Published on March 12, 2014
AHM Bazlur Rahman-S21BR Chief Executive Officer Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication firstname.lastname@example.org
State of Radio Broadcasting in Bangladesh Public Service Broadcasting Bangladesh Betar/Radio 12 Regional MW and 27 FM 300 H program Commercial Broadcasting 12 FM Stations total 25 Community Broadcasting 14 Stations + 2 Newly Approved 120 H Program International Broadcasting BBC, NHK, CRI & VOA Internet Radio Campus Radio
Human Needs and Rights Knowledge Societies Pluralism Human Needs and RightsHuman Needs and Rights Knowledge SocietiesKnowledge Societies PluralismPluralism Knowledge Creation Dissemination UtilizationPreservation Knowledge Knowledge Knowledge Mission of Community Media in Bangladesh
Straggle for Community Radio Movement Started from 1998 Community Radio Policy by Ministry of Information 2008 14 Community Radio Approved by Ministry of Information 2010 Community Radio on-air from 2011 Community Radio Strategy 2011 by Ministry of Information Again,125 Initiators applied for CR 17 September, 2013 Primary selection for Security 51 24 October, 2013
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Picture: Curtsey – Internet/ Face book
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Why Community Broadcasting Current trends of Information Society The reality, if current trends continue, might be very different, the dream might become a nightmare 1. The fruits of human creativity – from academia to media, from indigenous medicines to music- are being privatized, ownership concentrated into the hands of a few, and access restricted to those who can pay ; 2. The airwaves, for radio, television and telecommunications, are being sliced up and sold to the highest bidder ; 3. The internet, once a promising new public sphere, is increasingly commercialized and controlled ; 4. The media, controlled by the MNCs, sell consumerism to people, and people to advertisers, and now media machines is very much aggressive!
A frame Work for Action Global Drivers: - UN World Summit on the Information Society (UN WSIS) 2003 & 2005 - UN Convention on the Rights of the Child UN MDGs - UN Convention Against Corruption- UNCAC - UN FCCC National drivers - Right to Information law 2009 of Ministry of Information - ICT Policy 2009 of Ministry of Science and ICT - 6th Five Years Plan of Ministry of Planning and Finance 2012
Collaboration and Policy support
Approaches to Sustainability & Challenge Policy level : Community Radio Policy 2008 National Strategy on CR Policy 2011 Institutional Level: Advisory Committee Monitoring Committee By-Laws/ HR & Financial Policy Social Level: Management Committee In line with Community ownership & Control & Community Engagement In line with program Financial Sustainability : A non-profit business Model CR Trust Fund Development Advertisement Policy Partnership with Local Government Major Challenge: - Community Mobilization - Regular Operation - Skills for Staff
Program & Community Broadcasters Total Hours : 120 Hours Total Community Broadcaster Youth: 284 Youth- Women 252 Future Plan for Community Radio - On-going 2013, 14 Operational CR + 2 - By 2014 at-least 60 CR Station - By 2021 300 CR Stations
Community Radio in DRR
As part of addressing the risk of Cyclone Mahasen, Six Community Radio Stations in coastal region of Bangladesh have broadcasted 514 hours program for 5 days continuously from May 11 to May16.
Community Radio Nalta 99.2 (Satkhira), Community Radio Sundarban 99.2(Koyra, Khulna), Community Radio Lokobetar 99.2 (Barguna Sadar), Community Rural Radio Krishi Radio 98.8 (Amtali,Barguna), Community Radio Naf 99.2 (Cox’s bazar,Tekhnaf) and Radio Sagargiri 99.2 (Sitakunda, Chittagong)
A total of 391 staffs and volunteers and more than 20,000 listeners’ club members were involved constantly in disseminating disaster preparedness message and information to the local community. The community radio stations broadcasted latest weather bulletin and other govt. directives after every 15- 30 minutes. The radio staffs and volunteers produced and broadcasted different types of programs in different formats (like news, magazine, talkshow, discussion etc.) regarding pre, during and post-disaster measures.
The directives from Deputy Commissioner (DC) and Upa Zila Nirbahi Officer(UNO), interview of experienced Red Cross officials have been broadcasted. Interviews and directives regarding early preparedness measures regarding utilization of Cyclone shelter, crop harvesting and preservation by local elected representatives like UP Chairman, Mayor, Female vice chairman and members of upazila parishads, Deputy Director of Cyclone Preparedness Committee, Agriculture officer and health officer have been broadcasted.
Interviews [on disaster preparedness] of local journalists, trained and experienced development activists were broadcasted. people who took shelter in the center also talked on community radio so that the others feel inspired to come to the shelter. Public Service Announcement (PSA) was broadcasted by quoting bulletin of National Broadcasting Authority. Analysis and views have been broadcasted basing on the news published on national and international mass media, Members of Listeners clubs sent early warning by Mobile messages for non-covered radio region.
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