This paper develops a theoretically and analytically informed response to recent public criticisms of Australia's multicultural television service, SBS. To this end, it suggests how work on liberal 'governmentality' provides a basis for understanding SBS as a 'technology of citizenship' within a broader apparatus of liberal-democratic government. This framework is deployed in an historical analysis of how SBS's performance of this role has been shaped by the field of political relations in which it is located. This analysis provides the basis for an assessment of SBS's current situation, and the strategies adopted by the broadcaster in response to it.
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|Published - 2004