To: SBS Management


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Campaign created by
Charmaine Cassar

This campaign has ended.


We, the undersigned, strongly protest against this decision to cease funding of two (2) hours of Maltese programs on SBS Radio to a token allocation of two (2) hours per week and call upon the SBS management to reverse its decision and reinstate the current number of four (4) hours per week.

Why is this important?

SBS Management are to discontinue two hours from the existing four hours allotted to the Maltese community, SBS Radio fail to see the very needs of our community and incorrectly has given more weight to its size as if the bigger the community the larger its radio audience.

We urge the members of the Maltese community, wherever they are in Australia to get behind their community leaders and with one voice lodge a protest in the strongest possible terms.

The Maltese Community Councils of NSW and Victoria feel that the management of SBS Radio and their criteria for distribution of language programme time on SBS should include specific community needs and not merely the size of the non-English speaking date from the census.

We say to those running SBS Radio that if there is trimming to be made of the available SBS Radio hours, it must come from a reduction of the overgenerous allowance that it has provided to the larger ethnic groups and not from those they think they can easily kick around.

Finally, the SBS Management should not treat the Maltese community as soft touch by wanting to discuss with them decisions already taken. Community consultations, when decisions have already been taken are a farce.

Let us all unite to this unjust decision by the SBS.

**This petition will close COB Tuesday 21st July 2015**

Reasons for signing

  • We need the program going. Look forward to listening to it.
  • to save the language
  • I am a 83 years old Maltese and I look forward to listening to the radio in my language.


2015-08-11 13:18:17 +1000

This is it:

The reduction of the two hours of Maltese SBS Radio on Tuesday and Thursday 12pm programs were a way of living for many listeners because they’ve been on the schedule at the same time since the beginning 40 years ago. Do not give up. Talk to you Member of Parliament. Show your displeasure.

Listen to the above link, it will give you a detailed explanation of what went on between the Maltese community and SBS Radio.

2015-07-30 07:46:12 +1000

"SBS advised that the SBS Board was consulted about this difficult decision and was fully briefed about the community’s response during the past few weeks. The SBS Board understands the impact of the changes on the community, and has spent much time deliberating these impacts before this decision was taken. SBS explained that its funding no longer permits the provision of these additional services."

2015-07-29 07:40:58 +1000


"Over three thousand signatures supporting the petition were gathered on paper and online in a relatively short period of two weeks. The petition is also being submitted to the federal Minister for Communications, the Hon Malcolm Turnbull."

Thank you to everyone that has signed this online petition in show of support to keep our language on air.

2015-07-21 07:51:45 +1000

Our united voice continues to make waves in Malta - as featured on the Maltese news last night on TVM:

2015-07-20 19:20:21 +1000

1,000 signatures reached

2015-07-20 17:42:13 +1000

Michelle Rowland MP - Shadow Minister for Citizenship and Multiculturalism; Shadow Assistant Minister for Communications; Member for Greenway has written a letter to the Managing Director of SBS, Mr Michael Ebeid asking SBS to reconsider its decision and reinstate the two hours of Maltese programming that has been removed.

2015-07-19 10:34:37 +1000

Article from the Times of Malta 18th July 2015

2015-07-19 09:56:48 +1000

The signatures we have up to date will be handed over by COB tomorrow (20th July). We have hit 800+ and hoping by tomorrow afternoon we can get up to and over 1000 signatures. Please sign if you haven't already, and please share the link onto anyone and everyone who you know will support our Maltese Community.

2015-07-13 09:34:21 +1000

The Hon. Chris Bowen MP has written letters to the Managing Director of SBS, Mr Michael Ebeid and the Minister for Communications, the Hon. Malcolm Turbull MP, asking to reverse the current decision made by the SBS Board and keep the current arrangement in place for the benefit of the Maltese Community.

2015-07-11 15:04:31 +1000

500 signatures reached

2015-07-09 12:08:57 +1000

The Our Lady Queen of Peace Band NSW Inc. shares their sentiments and one of the many reasons why having this program is such a privilege and so important to keep in our Maltese-Australian Community:

"This program has always played a vital role, helping to maintain links between events and news within our Australian Maltese community as well with Malta as well. For us as the Band, the program has provided us a voice to reach out to the wider community and, as such, has played a role in our development across our nearly 40 year history - a milestone which SBS Radio is itself celebrating this year."

2015-07-09 11:00:35 +1000

**Media Release – Julie Owens MP – Radio Cuts Hurt Maltese Community**

Click the below link to read the media release made by Julie Owens MP.

2015-07-09 10:17:49 +1000

"Arrangements are currently being made for a meeting with SBS representatives at which Maltese community leaders will have an opportunity to verbally address the issue and hopefully convince these representatives that the Maltese have a special case and the current four hours of Maltese language program broadcasts should continue." ...Click the below link to read more.

2015-07-07 15:02:58 +1000

100 signatures reached

2015-07-07 11:44:58 +1000

50 signatures reached

2015-07-07 10:00:03 +1000

25 signatures reached

2015-07-07 08:39:10 +1000

10 signatures reached