Community Media Academy
Background and Rationale:
It is a vital moment when Community Radio is going to make an important place in the communication field in the country. The present non-political Care Taker Government formulated Community Radio Installation, Broadcast and Operation Policy – 2008 on 12 March this year and gave an advertisement on 18 March in the newspaper asking applications from interested initiators to install Community Radio in the country. In order to facilitate the application and registration process of the organizations for Community Radio, BNNRC immediately opened a help desk in its secretariat in
In the whole process the Government ensured the proper participation and representation from civil society organizations through incorporating representatives in Regulatory Committee, Technical Committee and National Monitoring Committee for the successful operation of the Community Radio.
Under the above-mentioned circumstances, BNNRC feels deep urge to set up a
BNNRC has already set up
- To Promote the Effective use of Community Radio for Development; Take all measures for essential improvement of community radio broadcasting;
- To organize seminars, workshops and other motivational program associated with community broadcasting; establish contact with other similar national and international organizations for promoting mutual benefit and understanding;
- To Advise the Government and Policy makers on any matter relating to community radio and development; assist in the setting up of community radio with technical and professional expertise and as well as in securing funds;
- To strengthen networking among community radio stations, community radio promoters and independent community radio producers, and to facilitate exchange of radio programmes among them; assist communities in establishing community radio in different geographical areas keeping in mind the linguistic, cultural, ethnic and social diversity;
- To strengthen capabilities of established community radio stations with professional and technical assistance; organise periodic trainings for community radio producers and technicians; identify appropriate places, from technical and resources points of view, for encouraging establishment of radio stations;
- To produce manuals and reference materials in community radio, undertake community radio audience research/studies; active in lobbying and advocacy in order to mould public opinion in favor of making Community Radio Trust Fund that are conducive to the growth and expansion of community radio;
- To establish and promote contacts with like-minded international organizations for world solidarity in favor of promotion of community radio broadcasting.
BNNRC will establish Community Radio Academy (CRA) in its national secretariat in
Research and Development: Research and development activities on challenges and prospects of Community Radio operation in
Technical support for studio set up, maintenance and broadcasting, schedule exchange, exchange visit, help desk, trouble-shooting, national and international communication. Publishing four Reports
Through exchange visits, representatives of certain areas and communities will have practical experience of working environment, interest issues, culture, socio-economic status, challenges and difficulties of other communities in respect to running Community Radio. Moreover, the printed reports and newsletters of the project activities, the papers presented in the workshops, opinion of resource persons and participants and articles on exchange visit experience will be very helpful for sustainable and effective guiding force of the Community Radio stations. These publications will be helpful for long-term preservation and sharing with more policy makers and people working in this field for the greater positive impact.
Through the Community Radio web portal, each CR station will have easy access and facility of uploading their productions and downloading the productions of other stations for sharing and exchanging contents, materials, music, schedule and planning reciprocal and integrated cooperation and development.
Responsibility and Accountability
BNNRC will take the responsibility of setting up the academy. The Chief Executive Officer of BNNRC is the focal person for all kinds of correspondence. The activities of this academy will be duly monitored and documented in the project completion report (PCR), which will be submitted to the donor within one month of project completion. The financial reporting will also be accomplished quite soon after the implementation of the project.