Celebrating World Radio Day 2013
On the occasion of World Radio Day (13th of February), a day that aims at encouraging major networks and community radios promote access to information and freedom of speech over the airwaves, UNESCO Beirut, in collaboration with UNIC and with the support of Radio Rotana Delta organized on the 13th of February, 2013 a set of activities to celebrate this day. Those activities were support messages from Lebanese celebrities, interviews with UN staff, and two radio talk shows allowing people to call in and express their views about radio. In addition, a countdown for the World Radio Day started a week before the 13th on Radio Rotana Delta.
This day’s objectives are to raise a greater awareness among the public and the media on the importance of the radio, to encourage decision makers establish and provide access to information through the radio, and to enhance networking and international cooperation among broadcasters. As radio continues to evolve in the digital age, it remains the medium that reaches the widest audience worldwide and the one that is also recognized as a powerful and a low cost communication tool. Radio is specially suited to reach remote communities and vulnerable people. This multi-purpose medium can help people, including woman and youth, to engage in discussions on topics that affect them.
As the Director General of UNESCO, Ms. Irina Bokova said “Radio transformed our past. It remains a powerful force for shaping a more peaceful, more sustainable and more inclusive future for all”.