SBS (General Discussion)

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The SBS Board has a new Chairman with Dr Bulent Hass Dellal AO announced by the Minister for Communications, Mitch Fifield, today.

Dr Dellal was appointed a Director of the SBS Board in 2010. He has been acting in the Chairman role since the exit of Nihal Gupta early last year.

SBS Managing Director, Michael Ebeid; said:

“On behalf of the Board and the SBS team, I’d like to congratulate Dr Dellal on his appointment, which I have no doubt will be well received by both the employees of SBS, and the communities we serve. He has contributed enormously to SBS during more than six years serving on the Board, including as Deputy Chairman, and has done a tremendous job as Acting Chair over the last year. I’m delighted that he’s been formally appointed to the role.

“Dr Dellal’s extensive knowledge of multicultural affairs, his many years of experience working with diverse community groups, and his strong connections within communities have been invaluable to SBS. I look forward to working closely with him and the Board as SBS continues to deliver distinctive programs and services which help migrants understand Australian culture and values, support Indigenous communities, and showcase the benefits of diversity to all Australians, while also continuing to invest in the organisation’s digital future ensuring that SBS is in a great place for the years ahead.”

Dr Dellal said:

“I’m incredibly proud to have the opportunity to chair SBS. SBS’s unique ability to access, explore and share stories of Indigenous and multicultural Australia, for all Australians, continues to be one of our greatest and most valuable strengths. As the media sector continues to go through transformative changes, I look forward to working with the Board and management to ensure SBS continues to play such a vital and special role in Australia’s future.”

Dr Dellal has been appointed by the Australian Government as Chairman of the SBS Board for a period of just over three years, which takes his term up to the statutory limit of ten years serving on the SBS Board. He leads the Board of Directors which includes Daryl Karp, Dorothy West, Peeyush Gupta, William Lenehan and Michael Ebeid (Managing Director).

Dr Bulent Hass Dellal AO was appointed a Director of the SBS Board in 2010. Dr Dellal has been the Executive Director of the Australian Multicultural Foundation since 1989. He is also Chairman of the Centre for Multicultural Youth; Chairman of the National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies Consultative Committee (Melbourne University); the Chairman of the Islamic Museum of Australia, and he is on the Commonwealth Governments Australian Multicultural Advisory Council. Dr Dellal has also served as a Member, Multicultural Advisory Committee of the Family Court of Australia; Board Member, Adult Multicultural Education Services; Co-Chairperson, Police and Community Multicultural Advisory Committee, and Sitting Member, Victoria Police Ethical Standards Consultative Committee. Dr Dellal was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 1997 for service to multicultural organisations, the arts and the community.


The Turnbull Government has appointed Emeritus Professor Sally Walker AM as a non-executive director and Mr George Savvides as a non-executive director and Deputy Chair to the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) Board for a period of five years.

Mr Savvides will become Deputy Chair following the recent appointment of the previous Deputy Chair, Dr Bulent Hass Dellal AO, as Chairperson.

Professor Walker has had an extensive career in law and academia, particularly as vice-chancellor and president of Deakin University. In 2011 she was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition of her contribution to education, to the law as an academic and to the advancement of women.

Mr Savvides has significant management and board experience working in Government owned enterprises and not for profit organisations, notably as the former Managing Director of Medibank Private. He also currently serves as Chairman of World Vision Australia.

These appointments are made consistent with the selection process for SBS Board appointments set down in the Special Broadcasting Service Act 1991. This process involves consideration of potential candidates by an independent Nomination Panel for SBS Board Appointments.

Mr Savvides participated in the Nomination Panel process and was recommended for appointment. Professor Walker was not assessed by the Panel, but was identified by the Government as having the requisite skills to be a suitable appointment to the Board.

The Government thanks the Nomination Panel for its work undertaking the selection process and providing a list of nominees for the Government’s consideration.

I congratulate Professor Walker and Mr Savvides on their appointments and look forward to the valuable contributions they will make to the SBS Board.