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The free multilingual news service on COVID 19 will continue twice a week

Sunday 05 July, 2020

The NEMBC Multilingual News Service about COVID 19 will continue as a report available twice a week.

The five minute report will be delivered every Tuesday and Friday to radio programs and stations around Australia, and is available in seven languages, Spanish, Hindi, Arabic, Punjabi, Pacific Islander English, Greek and Mandarin with plans to include Indonesian, Vietnamese and Asian English.

NEMBC Executive Officer Russell Anderson says, “While media departments and newspapers close, and journalist lose jobs the NEMBC has done the unthinkable and started this news agency and producing successful national news bulletins in languages. Turning 'Crisis into Opportunity' to support our members, connect communities and make a safer and more secure Australian society.
“The daily news bulletin has been a major success! Launched in early May there are over 155 plays-outs a week across 29 stations in every state and territory, 11 stations in regional areas. The news is even read-out in Pilbara WA, at 8am every morning by the Indigenous First Nations people Ngaarda Media.”
 Russell says, “The scripts will also be available for people to translate in their language for their radio program and are already used in Tasmania, Adelaide, Canberra, Lismore and the Pilbara”.

As well as the reports, the NEMBC will also produce a new series of 2 minute Explainers on relevant COVID- 19 topics, such as Vaccines, Health, Economy and relevant Multicultural issues.  

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