National Indigenous TV is to receive $15.2m in government funding for its next year of operations from July 1st, ending months of speculation about its future.
NITV, which airs Australia-wide via a mix of remote area transmitters, satellite and Pay TV, was thrown a one year lifeline last June after financial support was due to end.
The broadcaster will also move from the portfolio of the Department of the Environment to the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy.
The announcements follow a review conducted by Neville Stevens, which recommended the network remain editorially independent and be funded on a three-year rather than annual basis.
Ken Reys, NITV Chairman, said, “The funding renewal and our being moved into the Communications portfolio is a big step forward for NITV and the Indigenous broadcasting sector. We have been fighting for more than two decades to have this level of recognition within the Australian media landscape.
“We believe the Government recognises the contribution we are making in helping to close the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. We also welcome the recognition in the Stevens Review Report that ensuring continuing editorial independence for NITV is crucial and that NITV should be funded on a triennial basis.”
NITV is still lobbying for communications minister Stephen Conroy to give it a dedicated free-to-air digital channel.
One of NITV’s original shows, Marngrook Footy Show, was recently picked up by ABC2 while new kids game show Go Lingo! airs on both NITV and ABC3.