Independent News For The Australian Public Service
Edition Number 417. Updated Tuesday, 08 July 2014

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News bulletin goes indigenous

A trial of an Indigenous language news service in the Northern Territory has been launched by the ABC.

Managing Director of the ABC, Mark Scott said the service would provide daily radio news bulletins in two Aboriginal languages, Warlpiri and Yolngu Matha, over a 12-month period.

Mr Scott said the service was developed with the support of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Senator Nigel Scullion, and would be available on ABC News online and mobile services for the duration of the trial.

Mr Scott said the Northern Territory had an Indigenous population of about 30 per cent and for many Indigenous Australians English was a second language.

He said the ABC Charter required the ABC to offer services to the community as a whole and reflect the cultural diversity of the Australian population.

ABC trials new radio service

"The ABC works hard to ensure that all Australians have access to quality media services, including reliable news and information about international, national, regional and local matters," Mr Scott said.

"This trial is an extension of these rich media services".

Chair of the ABC's Bonner Committee, Charlie King said the Indigenous Language News Service Trial aligns closely with the aims and objectives of the ABC's Reconciliation Action Plan.

"This service will increase access to the ABC's high quality, independent news programming for Aboriginal people living in some of the remotest parts of the Northern Territory for many of whom English is a second language," he said.

ABC Director Northern Territory, Christopher Smyth said the Northern Territory Aboriginal Interpreter Service (AIS) would assist the ABC in producing the Warlpiri and Yolngu Matha services for the duration of the trial.

Audiences can access the Indigenous Language Radio News Service through the ABC News Online website at this PS News link.

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