World Radio Day 2020: The theme for this year is ‘diversity’

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World Radio Day 2020 (representative image, source: pexels)

World Radio Day 2020: In the age of the internet and OTT platforms, radio seems to have been relegated to the background as a broadcasting medium. It is not completely obsolete, thankfully, and for some of us in India, it continues to be a companion to fall back on during our mundane day-to-day journeys, especially car rides.

February 13 is celebrated as World Radio Day every year. Proclaimed in 2011 by the member states of UNESCO, World Radio Day was adopted by the United Nations Assembly in 2012 as an International Day. Radio was invented by Italian physicist Guglielmo Marconi in 1901. World Radio Day is observed to spread awareness about radio and to celebrate the medium's ability to represent and associate with a vast audience, from all walks of society.

The theme for World Radio Day 2020 is 'Radio and Diversity', to uphold diversity at radio stations, both in their newsroom and on the airwaves.

According to UNESCO's official website, this year's World Radio Day has three sub-themes: "Advocating for pluralism in radio, including a mix of public, private and community broadcasters; Encouraging representation in the newsroom, with teams comprised of diverse society groups; Promoting a diversity of editorial content and programme types reflecting the variety of the audiences."

All India Radio tweeted, "Radio celebrates humanity in all its diversity and constitutes the biggest global platform for democratic discourse."

Netizens also took to social media to share their thoughts on World Radio Day. Take a look:

— Vinay Tendulkar (@TendulkarBJP) February 13, 2020