SBS Television i(44 works by) (Organisation) assertion (a.k.a. ABN-2 (Sydney); ABV-2 (Melbourne); Network 0-28; SBS TV)
Born: Established: 1980 ;
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The television arm of Australia's Special Broadcasting Service, SBS TV began test transmissions in April 1979. The concept for a multicultural television network had evolved from two ethnic radio stations (2EA in Sydney and 3EA in Melbourne), which had started broadcasting in 1975. Official television programming commenced in Melbourne (as ABV-2) and Sydney (as ABN-2) on 24 October 1980, using the dual frequencies VHF 0 and UHF 28. The programming during these early years was confined to evenings only. In 1983, the network expanded into Canberra, Cooma, and Goulburn and consolidated its name to Network 0-28. When the name was again changed in 1985 to SBS Television, the network began daytime programming and also expanded its transmission to include Brisbane, Adelaide, Newcastle, Wollongong, and the Gold Coast. The following year, SBS ceased broadcasting on the VHF frequency.

The proclamation in 1991 of the Special Broadcasting Service Act saw SBS become a corporation. Throughout the early 1990s, its coverage was expanded further, to include new areas such as the Latrobe Valley, Spencer Gulf, Darwin, north-east Tasmania, Cairns, and Townsville. In 1992, SBS's radio and television facilities were gradually moved to new headquarters in Artarmon, New South Wales, from its original studios at Milson's Point. By 1996, the coverage had further extended to include the New South Wales north coast and Albury.

On 1 June 2009, SBS launched its digital multichannel SBS Two, enabling them to broaden their story-telling. SBS Two shows more non-English-language content than ever before, all made accessible to all English-speaking Australians through the use of subtitles. In July 2009, SBS broadcast two major sporting fixtures (the Tour de France and the Ashes cricket series) simultaneously on SBS One and SBS Two. The first program broadcast on SBS Two was the Academy Award-winning animated short film Harvie Krumpet, which was made with the support of SBS.

Awards for Works

East West 101 2009-2011 series - publisher film/TV

Series One of East West 101 focuses on two men whose destinies are irrevocably intertwined. Malik is driven by a hunger for justice. He was twelve when a masked gunman held up the family shop. Malik refused to hand over the money and his father was subsequently shot and injured. He later joined the police force and has been looking for the shadowy figure who pulled the trigger. When he finally finds him, Malik's belief in the justice system is challenged by a powerful desire for revenge. As he hunts down the truth, it is revealed that one of his colleagues, Crowley, had a part to play in the original investigation. Crowley is a man whose vision has been blighted by pain and prejudice. His son, Paul, was found dead of an overdose on drugs sold to him by a Lebanese dealer. When the drug dealer who sold Paul the heroin is found murdered, Internal Affairs come asking questions.

In Season Two, East West 101 expands to seven episodes as the Major Crime Squad investigate crime and murder in all quarters of multicultural Sydney. But overarching all is the quest for Detective Zane Malik to find the truth behind a car bomb attack which kills two men. The Major Crime Squad form a joint task force with the NSO (National Security Organisation) to deal with the crime. There is paranoia in the city and fallout on the Muslim community. Malik knows that in order to stop the circle of hate, he must solve the crime. Was the bomb really an act of extremists, as the media suggest, or a sophisticated killing by a career criminal? Malik doggedly pursues the truth until he, too, becomes a target. Inspector Patricia Wright questions his motives but her vision is clouded by personal issues that she wants to keep hidden from the squad. Crime has touched her own family.

Season Three : The Hero's Journey. 'In [this]third season of East West 101, the Major Crime Squad investigates a 36 million dollar robbery in Australia and its connections to the murder of 17 people in Afghanistan. Is the robbery to fund an act of terror by military trained radicals, or the work of sophisticated criminals? For Detective Zane Malik the case has savage personal and professional ramifications. Malik is obstructed in his quest to find those responsible by the interference of newcomer Detective Neil Travis. Travis has fought in Iraq and his attitude and approach to the investigation cause conflict with Malik. In the hunt for an elusive foe, ultimately both men are forced to confront what makes a man a hero, or a coward...'

(Source: East West 101, SBS website)

2011 nominated AWGIE Awards Television Mini-Series - Original For Season Three : The Heroes' Journey.
2011 winner Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards Best Television Drama Series For Season Three.
2010 winner Logie Awards Most Outstanding Miniseries or Telemovie For Season Two.
2009 winner Australian Film Institute Awards Best Television Drama Series For Season Two.
2008 nominee Logie Awards Most Outstanding Miniseries or Telemovie For Season One.
2008 winner Australian Film Institute Awards Best Telefeature, Mini Series or Short Run Series For Season One.
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