New decade… and some new faces at Media RING!


MEDIARING e-newsletter January 2020

Happy New Year and welcome to 2020, I hope you are all ready to take on another big year as members of MediaRING. I would also like to acknowledge the recent devastating bushfires Australia has experienced over the past few months, it has been heartbreaking to see and hear the devastation and what everyone has gone through in affected areas. Please remember to take care of yourself and others during this time.

My hope for this new decade is that it brings exciting opportunities that continue our purpose to develop, provide and enhance opportunities within the media industry for Indigenous Australians. As Manager of MediaRING I am committed to our vision and purpose and look forward to taking MediaRING to new heights in this new decade alongside an amazing Executive Board.

We finished off 2019 with the Annual General Meeting – thank you to those members that were able to attend the meeting at Fox Studios in December. During the meeting some key decisions were made – a vote was past to increase the amount of MediaRING Directors with a Special Resolution. We now have eight Directors and two Expert Directors, as well as electing a new Chair.

Four of our MediaRING Executive Board made the decision to step down and I would personally like to thank Lucinda Edwards, Paul Walton and Kyas Sherriff for their efforts, dedication and services over the years. Also I would like to make a special mention to Tanya Orman, who was our Chair for a number of years. Tanya’s strong passion and dedication to MediaRING’s purpose and her leadership as our Chair will be missed. However as Channel Manager of NITV her commitment to the Indigenous Media Sector and MediaRING will continue.

It gives me great pleasure to introduce our new MediaRING Chair, Catherine Liddle, and our five new Board Members Tony Briggs, Jodie Bell, Michael Carrington, Caroline Pitcher and Chris Oliver Taylor. You can find the full bios of all our board members on the MediaRING website.


A Note from the MediaRING Chair – Catherine Liddle


Hello MediaRING!

It’s been an extraordinary start to 2020 as Australia responded to the bushfire crisis. We hope that everyone is doing okay, and we acknowledge the work that First Nations journalists and media organisations undertook to ensure that stories, perspectives and contributions of our mob were covered during this time. It’s not so long ago that we would have been missing from these dialogues and it is a valuable reminder of the impact our media platforms have had on inclusive dialogues.

I’m excited to be working with all of you as the Chair of MediaRING and I’m looking forward to all our exciting plans for the year ahead. There are some big moments for our community that are right around the corner. Right now Australia is preparing for January 26th and then the 250th Anniversary of Captain Cook’s arrival. I look forward to supporting our members and industry to share our stories and perspectives, challenges, opportunities and successes. This will be critical to our respective communities and the country as a whole. Equally, this year’s NAIDOC theme, Always Was, Always Will Be; recognising that First Nations people have occupied and cared for this continent for over 65,000 years gives the media huge scope for conversation and I’m looking forward to hearing, seeing, reading and engaging with the voices that we support and growing careers alongside the ever-expanding narrative.

Our first meeting for the year is coming up soon. I look forward to catching up with you and making plans for the year ahead together then.

Keep Connected

NITV is proud to announce its Always Was, Always Will Be programming slate, with a distinctive schedule of programs that invites communities to join together, reflect and celebrate what it means to be Australian on January 26.

A selection of dedicated programming, special events, premieres and news highlights will air on NITV from January 19-26 with a focus on encouraging greater understanding of Indigenous Australian perspectives.

One of the slate’s highlights is the premiere of Marni (NITV’s first Slow TV commission) at 7:30pm on Thursday January 23. The film follows mesmerising footage of artist Allery Sandy creating ‘Ngarndu Marni’ – a dot-work painting of her home land, the Pilbara region. Interwoven with drone footage of the Pilbara’s stunning landscape, a journeying soundtrack and Allery’s voiceover as she speaks in Yindjibarndi about her life, Marni is a visual spectacular that will captivate viewers.

NITV’s flagship current affairs program The Point, returns at 8:30pm on Wednesday January 22, with a special edition panel show entitled ‘Aussie, Aussie, Aussie? (Who The Bloody Hell Are We?)’ Exploring Australian identity and where the Indigenous story currently sits within the national psyche. The panel will delve into how Australia can better entwine its colonial and migrant stories with the ancient spirit of this land, particularly at a time of environmental crisis.

From 7pm on Saturday January 25, NITV will air a live cross to The Vigil – a smoking ceremony that will take place from dusk to dawn through the streets of Sydney. Hosted by Rae Johnston and Jack Latimore, the ceremony will give audiences a chance to reflect upon Australia’s rich Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage, as well as its colonial institutions and contemporary multicultural migration through live music, choral and poetry performances.

At 6am on Sunday January 26, the nation is invited to tune in and experience unique perspectives, cultural performances and entertainment encapsulated in NITV’s Sunrise Ceremony (simulcast on SBS and SBS On Demand).

Hosted by John Paul Janke, this two-hour special network event as the dawn rises, live from Sydney’s North Head, will encourage audiences to deepen their understanding of the nation, while acknowledging the past and embracing a shared future.

A smoking ceremony at sunrise will be accompanied by a panel of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices, who will discuss the solutions for issues impacting First Nations communities today, when considering the land that we call home, alongside song, dance and musical performances from Djakapurra, Eric Avery and Mau Power.

News crosses throughout the day will be hosted by Natalie Ahmat, Rae Johnston, Janice Petersen and Marc Fennell, and will see NITV News bringing audiences updates each hour, including live crosses to journalists at ‘Australia Day’, ‘Survival Day’ and ‘Invasion Day’ events around the country.



At 8:30pm on January 26, NITV and SBS will simulcast the 2012 award-winning film, The Sapphires. Starring Deborah Mailman, Jessica Mauboy and Miranda Tapsell, the film depicts four, talented Indigenous Australian women who learn about love, friendship and war as their all-girl group ‘The Sapphires’ travel to Vietnam to entertain the US troops.




NITV will be providing Facebook Live streams from the Sunrise Ceremony and The Vigil, as well as live coverage throughout the day from events around the country, hosted by NITV correspondents.

Additional programs and features on SBS television channels, SBS Radio, as well as online and social platforms will further explore the experiences of multicultural Australia.

SBS will simulcast with NITV from 6am-2pm, commercial free, and SBS On Demand will live stream both The Vigil and the Sunrise Ceremony, as well as the creation of a January 26 programming collection on the site.

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