Saturday, 8 May 2010

[creative-radio] New publication: What’s On Air. A study of the content of community-run FM radios in Nepal

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What's On Air. A study of the content of community-run FM radios in Nepal
by Binod Bhattarai, with Ghanendra Ojha*

Published by the Community Radio Support Center (CRSC)/ Nepal Forum of
Environmental Journalists (NEFEJ)
with Support from Free Voice (The Netherlands), 2010

Full publication available at

Abstract from the foreword, by Raghu Mainali

Community radio is here to stay in Nepal. We in the radio movement talk
about serving communities, giving voice to their concerns and talking
with communities about things that can help to improve livelihoods. We
now have over 130 community radios all of which say they are here to do
all of the above. As believers in the empowering role that community
radio can play in the lives of people, the Community Radio Support
Centre (CRSC)/Nepal Forum of Environmental Journalists (NEFEJ) decided
it was time to look at what they have been broadcasting. We hope this
effort can be the essential first step towards getting the wide network
of radios we have to start focusing on the soul of radio – the content.

The CRSC/NEFEJ has prepared and published a set of indicators for
assessing community radios in collaboration with the stakeholders
themselves. They all agree that content should be one of the most
important basis for assessing whether the radio serves its community or
not. This study was designed by CRSC to try to get a broad idea of the
content of community radio in general. We hope it will be the beginning
of interest and efforts to generate and disseminate knowledge on the A
word on content content. That will serve as important feedback to
stations and help them innovate, re-position and re-focus programming
for better serving their communities. The study attempts to look into
the nature of programs produced and broadcast by selected community
radio stations in Nepal. It did not specifically look into scripts
and/or news texts or the type of music and entertainment on air. The
assessment was based on interpreting what was on their weekly program
grids and interviews with people running the stations. If only a step
towards quality programming on community radio, CRSC believes it is
doing its part for the simple reason that the journey has begun.

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