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Community radio and sustainability – a participatory research initiative

Community radio has completed a decade in 2012 in India and boasts of 183 operational stations in India and 15 in Bangladesh. In addition, Nepal, which has a longer history of CR has 246 stations on air.

Due to the differences in practices in India, Bangladesh and Nepal, Ideosync Media Combine with support from CEMCA and UNESCO, undertook a participatory research initiative to explore the parameters that impact the sustainability of Community Radio in the South Asia region. For this purpose, a broad list of 25 CR stations across India, Nepal and Bangladesh was drawn up keeping in mind adequate representation as per the following criteria:

  1. Institutional set-up: CR Stations governed and managed by educational institutions, agricultural institutions, large, small and local NGOs, cooperatives etc
  2. Geography: Such that stations selected are representative of all regions
  3. Duration of Broadcast: Such that stations are representative of young and experienced stations

For more information and the report, click here.

Message of solidarity – Nepal earthquake survivors

The South Asia Network for Community Media (SANCOM) extends its deepest sympathies to the families and friends of those who unfortunately lost their lives and those who suffered grave losses in the Nepal earthquake on April 25, 2015.

The tragic loss of lives and the resulting damages have been devastating and words cannot sufficiently express the sorrow felt by those of us at SANCOM. IT would be a formidable task to recover from a disaster of this magnitude. SANCOM stands in solidarity with the survivors through this difficult time.

The Steering Committee of SANCOM would especially like to our collective resolve of support to the community media sector of Nepal.  Even as the extent of damages suffered by individual organizations is not known at this time, we are happy to note that many of our friends and colleagues in Nepal’s vibrant community radio movement are reported to be safe.

As and when we get more details of the losses on the community media outlets in Nepal, SANCOM and all of its constituent members would like to assure that we are standing by to lend our support to any efforts for reconstruction.

Prof. Vinod Pavarala
Convenor, SANCOM
On behalf of the Steering Committee

South Asia Network for Community Media (SANCOM) launched

The South Asia Network for Community Media (SANCOM) was formally launched on February 13, 2015 at the World Radio Day event in New Delhi, India, organized jointly by UNESCO and the Commonwealth Educational Media Centre in Asia (CEMCA).

Launching the virtual network of SANCOM (http://www.sancomonline.net), Mr. Shigeru Aoyagi, the Director and UNESCO Representative to Bhutan, India, Maldives and Sri Lanka, expressed his happiness about the formation of the regional network and emphasized the importance of such groupings to promote media pluralism and diversity in South Asia. Prof. Vinod Pavarala, UNESCO Chair on Community Media and Member-Convener of SANCOM, explained the broad objectives of the network during his presentation. He explained that in fulfilling its’ objectives, SANCOM would respond to challenges and issues as and when they emerge with smaller interest groups tending to them from time to time.

The foundation for SANCOM was created on July 12, 2014 at a Roundtable on ‘Towards a South Asia Network for Community Media’ at the University of Hyderabad, India. The twenty-five attendees, representing different countries in the region, discussed the need for such a network, what it can do, how it will function and who can join. This resulted in a Steering Committee, comprising sixteen individuals, being formed to take the initiative forward.

The attendees agreed on seven objectives for the network. Firstly, SANCOM would advocate for a more free and open policy environment for community media to flourish in the region. Secondly, the network would exchange information regarding community media related initiatives and activities in the region. Thirdly, SANCOM would foster the building/sharing of capacities for community media production and management across national boundaries. Fourthly, it would document and disseminate best practices and explore possibilities of replicating success stories. Fifthly, SANCOM hopes to encourage comparative research that could help gain greater awareness and deeper understanding of community media in different national contexts in the region. Sixthly, the initiative will promote peer learning and self-evaluation. Lastly, SANCOM will build alliances with other national, regional and global networks, both of community media as well as of broader social movements.

Currently, the eight SAARC countries (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, The Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) would be involved with the SANCOM initiative.

Contact: Taijrani Rampersaud,
Editorial Assistant,
SANCOM Secretariat
Department of Communication,
Sarojini Naidu School of Arts and Communication,
University of Hyderabad,
Gachibowli, Hyderabad, 500 046, India.
SANCOM E-Mail: sancommail@gmail.com