SBS Launches Three 24-hour Digital Radio Stations on TV

Australia’s SBS Radio has introduced three 24-hour digital radio stations on digital television platforms.

SBS Radio 3 will broadcast world news and current affairs from the BBC World Service (previously airing on SBS Radio 4 on Digital Radio) and special events coverage. Meanwhile, two new 24-hour music audio channels on digital television include: SBS PopAsia featuring Asian pop from hottest Korean, Japanese and Chinese artists; SBS PopDesi featuring a selection of Indian music hits from bhangra to Bollywood.

Following the introduction of these new digital radio stations, VAST (Viewer Access Satellite Television) audiences will have access to all SBS Radio services – SBS Radio1, SBS Radio2, SBS Radio3, SBS Arabic24 and music channels SBS PopAsia, SBS PopDesi and SBS Chill. 

All Foxtel satellite and cable platform users will have access to SBS Radio 1, SBS Radio 2 and SBS Chill. 

SBS Director of Audio and Language Content, Mandi Wicks, said, “SBS continues to explore new ways to connect diverse audiences with our distinctive multiplatform services. With the inclusion on digital television, all the SBS Radio services will now be accessible to our audiences, Australia wide.” 

Some viewers may be required to retune their televisions in order to receive the newly launched 24 hour audio channels. Other televisions will automatically detect changes to the channels and retune. Most televisions, set top boxes, personal video recorders or (PC tuner cards) purchased from 2009 onwards will be compatible.

SBS Radio audio channels on Digital TV:

  • SBS Radio 1 – Ch 37 & 301
  • SBS Radio 2 – Ch 38 & 302
  • SBS Radio 3 – Ch 303
  • SBS Arabic24 – Ch 36 & 304
  • SBS PopDesi – Ch 305
  • SBS Chill – Ch 39 & 306
  • SBS PopAsia – Ch 307



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