Every year, February 13 is the World Radio Day.
World Radio Day, promoted by UNESCO, serves to remind the importance of the radio instrument in celebrating humanity in all its diversity. And that, despite the technological progress and the advent of the web, it remains the most widespread media globally.
World Radio Day 2020 will be held on Thursday 13 February around the theme of “Radio and diversity.” UNESCO and UN calls on radio stations to uphold diversity, both in their newsroom and on the airwaves.
This edition of this year of World Radio Day is divided into three main sub-themes:
Advocating for pluralism in radio, including a mix of public, private and community broadcasters;
Encouraging representation in the newsroom, with teams representing diverse society groups;
Promoting a diversity of editorial content and programme types reflecting the variety of the audiences.
In the world, radio remains the most widely consumed medium. This unique ability to reach out the widest audience means radio can shape a society’s experience of diversity, stand as an arena for all voices to speak out, be represented and heard. Radio stations should serve diverse communities, offering a wide variety of programs, viewpoints and content, and reflect the diversity of audiences in their organizations and operations. Technological advances are also participating to diversity the radio sector: DAB+, DRM, IP streaming.