The Multilingual Broadcasting Council of the NT (MBCNT) celebrated 25 years of multilingual broadcasting last weekend 25 June.
As a part of the birthday celebrations MBCNT hosted a lunch accompanied by cultural performances, and was capped off with the presentation of a youth video at the Malak Community Room.
MBCNT president, Luchi Santer, said that it was great to be able to share the celebrations with the programs listeners.
“It was a joyous occasion to celebrate such a landmark and the day really showcased the cultural diversity of our programs and the Northern Territory,” said Luchi.
Multilingual broadcasters’ present 25 specialty community language programs each week on the CDU’s Casuarina Ccampus based radio station Territory FM, which broadcasts Territory wide.
The weekly broadcasts include youth, talk and music programs that cover a wide range of ethnic groups that reflect the Territory’s multicultural community. These include programs such as Sounds of Sri Lanka, African Beat, Filipino-Australian Variety program, Friendly India and a Thai-Lao program.
MBCNT also assists with training broadcasters and acts as a coordinating agency for all ethnic broadcasters in the NT. It also plays an active role in promoting the development of multicultural radio which helps preserve the linguistic and cultural heritage of ethnic groups throughout the community.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics 24 per cent% of the Australian population were born overseas.
For further information about MBCNT, contact Luchi Santer on 8945 9831 or 0439 881 916.