Unesco marks world Radio Day

POSTED: 02/13/12 7:32 PM

GREAT BAY (DCOMM) – Today marks the first World Radio Day in history. It is being observed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco). Radio is able to reach 95 per cent of the world’s population; it is the most prevalent mass medium able to reach remote communities and marginalized groups at a low cost.

Free independent and pluralistic radio is essential for healthy societies as it is seen as a facilitator of education, freedom of expression and public debate.

Radio has also been used as a vital source of information during natural disasters, and as a central instrument to mobilize social change in communities. Today also marks the anniversary of UN Radio, which was launched in 1946.

“I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the radio broadcast community on World Radio Day. At the same time I would like to commend them for the role they have played and continue to play in our society by providing news, information, talk shows and entertainment.

“The public can celebrate World Radio Day by visiting Unesco’s website. The website has audio messages in several languages and handbooks for community radio stations.

“The site also provides free access to Unesco’s audio archives showcasing interviews with renowned figures such as Nelson Mandela. This is a great tool for schools as well,” Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams said on Sunday.

Tune in to World Radio Day at http://www.unesco.org/new/en/communication-and-information/

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