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->Describe SBS here.
-->Décris SBS ici.
--->Beschreibe SBS hier.
---->Descrivi SBS qua.
------>هنا SBS واصف.

The Special Broadcasting Service was created to provide radio and television services - not just entertainment, but also community information - for Australians who have English as a second language. SBS broadcasts in more languages than any other broadcaster ''in the world'', with more than 74 languages on radio, more than 60 on television and more than 50 online. This is ''after'' being forced to ''cut down'' [[note]]notably ceasing its Belarusian, Welsh and Gaelic broadcasts[[/note]] due to budget constraints.

!!!Launch of SBS
SBS was first established in 1975 as a state-funded radio service for the approximately 25% of Australians who have English as a second language. It expanded to television in 1980. It contained a variety of factual and fictional programmes from a wide range of countries and in a wide number of languages. There were just two small problems -- 1) no Anglos watched the channel, meaning it bled money, and 2) there was no single minority large enough to provide it a single stable audience, unlike Spanish-language TV in the United States. As a result it diversified its schedule a little, adding quirky programmes from overseas, like anime or cult U.S. programmes. It also became an enthusiastic supporter of sports popular with migrants, but not the Australian mainstream, like UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball. As a public broadcaster, the SBS was exempt from the Commercial Television Code of Practice, and took advantage by broadcasting raunchy foreign-language movies in late time slots. This combination earned it the [[FunWithAcronyms backronym]] ''Soccer Before Sex''


Since pay TV has helped to provide TV for non-Anglophones, SBS finally expanded to more popular English-language programmes. Despite showing hits such as ''Series/{{Mythbusters}}'' and ''Series/IronChef'', the network again ran into monetary problems, and even faced the threat of being merged with Creator/TheABC (although the government abandoned this idea after a blacklash from ethnic minorities). To help increase their budget, SBS began accepting advertising in the late 1980s. Viewers who kept with the network since its inception were worried and upset that it was betraying its roots, while other people weren't watching SBS anyway because they thought it was just filled with [[FunWithAcronyms Sex and Bloody Soccer]].

Whether or not these perceptions were accurate, SBS Radio continued to run a foreign-languages-only service and SBS-TV kept showing a number of non-English-language shows (the most popular being Austrian ''Series/InspectorRex''), news shows from a variety of different countries, and a wide range of documentaries and current-affairs shows. One tradition is to show a Creator/HayaoMiyazaki film on Christmas Day at about 8:30 PM, as by this time any older people who think anime is automatically for children will have fallen asleep following Christmas dinner.

In the final years of the millennium SBS would begin airing shows such as ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' as well as popular foreign films and Anime such as ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion, Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex, Anime/SamuraiChamploo, Anime/JinRohTheWolfBrigade'' and ''Anime/PerfectBlue.'' Arguably the channel was the introduction of these shows and the genre to many Australians. When SBS were not airing greats from the Land of the Rising Sun on Monday and Saturday nights it would show documentaries that held broad appeal such as ''[[Wrestling/MontrealScrewjob Bret Hart: Wrestling With Shadows.]]''

!!!SBS in the 21st Century
Since the 2000s, SBS has started to aggressively produce more of its own content. ''East West 101'' was an acclaimed drama featuring a Muslim Australian cop, which also aired in Canada, Israel and various other countries. SBS has unflinchingly supported a whole raft of unique and subversive comedies that otherwise would be considered too risky or offensive to air. Paul Fenech's ''Series/{{Pizza}}'' was a subversive '00s low-brow comedy success. ''Series/{{Wilfred}}'' and ''Series/{{Danger 5}}'' are comedies with bizarre premises, but ''Wilfred'' was popular enough to inspire a hit US adaption.

As of the 2010s, documentaries focusing on historical and contemporary issues of [[UsefulNotes/ThoseWhoveComeAcrossTheSeas Australian immigration]], such as ''Go Back To Where You Came From'', have been a new focus. High quality Australian-made cooking shows have also started flooding the channel, and some made the jump overseas (Luke Nguyen's shows have been bought by broadcasters from the UK, the US, Europe, and Asia for example).

!!!SBS broadcasts four different television channels altogether:
* '''SBS ONE''', formerly simply known as '''SBS''': the original channel.
* '''[[Creator/{{SBS2}} SBS Viceland]]''', launched June 2009 but rebranded on 1 April 2013 as a channel for young people, with a greater focus on cult comedy shows like ''Series/{{Community}}'', Japanese GameShows like ''Series/UnbeatableBanzuke'', and a variety of foreign dramas and quirky documentaries. However, in the morning it still runs a whole slew of international foreign-language news-feeds. In 2016, it co-branded with the U.S.-originated Viceland network, mixing its original documentary-style programming into its existing lineup.
* '''NITV''', launched December 2012. NITV, the National Indigenous Television service, was created to [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin air national television for Indigenous Australians]].[[note]]It has existed as a channel since 2007, but was not part of SBS (or even available free-to-air) until 2012.[[/note]] As well as local programming, it airs overseas shows about minority groups, most notably ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks''.
* '''Food Network''', A licensed Australian version of Creator/FoodNetwork.

On radio, SBS has news and music in 74 different languages. Particularly popular is [[Creator/SBSPopAsia SBS PopAsia]] which airs non-stop Asian pop (particularly KPop) on radio, and also on SBS TV.

Not to be confused with [[Manga/OnePiece Eiichiro Oda's]] Q&A column, the SBS network in South Korea (Seoul Broadcasting System), or [[UsefulNotes/FlemishTVStations SBS Belgium]] (which is known in Germany as the [[UsefulNotes/GermanTVStations ProSieben group]]) which both have the same abbreviations.