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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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Times Group to buy 4 FM radio stations of India Today Group

Entertainment Network India (ENIL) operated by The Times Group has got approval from Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Ministry to acquire India Today Groups four FM radio station. Thus it will acquire the Oye radio stations business own by India Today Group in Jodhpur, Amritsar, Shimla and Patiala. Earlier this similar deal was rejected by I&B ministry on ground that it violates FM radio guidelines and thus the said deal was held after fulfilment of conditions specified by the Ministry.

It should be noted that ENIL owns and operates Radio Mirchi FM channel, whereas TV Today operates ‘Oye’ Radio station which was launched in 2010 in seven cities, while former has presence in 32 cities across India.

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