NITV invites audiences to enhance their understanding of January 26 through its Sunrise Ceremony and programming slate


For the first time, National Indigenous Television’s (NITV)’s Sunrise Ceremony will move to Queensland.

The two-hour special network event live now from Coolangatta, QLD, will invite audiences to deepen their understanding of Australia’s past, present and future as the dawn rises.

Hosted by NITV’s John Paul Janke and featuring Network 10 presenter Narelda Jacobs (presenting from North Head, Manly), the program will feature a range of guests, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices such as Guyala Bayles, Rhoda Roberts and Amy McGuire, as well as public figures including Kerry O’Brien, Sheik Wesam and Shirley Le.

Musical performances will frame the ceremony, with appearances from Troy Cassar-Daley and Kev Carmody.

The event will be simulcast across NITV, SBS and Channel 10 from 6am on Tuesday January 26, as well as live on SBS On Demand.

The Sunrise Ceremony will also broadcast worldwide through Maori Television and the World Indigenous Television Broadcasters Network.

Following the Sunrise Ceremony, rolling news coverage from every corner of the country will be hosted by Natalie Ahmat and Darren Mara via NITV News on air and Facebook Live, culminating in a wrap program NITV News: Day 26 hosted by Rae Johnston at 7:30pm.

Ahead of January 26, join NITV for more reflection and healing.

Join Rachael Hocking for The Point: One and free? as the sun sets on January 25 and we ask what it means to be Australian.

Featuring live crosses to Shahni Wellington at Sydney Festival’s Vigil, audiences are encouraged to reflect as a panel of special guests, including Sydney Festival’s Artistic Director Wesley Enoch, NRL star Dean Widders, FECCA CEO Mohammad Al-Khafaji and Harmony Alliance Chair Nyadol Nyuon discuss how we can truly celebrate and respect our migrant, colonial and rich Indigenous stories in order to move forward as a united country.  

The Point: One and free? will broadcast live from 7:30pm on NITV, NITV Facebook Live, SBS On Demand and SBS VICELAND.

From 8:30-10:30pm, stay tuned for live rolling coverage of The Vigil on NITV




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