United Nations mark World Radio Day today

As the world marks Radio Day today with the theme “Radio and Sports”, radio stations have been admonished to create talking points for reviewed involvement of women in sports, so as to gradually promote a balanced coverage and fair portrayal of sportspeople, irrespective of gender.

Veteran journalist and sports analyst, Mike Etim, stated this while responding to United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization – UNESCO’s report that women represent a meager 7 percent of sports people seen, heard or read about in the media, while only 4 percent of sports stories focus primarily on women.

Etim, who also rated radio high as a unifying force for engenderment of peace, universal values of non-violence, solidarity, and tolerance, stated that radio must reconnect people with their cultural heritage through the coverage of traditional and grassroots games.

Our correspondent Saviour Robert reports that the sports analyst noted that this year’s Radio Day theme is apt, as the world looks forward to a momentous world cup year, which is capable of uniting all and sundry in cordial lines and engendering mutual respect the world over.

World Radio Day was first celebrated in 2012, following its declaration by the UNESCO General Conference. It was subsequently adopted as an International Day by UN General Assembly, and has, in past years, seen wide success, with over 500 events taking place worldwide in 2017.

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