French-language media in Australia [fr]
French-language media is well represented in Australia, particularly in terms of radio and television.
1. Print Media
The publication of Le Courrier Australien, the longest-running foreign language newspaper in Australia founded in 1892, is suspended until further notice. Discussions on the launching a new version of the title are currently being held.
2. Online media
Le Petit Journal is an online publication dedicated to the French expatriates and French speakers. It publishes ads and tips as well as general information. Sydney (since 2010), Melbourne and Perth (since 2012), have their own offices and distinct pages.
Le Petit Journal
Le Petit Journal
Voilà Melbourne et Voilà Sydney
VoilàSydney gathers all the information dedicated to the French speaking community of Sydney, for lovers or future visitors of this beautiful city.
We believe that real integration in a foreign country comes with a better understanding of its situation, its every day life and culture.
We have launched voilasydney.com to give a better view and understanding of the news of our adopted country.
Mob.: +61 (0)4 06 737 494
Thanks to the public radio SBS, a French Program is broadcast all around Australia, either via regular radio waves (AM and FM) or digital radio (SBS Radio 1) on a digital TV set.
SBS Radio French Program broadcasts four times a week: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 1.00 pm to 2.00 pm on the following frequencies.
Adelaide 106.3 FM
Brisbane 93.3 FM
Canberra 1440 AM
Hobart 105.7 FM
Melbourne 1224 AM
Newcastle 1413 AM
Perth 96.9 FM
Sydney 1107 AM
Wollongong 1485 AM
Please note that only Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney receive the full programs via AM or FM radio waves. For all the other towns and regions, the programs are often only accessible via digital radio (SBS Radio 1) on a digital TV set.
To know the details of the schedule and the frequency of your area click here.
You can also listen to the programs and podcasts of SBS Radio French online, at the following address: www.sbs.com.au.
There are a number of other French-language programs broadcast by local and community radio stations. For the details click here.
the Association of French-language Radio Presenters of Australia, known as AAPREFA, is non-profit association founded in 1988 which represents the hosts of French radio programs in Australia. Its objectives are to promote the French programs and increase the audience, to multiply the number of French cultural programs in Australia and to reinforce the links between animators.
For more information: www.aaprefa.org.
France’s international broadcaster, Radio France Internationale’s English Service is also available on short-wave. For full details of RFI’s international broadcasting program please visit the RFI web site at www.rfi.fr. RFI can also be received through the sound sub-carriers of satellite television stations CFI and TV5, details of which are provided below.
The public channel SBS One broadcast every morning at 8.40 am the France 2 national news bulletin (20H) from the day before and, from Monday to Friday, at 3.00 pm, the France 24 International news bulletin. Numerous French movies (with English subtitles) are also offered on this channel; movies that are also accessible online freely via the website SBS ONDEMAND.
You can also watch the France 2 national news bulletin (20H) on SBS 2 from Monday to Saturday at 5.00 am.
5. Satellite television
French satellite television is now available via a number of sources.
Firstly there is Canalsat Australie established in Australia since 2001 and offering up to 40 French Channels and Services. There are 28 French television channels with news, cinema, sport, kids programs, discovery, generalist, entertainment and music offering a large choice of French speaking programmes for the French speaking community in Australia. You can also access 11 French Radios and 2 services accessible through your decoder (Guide des programmes, Pilote).
Canalsat Australie packages are available via satellite reception (broadcasted by Intelsat 701) on a subscription basis across Australia. For further information please visit Canalsat Australie website www.canalsat-australie.com
or call (02) 9252 6577.