Two Community Radio Stations Community Radio Padma 99.2 and Community Radio Chilmari 99.2 of the country have received the Bangladesh Press Institute (PIB) – Access to Information-(A2I) Media Award 2017 in Radio Category for their contribution in innovation in line with Digital Bangladesh issues and Sustainable Development Goal 16:10.
Mr. Shadi Mahood of Reporter of Community Radio Padma and Polash Mahmud, Reporter of Community Radio Chilmari in Radio Category have received the award on 27 August 2017.
Bangladesh Press Institute (PIB), Ministry of Information, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh and Access to Information-(A2I) at the Prime Ministers’ Office, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh jointly introduced the Media Award.
The member of jury board of Media Award 2017 included Mr. Golam Sarwar, Editor of Daily Samakal, Mr. Md. Shah Alamgir, Director General of Bangladesh Press Institute (PIB), Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, Syed Ishtiaque Reza, Director of News, Ekattor Television. Mr. Md. Mofizur Rahman, Chairperson of Mass Communication and Journalism Department, University of Dhaka, Mr. Naimuzzaman Mukta, Public Perspective Specialist of A2I of Prime Minister’s Office, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh and Mr. Nasrullah Md. Irfan, Director (Program) of Bangladesh Betar (Radio), Ministry of Information of Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh.
Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) actively works to improve recognition of the community electronic media sector [Community Radio | Community TV | Community Film & Amateur Radio Service] & its work in and involvement with the communities it seeks to serve from 2000 with support from Free Press Unlimited. www.bnnrc.net
Now 17 Community Radio Stations are on-air in the country, aiming to ensure empowerment and right to information for the rural community. They are broadcasting altogether 135 hours program per day on information, education, local entertainment, and development motivation activities. Around 1000 Youth Women & Youth are now working with those stations throughout the country as rural broadcasters within 6.5 million rural people in 16 districts.
The Press Institute of Bangladesh (PIB) is an autonomous organization under the Ministry of Information. Major activities of PIB are to organize training for journalists on different issues, undertake the research project on various aspects of media and mass communication and their impact on society, and publish books, journals, booklets etc.
The Government of Bangladesh led by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 1974 first conceptualized the Press Institute of Bangladesh (PIB).
As per the report of the Daily Sangbad, the government had taken a plan to establish a National Press Institute with a view to enhance the quality of journalism in the country. With this perspective, PIB was established on the 18th August 1976.
A2I is the world’s first Innovation Lab+ and the key driver from the Prime Minister’s Office of the government’s public service innovation agenda. A2I work with a whole-of-government approach applying behavior change methodologies and leveraging the rapid expansion of technologies to foster truly unprecedented transformations that are taking public services to citizens’ doorsteps and increasingly within the palms of their hands – the promise of a Digital Bangladesh. www.a2i.pmo.gov.bd