ICTV keeping the community learning

[by Mandy Taylor]

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Indigenous Community Television (ICTV) is playing an expanded role in helping remote communities and audiences stay connected and informed during these unprecedented times of lockdown and isolation.


ICTV General Manager Rita Cattoni said the Aboriginal community-controlled broadcaster was focused on delivering culturally relevant and appropriate content to keep people healthy and safe.


“ICTV has been producing and broadcasting health and safety messages since this crisis began in order to get the messages out to our audiences across remote Australia,” Ms Cattoni said.


“We are aware of how important it is in times of rapid change that people get accurate information in a way they can trust and understand.


“With people being told to stay at home as much as possible, ICTV is also able to play a role in delivering services that will help keep us all connected.


“We are well placed to deliver educational broadcasting to support home-based learning.


“ICTV has been approached by schools for advice and assistance in this but we would like to extend our offer to all educational services.


“Our platforms are well-placed to deliver educational content to learners. Whether its educators delivering learning materials, story-telling sessions or other activities, ICTV is able to deliver this on our satellite, free to air and internet-based platforms.


“ICTV is also reaching out to churches across our region, offering to broadcast religious services as a way of supporting community wellbeing.


“We can offer advice and assistance in how best to record these services for broadcast, especially under the new rules and guidelines for social distancing.


“While we are all getting used to living and working differently, ICTV can support people and communities to keep in touch, keep learning and keep entertained.”


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