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Subject: [Asiapacific-general] New Book on Community Radio
Peoples' Voices, Peoples' Empowerment : Community Radio in Asia and Beyond
Edited By Kalinga Seneviratne
Price S$35 (Asia) US$27 (Outside Asia) Year 2012 Book Could Be
ordered on line via this link: http://www.amic.org.sg/index.php?link=9&id=84
Community radio expanded rapidly in Latin America and Africa in the 1980s
and the 1990s, while in Asia it was slow to take off, mainly due to
government indifference. The Philippines is often described as having
Asia?s most liberal media environments, yet, Louie Tabing, the founder of
Tambuli Community Radio describes his country?s media as a system of
PPPPP?profit, propaganda, power, politics, privilege and/ or prestige. What
Tabing argues is applicable to most countries in Asia, and the clamour for
community radio has been driven by a desire to giving a voice for the
?voiceless? masses. Thus, in recent years, community radio activists have
been able to open up Asia?s airwaves for community radio broadcasting ?
sometimes without official government sanction. In Thailand, when the
government called for applications for community radio broadcasting
licenses over 6000 applied, while in Indonesia, since the arrival of the
?Reformasi? era after the downfall of Suharto in 1998, there?s been over a
1000 community radio stations established all over the country. Almost all
of these have been unlicensed. Nepal has over 100 community radio stations
and its first community radio broadcaster Radio Sagarmatha today calls
itself a public service broadcaster. With Indian government slowly opening
up the airwaves for community radio broadcasting, it is predicted that
within 5 years there could be over 4000 community radio stations operating
across the sub-continent. Thus, community radio in Asia is now well on the
way to becoming perhaps the mainstream communication medium for both rich
and the poor, and the urban and the rural populations in Asia. This book is
thus a timely look at how the community media movement has developed across
Asia in the past 2 decades with insights from practitioners and researchers
This book includes chapters based on presentations made over the past 3
years on community radio in Asia and the Pacific at the AMIC annual
conference and at Radio Asia. In addition, AMIC has commissioned special
chapters for the book, especially the Case Studies and Reflections
section. An outline of the book is as follows:
Section 1: Community Radio Opportunities and Challenges
Ch1: Community Radio in Asia: Slowly Coming Out of the Shadows Kalinga
Seneviratne An overview of the development of community radio
across Asia in the past decade.
Ch 2: Community Radio, a Means of People Empowerment: Opportunities and
Challenges Louie Tabing , Tambuli Community Radio The founder of
Tambuli community radio discusses the birth of people-controlled community
radio model in the Philippines, the concepts behind the Neighbourhood
Productions and challenges of making community radio truly local.
Ch 3: Community Participation in the Power of the Media Fr Francis
Lucas, Catholic Media Network, Philippines This chapter discusses how
community radio could position itself to be the peoples radio to give the
small people a voice.
Ch 4: Sri Lanka s Struggle to Establish Community Radio Tilak Jayaratne,
Former Station Manager Uva Community Radio, Sri Lanka Sri Lanka was the
first country in Asia to introduce community radio, but, it has not
expanded the way many expected the sector to develop. This chapter takes a
critical look at the Mahaveli Community Radio model and subsequent attempts
to introduce other models of community radio in Sri Lanka.
Ch 5: The Challenges for Community Radio in Indonesia: Walking On A
Tightrope - Arya Gunawan, Regional Communication Advisor UNESCO, Jakarta
There are over 700 community radio stations scattered across the
Indonesian archipelago, but, without a proper legislative environment,
funding strategies and human resources many are finding it difficult to
survive. This chapter discusses this situation and possible remedies.
Ch 6: Social Impact of Community Radio in India: Enhancing Participatory
Development and Women Empowerment Esther Kar.
This chapter analyses the social impact of community radio in India by
studying both models of community radio tertiary and NGO supported - in
the context of empowering women and enhancing participatory development.
Ch 7: Community Radio in Thailand: Continuing Struggle for a Social
Presence Pirongrong Ramasoota, Chulalonkorn University, Bangkok This
chapter gives a background to legislative reforms to make community radio
legal in the kingdom, as well as the challenges facing the community radio
sector in terms of long term viability.
Ch 8: A Sri Lankan Experiment: Community Driven Radio for Livelihood
Improvement Samanmalee Swarnalatha and Gamini Batuwitage.
Gemidiriya Community Development and Livelihood Improvement Project
adopt an innovative model of rural development, built on the principles of
community driven development. This chapter discusses how community radio is
an important component of it.
Ch 9: Community Radio in the Philippines: Church-owned Radio Community
Based Alternative Isabel Templo.
In the backdrop of the role of community radio in the EDSA Peoples
Power Revolution of 1986, this chapter surveys different models of church
run community radio in the Philippines.
Ch 10: Australian Indigenous and Ethnic Community Radio : Public Spaces,
Familiar Spaces Kerrie Foxwell, Susan Forde and Michael Meadows, Griffith
University, Australia Australia is today a world leader in community
radio broadcasting with a diverse sector of third tier broadcasting. This
chapter discusses processes, politics and sustainability issues with
respect to Aboriginal and ethnic community radio in Australia.
