ABC will add subtitles in Mandarin to select iview titles to mark the Lunar New Year.
As part of ABC’s push to be relevant to all Australians, these shows will offer subtitles from Friday Feb 16:
Back Roads: The Complete Series 1 – 3;
Australian Story (select episodes);
Four Corners (select episodes);
Catalyst (select episodes);
You Can’t Ask That: The Complete Series 1 – 2.
Last year, ABC iview attracted over 8.5m plays for preschool programs in Mandarin.
Rebecca Heap, ABC Head of Programming and Digital said: “As the national broadcaster, the ABC is committed to serving all Australians. We appreciate how culturally and linguistically diverse Australia is with more than one-fifth of Australians speaking a language other than English at home. Our preschool Mandarin programs have been a big hit on ABC KIDS iview amongst both Mandarin speaking households and English-speaking households keen to broaden their language awareness. We are excited to be able to extend our offering with our selection of subtitled ABC programs to now cater for all age groups.”
ABC KIDS will also broadcast a special curated day celebrating the Year of the Dog both on-air and on ABC KIDS iview.
ABC KIDS highlights Friday February 16:
Luo Bao Bei
Airing at 7.25am, 7.40am, 8.35am, 5.00pm and 6.15pm on ABC KIDS and ABC iview
Luo Bao Bei is a bright and spirited 7-year old girl with a vivid imagination, on a quest to understand the world around her. With her friends and some endearing animal companions by her side, she navigates the excitement of childhood with enthusiasm and curiosity, always finding adventure along the way. Kids everywhere will relate to Luo Bao Bei’s journey to learn life lessons, one story at a time.
Broadcast in English and available on ABC iview in English and Mandarin.
Play School Story Time: Languages
Airing from 2.10pm on ABC KIDS and ABC iview
Asian language speaking families and families with an interest in developing Mandarin, Cantonese or Japanese as a second language, will be able to enjoy watching these language versions of Play School Story Time. (These episodes are all subtitled in English and the original English versions are also available on ABC iview).
Play School Story Time: Karen Pang – Diary of a Wombat (Cantonese) 2.10pm on ABC KIDS and ABC iview
Play School favourite Karen Pang joins her Play School friends on the Story Time couch to share a delightful and entertaining peek into the life of one very busy wombat! Don’t miss Jackie French and illustrator Bruce Whatley’s Diary of a Wombat in Cantonese!
Play School Story Time: Kumi Taguchi – Too Many Pears (Japanese) 2.20pm on ABC KIDS and ABC iview
ABC News presenter Kumi Taguchi swaps the news desk for the Story Time couch to read Jackie French and illustrator, Bruce Whatley’s beloved story about Pamela the cow in Too Many Pears in Japanese!
Play School Story Time: Adam Liaw – The Little Red Hen and the Grains of Wheat (Mandarin) 2.25pm on ABC KIDS and ABC iview
Join the fun as Adam Liaw reads the classic tale of The Little Red Hen and the Grains of Wheat by author L. R. Hen and Illustrator Jago in Mandarin.