In December 2002, the Government of India approved a policy for the grant of licenses for setting up of Community Radio Stations to well established educational institutions including IITs/IIMs.
The matter has been reconsidered and the Government has now decided to broad base the policy by bringing ‘Non-profit’ organisations like civil society and voluntary organisations etc under its ambit in order to allow greater participation by the civil society on issues relating to development & social change.
So Community Radio which can be a powerful tool for either a developmental agenda or for more insidious agendas was taken over form IITs IIMs and handed over to NGOs
In Reality Community radio is a radio service offering a third model of radio broadcasting in addition to commercial and public broadcasting. Community stations serve geographic communities and communities of interest. They broadcast content that is popular and relevant to a local, specific audience but is often overlooked by commercial or mass-media broadcasters. Community radio stations are operated, owned, and influenced by the communities they serve . They are generally nonprofit and provide a mechanism for enabling individuals, groups, and communities to tell their own stories , to share experiences and, in a media-rich world, to become creators and contributors of media.
The Community Radio Facilitation Centre (CRFC) was set up by Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA) in 2011 with SUPPORT FROM THE FORD FOUNDATION with the purpose of providing guidance to Community Radio licence applicants, evolve guidelines and toolkits, support capacity building of Community Radio stations etc. Theres no mention of what kind of support Ford Foundation provides Does it FUND the whole project ?
OneWorld – supposedly an international not-for-profit organisation that promotes Information Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D) – has taken over the management of Community Radio Facilitation Centre beginning September 2013. One World is linked to One World Foundation started by the Husband wife team of Anuradha Vittachi and Peter Armstrong These are its present leaders
One World claims to be an International network with subgroups or independant groups as shown above All India related activities are carried on by One World South Asia which is lead by a former journalist from Financial Express Rajiv Tikoo and has another journalist Bijoy Basant Patro on its “team” Again theres no clarity who pays their salaries or who funds One World South Asia
CRFC facilitates Community Radio applicants through various stages of licensing, coordinates and liaises with different ministries to expedite clearances, and creates and enhances support systems and mechanisms. In addition to supporting Community Radio Cell of the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, CRFC facilitates close coordination among key ministries for expediting inter-ministerial clearances and is in the process of sensitising various ministries and departments related to social welfare on tapping the potential of Community Radio.Source Website of CRFC
COMMUNITY RADIO WHICH WAS MEANT TO BE A SOURCE OF LOCAL NEWS AND VIEWS FUNDED BY LOCAL PEOPLE HAS BEEN INFILTRATED BY GLOBALIST BODIES LIKE ONE WORLD AND FORD FOUNDATION