BBC Janala organises a Community Radio Workshop
Despite being a relatively new form of broadcasting, community radio has the potential to reach millions of people across communities in Bangladesh: particularly those who do not have access to more widespread forms of media. BBC Janala is working alongside the Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) to trial a new community radio programme, aimed at spreading English language learning beyond the mainstream airwaves. November saw the first step along the road as BBC Janala hosted a day-long introductory meeting with all 14 community radio stations in Bangladesh.
The day included presentations on various aspects of English in Action’s work as well as sessions to share our future plans with potential community radio partners. This was followed by an interactive workshop led by senior BBC broadcaster Sheetal Parmar, currently on secondment to the BBC Media Action team in Dhaka. All of the community radio stations were enthusiastic to broadcast BBC Janala programmes, as they believe that it will benefit people in the communities they serve. We hope that this is the start of a strong and long-lasting relationship for the future.