Australia Day: 25 & 26 January 2022: guide

Highlights of coverage next week including ABC, NITV and 10.

Networks have Live coverage of Australia Day / January 26 events next week.

Here is a selection of highlights:


Australian of the Year 2022
7:30pm Tuesday January 25
ABC proudly presents the Australian of the Year Awards on Tuesday, January 25, live from Canberra’s National Arboretum from 7.30pm AEDT on ABC TV, ABC iview, ABC NEWS channel, ABC social and ABC Radio. The Australian of the Year Awards celebrates the achievements and contributions of outstanding Australians throughout the last year. There are 33 people in contention for four prestigious award categories:

• Australian of the Year
• Senior Australian of the Year
• Young Australian of the Year
• Australia’s Local Hero

The evening’s celebrations will be hosted by Hamish Macdonald and Susie Youssef with the Prime Minister, the Hon Scott Morrison presenting the four category awards as they are announced, culminating in the announcement of the Australian of the Year 2022. The event will include performances by Marcia Hines.

Australia Day Live 2022
7:30pm Wednesday January 26
Australia Day Live at the Sydney Opera House and spanning Circular Quay showcases our nation’s best musical stars with tributes to our country, combined with a fireworks and maritime show. As the sun sets on our national day, Australia Day Live from the Sydney Opera House forecourt and spanning Circular Quay is just getting started with an inspiring and uplifting finale to our national day featuring powerful storytelling, moving tributes and sensational entertainment on both land and water. Australia Day Live showcases musical performances from our nation’s best talent complemented by a dazzling watercraft extravaganza of yachts, jet skis, fly boarders, and parachutists dropping in to join the fun. All this along with Sydney’s iconic landmarks and harbour create an incredible backdrop for a brilliant fireworks and light show. The two-hour spectacular is produced by the NSW Government and Australia Day Council of NSW with creative direction led by music maestro and Creative Director John Foreman OAM together with composer, producer, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist William Barton. Australia Day Live will be hosted by John Foreman, Casey Donovan and Jeremy Fernandez. Since it began in 2016, Australia Day Live at Sydney Opera House has proven much more than a concert; it reflects a nation with a complex past coming together to recognise our history, embrace our diversity and celebrate community, the Australian spirit and our many great achievements. Performers:  Shane Howard, Casey Donovan, Andrew Farriss, Jon Stevens, Isaiah Firebrace, William Barton, Amber Lawrence, Kirsty Lee Akers, Mark Vincent, Emma Donovan and more.


7.30pm Tuesday 25 January NITV
Hosted by Natalie Ahmat, NITV News will bring audiences a wrap of events and national conversation leading into our Australia Day, Survival Day and Invasion Day rolling coverage on the 26th January.

Sunrise Ceremony
6am Wednesday, 26 January NITV (SBS, 10 simulcast)
The Sunrise Ceremony will be presented by The Point hosts John Paul Janke and Narelda Jacobs live from Coolangatta in Queensland at 6.00am on Wednesday 26 January and will mark the commencement of a daytime simulcast across SBS and NITV. The beautiful and insightful program is led by Indigenous perspectives and includes reflections from non-Indigenous and multicultural voices on what it means to be Australian. A short introductory film titled The Land We Live On will be played prior to the Sunrise Ceremony. In the short film, Penelope Towney will perform an Acknowledgement of Country for the Dharawal and Yuin Nations, followed by a short reflection on performing Welcomes to Country and Acknowledgements of Country. The Sunrise Ceremony will also be simulcasted on Channel 10 and will encore on NITV and SBS at 12.00pm.

6pm Wednesday, 26 January NITV (simulcast SBS)
Natalie Ahmat and the NITV News team wraps the day that was January 26th from a First Nations perspective with a special focus on the 50th year of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy on Ngunnawal Country.

TikTok and NITV Present: First Sounds
7:30pm Wednesday January 26 NITV (SBS VICELAND simulcast)
TikTok will partner with NITV in a live concert – TikTok and NITV Present: First Sounds. Hosted by Tyrone Pynor, Bianca Hunt and Grayson McCarthy-Grogan, the concert will feature a specially curated line up of both emerging and established artists including Barkaa, JK-47, Nooky, Becca Hatch, Jesswar, Kobie Dee, Dallas Woods, Genesis Owusu, Kaiit and more. 

Araatika! Rise Up
9:30pm Wednesday January 26 NITV (SBS simulcast)
In 2012, a group of Indigenous NRL players including Dean Widders, Preston Campbell, Timana Tahu and George Rose came together to develop a pre-game ceremony that would be a response to New Zealand’s much loved, universally recognised and hugely respected haka. Through this process the players also recognise that there was no equivalent to a war dance in the Aboriginal cultures. Instead, in these millenniums’ old cultures, we hunt quietly. Since then, the original cohort, led by Dean, has collaborated to build support for their vision – including the mighty Indigenous All-Stars teams – to engage with the pre- game cultural performance. For the players, it is a way of highlighting the contribution that Indigenous players have made to the game of rugby league – heroes like Arthur Beetson, Laurie Daley, Preston Campbell, Larry Corowa, Anthony Mundine – and the role the game has had in empowering many Aboriginal sports people. Dean seeks advice from Bangarra Theatre Company’s Stephen Page (a co-creator of the dance) and Wesley Enoch, artistic director of the Sydney Festival, about the best ways to take stories of culture to the world. Wesley sets Dean a challenge. If Dean can persuade a high-profile group of people to participate, Wesley will include the dance at The Vigil, the Survival Day ceremony that will be held at the Barangaroo headland and televised nationally in January 2021.


5:30m – 10am
Sunrise will start your Australia Day the right way, with a special, extended edition Live from 530am until 10am. Hosts Kochie and Nat will interview the 2022 Australian of the Year and the Young Australian of the Year. The program will feature Aussies who have been awarded this year’s Australia Day Honours. Sunrise reporters will also be stationed at key vantage points, giving viewers their first look at Australia Day activities in all corners of the country.

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  1. It used to be and is still somewhat an Australia Day holiday week tradition which is Triple J’s Hottest 100 on Rage next weekend. The countdown is on now and the younger people are listening in on the radio at work.

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