The opening of Larrakia Television was a good opportunity for members of the Indigenous Broadcasting Australia alliance to meet in Darwin.
The alliance is primarily a marketing and content-sharing group of like-minded Indigenous media organisations from Northern and Central Australia. You can read more about the members and their media services here.
Each of the alliance members bring a wealth of knowledge to the table, gained from more than 30 years in the Indigenous media business. The alliance members collectively have experience in marketing, content, production, strategic planning, engineering, information technology, training, human resources, news and current affairs, cultural understanding and issues surrounding Closing the Gap initiatives. The alliance partners have personal skills gained from years of working and living among the Indigenous people on their country, and listening to them.
The discussions centred on the key areas of content sharing, Closing the Gap campaigns, and technical innovations for mechanisms to delivery content. IBA members see the roll out of the NBN as a game-changer in terms of content sharing between providers, communities and the Hub network centres. The NBN will guarantee the same cost structures and plans of their city dwellers, on a two way communication highway.
Some Alliance members have upgraded their facilities to take advantage of the coming VAST satellite roll out and the Television Digital Re Stack. Larrakia Television has completed the Digital switch over, with Goolarri to follow shortly.
VAST will play a central role in the service delivery of content for both radio and television. Discussions included a Northern Indigenous Satellite Radio Service on VAST, specifically for radio content. The service would be available for each of the services to book time and place their content. Satellite access will be available to any radio service or indigenous programmer on general community stations to add content to the satellite. Such a service would add diversity to the whole of Indigenous broadcasting. The service would not be a replacement to existing services it would complement what already exists.