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A total of 17 radio programs from 6 Community Radio Stations in Bangladesh have been nominated for 14th UNICEF Meena Media Award 2018 under radio category for their contribution to  media innovation  and protection of child rights in the year 2018.

The nominated Community Radio Stations include Nalta 99.2 FM, Chilmari 99.2 FM,  Jhenuk 99.2 FM, Bikrampur 99.2 FM, Pollikontha 99.2 FM, and Borendro 99.2 FM. As in every year, UNICEF Bangladesh has organized this competition. 8 Community Radio Stations within the country participated in this competition under two categories –below and above 18 years of age groups.

The radio stations have submitted altogether 71 radio programs for the competition. These programs featured critical issues like child marriage, education, human trafficking, children and social media, religious prejudices etc. Out of these 71 programs submitted by eight community radio stations, 17 programs from 6 CR Stations won  primary selections for the final stage of the selection process by the esteemed panel of judges for the Meena Media Award-2018.

The award will be distributed among the winners on 20 November 2018. It is worth  mentioning  that Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) has been encouraging the stations and facilitating them for submission of their programs in the Meena Media Award.

The Meena Media Award was introduced by UNICEF in 2005 to celebrate excellence in both print media and electronic media and to promote child rights and greater coverage of children’s issues in the media. The award is named after Meena, a popular animation character held dear by children and adults alike in Bangladesh. Meena is a change agent in her community and her stories champion the rights of children across South Asia.

Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) actively works to improve the recognition of the community’s  electronic media sector [Community Radio | Community TV | Community Film] & its work and involvement with the communities it seeks to serve from 2000.

Now 17 Community Radio Stations are on-air in the country, aiming to ensure empowerment and right to information for the rural community. They are broadcasting altogether 144 hours program per day on information, education, local entertainment, and development motivation activities.

Around 1000 Youth Women & Youth are now working with those stations throughout the country as rural broadcasters within 6.6 million rural people in 119 upazillas under 16 districts in Bangladesh.

It would be mentioned that, National Institute of Mass Communication (NIMC), Press Institute of Bangladesh (PIB) and Bangladesh Betar of Ministry of Information, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh and Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) are providing  continuous capacity building training workshop (Pre – Post Production) to the community radio sector in Bangladesh round the year.


Source – BNNRC