Who are SBS?
The Special Broadcasting Service (SBS), the channel covering the Eurovision Song Contest for the Australian public was founded on the belief that all Australians, regardless of geography, age, cultural background or language skills should have access to high quality, independent, culturally-relevant Australian media.
SBS tells the stories of humankind in more languages than any other broadcaster in the world, at last count, more than 68 languages on radio, more than 60 on television and more than 50 online.
The multiple language programmes available through SBS Television, radio and online ensure that all Australians, including the estimated three million Australians who speak a language other than English in their homes, are able to share in the experiences of others, and participate in public life. The quality of programmes, and the multiplicity of our viewpoints come from the freedom they have to draw on the best of all cultures for our programming.
SBS is patially funded by the Australian government and partly by commercial advertising.
SBS coverage in Düsseldorf
SBS are sending a small crew to the Eurovision Song Contest, comprising of presenters Sam Pang and Julia Zemiro, and producer Paul Clarke. They have arranged to hire a local crew to do the filming and sound on their behalf.
Julia and Sam will bring their entertaining commentary directly from Düsseldorf, and will be present for the whole two weeks gathering footage, interviews and backstage gossip for the shows to be aired in Australia. All three shows will be broadcast via delay on Friday 13th, Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th May. The Australian public will get their chance to vote for their favourite in the Final by public televote.
SBS Digital Radio from 15 April 2011 through to 29 May 2011, the pop up digital Eurovision radio station is back, bigger and better. This year, as well as hearing all the Eurovision hits, there will exclusive news coverage on the ground in Düsseldorf. Listeners can also tune in to a simulcast of SBS Television’s broadcasts of the Semi-Finals and Final.
A special two part programme called The Secret History of Eurovision has also been made, and will be aired on Friday 6th and Friday 13th May on SBS One to warm up the public ready for the big events to come.
Parties arranged in the big cities
Already, it has been announced that in Melbourne and Sydney, there will be huge parties with screenings of the Semi-Finals and Final. The party of Bella Union in Melbourne will include Eurovision featured cocktails and a sweepstake, and in Sydney there will be a big party in the Oxford Art Factory.
There is also a travelling contingent of fans from Australia, actually making the long trip to Germany to watch the contest, and in some cases provide their own coverage for media outlets. There will be a special Australian meet and greet get together in Düsseldorf.
Eurovision.tv will be keeping readers and viewers up to date with all of the Australian news in Düsseldorf, and will also be meeting some of the dedicated fans who have made the long trip to Germany to be there at their favourite event.