Stablemate ABC chairwoman Ita Buttrose on Tuesday suggested corporate Australia consider more Asian and Middle Eastern representation on boards and urged more diversity within the media.
Ms Buttrose and other members of the ABC’s leadership team have also recently travelled to Sydney’s south-west suburb Bankstown to become more acquainted with the issues of under-represented Australians.
An SBS spokeswoman said the speech was written ahead of Ms Buttrose’s comments and was not in relation to any media organisation in particular, but the industry as a whole.
More than a third of SBS staff were born overseas, about 40 per cent speak a non-English language at home, 3.4 per cent are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and more than half of staff and leadership are women.
“As a media industry, we need to move away from a tick-box approach of inserting diversity into stories, and instead focus on sharing more nuanced stories that simply reflect the diversity we experience in our lives every day. It will naturally lead to more authentic storytelling and provide role models for future generations,” Mr Taylor says.
“This requires greater commitment from many in the media industry.”
The SBS charter requires the public broadcaster to help meet the needs of a multicultural society, increase the awareness of the contributions of diverse cultures, promote understanding and acceptance and provide content in preferred languages where possible.
SBS is now set to launch a new feature for streaming app SBS On Demand to allow non-English language logins and navigation.
As part of his speech, Mr Taylor will be revealing this new initiative which he describes as a “first” in Australia. He’s also hoping to expand the language options on the app, which offers Chinese and Arabic options at the moment.
“These services are undoubtedly of benefit to new Australians, but will also support the needs of a
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