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Community Radio Pollikontho 99.2, Bangladesh received ABU Awards on Climate Change & Disaster Risk Reduction from Asia-Pacific Region

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Community Radio Pollikontho 99.2, from the North–East part of Bangladesh received the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union Award on Climate Change & Disaster Risk Reduction on 10 May 2017 at a Gala Award Ceremony during the ABU Media Summit on Climate Change and DRR, 10-12 May 2017, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) actively works to improve recognition of the community electronic media sector [Community Radio, Community TV, Community Film] & its work in and involvement with the communities it seeks to serve from 2000 with support from Free Press Unlimited.

Ms. Ankhi Palit, the producer of Community Radio Pollikontho 99.2 received the best radio feature international award in the category of “Disaster Risk Reduction” in a competition for the broadcasters organized by Asia – Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU).

The award was given in recognition of the best production and presentation of a community radio feature titled: “Follow Earthquake Practices and self yourself.” Ankhi Palit produced the program following a radio script prepared by Mr. Biplob Kanti Dev, another producer of Radio Pollikontho.

Mr. Martuza Ahmed Hon’ble Secretary of the Ministry of Information handed over the prize to Ankhi Palit on 10 May, 2017 at a Gala night held at Bangabandhu International Conference Center (BICC).

H E Hasanul Haq Inu MP, Hon’ble Minister for Ministry of Information, & Dr. Javed Mottagi, Secretary General, the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) and all participants of 3rd ABU Media Summit were present during the Gala Awards Ceremony.

The program was organized on the occasion of 3rd ABU Media Summit in Dhaka, Bangladesh from 10-12 May. The Summit was organized with the objectives to highlight the Asia –Pacific best practices, skills and lessons learnt in disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptations.

Radio Pollikontho is the only recipient of this award from Bangladesh.  It can be mentioned that Bangladesh Television and Bangladesh Betar jointly co-organized the 3rd ABU Media Summit on Climate Change & Disaster Risk Reduction.

The Awards encourage inspiring story telling from across the globe about the biggest challenge to the mankind and solutions to this global threat. This is annual competition honours the best Radio and Television program on climate change adaptation, disaster preparedness and disaster risk reduction. The competition has two radio and two television categories and two special awards.

Source: BNNRC

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