SBS launches WorldWatch: a multilingual news channel

The launch of the channel builds on SBS's range of multilingual services on TV, radio and digital platforms.

SBS has launched a new multilingual news channel WorldWatch – a free-to-air, 24-hour news channel featuring bulletins from more than 30 countries and presented in more than 35 languages.

WorldWatch is now the new home to SBS’s Arabic and Mandarin television news bulletins – SBS عربي News and SBS 中文 News. The shows are produced by teams made up of bilingual journalists and will be broadcast in prime time.

Speaking yesterday, James Taylor, Managing Director SBS, said: ‘Our multilingual strategy sits at the heart of SBS and we are very excited to extend our offering with the launch of the SBS WorldWatch channel today, which sees us further expand our in-language news bulletins for people whose preferred language may not be English,’ said James Taylor, Managing Director of SBS.

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‘From today, our Mandarin and Arabic news programs, which we soft-launched on SBS On Demand earlier this year, will have a prime-time home on the SBS WorldWatch channel – a very real demonstration of how we are delivering on our Charter in providing both local and international news to these communities.’

SBS already provides news and other information in more than 60 languages across SBS Radio services, podcasting, and digital platforms.

SBS WorldWatch is available on free-to-air television (channel 35) and on SBS OnDemand.

Silvi Vann-Wall is a journalist, podcaster, and filmmaker. They joined ScreenHub as Film Content Lead in 2022. Twitter: @SilviReports