World Radio Day 2013
13 February is World Radio Day — a day to celebrate radio as a medium; to improve international cooperation between broadcasters; and to encourage major networks and community radio alike to promote access to information and freedom of expression over the airwaves.
As radio continues to evolve in the digital age, it remains the medium that reaches the widest audience worldwide. This multi-purpose medium can help people, including youth, to engage in discussions on topics that affect them. It can save lives during natural or human-made disasters; and it provides journalists with a platform to report facts and tell their stories.
Radio is the most universal medium, used by 95% of the world’s population. Requiring inexpensive and relatively simple technology, radio broadcasts reach remote and marginalized communities. Internet and mobile technologies are helping extend the availability of radio broadcasts and increasing the medium’s potential. According to the International Telecommunication Union, 75% of households in developing countries own at least one radio receiver.
UNESCO encourages all countries to celebrate World Radio Day in partnership with regional, national and international broadcasters, non-governmental organizations, the media and the public.
Message of the UNESCO DG Irina Bokova https://soundcloud.com/world-radio-day/irina-bokova-director-general