Dr Grisha Sklovsky speaks on ABC ans SBS national sensitvity.
26 June 2002
Making Multicultural Australia
DR GRISHA SKLOVSKY
SBS Chair, 1975-81
Had the ABC got the minimum of national sensitivity, they would have accepted that there are other people who want slightly different programs and taken it into their very skilled and high quality umbrella. But they did not. They got an offer to do it when the demand grew - partly started by Grassby - and the Fraser Government in the first year had to invent SBS from scratch to cover that.
CONTINUATION OF INTERVIEW AS TEXT
And when it was given to us, we were probably selected because we were interested in improving Australia. And to improve Australia we had to make the newcomers happier and feel more welcome, and - without ramming down a nationalistic program - open up the world to Australia and Australia to the world.
Interview for Making Multicultural Australia, 1994.