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Radio Sarabela

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Community Radio Sara bela 98.8

SKS Foundation is initiated community radio Sara bela 98.8. There are many perennial islands, called 'Char' in the Jamuna River. People in Char areas suffer from perennial natura l disaster s being deprived of basic human needs such as health, education, communication and information services. Now the rural and marginalized community people of Gaibandha district will have direct access to discuss their own issues through Community Radio Sarabela 98.8. Having a radio at their doorsteps, now the community people will have scope to reflect on their problems and prospects in their local dialect in line w ith reducing voice poverty. Community Radio Sarabela 98.8 is ·supported by Embassy of Ja pa n and Palli Karma-Sa hayak Foundation (PKSF). Since 1987, SKS Foundation has been working for the socio-economic and cultural development of the poor people of the rural areas of northern region. Consequently, t he initiative of establishing a community radio has ca me into effect. Information Minister of Bangladesh Government Hasanul Haquelnu inaugurated the official broadcast of Radio Sarabela . The name of Radio Sarabela is coming through public competition and the naming winner was given prize in the inauguration ceremony.

Radio Sarabela is broadcasting the program strives to contribute to a society in which all forms of poverty, discrimination and injustice have been eradicated, and the marginalized rural community is empowered and mobilized to engage in their own development. Radio Sarabela works together w ith rural and char communities of Gaibandha district people to develop, produce and broadcast quality, sustainable programming with sound values to educate, empower, mobilize and uplift the social, economic and cultural lives of individuals, families and communities. The coverage area is all upazila of Gaibandha district. Radio Sara bela has well equipped of station of production and broadcasting room w ith modern facilities. A total of 34 staffs and volunteer are directly working in Radio Sara bela. The facilities and equipment were com missioned and installed with the support of Embassy of Japan; the signal is clearly received in Gaibandha and at more than 17km from the radio station .

Radio Sarabela is on-air in the program which started from 7:00 am and continued up to 11:00pm, aiming to ensure empowerment and right to information for the rural community of Gaibandha district. The broadcasting altogether 16 hours program per day on information, education, local entertainment and development motivation activities. Around 30 Youth Women & Youth volunteer from local community are now working with this Station as rural broadcasters.

Before designing the program, Radio Sarabela assess the community priorities, continuous feedback collection through meeting, facebook and other source like listener club. The programs are more focused on agriculture, health, empowerment justice & legal awareness for raising the voice of voiceless.        


With the slogan "Mati 0 Manusher Kache" Radio Sarabela broadcasts 16 hours every day, between 7am to llpm, a w ide range of programs in the local language of Gaibandha & north part. Topics include agriculture, fisheries, climate change, gender issues, livestock, disaster risk reduction, health, youth & children programs, as well as local songs and folk stories. To encourage community participation the program, different initiatives have been taken like as face book feedback, mobile feedback and Listener's Letter.



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Community Radio in Social Media

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01 Community Radio Padma
02 Community Radio Nalta
03 Community Radio Lokobetar
04 Community Radio Pollikontho
05 Community Radio Sagar Giri
06 Community Radio Mahananda
07 Community Radio Mukti
08 Community Radio Chilmari
09 Community Radio Jhenuk
10 Community Radio Borendro
11 Community Radio Naf
12 Community Radio Sundarban
13 Community Radio Bikrampur
14 Community Radio Meghna
15 Community Radio Sagardwip
16 Community Radio Sarabela

Community Radio Movement in Bangladesh

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Community Radio Movement in Bangladesh

MOICR_1_2Community Radio movement has started in 1998 in Bangladesh. Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) along with other like-minded organizations and also representatives of the civil society started movement for CR operation.

2008, Dr. Fakhruddin Ahmed, the Hon’ble Chief Adviser of the Non-Party Caretaker Government of People’s Republic of Bangladesh, has taken the charge BNNRC organized a Letter Campaign regarding community radio. The objective of the campaign was to open up the community radio as a pilot basis. As the outcome of the campaign Office of the Chief Adviser sent an advice to the Ministry of Information in order to release permission for the pilot basis community radio.

