23 Sep 2017

Australia's SBS drops Pacific language programmes

11:43 am on 23 September 2017

The Australian public broadcaster, SBS, is dropping a number of Pacific languages from its radio services.

Māori, Cook Islands Māori, Tongan and Fijian language programmes will no longer be heard on services in Australia.

In a statement, the broadcaster said it's been reviewing its programmes to ensure its servies reflect Australia's rapidly changing and increasingly diverse society.

It said the languages no longer met the criteria that it imposed to warrant continued programming.

However the SBS's Samoan programmes will remain.

The changes take effect from the November 20.