World Radio Day to be celebrated in Nepal
UNESCO’s Office in Nepal invites all radio stations in the country to observe World Radio Day on 13 February 2012. The World Radio Day was established in 2011 to celebrate radio broadcast and its unique power to reach people in the remotest areas. It is an occasion to encourage the creation of more and better radio content and to provide access to information through radio, including community radios.
“There are hundreds of radio stations in Nepal and we hope that they will use 13 February to celebrate their power. Radios have a crucial role in creating access to information in remote areas, especially in the mountainous regions where they are often the only media available,” says Axel Plathe, Head of the UNESCO Office in Kathmandu.
As radio is currently taking up new technological forms and devices, it remains a very efficient low cost medium, specifically suited to reach remote communities and vulnerable people. It offers a platform to participate in the public debate, irrespective of people’s educational level. It has also an important role to play in emergencies and disaster relief.
Worldwide, up to one billion people still do not have access to radio today. In Nepal almost one-fifth of the people live in areas without radio coverage.
There are numerous possibilities to celebrate World Radio Day including, for example:
- helping broadcast the message of UNESCO’s Director-General on World Radio Day in all public, private and community radios;
- selecting a theme on radio and produce a radio programme or a public service message to be repeatedly disseminated on 13 February;
- organizing radio/television debates/discussions involving stakeholders (broadcasters, policy-makers, academics, legal fraternity) on the relevance of radio in citizens’ lives.
- organizing phone-in radio shows so that the audience or the community can say why radio is important to them or which were the great radio moments they remember;
- interviewing radio personalities;
- downloading, exhibiting and distributing UNESCO publications related to the subject, such as Community media: a good practice handbook.
For more information, please visit the official World Radio Day website.
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