Behind the News

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For the 1940 film, see Behind the News (film). For the radio program, see Doug Henwood.
Behind the News
Also known as BtN
Genre Education
Format News
Presented by Nathan Bazley
Opening theme Theme Song
Country of origin Australia
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 46
Production
Executive producer(s) Robert Clark
Location(s) Adelaide, South Australia
Camera setup Digital Betacam
Running time 26 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel ABC (1969-2014)
ABC3 (2014-present)
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
720p (HDTV)
Audio format Stereo
Original run 6 June 1969 (1969-06-06)–2003 (2003)
15 February 2005 (2005-02-15) – present (present)
External links
Website

Behind the News (more commonly known as BtN) is a long-running news program broadcast on Australia's ABC TV made in Adelaide and aimed at school-aged children (8–13 years of age). BtN is aimed at upper primary and lower secondary students with the goal of helping them understand current issues and events in their world.

Behind the News explores major news events using the language, music and popular culture of young people. The program explains the concepts that underpin the issues and events, while also providing background information that puts current affairs into context. Behind the News also covers kids' issues often overlooked by mainstream news, and makes use of online resources including streaming video of BtN stories, study materials for teachers and additional information and activities for students. BtN explains news items in a fun, simplistic way that is easy to understand.

In 2004 Behind the News was temporarily axed due to Government budget cuts [1] but returned to air in 2005.[2] While BtN was the first and original program of this nature, a similar program on Network Ten, ttn (the total news), debuted in the year BtN did not air. ttn itself was axed at the end of 2008.

Some schools let students watch BtN on a regular basis in the hope that it will give them an insight into politics, current affairs, sport and various other topics.

On 21 July 2014, This show will move to a digital channel ABC3 as part of the ABC's educational programming.

ABC3 News[edit]

News On 3 and BtN Extra (collectively referred to as ABC3 News) are programs broadcast on ABC3 since 4 December 2009 and 1 February 2010 respectively. They are produced by and feature the same team as Behind the News, but uses different graphics, music and website. Since 5 May 2011, Journalist Sophia Thomson has been the presenter of News on 3 and BTN Extra.

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