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SBS One (stylised as SBS ONE) is a national public television channel in Australia. Launched on 24 October 1980, it is the responsibility of SBS's television division, and is available nationally. As of 2009, SBS One has a 5.8% audience share.



SBS began test transmissions in April 1979 when it showed various foreign language programs on ABV-2 Melbourne and ABN-2 Sydney on Sunday mornings. Full-time transmission began at on 24 October 1980 (United Nations Day) as Channel 0/28. At the time, SBS was broadcasting on UHF Channel 28 and VHF Channel 0. Bruce Gyngell, who introduced television to Australia back in 1956, was given the task of introducing the first batch of programs on the new station. The first program shown was a documentary on multiculturalism entitled "Who Are We?" which was hosted, produced and directed by well-known Australian journalist Peter Luck.

When transmission would begin for the night, the opening announcement would be as follows:

“Welcome to Channel 0/28 Multicultural Television, Sydney and Melbourne. A section of the Special Broadcasting Service, transmitting on VHF Channel 0 with a vision carrier frequency of 46.25Mhz and on UHF Channel 28 with a vision carrier frequency of 527.25Mhz. As well as from the Hyatt Kingsgate Tower in Kings Cross, Sydney, on UHF Channel 54 with a vision carrier frequency of 737.25Mhz”.

1980s to the 1990s

On 14 October 1983, the service expanded into Canberra, Cooma and Goulburn and at...
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