The SBS World News Channel
was an Australian television channel
broadcast by SBS Television
that launched on 12 June 2002. The channel, that used to be only available to digital television
viewers in Australia, was the first digital-only multi-channel
for the Special Broadcasting Service
. The news service broadcast for eighteen hours per day, Seven days a week, retransmitting news from fifteen countries. In between news retransmissions, the channel displayed weather information, news headlines, and some commercial advertising.
The SBS World News Channel was officially inaugurated by Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts
, Senator Richard Alston
on 12 June 2002, with the launch broadcast simultaneously live onto the channel.
It was previously known as The World News
in its first year.Tagalog
, and Arabic language
broadcasts were added to SBS' WorldWatch
schedule in 2003. The Vietnamese service, taken from the government-controlled channel VTV4
, was heavily protested against by the Vietnamese community, many of whom found the bulletin's portrayal of the communist Vietnamese flag
and Ho Chi Minh
offensive. The Vietnamese Community of Australia, claimed that the program's lack of reports on political arrests and religious oppression were also offensive, especially to those who fled the country following the Vietnam...