(stylised as SBS ONE
) is a national public television channel
. 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
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