World Radio Day: Foundation calls on stations to diversify editorial contents

 Asma'u Halilu, Kaduna

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The Africa Media Development Foundation, AMDF has called on all Radio stations to consistently maintain a diversity in editorial content and programming to reflect the variety of audiences as well as promote diversity in all forms.

According to the Foundation, Radio strengthens democracy and the rule of law. It educates, entertains, informs and unites people across various divides, hence, it remains the most powerful source of information for majority of people in Africa.

This was contained in a statement signed and released in Kaduna by AMDF Executive Director, Iliya Kure.

Kure mentioned that, in recent years, Africa has seen a rise in the establishment of radio stations coming from public, private and community investments which is opening up the society and encouraging healthy debates.

“Radio remains a powerful source of information, especially for its ability to reach the remotes of communities in their language and dialect”.

“Like other Media Development organisations, AMDF expects that this year’s celebration will raise awareness among citizens on how to participate in governance, as well as encourage decision makers to establish and provide access to information for the people to engage them through the radio,” Kure said.

February 13 became World Radio Day following a proclamation in 2011 by the Member States of UNESCO, and adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2012 as an International Day.

Since then, each year, UNESCO has consistently celebrated the Day by planning activities with broadcast organisations and communities around the world.

In 2020, with it’s theme as ’Radio and Diversity’, UNESCO is encouraging radio stations worldwide to celebrate the power of radio and promote diversity in all forms, including a mix of public, private and community broadcasters.

 

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