Top End Aboriginal Broadcasting Association (TEABBA) was incorporated on the 10th October, 1989 under the Aboriginal Council and Associations Act (1972). The new association then established in a temporary housing as an office and studio at Batchelor township, 100km south of Darwin. ABC kindly provided studio equipment to TEABBA so that students attending Batchelor College studying the Diploma in Broadcasting and the BRACS certificate course, could exercise their skills, begin broadcast and connect their communities.
As Batchelor College began more successful and expanded, TEABBA sought alternative accommodation and the Board relocated its operations closer to Darwin to continued supplying services and coordinating a growing remote Indigenous broadcasting network across the Top End.
In June 1994 and coincided with TEABBA securing access to a spare audio channel on the Imparja satellite transponder for its radio network to cover the Top End of the Northern Territor and Gilbert-Walkuli pioneered the regional radio network model of linking BRACS stations to a central hub (using dial up telephone lines) to relay programs to Alice Springs for up-linking to the satellite. This empowered a program from a remote community to be rebroadcast to other BRACS communities across the Top End of the Northern Territory and connect each other and share stories.
TEABBA was the champion of this model and today broadcasts regular programs from both the Darwin hub studio and Remote Indigenous Broadcasters (RIBS) stations digitally to deliver broadcast high quality radio programs.
TEABBA is a recognised voice within the Indigenous broadcasting sector and continues to play an active role on matters of policy, future direction of community and national Indigenous broadcasting. They actively promote the development of local broadcasting so that Aboriginal people can gain access to information important to their community and for the maintenance of culture and language.