Community Radio

Ploughing their own furrow...

BY JYOTI PUNWANI| IN OPINION |11/01/2018

Kashmiri women reporting on issues unrelated to the conflict and a farmer’s daughter on local radio.

 

New policy dismays Community Radio activists

BY GEETA SESHU| IN COMMUNITY MEDIA |07/02/2017

While stonewalling their demand to broadcast news, the I&B Ministry has said CR stations can air AIR bulletins instead.

 

Community Radio: give it back to the community--III

BY DEVI LEENA BOSE| IN COMMUNITY MEDIA |03/01/2017

A decade since the last guidelines were issued, it is time to take stock of the situation and change the guidelines to make the processes more transparent

 

Community Radio: here is the community!

BY R SREEDHER| IN COMMUNITY MEDIA |30/11/2016

The authors of the CR study have used purposive, not random sampling, with the sole intention of bringing negativity to the CR movement in the country.

 

Community Radio – where is the community? Part II

BY ANUSHI AGRAWAL AND DEVI LEENA BOSE| IN COMMUNITY MEDIA |27/11/2016

How state governments, politicians, and indirect corporate interests have wormed their way into community radio stations, violating the spirit of the original intention.

 

Community radio—where is the community?

BY DEVI LEENA BOSE| IN COMMUNITY MEDIA |28/10/2016

Investigating community radio ownership--Part I. Out of 196 CR stations how many have been captured by government or corporate interests?

 

Cover your ears--community radio is polluting us!

BY Sajan Venniyoor| IN COMMUNITY MEDIA |18/10/2016

….or so it would seem from shocked monitors who say community radio stations aired ‘’obscene’ and ‘vulgar’ content without defining what this means.

 

Jamia Radio: Hello, hello.....?

BY FATMA M KHAN and NANDITA JHA| IN COMMUNITY MEDIA |14/03/2016

Is anyone listening to Jamia Community Radio? If not, is it because its content is irrelevant?

 

Yoga Day: directive or suggestion?

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |02/06/2015

 First the schools,  and then the media. The government is going all to promote International Yoga Day on June 21. Now, a letter has been sent by the ministry of information and broadcasting to all television stations, FM channels and community radio stations that they may like  to promote  International Yoga Day (lYD) by carrying special features..

 

CR stations in Nepal struggle to restore broadcasting

IN COMMUNITY MEDIA |11/05/2015

108 community radio stations in approximately 30 districts have been affected. But Gorkha FM is one of the first to be back on air in the quake affected areas,

 

Trust deficit persists on news on Community Radio

BY RAM BHAT and VINOD PAVARALA| IN COMMUNITY MEDIA |05/09/2014

But TRAI recommendations make some headway on licencing and advertising on community radio

 

TRAI disappoints

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |31/08/2014

 

Small and sustainable

BY sevanti ninan| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |13/02/2014

Kutch's first FM radio channel, Saiyere Jo Radio, begun by a women's collective, costs Rs 25000 a month to run, transmission costs included.

 

Koraput tribals listen to Dhimsa Radio

BY RAKHI GHOSH| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |18/01/2014

Koraput's community radio Dhimsa has become the voice of tribals to convey their messages to the administration,

 

Communities are entitled to news

BY VINOD PAVARALA| IN COMMUNITY MEDIA |19/10/2013

Media diversity and pluralism are essential to democracy. Any unreasonable curbs on the media cast serious doubts on one's commitment to those key principles.

 

Snuffing out voices from the margins

BY KANCHAN K MALIK| IN MEDIA FREEDOM |11/09/2013

Cumbersome licensing and arbitrary spectrum allocation add to self-censorship of community radio in India,

 

News on CR? Impossible!

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |15/02/2013

The I and B ministry held a Community Radio Sammelan recently in New Delhi.  Union minister Manish Tewari held forth on how television news channels in the country have become "views channels" and   disconnected from discourses amongst people. Hoping for  backing for community radio, two not-for-profit CR bodies gave a joint petition to the..

 

No news on community radio: An unjustified ban!

IN MEDIA BUSINESS |13/02/2013

That's the worst of the three roadblocks to free speech on community radio..

 

No spectrum fee hike for community radio

IN MEDIA BUSINESS |30/09/2012

After a sustained campaign, the steep fee hike for community radio was waived..

 

Spectrum fee hike detrimental to community radio Part II

IN MEDIA BUSINESS |31/07/2012

Add this to already restrictive provisions and eligibility criteria..

 

An ‘Unconstitutional' ban on news in community radio Part I

IN MEDIA BUSINESS |30/07/2012

The policy on community radio is less about the right to freedom of expression and more about prescriptions for development..

