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Community Radio Stations in Coastal Bangladesh in addressing Cyclone ROANU in Disaster Risk Reduction

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Eight community radio (CR) stations in the coastal region of Bangladesh broadcast a combined total of 348 hours of programs for 3 continuous days from May 19 to May 21, 2016 as they addressed Cyclone Roanu in the region.

The community radio stations broadcast on a 24-hours basis in order to keep communities alert during and after Cyclone Ronau hit the coastal belt of the country. In order to broadcast around the clock, their previous air-time was increased in line with the “Standing Orders on Disaster (SOD) of the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh.” These eight community radio stations, all of which are situated in the coastal region, played a big role in saving people’s lives and assets.

Following the cyclone warning signals the stations started broadcasting from 19 May afternoon and continued non-stop till midnight of 21 May. Out of the total 348 hours, 187 hours were information specific to the cyclone itself, the disaster unfolding, the after-effects of the cyclone and what should be done for the community.

The stations collected updated information from the Meteorological Department, the disaster cells and local control room set up by the District and Upazila administrative authority and maintaining full-time liaison with theses groups. As there was no electricity in the area, due to power failure/load shedding, the stations, which were the only source of information, depended fully on the generators and kept the broadcasting services uninterrupted. In addition, the community radio stations also kept contact and collected updated information from the Red Cresent volunteers and the scouts who were working hard with the disaster-prone communities.

Along with broadcasting messages and PSAs received from the local government authority, they also broadcast their own programs which they have learned and produced through training and their experiences from previous disasters. With broadcasting of weather news bulletin after every 10-15 minutes, they also broadcast magazine programs, dramas, features, interviews and talk shows of the responsible persons involved in disaster management in the area. As an offline support group, the members of the radio listeners clubs also took part in the process of fulfilling the objective of the station. They conducted house-to-house visits of the listeners and disseminated information about the latest situation of the cyclone, their contact points during an emergency and what types of services were available for them during rescue or rehabilitation of the communities. At the same time, they also supplied information to the radio stations and kept them updated about the community situation.

The eight radio stations are Community Radio Nalta 99.2 ( Kaligonj, Satkhira), Community Radio Sundarban 98.8 ((Koyra, Khulna), Community Lokobetar 99.2  (Barguna Sadar), Community Rural Radio Krishi Radio 98.8 (Amtoli, Barguna), Community Radio Naf 99.2 (Teknaf, Cox’s Bazar), Community Radio Sagargiri 99.2 (Sitakunda, Chittagong), Community Radio Meghna 99.00  (Charfasion, Bhola) and Community  Radio Sagardwip 99.2 (Hatiya, Noakhali).

A total of 116 community broadcasters (37 females and 79 males), volunteers and members from 175 listeners clubs worked throughout the whole period by operating on a shifting basis in order to continue broadcaasting.

It can be mentioned that Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC), with support from Free Press Unlimited, supported the radio stations during the times of Cyclones Mahasen and Komen and, thus, also kept constant contact and assisted in coordination with these stations and provided information and guidance throughout the entire process in relation to  Cyclone Roanu.

Source: BNNRC

Bangladesh: More community radio in the offering – Information Minister

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DHAKA, April 26, 2016 (BSS) – The government would further expand community radio in order to provide the platform for citizens to raise their voices, especially for the masses at the grassroots, Information Minister Hasanul Haque Inu said today.

Inu revealed this information to visiting Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations, Howe Liang Zhu, who is now in the city on a four-day visit to Bangladesh, said an official release.

“We have taken the decision (for more community radios) to bring the marginalized people into the mainstream of development and spearhead sustainable development,” the minister told Liang Zhu, who along with UNDP Representative Robert Watkins, met him at his ministry office here.

Inu listed a number of steps taken by the present government with regards to mass media expansion and said a new horizon has been drawn in the area of free press side by side with cleaning the political dirt to bring back politics on track.

The minister said mass media had earlier been regarded as a strong opponent of the autocratic and communal regimes while it has now become a co-facilitator for national development. He also credited Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her sincere and brave efforts in ensuring media freedom and protecting democracy.

Liang Zhu conveyed warm felicitation to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for media expansion in the country and assured that the United Nations would provide necessary cooperation for its further expansion in Bangladesh.

Senior officials of the ministry and UNDP Assistant Country Director Shaila Khan were also present.

Source: BNNRC

5th World Radio Day 2016 observed in Bangladesh

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The 5th World Radio Day 2016 was observed with a colorful rally, discussion session and cultural programs in Bangladesh.

The Hon’ble Minister for the Ministry of Information, Mr. Hasanul Haq Inu, MP Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, was the Chief Guest at the opening ceremony of World Radio Day activities in Betar Bhaban, Agargaon, Dhaka, Bangladesh. Mr. A S M Mahbubul Alam, Addl. Secretary and In charge of Hon’ble Secretary, Ministry of Information and  Mr. A K M Rahamat Ullah, MP, Chairman  of parliamentary standing committee for the Ministry of Information also attended as special guests.

Mr. AHM Bazlur Rahman, Chief Executive Officer of Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) and Member, World Radio Day Observation International Committee, and Mr. AKM Nesar Uddin Ahmed, Director General of Bangladesh Betar (Newly Appoint) also spoke at the opening ceremony.

Ms. Shahjadi Anjuman Ara, Addl. Secretary (Broadcast) and In charge of Director General of Bangladesh Betar presided over the opening ceremony.

16 Community Radio Stations, 12 Medium wave stations, 35 FM station of Bangladesh Betar and 14 Private FM station observed 5th World Radio day 2016 on 13 February 2016 in different part of Bangladesh.

Source: BNNRC