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Freeview Welcomes the Dedicated Indigenous Channel NITV and Celebrates 2012

04 December 2012

In a historic day for Australia, a
dedicated Indigenous television service will be available for all Australians for the first time, when National Indigenous Television (NITV) begins broadcasting on free-to-air from 12pm on 12 December 2012. To celebrate this important milestone, NITV will feature a day of special programming. From 12pm, Stan Grant and Rhoda Roberts will host From the Heart of Our Nation, a special outdoor broadcast from Uluru, marking the official free-to-air ‘switch on’. From 8pm, SBS ONE will simulcast From the Heart of Our Nation: Celebration Concert as some of Australia’s best Indigenous talent - including Christine Anu, Casey Donovan, Troy Cassar Daley, Dan Sultan, Archie Roach, Warren H. Williams and Frank Yamma - take to the stage to perform as the sun sets for a two hour concert hosted by the much-loved Ernie Dingo.

The celebrations continue throughout December with ABC1’s Holiday Line-up, celebrating the holidays with Christmas themed programs from Tuesday December 18 – Programs include Maggie Beer’s Christmas Feast (Tues Dec 18 at 8.00pm), River Cottage Christmas Special (Sat Dec 22 at 6.00pm), Carols From St Peters Cathedral (Mon Dec 24 at 6pm), Nativity! (Mon Dec 24 at 7.30pm) and the Doctor Who: The Snowmen (Wed Dec 26 at 7.30pm). On Seven, The Better Homes and Gardens team have your holiday season covered with Better Homes & Gardens - Countdown to Christmas. Join them as they count down to Christmas, sharing stylish and affordable gift ideas, delicious recipes, decorating tips, plus much more to help make this Christmas your best one yet.

The recipes and travel ideas continue on TEN as Amanda Keller, Chris Brown, Barry Du Bois and Miguel Maestre revisit their favourite episodes boasting the best food, travel and home stories in The Living Room Summer Series.

If sport is more your style, NINE’s Wide World of Sport continues with Summer of Cricket. Catch exclusive coverage of Australia's Test, One Day and Twenty20 series featuring South Africa, Sri Lanka and West Indies. And on SBS TWO the football club champions from all six continental confederations as well as the league winner from the host nation will battle it out at the 2012 FIFA Club World Cup in Japan.

The drama continues in December with Hit and Miss on ABC2. The series heats up as Mia (Chloe Sevigny) attempts to mix her killer instincts with her new maternal ones, in a search for her own identity. A lethal killer at the heart of a troubled family in the middle of nowhere is where the series begins. And on SBS ONE the premiere of Real Humans, created by Swedish writer and actor Lars Lundström, Real Humans is an enthralling thriller set in a parallel present in which the artificial human has come into its own. New technology and advancements in the field of science have made it possible to manufacture a product - a kind of mechanised servant - that is so similar to a real human that it can often be considered a perfectly good substitute.

The mysterious series, Grimm continues on Seven as Nick Burkhardt, a homicide detective, inherits the ability to see supernatural creatures, and must fight to stop them from multiplying.

Follow the transformation of a 500-year-old Avebury Manor in Wiltshire, UK on The Manor Reborn on ABC1. The four part series is presented by Penelope Keith and Paul Martin, and sees a team of historians, experts and volunteers reinterpreting putting the country house into a national and historic perspective. And on 7Mate leave the metropolitan chaos behind to travel deep beneath the city streets into the abandoned train lines, entire apartment complexes, dark dungeons, eerie tombs and forgotten cities that have been lost in time on Cities of the Underworld.

Delivering equal parts comedy and heart, the comedy hit Wedding Band, premieres on TEN. The series is centred on the bromance between four likable but occasionally reckless young men who can't figure out their own lives. One thing they have figured out, however, is that weddings are the wildest parties in town. After all, the groupies are bridesmaids, the drinks are free and the best part, there's a pay cheque waiting at the end of the night. The dating continues on Eleven with Excuse, the new dating show where comedy, dating and rejection collide. Hosted by comedienne, Iliza Shlesinger, love hopefuls need to make it past CCTV, a personal grilling and two quick dates in order to make it to this dating show’s hot tub!

Russell Brand will keep you in the know this summer, with his take on current events, worldwide politics and popular culture on BrandX With Russell Brand on ONE. And on ABC NEWS 24, Who Makes The News steps back in time to explore the evolution of the relationship between television and politics. Narrated by Geraldine Doogue, the program retraces some of the biggest stories of the past 50 years.

For the young ones, ABC3 has planned the biggest birthday bash ever as ABC3 is turning 3 on Tuesday, December 4! To celebrate hosts Kayne, Amberley, James, Liv, Scott, Hex, Bajo, Joel and Nicole have all come together to record and perform in ABC3’s first ever music video, Pie Gotta Fly! During the behind-the-scenes program, ABC3’s Birthday Special, see how the song was recorded, filmed and put together, plus see the awesome music video clip. It’s guaranteed to include the usual ABC3 craziness and lots and lots of cream pies!

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Launched in 2008, Freeview is the free digital television service in Australia which presents and promotes Australia’s free-to-air channels to all Australians. Freeview encourages Australians to watch free-to-air television by promoting its benefits, including more than 18 channels for free. Freeview partners with manufacturers to integrate a 'Smart' Freeview EPG (Electronic Program Guide) into their digital receivers, providing Australians with a superior on screen experience.

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