Northen Territory Radio Station Broadcasting in Two Aboriginal Languages

The Northern Territory has an Indigenous population of around 30% and ABC Radio has become one of the first radio broadcasters to embrace this. As of the 5th of August 2014 they started broadcasting in the Walpiri language which is spoken by approximately 3000 Indigenous peoples in the Central Northern Territory. One day later they also were broadcasting in Yolgnu Matha, a blanket term for six languauges spoken in North-East Arnhem Land by 4600 Yolgnu people. The broadcasts are on a twelve month contract which airs news bulletins translated from English by the Aboriginal Interpreter ServiceĀ  once a day.

While this is only a small movement by one radio network, hopes are that if the next twelve months go well, other radio broadcasters may take on the initiative to help nurture Indigenous languages as well.

For the full article and to hear a broadcasting of both the Walpiri and Yolgnu Matha, languages see link below

Jemma Petty – 220109716

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