Ch 11: View from Bangladesh: Preparing for Community Radio Shameem Reza,
University of Dhaka, Bangladesh Community radio is comparatively new to
Bangladesh with the government granting licenses for the sector only in
2010. This chapter looks at how Bangladesh has prepared for the dawn of the
community radio era.
Section 2: Community Radio In The Internet Age
Ch 12: Sri Lanka: Challenges and Opportunities in Nationalising Benefits of
Internet Community Radio M.C Rasmin, Sri Lanka Development Journalists
Forum In this chapter the author explores the scope of Internet and
other new media technologies to establish community radio with a different
model to that of free-to-air radio.
Ch 13: Indonesia: More Than Just Sharing Stories in Suarakomunitas.net
Shita Laksmi, Hivos, Indonesia In this chapter the author discuss how
an Internet-based community radio could be interactive.
Ch 14: India: Namma Dhwani , Ideal Demonstration of Community Media Usage
Gloria, Khamkar, University of Pune, India Namma Dhwani has been
hailed internationally as a role model for a small community radio station
run by women for women. In this chapter the author discusses Namma Dhwani
in the context of other community radio platforms available in India.
Section 3: Case Studies
Ch 15: India: Synergising Local Radio and Community Radio Esther Kar
All India Radio operates over 80 low-powered Local Radio stations as a
third tier of national broadcasting. Are these stations a viable model of
community radio? This question is discussed in this chapter.
Ch 16 : Nepal: Radio Sagarmatha - From Community Radio to PSB Ghamaraj
Luintel, Station Manager, Radio Sagarmatha, Nepal This chapter explores
how South Asia s first NGO-run radio has transformed from a community radio
to a mainstream public service radio station in Kathmandu.
Ch 17: Denmark: Consortium Approach To Community Radio Kalinga
Seneviratne Based on location visits and interviews, in this chapter
the auhor looks at how community radio in Denmark has developed a
consortium approach to broadcasting mainly as a tool of survival.
Ch 18: Finland: Stealing The Airwaves from the Rich Kalinga Seneviratne
Radio Robin Hood in Turku a city of 200,000 people broadcasts a community
radio station on a commercial license because no community radio licenses
are given out in the country. Based on a location visit and interviews with
stakeholders, in this chapter, the author looks at how a small community
radio station mainly run by marginalized ethnic community groups survive on
a shoestring budget.
Ch 19: Australia, News That Is Different Suganthi Singarayar Radio
2SER-FM in Sydney is Australia s oldest and biggest campus community radio
station. In this chapter the author looks at how high quality community
radio news is produced by a mainly volunteer broadcast team.
Ch 20: Thailand: Real vs Commercial Community Radio Palphol Rodloytuk
Thailand is believed to have over 3000 community radio stations, most of
them broadcasting without a license. In this chapter, the author looks at
the problems created by an unregulated sector.
Ch 21: Fiji: The Journey of a Suitcase Radio Station Sharon Bhagwan
Rolls, FemLINKPacific, Fiji In this chapter, the author explains how a
quest to establish a women s community radio initiative began and developed
into a mobile system of community radio.
Ch 22: India: College Radio Tackling Participation and Social Inclusion
Padma Rani, M.O.P Vaishnav College for Women, India.
This chapter discuss how a campus based radio station has functioned
since its inception in 2005 in terms of financial viability, programming
strategy and technical support.
Ch 23: Thailand: Taxi Driver Radio and Politics of Community Radio
Bradley Freeman and Thanomwong Poorisat, Nanyang Technological University,
Singapore This chapter is based on a study done on the contents and
politics of a taxi driver community radio station in Bangkok.
Ch 24: Australia: Aboriginal Media Moving out of the Shadows Jim Remedio,
Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association, Australia In this
chapter, the author discuses how an Aboriginal run community radio station
brings stories from the ground to the living room of listeners in their own
community and outside.
Section 4: Reflections
Ch 25: Adapting a Danish Idea in Sri Lanka Knub Ebbesen, Dansmark Radio
The author reflects on how he brought a Danish community radio model to
Sri Lanka and adapted it to suite the local environment.
Ch 26: Building a Participatory Communication Strategy Sunil Wijesinghe,
Mahaveli Community Radio, Sri Lanka The author, who was the station
manager of Kothmale Community Radio, reflects upon how the Mahaveli
Community Radio project took radio to the grassroots and developed the
participation of the community in program production.
Ch 27: Breaking the Barriers in Australia Kalinga Seneviratne, Radio
In this chapter, the author reflects upon how he used community radio
to break the barriers for migrant broadcasters to break into the Australia
English language radio broadcasting sector.
Ch 28: Overcoming The Nerves Noor Chasanah, Radio Suara Warga, Indonesia
The author reflects on how she initially overcame the nerves to go on
air and is now able to connect with her audience in the community.
Ch 29: No Looking Back Since Beep On My Phone Alih Anso, Radio DXUP,
Philippines In this chapter, the author reflects upon how a text
message that came to his phone summoned him to a meeting to set up a
community radio station and he has not looked back ever since.
Ch 30: Preparing for Community Broadcasting Harshani Weerasinghe, Saru
Community Radio, Sri Lanka In this final chapter the author reflects
upon how her involvement with a Village Self-help Learning Initiative has
led her to become a community radio broadcaster who is eagerly waiting for
the regular broadcasts of the local community radio to take to the airwaves.
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