Zimbabwe Commemorates World Radio Day

Zimbabwe has commemorated World Radio Day 2020, with the theme "Radio, Diversity and Development" with the observation that radio has emerged the medium of choice to share information, knowledge, ideas, discourse and nation building and development issues in a world tending to technology convergence.

Zimbabwe Commemorates World Radio Day

Zimbabwe has commemorated World Radio Day 2020, with the theme "Radio, Diversity and Development" with the observation that radio has emerged the medium of choice to share information, knowledge, ideas, discourse and nation building and development issues in a world tending to technology convergence.

Radio is the most accessible media in the world.  World Radio Day is celebrated all over the world on February 13 every year to highlight the unique power of radio which connects lives and brings people together from across the world, currently taking up new technological forms and devices.

In Zimbabwe radio has grown of significant importance to provide information on several aspects including disaster preparedness, management and response as the country continues to graple with climate induced natural disasters that require the continued strengthening use of radio for information dissemination.

Speaking at the commemoration of World Radio Day 2020, in Gweru, Midlands, the Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa, said that radio is a very important too for information dissemnation and as it conitues to ensure diversity, content and information sharing for national development.

The World Radio Day, 2020 commemoration was graced by the Deputy Minister of  Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Dr. Energy Mutodi, the Secretary for Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Dr. Nick Mangwana, the Midlands State University, Department of Media and Society Studies officials, several government dignitaries and members of the public.

Senator Mutsvangwa said that radio diversity in programming is a two way communication system between Government and the people.

Radio continues to be the media of choice for shaping behaviour on diesease like HIV & AIDs said Senator Mustvangwa.

Senator Mutsvangwa also revealed that her ministry is at a very advanced stage to roll out radio licenses to community radio operators who intend to set up community radio stations in the country. Zimbabwe has 6 public stations and 10 commercial radio stations. 

The country has expanded radio transmission infrastructure through a digitalisation programme and has installed gap filler basestaions to increase universal access to TV and radio signals.

The World Radio Day Commemoration has been supported by Unicef and the Midlands State University, MSU, and several other stakeholders and partners.

Also speaking at the World Radio Day, 2020 commemorations the UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa and Advisor, Communication and Information, Mr. Al-Amin Yusuph, said that UNESCO, supports radio for its humanistic approach to information dissemination and enriching society.

Mr. Yusuph said that radio continues to provide inclusive and universal access to information as radio has become the most used and important medium to provide rich and diversified information.