 

A spectrum story

BY sevanti ninan| IN OPINION |10/05/2012

Communities that run these radio stations have learnt to create their own radio programmes. Do they now need to become a source of revenue for the government of India

 

Unexplored potential of CR

BY PRIVAT GIRI| IN COMMUNITY MEDIA |08/05/2012

As on, November 2011, there are 121 functional community radio stations in India of which the north-east operates only two.

 

RADIO?

BY Indira Akoijam| IN STATISTICS |04/04/2012

This list includes TAM figures from TAM Media Research, list of FM channels from the website of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, radio industry figures from FICCI- KPMG reports and list of AIR stations from the websites of All India Radio

 

Community Radio: eliminating voice poverty

IN COMMUNITY MEDIA |08/02/2012

Free speech and freedom of expression are the raison d'être of CR anywhere in the world and they are going well beyond their mandates to do so in India..

 

Trans-boundary journalism

BY TERESA REHMAN| IN MEDIA PRACTICE |23/10/2011

China already has experience of running community radios. They can play the role of an early warning system. China lies in the upstream and if they can forsee any disaster they can inform us.

 

Call to democratise media

IN BOOKS |25/08/2011

Prof Thomas’s years of engagement with the CR movement imbues the book with an unwavering focus on the benefit to the people as the measure of success of a movement.

 

Women Radio Jockeys usher in a new era in Uttar Pradesh

IN COMMUNITY MEDIA |10/12/2010

Lalit Lokvani the first community radio station that has women handling the microphone is bringing about an attitudinal and behavioural change.

 

Another stab at broadcast regulation

BY I and B| IN LAW AND POLICY |18/08/2010

In November, 2009 a Task Force was constituted by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to evolve a consensus on the draft broadcasting bill. It has recommended both content and carriage regulation.

 

Community radio in Nagappattinam

BY Sushmita Malaviya| IN COMMUNITY MEDIA |27/07/2009

The community radio station was inaugurated on July 12 2009 and covers a community within 10 kilometers around Vilunthamavadi. "When we had the funds we did not have the licence and now we have the licence but no funds,"

 

CR in Satara

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |29/01/2009

The latest community radio station to go on air is the Mannvikas Samajik Sanstha Community Radio in Dist. Satara, Maharashtra, which began regular transmission on Republic Day. It will cater to a drought prone region where the incidence of poverty and unemployment is high.  ..

 

Political ads on FM, but no news

BY Sajan Venniyoor| IN LAW AND POLICY |21/11/2008

If political ads are broadcast without the context of impartial news reportage and analysis by the broadcaster, it will achieve manipulation of news and views.

 

Sangham Radio

IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |16/10/2008

October 15 saw the launch of the first  communty radio station in India run by rural women. Justice P B Sawant who delivered the landmark judgement ‘Airwaves are public property’ switched on Sangham Radio, in Pastapur, Medak District, Andhra Pradesh. It will initially broadcast daily from 8 pm for one..

 

Airwaves of hope

BY Chandana Banerjee| IN COMMUNITY MEDIA |10/08/2008

From a decrease in dowry deaths to an increase in girls’ education, ‘Chala Ho Gaon Mein’ is helping the villagers help themselves .

 

When India gets going…

IN COMMUNITY MEDIA |23/02/2008

The development of community radio in India is going to have an international effect when it really gets going.

 

Poised for take off

BY Piya Kochar Frederick Noronha| IN COMMUNITY MEDIA |13/02/2008

Now that community radio policy has been reformed, now that licenses have been approved, now that channels are being set up… now what

 

Other Voices

BY Vinod Pavarala and Kanchan K Malik| IN COMMUNITY MEDIA |05/01/2008

"When we hear on the radio that another village’s problems have been solved, we will also make an effort to do something about our own situation."

 

Is it really broadcasting by the community?

BY Sajan Venniyoor| IN COMMUNITY MEDIA |22/11/2007

After years of struggle, community radio is finally happening in South Asia. But is everything that goes by the name really community radio..

 

Getting it right with Community Radio

BY Sushmita Malaviya| IN COMMUNITY MEDIA |18/04/2007

Technology and specialised training of grassroots workers pave the way for relevant content creation.

 

Technology for community radio

BY Malvika Kaul| IN COMMUNITY MEDIA |29/01/2007

The innovative items at the Broadcasting Engineering Society`s Expo-2007 could soon revolutionize grassroots broadcasting.

 

Putting radio in non-literate hands

BY B.P. Sanjay| IN COMMUNITY MEDIA |23/11/2006

Rural women who understand their own communication needs show how to take the newly cleared community radio policy forward.

 

Cabinet clears community radio

IN COMMUNITY MEDIA |16/11/2006

At last India will give community radio licenses to community-based organizations registered for at least three years.

 

Community radio at last?

