First CR station set up in Bhutan
The first Community Radio station in Bhutan has been installed in the Dechen-pelri community under Sarpang Dzongkhag. The station was formally set up on December 3, 2015 with the technical guidance from NOMAD, India. Besides entertainment purpose, this radio station will be utilized to air unheard stories of the destitute people in the area. The radio coverage reaches throughout the Dechen-pelri community till Chokorling Chiwog as of now and we are currently looking for means to attain coverage at other Chiwogs as well. The community members participated and celebrated the opening of the new station by offering butter lamps and prayers followed by recording their singing voices. We would like to thank the Ministry of Information and Communication, Swiss Development Cooperation and NOMAD for making this possible and for creating a new platform where the community members are encouraged to raise their own concerns, information, discussion etc.
Source: Tarayana Foundation
Bangladesh sets up community broadcasting libraries
A community broadcasting library is being set up as an essential part of 16 community radio stations in Bangladesh. Around 1000 rural broadcasters are directly benefitted from the library. Each library set up with support from European Union, Free Press Unlimited and Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC, ) will act as a knowledge centre for radio practitioners, development activists, volunteers and the community people around the station areas.
Under this initiative, BNNRC has provided one book shelf and a set of books to each of the station. The library includes books published by BNNRC on topics like, right to information, how to ensure participation and sustainability of a radio station, effective program making (using formats like development drama), financial management and capacity strengthening of radio practitioners etc.
Bangladesh launches its 16th CR station
The 16th Community Radio Station in Bangladesh – “Radio Sagardwip 99.2” went on air in the Hatiya Island of Noakhali District on November 12, 2015. Initiated by Dwip Unnayan Sangstha (DUS), a philanthropic organization functioning since 1971 in Hatiya upazila, the radio station will play a vital role by broadcasting programmes related to disaster risk reduction and for upgrading the standard of life and livelihood in this area.
Hatiya, a small island, situated in the mouth of the river Meghna and the coast of Bay of Bengal is known as a disaster-prone upazila with unprivileged community.
At present, 15 other CR Stations are on-air in the country aiming to ensure empowerment and right to information for the rural community. They are broadcasting altogether 125 hours of programmes per day on information, education, local entertainment and development motivation activities. Around 1000 youth are working with these stations as rural broadcasters catering to 5.5 million rural people in 68 upazillas under 14 districts.
2015 CBAA CR award for 4ZZZ
The 2015 Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA) Community Radio Awards in 20 categories were presented in November.
This year the Tony Staley Award for Excellence in Community Broadcasting went to Brisbane community radio station 4ZZZ for the Ability Radio Project. The Ability Radio Project is a co-production by people with an intellectual disability and support workers. Including a 14- week course in radio production skills, the resulting content is intended to give voice to the challenges and triumphs of people with an intellectual disability in their own voices, to address issues important to people with intellectual disability and to provide information about services available in the community. Completed radio packages are broadcast on 4ZZZ, as well as being podcast, and distributed via the Community Radio Network.
Source: Radio Today