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The 16th Community Radio Station in Bangladesh, Community Radio SagarDwip 99.2, to broadcast Programs Officially

Hatiya, a small island, situated in the mouth of the river Meghna and the coast of Bay of Bengal under Noakhali District. It is known as a disaster-prone Upazila with unprivileged community.

The people of the Upazila are living with natural disaster and adverse environment. River erosion, tornado, storm, cyclone make their daily life immeasurable. Lack of education, malnutrition, unemployment, laps and gaps of knowledge flow and insufficient power supply situation deprive the communities from modern facilities. Life and livelihood of four and half millions people are insecure here due to poor transportation, communication system and lack of information technology services.

Reducing the sufferings of the people of Hatiya, Dwip Unnayan Sangstha (DUS) has been initiating to establish a community radio station in this area in line with Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR).

The 16th Community Radio station in Bangladesh the Community Radio Sagar Dwip 99.2 is going to broadcasting its programs officially on November 12, 2015.

Towards socio-economic and cultural betterment, however, it is expected that the radio station will play a vital role through broadcasting its program related to disaster risk reduction and upgrading the standard of their life and livelihood.

Now 15 Community Radio Stations are on-air in the country, aiming to ensure empowerment and right to information for the rural community. They are broadcasting altogether 125 hours program per day on information, education, local entertainment and development motivation activities. Around 1000 Youth Women & Youth are now working with those stations throughout the country as rural broadcasters within 5.6 million rural people in 67 upazillas under 13 districts.

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.

Source: BNNRC

Four Community Radio stations received the highest number of prizes in the Radio Category of the UNICEF Meena Media Awards, 2015

Four community radio stations of the country received 13 awards in the radio category of the Meena Media Award 2015 for their contributions in innovation in media and the protection of child rights in the year 2015.

As with every year, UNICEF Bangladesh organized the competition.

The winning stations are Community Radio Pollikontha 99.2, Community Radio Chilmari 99.2, Community Radio Jhenuk 99.2 and Community Borendra Radio 99.2 FM.

Earlier, ten (10) community radio stations of the country participated and submitted a total of 49 radio programs in the competition under two categories: (1) below 18 years of age and (2) above 18 years of age. These programs reflected important issues such as children education, the present situation of the female children and children from horizon communities, child marriages/early marriages, the evolution of  children organizations, child marriages in Dalit communities, suicide of children, negligence of girl children in the communities, life-threatening livelihood of child labourers and drug addiction and its effects on families and societies. Out of these 49 programs, 18 programs were from five CR Stations that received nominations and 13 programs received the final awards. This is the highest number of awards received by one single category in the media competition.

The final awards are as follows:

  1. Radio Pollikontha 99.2 received four awards: (1) Innovation/creative category (above 18 years): Magazine Program (2ndprize) Theme: Education of Horizon [Dalits] Children; (2) Innovation/creative category (above 18 years): Drama Program (3rd  prize) Theme: Child Marriage; (3) Innovation/creative category (below 18 years): Drama Program(2nd prize) Theme: Status and situation of Autistic children; (4) Investigative Reporting category (below 18 years): Investigative Report (3rd prize) Theme: Drug addiction
  2. Radio Chilmari 99.2 received two awards: (1) Innovation/creative category (above 18 years): Drama Program (1st prize) Theme: Child Marriage; (2) Innovation/creative category (above 18 years): Report (3rd prize) Theme: Horizon Children: their way of life
  3. Radio Jhenuk 99.2 received three awards: (1) Investigative Reporting category (above 18 years): Report (2nd prize) Theme: Child labour in hazardous work environment; (2) Investigative Reporting category (below 18 years): Report (3rd prize) Theme: Child tendency in suicide; (3) Investigative Reporting category (below 18 years): Report (2nd prize) Theme: Study load on children
  4. Borendra Radio 99.2 received four awards: (1) Investigative Reporting category (above 18 years): Report (3rd prize) Theme: Education of the children of ethnic/indigenous community in their own language; (2) Investigative Reporting category (below 18 years): Report (1st prize) Theme: Adolescence of a child; (3) Innovation/creative category (below 18 years): Drama Program (2nd prize) Theme: Education of the disadvantaged children; (4) Investigative Reporting category (below 18 years): Drama (3rd prize) Theme: Study load of the children

As pre-scheduled the prizes have been distributed among the winners in a ceremony held at a hotel at Dhaka on October 20, 2015. Mr. Hasanul Huq Inu MP, Honorable Minister, Ministry of Information attended as chief guest. The winners received crests, certificates and cheques of taka 50,000 for 1st prize, taka 25,000 for the 2nd and taka 15,000 for 3rd position.

Source: BNNRC

Community radio station under flood water

Brahmaputra Community Radio Station (BCRS) (7)Floods ravage Assam once again. The Brahmaputra Community Radio Station (BCRS), run by Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research (C-NES) from Dibrugarh’s Maijan Ghat along the mighty Brahmaputra is now under flood water. Broadcasting is halted temporarily for now and disruption of electricity supply.

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Source: Assam Times

Photography: Bhaskar Bhuyan, BCRS coordinator.