RTI.fm – the station of the stars – has a ‘starring’ role in World Radio Day on Wednesday, February 13.
The annual UNESCO event is celebrating Dialogue, Tolerance and Peace – and RTI.fm will be having a full-blown dialogue with a potential five billion listeners.
And www.consumerwatchfoundation.com is going to be there, asking the questions listeners want answered…
… n return, Eric Wiltsher, RTI’s programme controller, will be responding with his often controversial views.
Eric said: “I think it’s brilliant that RTI.fm has the chance to join in with World Radio Day and we will be discussing all aspects of the world I’ve been involved in for decades. If people want the answers to some aspect of radio, I will do my best to answer. We will certainly be looking at what the future holds.”
Leigh G Banks, editor at the consumerwatchfoundation.com said: “Eric and I come from two different worlds – there has always been a lot of rivalry between print journalists and radio, we have different attitudes to what is news and what isn’t.
“So, the opportunity for CWF and RTI, to thrash it all out on air on such a major media day is brilliant … and we’re asking our listeners and readers to join in and ask the questions they want answered.”
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This is the 8th annual World Radio Day and UNESCO’s Chief of Media Development and Society, Mirta Lourenço, had this to say: “This Day was proclaimed at UNESCO’s 36th General Conference in 2011 and was then unanimously endorsed by the United Nations General Assembly in 2012 as a UN Day.
The date was chosen to represent the day United Nations Radio was launched in 1946, more than 72 years ago. Radios are everywhere, with at least 75PC of households in developing countries having access to a radio.”
But is only fair to point out that all other media is still doing well in the world too – and that the internet hasn’t trounced other media as was predicted.
For instance, on World Radio Day last year, the UN reported 44,000 radio stations broadcast to five billion people, or roughly 70 percent of the world.
And Wan-Ifra’s World Press Trends report 2.5 billion people still read a newspaper in print regularly.
That’s more than the 2.2bn who use the Internet, or who have the capability to get content on their mobile phone
In 2019, it is estimated that there will be around 2.77 billion social media users around the globe, up from 2.46 billion in 2017.