For the first time in the history a high authority meeting is held at the conference room of the Information Ministry regarding community radio on the 23 July in 2007 chaired by the Information Secretary and organized by the Ministry of Information. After a comprehensive discussion regarding community radio as a pilot basis the meeting takes decision to form a ministerial committee of 8 members convened by the Director General of Bangladesh Betar who would make concept paper, regulatory framework and application form in relation to community radio and would submit to the Ministry by one month. According to the discussion the Ministry issues the circular regarding the 8 members-committee on 22nd May in 2007.

After several meetings the Director General of Bangladesh Betar finalized the draft of the concept paper, policy and application regarding community radio. BNNRC and MMC assisted the committee in this regard.

The Ministerial Committee officially presents the concept paper, policy and application regarding community radio in a meeting organized by the Ministry on 29th October in 2007. After a comprehensive discussion on the issue the meeting decides the submitted concept paper, policy and application forms to be sent to the different concerned ministries for comments and perusal. It is also decided in the meeting that another meeting would be held after the comments are received. According to the decision all the papers are already sent to the listed ministries for comments on 25th November in 2007.

An inter-ministerial meeting is held on the last 6th February. Representatives of the concerned ministries were present in the meeting. At last, the government formally announces the Community Radio Installation, Broadcast and Operation Policy 2008 on 12 March 2008. The Ministry of Information of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh invited very rapidly the applications for Community Radio installation, broadcast and operation from the interested organizations. 

Major Role


Awareness raising

Raising awareness about the effectiveness of Community Radio in improving life and livelihood of the rural communities, poverty alleviation and institutionalization of democracy and good governance Promotional activities on Community Radio potentialities

Developing materials

Developing and publishing Community Radio guidelines and materials

CR Help desk

Providing technical support to draft Community Radio policy

Promoting initiators in submitting application for CR license in accordance with the policy

Community Media Academy




Setting up a Community Media Academy to make the Community Media related data, information, research, guideline, training and technical services available for the stakeholders Community Media related knowledge management and updating through the website


Organizing workshops on Community Radio issues

Use of Community Radio for the effective and successful implementation of five years plan and other safety net programs

Use of Community Radio to reduce corruption in the public distribution system

BNNRC in CR related government body

BNNRC has been included in the Central Monitoring Committee of the Government as a member

In order to facilitate the application and registration process of the organizations for Community Radio, BNNRC immediately opened a help desk in its secretariat in Dhaka. Receiving huge response from the interested development organizations and research institutions the authority extended the deadline up to 30 April. 450 organizations drew application forms from the Ministry and 178 applications have been submitted from different organizations in this regard.

In the whole process the Government ensured the proper participation and representation from civil society organizations through incorporating representatives in Regulatory Committee, Technical Committee and National Monitoring Committee for the successful operation of the Community Radio.

Under the above-mentioned circumstances, BNNRC set up a Community Radio Academy in Dhaka. This helps Community Radio stakeholders having on-hand training of technical and management skills, coming to know about the function, management, procedure, problem, prospect and sustainability of the Community Radio as a tool of ICT and having all concerned resources and facilities available for their progress and success.


Community Radio So Far in Bangladesh

Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) has been struggling for the last 12 years to open up the community media (including Community Radio, Community Television and Community film) and giving focus on its vital role as voices of the voiceless people. BNNRC has been addressing the community radio & community TV access issue for over a decade, almost since its emergence in the year 2000.

Now 17 Community Radio Stations are on-air in the country, aiming to ensure empowerment and right to information for the rural community. They are broadcasting altogether 135 hours program per day on information, education, local entertainment and development motivation activities. Around 1000 Youth Women & Youth are now working with those Stations throughout the country as rural broadcasters.

The reality of today is that the bondage between the community people and local-level community radio stations are getting strengthened day-by-day. Community Radio has now become their part of life. Community Radio becomes the instrument for the livelihood battle of the rural people. BNNRC established the Community Media News Agency (CMNA), Community Media Academy (CMA) and Monthly Community Media to share development news & building capacity for the Community Media sector in Bangladesh.


We have now started advocacy with the Government of Bangladesh to open up Community Television for Development. We hope that, community television will come into being within a short time in Bangladesh. We hope that, community television will come into being within a short time.


BNNRC Strives for Achieving Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs)

BNNRC Strives for Achieving UN World Summit on The Information Society(UN WSIS) Action Plan

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