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20.09.2012 - Communication & Information Sector

URTI to award 24th International Radio Grand Prix

The International Radio and Television Union (URTI) received more than 100 radio programme submissions for the 24th International URTI Radio Grand Prix. The annual competition is open to any radio broadcasting organization worldwide and this year will reward the best radio productions on the theme of “Love”.

“The idea is to promote peace in the world through many forms of love that are shared between individuals, families, communities and cultures,” said Alain Masse, Director of URTI. He underlined the importance of radio as a facilitator of intercultural dialogue and a vehicle for promoting sustainable development.

The International Radio Grand Prix will bring together a jury of 15 to 20 professionals from all regions to select outstanding work in terms of quality and originality.

“The Grand Prix continues to mark the international relevance of radio as a medium that remains most accessible for widespread populations including the most disadvantaged and marginalized,” said Jānis Kārkliņš, Assistant Director-General of UNESCO’s Communication and Information Sector.  “In this regard, URTI is an important, historic partner to UNESCO,” he added.

The International Radio University (URI), now URTI, was created in 1949 with support from UNESCO.  Currently, 65 broadcasters in 51 countries are actively benefitting from its services, including an online catalogue of multi-lingual rights-free programmes and an exchange platform that facilitates direct download and send features. 

URTI also collaborates with UNESCO in the context of the annual celebration of World Radio Day on 13 February.

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