SBS websites extended the network’s exploration of distinctive stories, offering Australians the opportunity to delve deeper into a range of issues and experiences, while providing a platform to build awareness of SBS’s programming.
The TV Guide continued to support SBS network programming, delivering engaging editorial to SBS’s passionate communities across movies, documentaries and drama and producing dedicated program pages for commissioned content.
The Guide’s podcast team focused on deepening audience engagement with SBS content. In 2018-19 The Guide launched a new podcast, The Few Who Do, hosted by The Feed’s Jeannette Francis and Marc Fennell, exploring challenging social issues and introducing listeners to bold, ambitious individuals advocating for change. Eyes On Gilead, a companion piece to the popular television series The Handmaid’s Tale, was named Best Fancast at the 2019 Australian Podcast Awards. Other podcasts that continued to prove popular among audiences included The Good Fight SBS fan podcast and The Playlist, a program focused on movies, television and culture focused on SBS On Demand.
SBS Life has become a voice for, and champion of, emerging writers from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds, particularly women, exploring issues relevant to their lives in modern, multicultural Australia. More than 80 new CALD writers have contributed to the site, many previously unpublished. An ongoing partnership with Sweatshop, a diverse writers’ collective in Bankstown, and the development of an Asian-Australian Emerging Writers project have elevated African-Australian voices and supported female Muslim writers.
SBS Life also continued to provide key editorial support for SBS’s flagship commissioned programs including Filthy Rich & Homeless season 2 and Go Back To Where You Came From – Live, through social content, features and video. The site’s new focus has resonated with audiences, with a 32 per cent increase in unique users and an all-time record of almost one million unique users (960,000) in January 2019. SBS Life’s Facebook following increased 47 per cent year on year.
In June 2019, SBS Life was re-launched as SBS Voices, reflecting its remit to provide a voice for diverse Australian writers.