Radio Current Affairs - 2020

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February 13: World Radio Day

Every Year February 13 is being celebrated as World Radio Day. The day is being celebrated by UNESCO of United Nations. The organization calls all radio stations to uphold matters of diversity. This year the day is celebrated under the theme

Theme: Radio and Diversity

This year theme brings in the diversity in linguistic tolerance, diversity and plurilingualism. Also, it intends to spread the message that radio is a crucial medium of communication to celebrate intercultural competence, humanity and democratic citizenship.

Objective

The main objective to celebrate World Radio Day is to increase awareness about radio among media and public. It also aims to encourage key decision makers to provide access to information through radio.

History

The World Radio Day was first celebrated in 2013. The resolution to celebrate World Radio Day was taken in 2012 United Nations General Assembly.

Significance

Radio is still widely used medium of communication a global level. Also, radio stations help to serve diverse communities, offer wide view-points and reflect diversity of audience.radio

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July 23: National Broadcasting Day

Every year July 23 is observed as National Broadcasting day. On this day in 1927, Indian Broadcasting Company (IBC) began organized radio broadcasting from Bombay station.

To mark the occasion, All India Radio (AIR) had organized a symposium on the subject Creation of New India and Broadcasting Medium in New Delhi.

Radio Broadcasting in India

In India, radio broadcasting began during the British rule in 1923 under the imitative of the Radio Club of Bombay.

Later in 1927, IBC which was a private entity was granted permission by British Government to operate two radio stations in Mumbai (then Bombay) and Kolkata (then Calcutta). Since then it has gained immense popularity and had changed the socio-economic life of people.

In 1930, British Government took over radio broadcasting and started the Indian State Broadcasting Service (ISBS). Later it was changed to All India Radio (AIR) in 1936 and Akashwani in 1957.

Present Scenario: Currently, AIR is one of the largest public broadcasting organisations in the world. It is largest in terms of the spectrum of socio-economic, the number of languages of broadcasts and cultural diversity it serves.

AIR service now comprises around 414 stations located across the country with reach to the 99.19 per cent of the total population and 92 per cent of the country’s area in 23 languages and 146 dialects.

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