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Bhutan Broadcasting Service Wins UNICEF Prize


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At this year’s Prix Jeunesse International Festival, the UNICEF Prize went to the program “Tashi and Sakteng,” produced by the Bhutan Broadcasting Service.

Producer Sonam Phuntsho was in Munich for the Festival and was able to receive the award in person for his program.

Read more about the program, UNICEF Prize and the Prix Jeunesse here.


Pakistan Widely Celebrates the ICDB


Mishal is on air at a radio station during International Children's Day of Broadcasting (ICDB).

This March, UNICEF Pakistan organized a country-wide celebration of the ICDB by getting multiple broadcasters on board to allow children not only to be directly involved in radio and television programming, production and presentation, but to give voice to their hopes and dreams and share experiences with their peers.

The ICDB theme for 2012 in Pakistan was ‘Every Child in School’.  This theme is at the heart of a strong campaign that UNICEF PCO has launched to get all out-of-school children enrolled. and encouraged them to brand the day and produce special programmes with children.

UNICEF approached 12 major broadcasters, visited their offices and shared some key messages and statistical information on the state of education in Pakistan, especially, about children out of school – 25 million. All 12 broadcasters responded to their request and produced special programmes for the ICDB focusing on the theme.

Participating broadcasters included Pakistan Television (PTV Home/World), Geo TV, Dawn News, Express News, Indus TV, Aaj TV, Samaa TV, Dunya TV, Radio Pakistan, FM 89, FM 100, FM 107 and FM 91.

Geo TV featured a special news bulletin two times during the day with children as anchors, followed by a special news report by children. These packages and stories primarily focused on children reporting from all over Pakistan, including all major Urban and Rural centres. The children reported from their schools and neighbourhoods, with a focus on education and schools.


India and Togo take the 2012 ICDB Awards


Congratulations to All India Radio and Télévision Togolaise for winning the 2011 International Children’s Day of Broadasting Awards for Radio and Television, respectively.

The winners were announced on 5 December on the special edition “ICDB Awards” website.  Also honored was ATN Bangla, for its long-standing commitment to youth and television.

Read more about the winners’ programming on the Awards website.  Congratulations to all!

UNICEF Launches New ICDB Awards Site


ImageCheck out the new website for the 2011 International Children’s Day of Broadcasting Awards.  You can read about the nominated broadcasters, their programmes and their approach to youth and media, as well as watch clips from their nominated ICDB programmes.

Winners will be announced 5 December 2011.

UNICEF Announces Regional ICDB Awards and Nominees


UNICEF is proud to announce the nominees for the International Children’s Day of Broadcasting (ICDB) Awards.  The awards are given by UNICEF for outstanding commitment to the ICDB by television and radio broadcasters.

This year’s nominees come from Andorra, Bangladesh, Benin, China, India, Iran, Mexico, Nepal, South Africa, Togo and Uganda and represent the best work produced in 2011 for the International Children’s Day of Broadcasting.  The nominees each won a regional competition and now go on to compete for global honours.

The winner of the 2011 ICDB Awards will be announced by UNICEF Headquarters in New York on 5 December 2011.


Bhutan broadcasters reach out across the nation


An activity report from UNICEF Bhutan Communication officer Tobgye Tobgye:

ICDB was celebrated with participation of children from different parts of Bhutan, involving themselves to reflect and express their voices and opinions. ICDB was celebrated on Bhutan Broadcasting Service, the national Television and radio station and Kuzoo FM as the two stations have nationwide coverage.

In line with the international theme “Girls are… Boys are….” Bhutan Broadcasting Service Corporation (BBSC) radio/TV and Kuzoo FM observed the day with participation of children (Girls/Boys) on the stated theme in Bhutan context.

India Participation Spreads Across the Country


In India, there are multiple events and programs taking place to celebrate the ICDB.

In Lucknow, the local radio station All India Radio has taken home the regional ICDB Award two years in a row. The station continues its excellent support of the ICDB initiative with a 2-hour special for this occasion. A team of producers is working with children on the theme of “Girls are…. Boys are…”. They have planned a mix of songs, radio-drama, poetry sessions, show case of talent, case studies of achievers, etc. They plan to use children as presenters, performers and participants.

Bag Network group is present in high-focus states of Bihar, Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh. Through its FM radio stations called Dhamaal 24, the radio will devote over eight hours of programming by and for children on March 6. Child reporters from UNICEF’s Integrated District – East Singhbhum will come to the state capital in Ranchi and would interact and share their views on the issues affecting children in a workshop jointly organized by Radio Dhamal 24 and UNICEF. Thereafter, the children would be taken to the studio where the adolescents will interact with the radio jockey and will speak on the issues directly impacting them.

Afghan Radio Station Joins In


Radio Arakozia is broadcasting in over 11 southern / eastern Pashtu speaking provinces in Afghanistan, including some of the most war-torn and/or remote areas. It provides daily programming on current affairs, local governance, business, and culture to 1-2 million Pashtun listeners, and the success of the various phone-in shows proves its popularity.

This radio station is planning to broadcast a special one hour show on the ICDB.

According to the information sent by the station to UNICEF Afghanistan, “The one hour show will be a 45-minute recorded feature with all child presenters and guests, where groups of boys and girls will play some games separately. They will then stop and discuss: why can’t they play some of these games together? Then they will do just that. Following this, there will be a 15-minute live phone-in for children to discuss on air the differences between girls and boys, why they haven’t played together in the past and whether / how they should do so. The aim is to promote ideas of gender equality among children – that boys and girls are different but they should still ‘play’ by the same ‘rules’ and can still do many of the same things. As well as this, we will broadcast various other children’s shows for the day.”

The ICDB is coming up!


The 2011 International Children’s Day of Broadcasting is coming up in about 6 weeks. This year’s theme is “Girls Are… Boys Are…” and is an opportunity for girls and boys to talk about who they are and what is expected of them as girls and boys. It’s a great chance to explore issues of gender, inclusion and equality and is also opens the doors to media outlets to take a look at what images and characters they’re putting out over the air.

Why is this important? Read one person’s perspective in this article from an Australian paper, the Sydney Morning Herald.


UNICEF Announces Nominees for 2010 ICDB Award


UNICEF is proud to announce the nominees for the 2010 International Children’s Day of Broadcasting Awards.  The winners will be announced at the ICDB Awards Ceremony on 2 November 2010 in New York.

The nominees for television include ATN Bangla (Bangladesh), Ethiopian Radio and Television Services, TV3 (Malaysia), C7 Sistema Jalisciense de Radio y Televisión (SJRTV) (Mexico), SOREAD/2M (Morocco), Télévision Togolaise and UzNTT (Uzbekistan).

The nominees for radio include Radijojo World Children’s Radio Network (Germany), All India Radio, Tejarat Radio (Iran), TRAXXfm Radio Televisyen Malaysia, Radio y Televisión de Aguascalientes (Mexico), Voice of Nigeria and Maputaland Community Radio Station (South Africa).

Watch clips of the nominees here.