Behind the News

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Behind the News
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Also known asBtN
GenreChildren's Education, Current Affairs
Presented byAmelia Moseley (2018-present)
Nathan Bazley (2007-2017)
Sarah Larsen
Tash Thiele
Country of originAustralia
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons50
Production
Executive producer(s)Robert Clark (c.2005–2014)
Production location(s)Adelaide, South Australia
Camera setupDigital Betacam
Running time26 minutes
Release
Original networkABC (1968-2014)
ABC Me (2014-present)
Picture format576i (SDTV)
720p (HDTV)
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseCurrent Affairs-5 June 1968 (1968-06-05)–1969 (1969)
Behind the News- 1969 (1969)–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 programme 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 hope of helping them understand issues and events outside their own lives.

Behind the News explores news using the current language, trendy music and popular culture of youths. The programme explains the basic concepts that underpin the issues and events, while also providing background information in the hopes that children will take an interest. Behind the News also covers children's 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 arduous activities for students. BtN explains news items in a simplistic way that is trendy and makes good use of children's diminished attention span.

Many schools allow students to watch BtN on a regular basis in the hope that it will make them interested in politics, current affairs, sport and various other topics.

History[edit]

On 5 June 1968, Behind the News aired its first episode. Originally known as "Current Affairs", the name was changed to its current name within a year. The discovery of the first episode happened during the 45th anniversary (at the time, the show claimed to have started in 1969).[1]

The ABC chose to axe Behind the News at the end of 2003 in an argument with the Government over funding, but it returned to air in 2005.[2][3] 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, producing a short spliced clip of several decades' worth of presenters and theme songs.[4][5] On 21 July 2014, BtN moved to digital channel ABC3 as part of the ABC's educational programming move.[6]

On 2 May 2016, BTN relaunched with new graphics and a new look, also switching from using greenscreen to using the same set used on ABC3 News. The new graphics and look were teased on 1 May 2016 with the launch of BTN Newsbreak, a rebrand of ABC3 News.

BtN Newsbreak[edit]

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

Presenters and reporters[edit]

Behind the News and BtN Newsbreak are presented by Amelia Moseley. BtN is produced by Sarah Larsen.

The current reporting team at Behind the News and Newsbreak includes: Emma Davis, Jack Evans, Ruby Cornish, Natasha Thiele, Matthew Holbrook and Olivia Mason.

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External links[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zh6Iop5hhmU
  2. ^ Mick O'Regan, Andrew Davies, Jim Ussher (8 January 2004). "Media Literacy and Behind The News". Media Report. Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
  3. ^ "BTN Returns to ABC TV in 2005" (Press release). Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 12 October 2004.
  4. ^ "Behind the News, 45 Years 1969-2014". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 3 June 2014. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  5. ^ "BEHIND THE NEWS CELEBRATES 45 YEARS ON AIR". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 3 June 2014. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  6. ^ Knox, David (10 June 2014). "ABC Educational programming moving to ABC3". TV Tonight. Archived from the original on 10 July 2017. Retrieved 22 August 2018.