New Free-To-Air TV Channel to aid education development in schools

A new channel aimed at up-skilling teachers and improving education within Australian schools will on commence broadcasting Monday 3rd November to Australia’s largest free-to-air market (Metropolitan Sydney). Teachers TV is about real teachers, in real classrooms achieving results and is for teachers, principals, parents and everyone with an interest in what’s going on in education.

Teachers TV will be available on Channel 47 on Broadcast Australia’s digital free-to-air television trial platform known as DIGITAL FORTY FOUR and can be received by any household who currently receives digital terrestrial Television signals (via a Digital TV or a set top box).

Executive Producer, Peter Sjoquist AM, said it is exciting to be broadcasting programming which is unique and relevant to teachers and the wider community. All programming broadcast will also be available to view on “Contemporary resources of this kind simply do not exist in this county, which is what makes Teachers TV so unique and relevant,” Mr Sjoquist said.

“Whatever their level of experience, teachers will be able to tune in to Channel 47 or log on to and view resource videos from many different areas of the curriculum. The videos show real teachers in real classrooms and how they go about implementing curriculum,” Mr Sjoquist added. Programming outlining general teaching practices and methods will also be broadcast and available to view from the website.

This new Channel has been made available on DIGITAL FORTY FOUR as part of a trial service by Broadcast Australia to investigate technical and commercial issues as well as audience interest in TV open narrowcast and data-casting services.

“It is exciting that this trial of new technologies and services by Broadcast Australia is making it possible for Teachers TV to have a positive impact on the level of teaching through the provision of programming to the community which is inspiring, insightful and relevant,” Mr Sjoquist added.

Teachers TV will share Channel 47 with Federal Parliament and be broadcast at times when Federal Parliament is not sitting. Further details on how to receive Teachers TV and the other DIGITAL FORTY FOUR services can be found at

“The key to success in education is a very high standard of teaching, Teachers TV being provided on free-to-air television is a step in helping to achieve this.”

Teachers and principals from across Australia were involved in the development of Teachers TV to ensure all content is relevant and useable for teachers of all levels of experience from both primary and secondary schools.

Peter Sjoquist has extensive experience spanning more than 20 years working with teachers, principals and Education Departments in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, the UK, Germany, UAE and Japan in his role as Executive Producer of Rock Eisteddfod Challenge® and Croc Festival®.
“Teachers TV Australia is associated with in the UK which has proven to be very successful as an educational resource for teachers. In the UK 62% of head teachers have recommended the UK website to other teachers,” Mr Sjoquist said.

Teachers and principals from across Australia involved in the development of Teachers TV are available for interviews and photo opportunities.

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