Ghana to hold World Radio Day Forum for first time as number of stations over 500

Ghana will for the first time hold an open forum to showcase the impact of radio and how it transforms lives. The forum will be part of activities to mark celebrations of Word Radio Day 2017.

World Radio Day is a time to celebrate radio as a medium to improve international co-operation between broadcasters and to encourage major and minor networks alike to promote access to information, freedom of expression and gender equality over the air waves, a press release copied to has said.

The forum is under the theme, “Radio is You!”

The Day is to encourage all radio stations to be the best they can be, and reinforces the role of the public as active agents of change in their communities through the airwaves, the release noted.

It further adds that, although the number of radio stations in Ghana has risen to almost 500 since the liberalisation of the airwaves in 1996 there is the need to assess the impact of radio as a driver for societal change and development.

The forum being organised by Farm Radio International (FRI), in partnership with the UNESCO Office In Ghana will promote the evolution of radio from a one-way to an interactive, participatory tool for communication, it also said.

Radio stations, commercial and community sectors, telecommunication companies, and media training institutions are encouraged to organize activities and radio programmes on the importance of radio to mark the day.

Farm Radio International, a Canadian registered charity with regional offices and major projects in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Niger, Tanzania and Uganda, is at the forefront of using radio combined with other ICTs to serve small-scale farmers.

By Pamela Ofori-Boateng

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