The World Radio Day-2024, a day to celebrate radio as a medium, will be observed in the country as elsewhere across the globe today highlighting the importance of radio for reaching information and en-tertainment to the people.
This year’s theme of the day is ‘Radio: A Century Informing, Entertaining and Educating’.
On the eve of the day, President Mohammed Shahabuddin and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued sep-arate messages greeting all concerned, including officers, employees, technicians and audience of the Bangladesh Betar and wishing all programs of the day a success.
In his message, President Mohammed Shahabuddin said Bangladesh Betar is the traditional mass media in the country.
In 1971, Bangladesh Betar created public opinion and inspired freedom fighters by broadcasting various programs in favor of the country’s independence during the Great Liberation War, he added.
After the country’s post-independence period, Bangladesh has been making effective contributions in creating awareness on various issues including education, health, women’s empowerment, and prevention of child marriage, abuse of women, terrorism, rumors and militancy, warning of dengue, corona pan-demic and natural disasters, he added.
The President hoped that being imbued with the spirit of the liberation war, Bangladesh Betar will con-tinue its relentless efforts to accelerate the overall development activities of the government through the involvement of the people.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in her message, termed this year’s theme of the day- ‘Radio: A Century, Entertaining and Educating’-as time befitting.
During our War of Liberation in 1971, Bangla Beter, the second front of Liberation War, played a unique role, she added.
“Broadcasting the historic 7 March Speech of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rah-man on March 8 ignoring the restriction of the then autocratic rulers, Bangladesh Betar was always with the people in encouraging people during Liberation War in achieving the Independence,” Sheikh Hasina said.