Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has allocated radio spectrum 99.00 FM for establishing 19th Community Radio Stations in Cox’s Bazar of southern part of Bangladesh. The Community Radio station name is Community Radio Saikat 99.00 FM initiated by The Coastal Association for Social Transformation Foundation (COAST Foundation).
The rural, disadvantaged and marginalized people of Cox’s Bazar will have direct access to discuss their own issues, setting a local agenda & amplifying their voice through the Community Radio Saikat. Having a community radio first time at their doorsteps, now the community people will have scope to reflect on their problems, challenges, way-out and prospects in their local dialect in line with reducing voice poverty.
Community Radio Saikat 99.00 FM will contribute to promoting the sustainable eco-tourism sector in Cox’s Bazar. Cox’s Bazar Sea beach is the longest beach in the world. And this is definitely one of the biggest tourist attractions in the country. Located in Chittagong District, this sea beach faces the amazing waves of the Grand Bay of Bengal. Miles of golden sands, towering cliffs, surfing waves, rare conch shells, colorful pagodas, Buddhist temples and tribes and mouth-watering sea-food made Cox’s Bazar the tourist capital of Bangladesh. There’s plenty of things to do in Cox’s Bazar. This is more than you can expect from a traditional sea beach. Another sea beach Inani beach is only half an hour’s drive from Cox’s Bazar. With the sea to the west and a background of steep hills to the east, this beach will mesmerize with its amazing view.
Cox’s Bazar pronounced [kɔksbadʒaɾ]) is a city, fishing port, tourism centre and district headquarters in southeastern Bangladesh. The beach in Cox’s Bazar is sandy and has a gentle slope; with an unbroken length of 120 km (75 mi), it is the longest natural sea beach in the world. It is located 150 km south of the divisional headquarter of Chittagong. Cox’s Bazar is also known by the name Panowa, which translates literally as ‘yellow flower’. Another old name was ‘Palongkee’.
The modern Cox’s Bazar derives its name from Captain Hiram Cox, an officer of the British East India Company. Cox was appointed Superintendent of Palongkee outpost after Warren Hastings became Governor of Bengal. He embarked upon the task of rehabilitation and settlement of the Arakanese refugees in the area. Captain Cox died in 1799 before he could finish his work. To commemorate his role in rehabilitation work, a market was established and named Cox’s Bazar after him. Unlike many locations in the Indian Subcontinent where place names dating from the colonial period have been changed, Cox’s name is still retained in the city he founded.
Today, Cox’s Bazar is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Bangladesh, although not a major international tourist destination. In 2013, the Bangladesh Government formed the Tourist Police unit to protect local and foreign tourists, as well as to look after the nature and wildlife in the tourist spots of Cox’s Bazar. Ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cox%27s_Bazar
Presently, in Bangladesh 18 community radio stations are on-air and they are broadcasting around 200 hours of programs per day. A total of nearly 1000 young youth and youth women are involved as broadcasters in those stations. Community radio stations are going to be popular in rural Bangladesh; its approximate audience number is 6.6 million. Potentials of Community Radio in Bangladesh are Community Radio has created scope for the poor and marginalized community to raise their own voice; it becomes the voice for the voiceless.
This new-media outlet opened scope to establish their rights of Information and communication in a social, political, cultural and environmental arena, Scope widened for poverty reduction and sustainable development because of the rights to raise the voice of the community and accessibility to knowledge and information, Scope opened for an exchange of dialogue between local elected representatives, govt. and NGO professionals for the sake of establishing good governance,
Direct linkage established between the community and the main sectors reflected in SDGs and 8th 5-year plan, Scope created for Social debate, inclusion, and preservation of cultural diversity by ensuring the inclusion of the marginalized community and Community Radio is now able to play the more active role in
Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate change due to the establishment of an effective linkage between the govt. departments and local/rural communities.
About BNNRC : Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication-BNNRC has been struggling for the last 20 years for opening up and strengthening the community media sector including Community Radio and giving focus on its vital role as voices of the voiceless rural people from 2000. https://www.bnnrc.net
BNNRC represents the community electronic media sector to Government, Industry, Regulatory Bodies, Media, Academia and Development Partners from 2000. BNNRC is in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) accredited with the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) of the United Nations and UN WSIS prize winner 2016, Champion 2017, 2019, 2020 and 2021. Source BNNRC