Service Highlights Expansion of AudioNow’s Call-to-Listen Service to Australia
June 15, 2015 – Sydney, Australia and Washington, D.C. In a first for the United States, the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) of Australia, and AudioNow®, the world’s largest call-to-listen mobile technology platform, announced a partnership, making SBS Radio available to mobile listeners on any device in the U.S. and U.K.
Audiences in the U.S., U.K., and Australia can now hear live daily news programs in 19 languages from SBS Radio on any mobile device. The service does not require a smartphone or apps and uses voice minutes rather than data plans.
SBS Radio was founded in 1975 to provide balanced and impartial Australian news and information to all Australians, no matter what language they speak. Today, SBS Radio has 74 language programs, more than any other broadcaster in the world, with services available on radio, digital radio, TV, online and via mobile app. Nearly 1 in 4 Australians speak a language other than English at home.
Mark Cummins, SBS Radio Content Manager said: “SBS Radio is a trusted voice for the more than 4 million Australians who speak a language other than English. We help all Australians explore and celebrate the people, communities and stories that shape our cultural diversity, contributing to social cohesion and Australia’s success as a multicultural nation”.
In addition to the U.S. and U.K., AudioNow® also announces the expansion of its call-to-listen service to Australia. To see if your station qualifies for an Australian access number, please contact George Cernat at AudioNow: email@example.com.
SBS broadcasts are available on the following numbers:
|SBS Program||In the United States||In the UK||In Australia|
|SBS Amharic||712.432.7701||0330 332 6501||(02) 8080 5605|
|SBS Arabic||712.432.7780||0330 332 6515||(02) 8080 5636|
|SBS Burmese||712.432.7704||0330 332 6503||(02) 8080 5608|
|SBS Cantonese||712.432.7705||0330 332 6504||(02) 8080 5611|
|SBS Filipino||712.432.7707||0330 332 6506||(02) 8080 5624|
|SBS Hindi||712.432.7781||0330 332 6516||(02) 8080 5638|
|SBS Hmong||712.432.7708||0330-332 6507||(02) 8080 5625|
|SBS Indonesian||712.432.7709||0330-332 6508||(02) 8080 5626|
|SBS Khmer||712.432.7711||0330-332 6509||(02) 8080 5627|
|SBS Mandarin||712.432.7706||0330 332 6505||(02) 8080 5623|
|SBS Punjabi||712.432.7703||0330 332 6502||(02) 8080 5607|
|SBS Sinhalese||712.432.7783||0330 332 6518||(02) 8080 5642|
|SBS Somali||712.432.7712||0330 332 6510||(02) 8080 5629|
|SBS Swahili||712.432.7713||0330 332 6511||(02) 8080 5630|
|SBS Tamil||712.432.7782||0330 332 6517||(02) 8080 5639|
|SBS Tigrinya||712.432.7714||0330 332 6512||(02) 8080 5631|
|SBS Tongan||712.432.7715||0330 332 6513||(02) 8080 5632|
|SBS Urdu||712.432.7784||0330 332 6519||(02) 8080 5644|
|SBS Vietnamese||712.432.7716||0330 332 6514||(02) 8080 5633|
With a background as Australia’s multicultural broadcaster, SBS holds a unique place in the Australian media landscape. As described in the SBS Charter, SBS’s principal function is to provide multilingual, multicultural and Indigenous radio, television and digital media services that inform, educate and entertain all Australians, reflecting Australia’s diverse society. SBS carries out this function through an ever-increasing number of distribution platforms including free-to-air television channels, subscription television, analogue and digital radio, online, and via mobile devices and apps. SBS inspires all Australians to explore, appreciate and celebrate our diverse world, and in doing so contributes to a cohesive society. For more information visit www.sbs.com.au
AudioNow, based in Washington, DC, is the leading call-to-listen platform in the world. With broadcast partners on every continent, AudioNow extends the reach of radio by connecting mobile listeners to their favorite radio stations through a simple telephone call. The AudioNow platform uses proprietary “HD” voice design and patent-pending technology that serves all mobile platforms. AudioNow has more than 2,900 broadcast partners, including global leaders such as the United Nations, BBC, RFI, Deutsche Welle, Voice of America, Entravision, C-SPAN and IMG College. In 2014, there were in excess of 100 million unique sessions into the AudioNow platform, enabling these broadcasters to extend their reach with content in 96 different languages, and across 130 different nationalities and ethnic groups. AudioNow delivered an incremental 2.5 billion listening minutes to its broadcast partners last year.