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
Behind the News logo.png
Also known as BtN
Genre Children's Education, Current Affairs
Presented by Nathan Bazley
Sarah Larsen
Tash Thiele
Opening theme Theme Song
Country of origin Australia
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 46
Executive producer(s) Robert Clark (c.2005–2014)
Location(s) Adelaide, South Australia
Camera setup Digital Betacam
Running time 26 minutes
Original network ABC (1969-2014)
ABC3 (2014-present)
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
720p (HDTV)
Audio format Stereo
Original release 6 June 1969 (1969-06-06)–2003 (2003)
15 February 2005 (2005-02-15) – present (present)
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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.

Many schools allow 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.


In 2004 Behind the News was temporarily axed due to Government budget cuts but returned to air in 2005.[1][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.

In June 2014, BtN celebrated its 45th birthday (based on years of production, discounting 2004), producing a short spliced clip of several decades' worth of presenters, theme songs, and stories.[3][4] On 21 July 2014, BtN moved to digital channel ABC3 as part of the ABC's educational programming.[citation needed]

BtN Newsbreak[edit]

BtN Newsbreak (Previously known as 3 News & News On 3) is a program broadcast on ABC3 since launch, and in its current form, May 2016. They are produced by and feature the same team as Behind the News.

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  1. ^ Mick O'Regan, Andrew Davies, Jim Ussher (8 January 2004). "Media Literacy and Behind The News". Media Report. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 
  2. ^ "BTN Returns to ABC TV in 2005" (Press release). Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 12/10/2004.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  3. ^ "Behind the News, 45 Years 1969-2014". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 2014-06-03. Retrieved 2015-04-18. 
  4. ^ "BEHIND THE NEWS CELEBRATES 45 YEARS ON AIR". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 2014-06-03. Retrieved 2015-04-18.