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#1 El Saif

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Posted 24 February 2016 - 10:05 AM

The SBS has released a confusing press release announcing a new digital radio service called SBS Arabic24, which is due to start on 7 March 2016.

SBS Arabic24 seems to be a internet streaming service that will simulcast the Arabic programs on DAB+ radio stations SBS Radio2 and SBS PopAraby, as well as the BBC Arabic language service. There will apparently be a new Arabic language Drive Time Show between 4 pm to 6pm

The press release also mentions that SBS Arabic24 will be broadcast on Digial Television as a audio stream in a few months time.

The SBS is not the only broadcaster confused by the term "digital radio". The ABC has in the past issued similar confusing press releases.

#2 El Saif

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Posted 03 March 2016 - 12:41 PM

Unlike the ABC, the SBS does reply to complaints.

i received the following reply to my complaint:

"Our new service is a digital radio station - available on DAB+ digital radio. It will be replacing the current channel you see on digital radio 'SBS PopAraby'. You can re-scan and find SBS Arabic24 on your digital radio from March 7 (SBS PopAraby name will change over to SBS Arabic24 when the new station starts broadcasting).


And indeed will will also simulcat this digital radio station on our website and via our mobile app. The Arabic breakfast show is also available on Am/FM."

As SBS PopAraby is not currently broadcast to Canberra on either DAB+ or digital tv, SBS Arabic24 will only be available to Canberra listeners through the internet.