead with two free throws and then forced Curry into an airball on the Warriors star’s last shot.

Many in the American media predicted Dellavedova would be embarrassed by Curry, arguably the best shooter in basketball history and reigning NBA MVP.

Dellavedova’s tenacious defence shut Curry down, with the All-Star scoring just once on the Australian – when he bamboozled Dellavedova with some slick dribbling and scored a layup.

Curry has vowed to not be outplayed again.

He won’t have long to wait with game three of the best-of-seven series played in Cleveland on Tuesday (Wednesday AEST).

“Probably people have been telling him he’s too small, he’s not fast enough, can’t shoot it enough, can’t handle it good enough, and he’s beat the odds so many times,” James, discussing Dellavedova, said in his post game interview.

The unfashionable Dellavedova, who has stepped up his look in the finals by replacing his usual hoodie jacket with crisp new suits, fits perfectly into James’ battered and bruised Cavaliers.

Dellavedova’s statistics in game two weren’t pretty – nine points from 3-10 shooting (1-6 from behind the three point line), six turnovers, five rebounds, three fouls and one assist in 42 minutes on the court.

It was the harassing defence on Curry, that one offensive rebound he snatched from taller, stronger Warriors, diving on loose balls, the three-pointer when the Cavaliers were sinking and his will to keep going when it looked like he had just ran a marathon that was astounding to watch.

It’s the blue collar guy James needed.

“It’s The Grit Squad that we have,” James told reporters.

“It’s not cute at all. If you’re looking for us to play sexy, cute basketball, then that’s not us.”

And a key contributor in James’ Grit Squad is Delly, the Aussie who refuses to be written off.

Nigeria score late to draw with Sweden

A day after Germany crushed the Ivory Coast 10-0, the Super Falcons restored African pride with an all-out attacking style that won over the fans and shocked the fifth-ranked Swedes.


With Sweden hanging on for the win, Ordega ran onto a perfect pass from Ngozi Okobi and confidently fired the ball past charging goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl in the 87th minute.

“The Nigerian team is a praying team,” said Super Falcons coach Edwin Okon, who knelt down to kiss the ground and pray after Ordega’s goal. “We knew it is not over until it is over.

“We are a good team, it was just unfortunate in the first half we gave up two cheap goals.”

Nigeria, ranked 33 in the world, had Sweden on the back foot for much of the match but trailed 2-0 at halftime after an own goal by Desire Oparanozie and a tap-in from Nilla Fischer, both scores coming off Sweden corners and the product of sloppy defending.

But the speedy Nigerians continued to press forward in the second half and were rewarded for their enterprise as they scored twice in a three-minute burst from forwards Okobi and Asisat Oshoala, who out-muscled Fischer for the ball at the top of the penalty area and then coolly slotted home.

The reeling Swedes were quick to respond, regaining the lead at 3-2 when substitute Linda Sembrant kneed a cross past Nigeria’s goalkeeper Precious Dede.

One of the pre-tournament favourites to reach the July 5 final in Vancouver, Sweden now face a bigger challenge to emerge from a so-called ‘Group of Death’ that also includes the second-ranked United States and 10th-ranked Australia.

“This is a really tough group,” acknowledged Sweden coach Pia Sundhage. “It is the first game and people out there were a little bit nervous and at the end of the day we have a second game and a third and we will do better.

“I’m very pleased we scored three goals, however, the fact we gave up a late equaliser I am not happy about that.”

Group D action resumes on Friday when Nigeria play Australia and the United States face Sweden.

(Editing by Mark Lamport-Stokes and Frank Pingue)

Bosnich given bond over ‘clipping’ cyclist

Former soccer star-turned-commentator Mark Bosnich has been placed on a 12-month good behaviour bond for clipping the back wheel of a cyclist.


The former Manchester United and Socceroos goalkeeper “clipped” the cyclist following a confrontation in Sydney’s CBD on May 21 last year.

The rider, who was allegedly three times over the limit, is accused of throwing a bike lock at the Fox Sports presenter’s passenger side mirror.

Bosnich, 43, pleaded guilty in April to reckless driving after prosecutors dropped the words “furiously” and “dangerous” from the charge.

Bosnich steered into the cyclist after the two had a dispute about changing lanes on Erskine Street, police facts state.

Bosnich’s lawyer Ross Hudson told Downing Centre Local Court on Tuesday that after the verbal exchange, the cyclist threw a bike lock at the commentator’s passenger-side car mirror.

He said Bosnich only pulled over to “inquire” with the cyclist as to what had happened.

It was then, Mr Hudson told the court, that Bosnich “clipped” the man’s back wheel.

The cyclist fell from his bike, injuring his rib and elbow, facts state.

It has since been revealed the cyclist was around three times over the blood alcohol limit at the time of the offence.

Mr Hudson said Bosnich had an “illustrious soccer career” and the matter had “significantly tarnished” his good reputation.

In sentencing him to a one-year good behaviour bond without conviction, Magistrate Michael Price said it was on the “lower end of culpability” and that he was a man of good character.

Outside court Bosnich said “it was a misjudgment and now we can all put it behind us”.