National Indigenous Television broadcaster (NITV) has today announced it will cease to exist without government funding.
The plea for financial support carries a switch off deadline of June 30th 2010.
NITV, which airs home-grown shows including Marngrook Footy Show, The Barefoot Rugby League Show, Yaarnz, Yarramundi Kids, Letterbox, Grounded, and Momentum, broadcasts in the Sydney Metropolitan Area, Geelong, Ballarat, Mildura, via Foxtel, Optus and Austar and on 147 terrestrial transmitters in remote areas of Australia.
A Press Release from NITV follows:
NITV has been on air since July 2007. We have earned the support and trust of Indigenous viewers and other Australians. NITV has utilized the talents of Indigenous writers, directors, journalists and producers to make programs in genre ranging from music to health, sport, news, current affairs, culture and children’s programs. Most of NITV’s content is made, not bought.
The Australian Government has not yet committed to a future for NITV.
This means we will have to switch off NITV from midnight 30 June 2010. We need your support.
Please send your messages of support to [email protected]
OR write to Minister Garrett, the minister NITV’s portfolio comes under directly at
The Hon Peter Garrett AM, MP
Title: Minister for Environment Protection, Heritage and the Arts.
Parliament House Contact
PO Box 6022
House of Representatives
Canberra ACT 2600
To send an email, go to www.aph.gov.au/P_Garrett_MP/ then click ‘contact form’