The World Indigenous Television Broadcasters Network (WITBN)
EJC reports that a global alliance of indigenous television broadcasters is launching two major initiatives for its members - an international indigenous current affairs series and a programme exchange scheme.
The World Indigenous Television Broadcasters Network (WITBN) aims to unify television broadcasters worldwide to retain and grow indigenous languages and cultures.
The nine foundation Council members are National Indigenous Television (NITV), Australia; Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN), Canada; TG4, Ireland; Maori Television, New Zealand; NRK Sámi Radio, Norway; BBC ALBA, Scotland; South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), South Africa; Taiwan Indigenous Television (TITV) / Public Television Service (PTS), Taiwan; and S4C, Wales.
Indigenous Insight - Maori Television
A news sharing initiative, Indigenous Insight is a weekly 30-minute current affairs programme to be produced by Maori Television.
The series will showcase the best news stories from WITBN Council members.
A pilot of 12 programmes, presented by Maori Television presenter Julian Wilcox, will be recorded between July and September this year.
Programme Exchange Scheme
The programme exchange scheme has been developed by TG4 in Ireland and will see the 'free' exchange between WITBN Council members of four programmes per year.
A two-year transmission window will commence in September 2009 and close at the end of August 2011. The first year of the scheme will act as a 'pilot' for the full scheme.
(WITBN via Media Network Weblog)
Source: EJC European Journalism Centre