Special Broadcasting Service Ethnic Television
SBS began test transmissions in April 1979 when it showed various foreign language programs on ABV-2 Melbourne and ABN-2 Sydney on Sunday mornings. Each transmission would begin with the following announcement: This is SBS Ethnic Television, coming to you on ABN2 in Sydney and ABV2 Melbourne.
Channel 0/28 began transmission on 24 October 1980 (United Nations Day). At the time SBS was broadcasting on VHF-0 and UHF-28 in Melbourne and Sydney. The logo, a gradiented blue and white ring was used across all of SBS' radio and television stations and symbolized transmission on VHF channel 0. Channel 0/28 does not use its callsign.
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On 14 October 1983, Channel 0/28's service expanded into Canberra on UHF-28, and Goulburn and Cooma on UHF-58 and changed its name to Network 0-28. Its new slogan would be the long-running Bringing the World Back Home.
SBS TV (first era)
On 18 February 1985, the name changes again, this time to SBS TV. On 30 June, transmission begins in Brisbane, Adelaide, Newcastle, Wollongong and the Gold Coast. On 5 January 1986, SBS ceases its VHF-0 transmissions and becomes Australia's first sole UHF network. On 16 March 1986, the network expands into Perth, Mount Gambier, Loxton-Renmark, Port Pirie, Broken Hill, Toowoomba, Townsville, Bendigo, Ballarat, Traralgon, and Hobart.
As of 1989, this logo would remain in use as a corporate logo until a revamp in 1993.
In 1989, the logo was updated with the globe removed. This logo was also launched on 18 February 1985 as a wordmark.
A new SBS logo was launched throughout 1993, featuring five blue curved splices, described as the "Mercator" logo (named as the shapes look like a mercator globe in 2D), with the letters SBS in white on top. The five splices represented the continents of the world and the angle represented the tilt of the Earth's axis.
On 20 May 1994, SBS expanded into Darwin, Wagga Wagga, Orange, Albury-Wodonga and to the rest of regional Australia. Shepparton was the very last SBS channel to begin transmission in the mid 1990's.
The new logo and a major revamp was launched on 7 May 2008, reducing the number of splices into four, and shifting the perspective and angle so that each splice is larger than the last.
On 1 June 2009, SBS renamed their main channel SBS One to coincide with the launch of their new digital channel SBS Two.
SBS TV (second era)
On 4 July 2015, SBS launched a modified version of its 2008 logo when its main channel reverted back to its original name. This was met with a noticeably thicker logo and typeface. There's also a horizontal version.
In 2019, SBS underwent a minor brand refresh which introduced a modification of their pre-established logo. The logo was in turn, adopted by the main channel.
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