Every year on February 13, the world celebrates World Radio Day. In addition to raising public and media awareness of the importance of radio, World Radio Day aims to encourage decision-makers to establish and provide radio access to information and facilitate networking and international cooperation among broadcasters.
Radio brings people together and provides vital information. It touches the lives of people across the world. All India Radio has expanded in a number of areas since radio was first broadcast in 1937. Every day, AIR News broadcasts 607 bulletins in 92 languages and dialects.
World Radio Day 2023: Theme
The theme for the 12th edition of World Radio Day is “Radio and Peace”.
UNESCO highlights independent radio as a pillar for conflict prevention and peacebuilding. The day’s goal is to promote and encourage radio use.
Why we mark world radio day: History
In 2011, UNESCO’s General Conference declared February 13 World Radio Day as part of its 36th session. The 13th of February marks the anniversary of the establishment of United Nations Radio, the UN’s international broadcasting service, which was founded in 1946 by the Director-General of UNESCO.
On January 14, 2013, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution during its 67th Session. On February 13, the United Nations General Assembly formally endorsed UNESCO’s proclamation of World Radio Day.
Indian radio broadcasting began in the early 1920s, with the Radio Club of Bombay airing its first programme in 1923. The Indian Broadcast Company (IBC) was founded in Bombay by Lord Irwin, then Viceroy of India.
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