Casey Donovan: A Heart of our Nation Concert, Uluru
In a historic day for Australia, a dedicated Indigenous television service will be available for all Australians free-to-air for the first time, when NITV begins broadcasting on SBS4 digital spectrum from 12 December 2012.
To celebrate the free-to-air launch, NITV will broadcast a day of special programming starting with a two hour outdoor broadcast, live from the iconic Uluru in the Northern Territory. From the Heart of Our Nation will be a special television event marking the official ‘switch on’ of NITV free-to-air at 12pm (AEDT).
Hosted by Indigenous broadcasters Stan Grant and Rhoda Roberts, the Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara
traditional owners of the area will welcome audiences from around the nation. From the Heart of Our Nation will be followed by a one hour Living Black special (from 2pm AEDT) from SBS studios in Sydney. Hosted by Karla Grant, SBS’s award-winning Indigenous current affairs program will examine the development of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander media in Australia throughout history.
The broadcast will return to Uluru for a special edition of NITV News with Natalie Ahmat before the party
really gets underway and some of Australia’s best Indigenous talent – including Jessica Mauboy, Christine
Anu, Casey Donovan and Troy Cassar Daley – take to the stage to perform as the sun sets for a two hour
concert hosted by the much loved Ernie Dingo (from 8pm AEDT).
The launch of NITV free-to-air follows the Federal Government’s 2012 budget announcement to transfer
funding from NITV to SBS to develop a new, national digital free-to-air channel dedicated to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander content. The new NITV channel will maintain editorial responsibility over delivery of the channel, and will continue to utilise the talents of Indigenous writers, directors and journalists to produce content covering a variety of genres, from music to health, sport, news, current affairs, culture and children’s programs.