UNICEF Bangladesh honours 5 CR stations
UNICEF Bangladesh has honoured Community Radio Jhenuk 99.2, Community Radio Pollikontho 99.2, Community Radio Bikrampur 99.2, Community Radio Mahananda 98.8 and Community Radio Borendro 99.2 for their exemplary contribution in championing child rights during the 10th Meena Media Award 2014.
The Meena Media Award was introduced by UNICEF in 2005 to honour excellence in creative journalism in both print and broadcast. Meena, after whom the award is named, is a popular animation character held dear by children and adults alike in Bangladesh. She stands for change and champions child rights across South Asia.
The 10th award ceremony held at Dhaka brought children’s voices to the forefront through the event. An eight member expert panel of judges comprising creative writers, veteran media professionals and academics assessed each entry and selected the five community radio stations in the “Radio category”.
Ghana radio stations trained in Ebola reporting
The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO) organized special training on effective Ebola reporting for journalists from sixty radio stations across Ghana on November 6th and 7th at Accra.
The sixty radio stations were from rural and border districts of Ghana. The training focused on local radio stations because the organizers believed that they are the most effective information dissemination platform in rural communities and can therefore play an essential role in educating the public about the Ebola disease.
Ghana, which is a travel destination in the sub-region, is at a high risk of infection and community involvement is crucial in preparing against the virus. For this community radio station play a major role.
VIT Panbalai 90.8 ties up with BBC
The community radio facility of Vellore Institute of Technology University (VIT) has tied up with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) to broadcast more programmes to people living in and around VIT. The programmes include entertainment and information relevant to the student community of VIT.
VIT Panbalai 90.8 was launched in January, 2014 and broadcasts for 10 hours a day. Some of the programs are produced by VIT students for campus infotainment and for the benefit of school students.
VIT Chancellor G Viswanathan said that there are possibilities of more tie-ups with international radio stations to make the community radio emerge as a leader in the campus community radio segment.
ACORAB concludes 10th Annual General Assembly
Association of Community Radio Broadcasters Nepal (ACORAB) concluded its 10th Annual General Assembly in Charikot of Dolakha district on September 4, 2014. The conference resonated with the main slogan “Community Radio for Positive Societal Transformation”. A total of 250 participants from throughout Nepal came together as part of the event.
The event was inaugurated by three former Prime Ministers of the country Mr. Pushpa Kamal Dahal (‘Prachanda’), Sher Bahadur Deuba and Mr. Jhalanath Khanal. They spoke highly about the community radio movement in Nepal and its commitment towards social change. They also expressed their willingness to extend political support towards the community radio sector in Nepal. More than 20 speakers belonging to diverse sectors spoke in the function and the ACORAB Chairperson Mr. Mohan Chapagain delivered the welcome address.
German State to continue with analogue FM for the next decade
The parliament of the state of Saxony-Anhalt, home to the pioneering free radio station in Halle, Radio Corax, has just decided to amend the media law that would have required the dumping of (analogue) FM radio by the end of this year. It has resolved to retain the technology till 2025. It is being suggested by the radio stations that even when that happens, FM frequencies can be reserved for community radio.
Compiled by Arun John, University of Hyderabad