Koori Cup beamed far and wide
By EMMA O'NEILL firstname.lastname@example.org
FOOTY FANS across the nation were able to watch the 37th NSW Koori Cup without travelling to Lismore.
For the first time, the rugby league carnival was broadcast on a national indigenous TV channel, NiTV.
NiTV representative, Tanya Denning, said covering the Lismore event was a milestone for the channel as it was the first live sports coverage broadcast on the station and because rugby league was such a popular sport within the indigenous community.
"Often the indigenous community don't see themselves on TV, so the channel's really important for that," she said.
Champion boxer Anthony Mundine was assisting the NiTV broadcast from Lismore during the weekend and said the channel was an important way to provide Aboriginal people with a voice and to show the community positive indigenous stories.
"It's another way to send out a positive message to the whole community because sometimes the mainstream media deflates our people," he said.
Tanya Denning said covering the Koori Cup was a huge thing for the indigenous community because it was such a popular sporting event and attracted so much attention from across the country.
The 25 crew and five cameras from NiTV were used to capture all three days of the knockout carnival. Ms Denning said the crew had worked tirelessly to capture most games and were not simply broadcasting the finals.
The indigenous channel was launched during NAIDOC Week in July and will be available on Foxtel from November 1.