To mark World Radio Day on Saturday 13 February 2021, the BBC World Service has some special content to be broadcast over the weekend.
BBC Minute on the BBC World Service is linking up with its partner radio stations in English and Spanish. DJs on English and Spanish-speaking stations around the world are going to be sharing their experiences and messages about their year of the pandemic. They will be brought together and shared across the day on Friday 12 and Saturday 13 February within BBC Minute’s news bulletins.
In addition, BBC World Service will air a one-hour documentary on Sunday 14 February, World Wide Waves: The Sounds of Community Radio. In this documentary for World Radio Day, we will visit community stations around the globe that educate, entertain and empower people to make change – including Radio Taboo in Cameroon, Kadal Osai (the sound of the ocean) in Tamil Nadu, and Radio Nacional de Huanuni in Bolivia. This documentary highlights the enduring power, possibilities and pleasures of the airwaves.
BBC News Arabic radio, one of the World Service’s oldest non-English radio stations, will also be delivering special content to mark the day. This will include asking listeners to record a one-minute clip explaining why radio still matters to them, with some selected for broadcast. The service will also be looking at women’s relationship with radio on daily programme Women Today and there will be an exploration of the role of audio in the digital age in the daily discussion programme, Hadeeth.
Mary Hockaday, Controller for BBC World Service English, says: “World Radio Day is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and highlight the power of radio to reach and connect many nations and communities around the world. In the last year, perhaps more than ever in an age of social distancing, we have needed the uniting force of radio to provide us with vital news, to entertain us and provide escapism, and to be a daily companion when we’ve been isolated from friends and family. I am delighted that the BBC World Service will be marking the day with special bulletins from BBC Minute, a one-hour radio documentary on BBC World Service English, and content on BBC News Arabic Radio”.
Mike Terry to WOR groups.io (2021-02-11)
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