Saturday, 27 December 2008

[creative-radio] Digest Number 2529

There are 3 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

1. U.S: Vote Now To Make Low Power Radio A Priority For The New Admini
From: George Lessard

2. Afghanistan's media battleground
From: George Lessard

3. A new threat to CBC, Conservative plans to slash a devastating $200
From: George Lessard

1. U.S: Vote Now To Make Low Power Radio A Priority For The New Admini
Posted by: "George Lessard" themediamentor
Date: Fri Dec 26, 2008 10:03 am ((PST))

---------------------------- Original Message ----------------------------
Subject: [MRN] Vote Now To Make Low Power Radio A Priority For The New
From: "pete tridish" <>
Date: Thu, December 25, 2008 17:56
To: "Micro Radio List" <>

Prometheus is going all out to make sure that the new administration
finishes up the unfinished business with LPFM in the early months of
the new government. There are a few awesome mechanisms right now to
get the word out about our support for low power radio in the new
administration and Congress.

Our coalition has met with the transition team for the new FCC and
they have encouraged us to submit ideas through these websites and
make sure supporters make themselves heard as first priorities are

So here is a really good site where you can vote for good ideas like
LPFM, and there will be more to come in the coming days!

Vote Now!
pete tridish

pete tridish
director of electromagnetism
__ __
Pe'tre Dish (n): A squat, cylindrical article of laboratory
glassware, useful in observing resistant strains in aetherial media.

prometheus radio project



The International Microradio Network

You received this message as a subscriber on the list:

To be removed from the list, send any message to:

For all list information and functions, including changing
your subscription mode and options, visit the Web page:

[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]

Messages in this topic (1)
2. Afghanistan's media battleground
Posted by: "George Lessard" themediamentor
Date: Fri Dec 26, 2008 10:55 pm ((PST))

Afghanistan's media battleground

---- by Rahilla Zafar, Kabul ----


Six years ago television was banned in Afghanistan and its single national
radio station was Taliban-run.

William Reeve was a BBC Afghanistan correspondent for two years in the
early 1990s during the time of the warlords and for two years in 1998-1999
during the Taliban regime.

He remembers the days when the main sources of reliable information for
Afghans, before and during the time of the Taliban, were the daily BBC
broadcasts in Dari and Pashto. In a country that has suffered through
decades of war, reliable news was needed to ensure safety.

"Surveys have shown that when big stories were being played out in
Afghanistan, as many as 70 per cent of the Afghan population would hear
what was happening in their country from BBC broadcasts in their own
languages. Their lives would often depend on this. So they tended to glue
themselves to the evening BBC broadcasts all around the country," Reeve

Today the country's independent media are considered to be a major success
story – but like most developments in this war-battered nation it finds
itself increasingly under threat.

While the establishment of an independent media has played a pivotal role
in uniting an ethnically-divided country, the re-emergence of warlords and
a reluctant government puts such gains in jeopardy.

Since 2002, hundreds of media outlets opened with the help of an
international donor community that recognised a free press as a necessary
ingredient of nation-building in a country where 90 per cent of its people
live in rural areas.

"There were so many media trainers here in 2002 that I wondered who was
going to feed the people," says Dominic Medley who served as country
director for Internews in 2002, an organisation that has helped to set up
35 regional radio stations.

And despite a promising start, sustaining independent media stations has
become a challenge in Afghanistan. Obstacles include the rise of
warlord-backed media outlets; a growing lack of security for journalists;
and the reluctance of Afghan officials to embrace an independent media.

With so many actors involved from international military forces, foreign
governments, as well as Afghan political leaders and warlords, the media
have evolved at a fast pace that far exceeds what the actual market size
of 22 million dollars could support.

more at

Messages in this topic (1)
3. A new threat to CBC, Conservative plans to slash a devastating $200
Posted by: "George Lessard" themediamentor
Date: Fri Dec 26, 2008 11:56 pm ((PST))

Trouble reading this email? View it online at:

Dear Friend,

FRIENDS has learned from a reliable confidential source of Conservative
plans to slash a devastating $200 million from the CBC's Parliamentary
grant. We have prepared a special video message for you on this potential
new threat to our national public broadcaster.

Click here to view the message now.


Ian Morrison

Ian Morrison, Spokesperson
FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting

PS: A $200 million cut to CBC's parliamentary grant would require
amputating a number of broadcasting services on which Canadians depend.
For example, in order to save $200 million it would be necessary to scrap
most local programming on CBC Radio One and CBC Television throughout
Canada, effectively turning CBC into a Toronto Broadcasting Corporation,
as well as killing CBC Radio Two and, along with all their French
language equivalent services.

PPS: If you have a few moments for additional context and background, I
invite you to listen to a recent interview I did on CIUT-FM about the
impact of a $200 million cut to CBC's parliamentary grant.

FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting is an independent watchdog for Canadian
programming and is not affiliated with any broadcaster or political party.

Trouble reading this email? View it online at:

[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]

Messages in this topic (1)

This e-mail service is edited, managed and moderated by
George Lessard

Make a donation via PayPal:

Creative-Radio is an independent forum for people active in or interested in the use of radio in development, in particular promoting public health, improved education, protection of the environment, improved livelihoods, good governance and conflict mitigation. Since it started in 1996, Creative-Radio has been in the forefront of radio's resurgence as a tool for social change and peace-building, and it helps promote best practice in these areas.

Creative-Radio is pleased to be supported by:
Media Support Solutions / Media Support Partnership <>

Creative-Radio Moderator

RSS feed:

Change your subscription
- to daily digest mode by sending a blank message to:

- to individual e-mails by sending a blank message to:

- delivery on hold by sending a blank message to

Caveat Lector- Disclaimers, NOTES TO EDITORS
& (c) information may be found @
This work is licensed under a
Creative Commons Developing Nations license.
= = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =
Because of the nature of email & the WWW,
please check ALL sources & subjects.
Members who post to this list retain their copyright but grant a non-exclusive license to others to forward any message posted here. They also grant the list owner permission to maintain an archive or approve the archiving of list messages.
Other use of e-mail to this list requires the permission of individual writers

Yahoo! Groups Links

<*> To visit your group on the web, go to:

<*> Your email settings:
Digest Email | Traditional

<*> To change settings online go to:
(Yahoo! ID required)

<*> To change settings via email:

<*> To unsubscribe from this group, send an email to:

<*> Your use of Yahoo! Groups is subject to: