Saturday, February 09, 2013

London, UK: SOAS Radio to host World Radio Day event

Monday 13th February, 4-6pm in Room G2 SOAS, Russell Square

To mark the inaugural Wold Radio Day SOAS RADIO will be hosting a panel discussion ‘New Perspectives on Traditional Radio.’ A variety of practitioners, academics and tools providers will discuss how this traditional platform can be used as tool for development and empowerment even in the most vulnerable and remote communities.

Lucy Duran a SOAS academic and BBC Radio 3 presenter will be joined by Guy Berger, Director for Freedom of Expression and Media Development at UNESCO, Dr Chege Githiora Chairman of the Centre of African Studies at SOAS, Birgitte Jallov  from Empowerhouse/ Panos London, Carlos Chirinos from SOAS Radio, Linje Manyozo from the London School of Economics and Amy O’Donnell FrontlineSMS:Radio.  The discussion will cover practical issues related to running a community radio station such as entrepreneurship in radio stations’ business models and obstacles of politicisation of the airwaves. In addition, radio as a tool for language revitalisation and volunteering in the radio and media sector.

SOAS RADIO works with volunteer presenters, producers and academics to create speech and music programmes covering huge variety of topics, conducting interviews with leading international figures in education, international politics, the arts and the media. These have included author and SOAS alumna Fatima Bhutto, influential Bollywood director Yash Chopra, acclaimed musician Manu Chao and BBC presenter Zeinab Badawi.

“As both a broadcast journalist and a SOAS alumna, I’m pleased to see the growth of SOAS Radio,” Badawi said. “It’s an outlet for the incredible diversity of voices at the School as well as a much-needed training ground for the next generation of broadcasters.”

(Source:  London Student)

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