National Baseline Survey and Directory on Community Radio Initiators in Bangladesh

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AHM Bazlur Rahman
Dhaka

National Baseline Survey and
Directory on Community Radio Initiators in Bangladesh

Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) is going to conduct a national baseline survey on Community Radio in the country. Moreover, a directory of the community radio initiators in Bangladesh will be published soon from Community Radio Academy.

The present care taker Government formulated Community Radio Installation, Broadcast and Operation Policy – 2008 on 12 March. 180 applications were submitted from different organizations for the permission of community radio. Primarily 116 organizations have been identified as eligible of policy approval for community radio in a meeting of the National Regulatory Committee recently held in the Ministry of Information.

But, no survey or study was conducted in Bangladesh to identify the community choice, needs and demands about the language earlier, contents, broadcasting hour or types of programs to be used for community radio. In this situation, the aspirants and initiators of the community radio stations are actually in a total darkness about these immensely needed issues regarding community radio operation.

That is why BNNRC will conduct a national baseline survey of the community information needs, preparedness, acceptance and community choice through representational response, questionnaire, focus group discussion and taking interview in ten proposed areas priority areas for community radio set up selected from six divisions in the country. The survey report will be published and disseminated among the key stakeholders of community radio through arranging a national seminar in Dhaka.

Moreover, to strengthen a network and knowledge sharing among the community radio initiators, a directory of the community radio initiators in Bangladesh will be published incorporating mailing address, contact numbers, e-mail and web address.

This directory will be disseminated among the community radio stakeholders including community radio staff, Government and non-government institutions, academician, donor and policy makers.

Bazlu
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AHM. Bazlur Rahman-S21BR
Chief Executive Officer
Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication(BNNRC)
&
Member, Strategy Council
UN-Global Alliance for ICT and Development (UN GAID)

House: 13/1, Road:2, Shaymoli, Dhaka-1207
Post Box: 5095, Dhaka 1205 Bangladesh

Phone: 88-02-9130750, 88-02-9138501
01711881647 Fax: 88-02-9138501-105

E-mail: ceo@bnnrc.net, bnnrc@bd.drik.net
www.bnnrc.net

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