Station visit: First Nations Broadcasting

October 25, 2021

Kim Borrowdale and Steve Satour standing in front of flags at First Naqtions Broadcasting

In her day job, CBF Board Director Kim Borrowdale works for a number of mental health organisations. Last month, while she was in the Northern Territory on behalf of R U OK?, she took some time to visit a few local community radio stations.

One of these stations was First Nations Broadcasting which is based on Larrakia Country (Darwin). A television and radio broadcaster with its own production company, First Nations Broadcasting produces and broadcasts a range of of local and national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stories and news. This includes content for film, television and radio programs, including the National Radio News service. The station has a direct connection to 2400 Indigenous communities across Australia and is able to produce content in over 40 Aboriginal languages.

Kim was incredibly impressed by the team’s creativity and professional TV and radio storytelling. She was also inspired by their technical innovation in the areas of outdoor broadcasting, digital distribution of programs and fee-for-service campaigns, particularly when it comes to health promotion.

Kim’s colleague, Steve Satour is a full time R U OK? Campaign Manager based on Larrakia Country. He appreciates First Nations Broadcasting’s support for the work of R U OK? during the year, as well as for R U OK?Day itself. During this visit he got to appear on TV for the first time as part of his work raising awareness about how to start a conversation that could save a life and RUOK?’s specific resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

Photo: Steve and Kim with a member of the First Nations Broadcasting team.