Today is UNESCO World Radio Day and this year the theme highlights diversity on the airwaves. Here’s the announcement from UNESCO:
On World Radio Day 2020 (WRD 2020), UNESCO calls on radio stations to uphold diversity, both in their newsroom and on the airwaves.
Radio is a powerful medium for celebrating humanity in all its diversity and constitutes a platform for democratic discourse. At the global level, 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.
This edition of WRD 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 comprised of diverse society groups.
- PROMOTING a diversity of editorial content and programme types reflecting the variety of the audiences.
Happy World Radio Day, everyone!