The World Indigenous Television Broadcasters Network (WITBN) is a global alliance which aims to unify television broadcasters worldwide to retain and grow indigenous languages and cultures.
Every two years the Network holds a conference. In 2014 the conference was hosted by Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) in Winnipeg, Canada.
The nine foundation Council members are National Indigenous Television (NITV), Australia; Aboriginal People Television Network (APTN), Canada; TG4, Ireland; Māori Television, New Zealand; NRK Sāmi Radio, Norway; BBC ALBA, Scotland; South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), South Africa; Taiwan Indigenous Television (TITV)/Public Television Service (PTS), Taiwan; and S4C, Wales.
Recent members to the network are; Ōiwi TV, Hawaii; Hakka TV, Taiwan Broadcasting System (TBS); Pacific Islanders in Communication (PIC), Honolulu; First Nations Experience (FNX), California; Tapesh Television Network (TiTV), California.
In 2014, Māori Television current Affairs programme, Native Affairs, won two international journalism awards at the World Indigenous Broadcasters Conference (WITBN) in Canada.
Best Investigative Reporting Award: Feathering the Nest was taken by Native Affairs in the World Indigenous Journalism Awards, followed by Best International Reporting Award: Tongan Ferries.
The awards especially acknowledge the significance of journalism that best delivers the Indigenous perspective and contributes to a public understanding of the Indigenous reality, nationally and internationally.
The WITBN website is www.witbn.org.