Aboriginal TV coming to Australia

Foxtel picks up govt. backed website

SYDNEY — Australia’s two-month-old National Indigenous Television web, which caters to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, has pacted for carriage on pay TV platform Foxtel.

Web bowed in July, backed by A$50 million ($41.3 million) in federal government coin, to boost indigenous content, which accounts for only two hours a week in Aussie households.

It was originally broadcast to some 222,000 households in remote indigenous communities, but the Foxtel deal opens it up to the million-plus pay TV subscribers.

“Foxtel is all about offering diversity of content, and we are committed to showcasing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander content,” said Foxtel topper Kim Williams.

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