Here are the Free to Air highlights for January 26.
The ABC will focus on the communities most affected by the ongoing bushfires as part of its 2020 Australia Day coverage.
The ABC will broaden its Australia Day coverage this year to include stories from the regions that have been impacted by bushfires. Emergency broadcasting, however, will remain at the core of its service for those communities still under threat from bushfires.
The ABC’s Managing Director, David Anderson, said the Australia Day weekend had always given Australians the opportunity to reflect on what makes us who we are, as well as celebrating the things that bring us together as a nation.
“That has never been more important than now. As the ABC continues to bring communities the emergency information they rely on, we will also take the opportunity to tell Australians the stories of bravery, determination and resilience that we are seeing in communities across the country in the face of these unprecedented events.”
In addition to the coverage of The Australian of the Year Awards and Australia Day events, the ABC will share stories from those Australians living in bushfire affected communities – stories of generosity, solidarity and community spirit. Those stories will be broadcast across all platforms including ABC’s local and regional radio networks, television, online and on the corporation’s social media platforms.
Mr Anderson said the ABC’s New Year’s Eve partnership with the Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund had closed after raising $13.3 million funding recovery programs, practical support and emergency grants. He said the national broadcaster would continue to promote all the key charities supporting bushfire affected communities. A list of all major national and state-based charities can be found at abc.net.au/appeals.
Saturday 25 January
The Australian Of the Year Awards celebrates its 60th anniversary Live from the National Arboretum, Canberra.
7.30pm ABC / ABC News. Hosted by Kumi Taguchi and Jeremy Fernandez.
Sunday 26 January
WugulOra Morning Ceremony Barangaroo Reserve NSW.
7.30am – 8.30am Hosted by Luke Carroll and Karla Ranby.
Flag Raising and Citizenship Ceremony, Canberra. Live
9:00am to 10:15am.
Hosted by Dan Bourchier, Stephanie Brantz and ACT’s Commissioner for Emergency Services, Georgeina Whelan.
Governor-General’s Australia Day Address 2020
Australia Day Live Concert, Circular Quay.
Live from the forecourt of Sydney’s iconic Opera House
7:30pm to 9:30pm. Hosted by John Foreman, Christine Anu, Jeremy Fernandez and Vanessa Amorosi.
NITV is proud to announce its Always Was, Always Will Be programming slate, with a distinctive schedule of programs that invites communities to join together, reflect and celebrate what it means to be Australian on January 26.
A selection of dedicated programming, special events, premieres and news highlights will air from January 19-26 with a focus on encouraging greater understanding of Indigenous Australian perspectives.
Tanya Orman, NITV Channel Manager, said: “As Australia’s national Indigenous broadcaster, NITV is an important platform for Indigenous voices and truth-telling every day of the year, but January 26 is a particularly poignant moment in our calendar. We have an opportunity to not only help all Australians deepen their understanding of our nation’s identity, but to also share truly spiritual moments with our community.
“250 years on from the landing at Botany Bay, we encourage Australians to tune in and learn more about the Indigenous history of the land we all stand on.”
Wednesday January 22
A special edition panel show titled, ‘Aussie, Aussie, Aussie? (Who The Bloody Hell Are We?)’ will explore Australian identity and where the Indigenous story currently sits within the national psyche. The panel will delve into how Australia can better entwine its colonial and migrant stories with the ancient spirit of this land, particularly at a time of environmental crisis.
(NITV’s first Slow TV commission). The film follows mesmerising footage of artist Allery Sandy creating ‘Ngarndu Marni’ – a dot-work painting of her homeland in the Pilbara region – interwoven with drone footage of that Country’s stunning landscape, a journeying soundtrack and Allery’s voiceover.’
7:30pm NITV will air a live cross to a smoking ceremony that will take place from dusk to dawn through the streets of Sydney. Hosted by Rae Johnston and Jack Latimore, the ceremony will give audiences a chance to reflect upon Australia’s rich Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage, as well as its colonial institutions and contemporary multicultural migration through live music, choral and poetry performances.
Sunday January 26
The nation is invited to tune in and experience unique perspectives, cultural performances and entertainment encapsulated in NITV’s Sunrise Ceremony (simulcast on SBS and SBS On Demand). Hosted by John Paul Janke, this two-hour special network event commences live from Sydney’s North Head as the dawn rises, and will encourage audiences to deepen their understanding of the nation, while acknowledging the past and embracing a shared future.
A smoking ceremony at sunrise will be accompanied by a panel of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices, who will discuss the solutions for issues impacting First Nations communities today, alongside song, dance and musical performances from Djakapurra, Eric Avery and Mau Power.
News crosses throughout the day will be hosted by Natalie Ahmat, Rae Johnston, Janice Petersen and Marc Fennell, and will see NITV News bringing audiences hourly bulletins, including live crosses to journalists at ‘Australia Day’, ‘Survival Day’ and ‘Invasion Day’ events around the country.
Movie: The Sapphires
8:30pm (NITV + SBS)
Starring Deborah Mailman, Jessica Mauboy and Miranda Tapsell, the film depicts four, talented Indigenous Australian women who learn about love, friendship and war as the all-girl group travels to Vietnam to entertain the US troop.
Sunday January 26
At 6am on January 26 we invite you to tune in and experience unique perspectives, cultural performances and entertainment, encapsulated in this special Sunrise Ceremony. Hosted by John Paul Janke, this two-hour special event live from Sydney’s North Head, will encourage audiences to deepen their understanding of the nation, while acknowledging the past and embracing a shared future. A smoking ceremony at sunrise will be accompanied by a panel of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices, including Studio 10’s Narelda Jacobs, who will discuss the solutions for issues impacting First Nations communities today, when considering the land that we all call home. The broadcast will also feature traditional song, dance and musical performances from Djakapurra, Eric Avery and Mau Power.
SBS will simulcast with NITV from 6am-2pm, commercial free, and SBS On Demand will live stream both The Vigil and the Sunrise Ceremony, as well as the creation of a January 26 programming collection on the site.
SBS Food will host a marathon of Australian cooking and travel programming from both Indigenous and multi-cultural perspectives, including NITV content such as On Country Kitchen, and popular SBS Food programs Sara’s Australia Unveiled, Poh’s Kitchen and Rick Stein’s Seafood Odyssey.
SBS World Movies will air home-grown cinema throughout the evening of January 26, including Oscar-nominated Lion, followed by Ali’s Wedding.
Sunday January 26
Movie: Australia Day
A trio of intertwined tales of racial prejudice, misunderstanding and revenge play out against the backdrop of Australia’s national holiday.
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