BY hoot desk| IN COMMUNITY MEDIA |18/10/2006

The opening up will allow NGOs to apply for licences without a license fee and to carry five minutes of advertising per hour of broadcasting.

 

Sri Lankan media under attack

IN MEDIA FREEDOM |13/10/2006

An international mission finds the Sri Lankan media highly vulnerable to threats, abductions and attacks committed by all parties in the conflict.

 

Radio Chatter Brings Change

BY Komilla Raote| IN COMMUNITY MEDIA |13/09/2006

In a society where children are never consulted, mothers and fathers are looking at their children with new respect.

 

Feedback for the lawmakers

IN LAW AND POLICY |13/09/2006

The Broadcasting Bill fails to address the core technology issue of ‘convergence’ and is predominantly regulatory in nature.

 

Can commerce and public interest co-exist?

BY B.P. Sanjay| IN LAW AND POLICY |17/08/2006

If print media history provides any clue maximum dilution can be expected in the important area of cross media ownership.

 

Radio Active Palamau

BY Ajitha G S| IN COMMUNITY MEDIA |31/07/2006

The programme has firmly put the deep-rooted practice of dowry, and the question of women`s rights, on the family agenda.

 

The latest cause celebre

BY sevanti ninan| IN COMMUNITY MEDIA |09/04/2006

Community radio never caught public fancy. Until Raghav Mahato and FM Mansoorpur 1 came along.

 

Farm broadcasting in Baramati

BY Frederick Noronha| IN COMMUNITY MEDIA |25/03/2006

The station is supported by an engineering college and broadcasts for four hours each morning, with a similar rebroadcast each evening.

 

Radio Sagarmatha goes off air

IN MEDIA FREEDOM |28/11/2005

Things get worse for Nepal radio stations as BBC Nepali Service carries an exclusive interview with Maoist chairman Prachanda.

 

Decision on community radio postponed again

BY hoot desk| IN COMMUNITY MEDIA |06/10/2005

A final decision on the contours of community radio policy for India has been referred to a group of ministers.

 

Community radio revolution in Uttaranachal

IN COMMUNITY MEDIA |26/09/2005

Using amplifiers and stereo equipment, the groups narrowcast their programmes in their village communities in an attempt to build ølistening..

 

FM’s hour of glory

IN COMMUNITY MEDIA |06/08/2005

FM radio rose to the Mumbai floods as no other media could. Will local relevance, FM`s strength, be the first casualty of the proposed FM expansion

 

Community radio in Uttaranchal

IN COMMUNITY MEDIA |02/10/2004

Since May 2004, five community radio groups here have been engaged in a research initiative looking at grassroots media and poverty.

 

IFJ assesses press freedom in Sri Lanka

BY ninan| IN MEDIA FREEDOM |15/05/2004

In its latest report on press freedom in South Asia the International Federation of Journalists finds Sri Lanka a cause for worry

 

At last

BY ninan| IN MEDIA WATCH BRIEFS |29/12/2003

Indiantelevision.com reports that Annamalai University in Tamil Nadu is poised to become the first organisation to implement community radio by February 2004, followed by IIT Kanpur. (The scheme was announced in 2002.) The central government is repo..

 

Handing over the airwaves

BY ninan| IN LAW AND POLICY |09/12/2003

The terms recommended by the Task Force for the second round of FM privatization are very generous to big broadcasters, but do very little to encourage non-commercial use of radio.

 

Myopia over radio

BY ninan| IN COMMUNITY MEDIA |13/09/2003

A paranoid government is getting ready to gingerly license 200 more FM frequencies when what is available is  twenty times that number.

 

Briefing Document---Community Radio in India

IN COMMUNITY MEDIA |12/09/2003

 

Computerized community radio operations in Sri Lanka

BY UNESCO| IN COMMUNITY MEDIA |10/03/2003

Uva community radio is utilising the most modern low cost digital production solutions for community broadcasting.

 

Village women turn broadcasters for Mana Radio

BY Rane| IN COMMUNITY MEDIA |18/11/2002

 

All India Radio---75 years of wasted opportunity

IN COMMUNITY MEDIA |02/11/2002

Between its early hijacking by government and its imminent hijacking by commercial interests can we still create a relevant public space on Indian radio

Building Community Radio in Hospet

BY H.R.Krishnamurthy| IN COMMUNITY MEDIA |28/08/2002

 

Listen To The Sarus Crane

IN COMMUNITY MEDIA |28/08/2002

 

Peripheral voices, central concerns: community radio in India

IN BOOKS |21/08/2002

 

"Chala ho gaon mein" widens its reach

IN COMMUNITY MEDIA |01/01/1900

For many people in Palamau, home to India’s poorest of the poor, this community radio programme is the only connection with the outside world.

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