The World Radio Day seeks raise awareness about the importance of radio, facilitate access to information through radio and enhance networking among broadcasters. Radio has to be recognized as a low cost medium, specifically suited to reach remote communities and vulnerable people: the illiterate, the disabled, women, youth and the poor, while offering a platform to intervene in the public debate, irrespective of people’s educational level. Furthermore, radio has a strong and specific role in emergency communication and disaster relief. There is also a changing face to radio services which, in the present times of media convergence, are taking up new technological forms, such as broadband, mobiles and tablets. However, it is said that up to a billion people still do not have access to radio today.
Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (ACORAB) Nepal is a sole professional organization that represents 250 community radios in Nepal. It has been working since its establishment in 2002 to advance the causes of community radios and to facilitate broadcasting and sharing of news, information and resources on contemporary local, national and global issues among the audiences. Member radios of the Association are functional through networking for better radio services by operating Community Information Network (CIN). This national satellite network is developed as bridging tool of connecting community information and streamlining them to a national broadcast for national impacts. ACORAB Nepal supports and protects its members through policy advocacy with the government along with the collaborating other media related institutions in the issues of common interests.
This year, on the occasion of World Radio Day 2014, ACORAB Nepal along with the support of AMARC Asia Pacific, Broadcasting Association Nepal (BAN), Equal Access, Antenna Foundation Nepal (AFN), Search for Common Ground, Internews and Story Kitchen are able to successfully organize National Programme on 3rd World Radio Day on 13 February 2014 based on theme; access to information, freedom of expression and gender equity. The national programme was broadcasted live through all the community radios nationwide. Similarly ACORAB Nepal and UNESCO jointly organized National Workshop on Safety of Radio Journalist on 14 February 2014 at ACORAB Nepal Secretariat. At the same time ACORAB Nepal with support of its member community radios broadcasted public service announcement, special impact of radios, vox pop campaign and radio trailer broadcasting on 11, 12 and 13 February 2014 through all the community radios of Nepal.
The national programme on 3rd World Radio Day was chaired by the President of ACORAB Nepal Mr. Mohan Chapagain; Chief Guest Dr. Rabindra Kumar Shakya (Vice-Chairman of National Planning Commission), Special Guest Dr. Minendra Rijal (Chief of Communication Department from Nepali Congress), Mr. Pradip Gyauli (Chief of Communication Department from Nepal Communist Party), Mr. Dinanath Sharma (Spoke Person of Unified Communist Party of Nepal), Ms. Pampha Bhusal (Spoke Person of Nepal Communist Party, Maoist) and Mr. Sirwendra Nath Sukla (General Secretary of Tarai Madesh Democratic Party), distinguished guests Mr. Min Bahadur Shai (Senior Vice-President of AMARC Asia Pacific), Ms. Yeshoda Timalsina (Vice-President of Federation of Nepalese Journalist), Mr. Bishnu Hari Dhakal (President of Broadcasting Association of Nepal), Ms. Sarmila Karki (President of NGO Federation).
The main objective of the programme is to enhance access to information, freedom of expression and gender equality.