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Three Community Radio Stations in Bangladesh included in Finalists of the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) Prizes 2017

The Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) Program Department has announced the finalists for the ABU Prizes 2107 on the ABU website. Three Community Radio Stations in Bangladesh included in Finalists of the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) Prizes 2017.

Community radio stations namely Community Radio Sarabela, 98.8 Community Radio Chillmari 99.2 and Community Radio Padma 99.2 of the Northern part of Bangladesh included the finalists of the prestigious Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) Prizes 2017 in three categories of radio operation from Asia-Pacific region competing with Public Service Broadcasting, Private Broadcasting, and Community Broadcasting channels.

The final judgment will be held late September 2017 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and the winners of each category will be announced at ABU Prizes Award Ceremony on November 3 in Chengdu, China, during ABU GA 2017.

This year ABU prizes had more than 260 entries for radio and TV categories, and 50 pre-selection juries spent nearly two months for the pre-selection. The lists of the finalists are available:…


The ABU Prizes 2017 Finalists of the following: Community radio Sarabela for News Reporting category, Community Radio Chilmari for an Interactive program and Community Radio Padma for Community Service Announcement (CSA) in line with special Jury Prize finalists.

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] & its work in and involvement with the communities, it seeks to serve from 2000 with support from Free Press Unlimited, The Netherlands.

In 1964, the 1st General Assembly of the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU), then known as the Asian Broadcasting Union, approved the establishment of an international competition for radio and TV programs titled the ‘ABU Prizes’. During the 48th General Assembly (2011), the ABU adopted a resolution empowering a working party to approve changes in the rules of the ABU Prizes in line with the ABU’s objective of promoting excellence in broadcasting.

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 138 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 6.18 million rural people in Bangladesh.

The ABU, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2014, has currently 272-member broadcasters large and small in 69 countries spread across the region and beyond, from Turkey in the west to Samoa in the east, and from Russia in the north to New Zealand in the south.

ABU works closely with the regional broadcasting unions in other parts of the world on matters of common concern, and with many other international organisations to exchange information on the latest developments in broadcasting, undertake activities to improve the skills and technologies of its members and encourage harmonisation of operating and technical broadcasting standards and systems in the region.

Most of the ABU’s associate members comprise European, African and North American broadcasters, many of whom have operations in Asia, and pay-TV and cable operators in the Asia-Pacific. Its affiliate members include satellite providers, telcos, production companies, equipment vendors, and regulators.

Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) is a proud member of Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU).

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