World Radio Day Celebrations To Promote Radio And Humanity
Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, said: “On this World Day, we celebrate the power of radio to reflect and promote diversity in all its forms.” “Radio is a powerful medium for celebrating humanity in all its diversity and constitutes a platform for democratic discourse. At the global level, radio remains the most widely consumed medium. This unique ability to reach out the widest audience means radio can shape a society’s experience of diversity, stand as an arena for all voices to speak out, be represented and heard. Radio stations should serve diverse communities, offering a wide variety of programs, viewpoints and content, and reflect the diversity of audiences in their organizations and operations,” UNESCO said. It added: “Radio is uniquely positioned to bring communities together and foster positive dialogue for change. By listening to its audiences and responding to their needs, radio services provide the diversity of views and voices needed to address the challenges we all face.” For World Radio Day 2020, UNESCO calls on radio stations to uphold diversity, both in their newsroom and on the airwaves. This edition of World Radio Day is divided into three main sub-themes:
- Advocating for pluralism in radio, including a mix of public, private and community broadcasters.
- Encouraging representation in the newsroom, with teams comprised of diverse social groups.
- Promoting a diversity of editorial content and programme types reflecting the variety of the audiences.
Greetings on the occasion of #WorldRadioDay. It is one of the most powerful medium of communication. Whether it be listening to Hon'ble PM Shri @narendramodi Ji's Mann ki Baat or any other thing "Radio" plays a key role in communicating and connecting. pic.twitter.com/fNuEbCv0OJ— Harsh Sanghavi (@sanghaviharsh) February 13, 2020
The BBC Hindi radio available on short wave fell silent on January 31 after rendering 80 years of service. However, the Hindi service will continue to be available for the audience by other means of distribution such as FM radio (direct broadcasts and via partners); online; mobiles and other new media devices. Launched in May 1940 in the midst of World War II and the freedom struggle, the BBC Hindi service was religiously followed by generations of listeners, who considered it a trustworthy source of information and knowledge.
आज दुनिया #radioday मना रही है। रेडियो जीवन का अभिन्न अंग बन गया है। अब फ़ोन पर भी रेडियो सुन सकते है। दूर दराज के गांव में ,खेत या जंगल में भी रेडियो ही सहारा है। रेडियो ने संगीत और अच्छे अच्छे कार्यक्रम दिए है।#MannkiBaat के कारण रेडियो अधिक लोकप्रिय हुआ है।#WorldRadioDay2020 pic.twitter.com/X8m1oSh8Ba— Prakash Javadekar (@PrakashJavdekar) February 13, 2020