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Radio came to Nepal in 1951, barely 30 years after it became widespread in Europe with the BBC. Today, there are many private FM stations in Nepal and there has been a phenomenal growth of radio making Nepal a model for the developing world. FM radio is constantly tuned on everywhere, even in the taxis, auto rickshaws and public buses. It has already become a major source of information for the citizens whether it is about the weather, flight schedule, traffic, accidents and national issues. Unfortunately, since last week when the government stopped radio stations from airing news and programs, there has been an obstacle in the development of radio. Hundreds of media people are out of jobs. Unlike the print media, the FM stations are heavily controlled as they can no longer air any news and they feel left out. The government probably feels that radio stations will not adhere to the notification given by the government as per the state of emergency declaration. But the radio stations know they have to be responsible and will work within the limitations stated by the government. On the contrary, FM stations can make a significant contribution in the present situation by providing responsible and credible information.



LATEST ISSUE
638
(11 JAN 2013 - 17 JAN 2013)


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