community radio

Community Radio is an important way to help marginalised people: Asia Media Summit

Wednesday 09 May, 2018

"The Indian government must give up its tight control of community licences and simplify the process before community radio can really thrive in India," said Archana Kapoor, a community broadcaster from Radio Mewat Delhi.

Speaking in the Radio Stream of the Asia Media Summit, Kapoor urged the Indian Government to speed up the process of applying for licences and to simplify it, so that more communities can be empowered by hearing their own voices on the radio.

Community radio is Nepal’s lifeline during floods

Wednesday 30 August, 2017


The Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (ACORAB) Nepal has taken the initiative to support community radios by producing and broadcasting programs for communities affected by the recent flood and landslide in Terai Madesh region this year.

Bangladesh NGOs lobby to revive community radio in Japan

Wednesday 27 July, 2016


Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) has written to Sanae Takaichi, Japan’s Minster of Internal Affairs and Communications, to express their concern regarding the immediate revival of community radio in the country.

Community Radio Stations a lifeline after Nepal earthquake

Friday 27 November, 2015

On Saturday April 25, 2015 a devastating earthquake of 7.8 magnitude destroyed over 62 community radio stations from 32 districts in Nepal, There was massive loss of life and properties. Community radio stepped in to help and is still assisting in the recovery efforts today.

India: Odisha looks to open more community radio stations

Monday 06 April, 2015

The eastern state of Odisha in India, which has six existing community radio (CR) stations, could have at least two to three more in the next few months, according to The Times of India.

The state already has the maximum number of CR stations in eastern India.

Its neighbouring state Bihar has four, Bengal and Assam have two while the lone CR station in Jharkhand has been shut down.

Indian minister inaugurates National Community Radio workshop

Monday 16 March, 2015

India’s Information and Broadcasting Minister Arun Jaitely inaugurated the fifth National Sammelan for Community Radio Stations in Delhi today, according to

The three-day workshop is a platform for Community Radio Operators, policy makers, ministries, the UN and other stakeholders to exchange ideas.

It will discuss the role of community radio in promoting learning, livelihoods and agriculture, sustainability, content sharing and programming for development and facilitating access to justice for marginalized communities.

Delhi Uni to offer community radio module

Wednesday 26 November, 2014

Delhi University (DU) is preparing a module that could offer guidelines to start and successfully run a community radio station in India, reports The Economic Times.

The module is being developed by Professor Saleem Mir with six DU students and is likely to be presented to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting by March next year.

The team is visiting various community radio stations and studying how they involve listeners, generate funds and develop content.

Indian community radio gets $16 million fund

Thursday 20 February, 2014

While presenting the interim budget for 2014-2015, India’s Finance Minister earmarked $16 million (Rs 1 billion) to promote community radio throughout the country.

90 percent of the funding will be earmarked for building community stations and the remainder will help the industry market itself through workshops organized annually by the Information & Broadcasting (I&B) Ministry.

Recently, the I&B Ministry also introduced a scheme that funds 50 percent of the equipment costs to new and established community radio stations.

New fund to help Indian community radio stations

Saturday 28 December, 2013

India's broadcasting ministry has launched a five year plan to subsidise community radio stations.

The Community Radio Support Scheme will allow broadcasters to apply for fund to recoup up to 50 percent of the cost  of transmitter and studio equipment.

The maximum any one station can claim is US$12,000 (Rs 7.50 lakh), reports the Media Mughals website.

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) has created a technical committee which has set benchmarks for community radio broadcasting equipment to meet.  

Thai community radio owner arrested

Thursday 19 September, 2013

The owner of a community radio station in Chiang Mai, Thailand, has been arrested for allegedly interfering with air traffic communication.

reports that officers from the communications regulator The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) raided 52-year-old Withaya Methawo's premises and seized his transmitter.

NBTC's regional office said they had issued three previous warnings to Methawo, whose station broadcast on 92.3FM to the city's Saraphi district.

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