Training Workshop for Community Radio Station Mangers and Initiators: “Community Radio Installation, Broadcast and Operation”

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AHM Bazlur Rahman S21BR

Training Workshop for Community Radio Station Mangers and Initiators: “Community Radio Installation, Broadcast and Operation”
Date: 19-21 June 2010, Venue: Meeting IDB Bhaban, Dhaka

Organized by : Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC)
Supported by : Canadian International Development Agency

In this three day long training workshop different issues related community radio broadcasting have been covered in a combination of lecture, discussion, group work, hands-on, and question-answers. The resource persons engaged in the event were experts on management, production, broadcast journalism, technology, and content. Participants (28 participants from Community radio initiators) were from various NGOs who selected as station manager and as well as the initiators. The specific issues included in the sessions are as follows;

1. Concept and recent development of community radio in Bangladesh
2. Short briefing on Community Radio Installation, Broadcast and Operation Policy 2008
3. Different committee formation in line with policy guideline
4. Human resource structure in community radio station
5. Job distribution for different positions
6. Documentation and paper works for station operation
7. Ethics of journalism
8. Programme and News production guidelines
9. Ratio of information, education, entertainment and motivational content in programme, and news
10. Programme planning
11. Budget for programme
12. Business plan for the station
13. Audience feed-back mechanism
14. Volunteer management
15. Technical consideration for establishing community radio
16. Designing way forward for community radio broadcasting

The participants were involved in doing group work on practical issues like formation of committees, define job description, documentation, setting ratio in contents, programme planning, budget preparation, etc.

Dr. Akram Hossain Chowdhury MP chaired concluding session of the training workshop. The participants received certificates for attending the event. In that session, they evaluate the program with two presentations. Chair of the session expressed his satisfaction after getting feedback from the participants.

The training workshop produced a way forward for further activities of community radio stations. The station managers requested the organizer to arrange specialized trainings for specific area like programming production, news reporting, editing and post-production, transmission, audience research and so on. AHM Bazlur Rahman, CEO, Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) attended the in the concluding session and informed the audience that need assessment for all the primarily selected community radio stations will be conducted by BNNRC, and subsequently necessary training will be organized as per needs. Canadian International Development Agency’s support for organizing the training workshop was highly appreciated by the participants, resource persons and honorable guests.

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