UNICEF Iran hands over Regional Children’s Broadcasting Award to Tehran Radio
Tehran, 22 February 2009 – A team of producers from Iran’s public broadcaster, IRIB, received the prestigious International Children’s Day of Broadcasting (ICDB) Regional Award 2008 in UNICEF Iran’s offices today.
Christian Salazar-Volkmann, UNICEF’s Representative in Iran, handed over the Award plaque to Matin Mohammadi and Reza Bahiraei, the two producers working for Tehran Radio whose contribution
“Hi Children, Hi Tiny” swept the ICDB Award for the Middle East and Northern Africa region.
“Let’s now listen to an interview made by our young reporter”, a 10-year-old announcer introduces the programme, which was broadcast live and lasted more than an hour. The broadcast gave 15 children between the ages of 6 and 10 an opportunity to not only become part of the world of media, but also to express in their own words their concerns and wishes. Children were the producers of the programme, performed in different plays that formed part of it, acted as reporters, answered phone queries and enthusiastically conveyed the atmosphere of a real radio programme.
“We have encouraged IRIB since last year to participate in the ICDB competition, and I am very happy to see that already their first attempt was crowned with success. This is testimony to the quality of Tehran Radio’s programs. I hope to see more quality programming in future that involves children and youth in the broadcast media,” Salazar said.
The judging for the awards took place between June and August. In total, five regional award winners for radio were chosen. Apart from Iran, these include Angola National Radio, Radio MEC AM, Radio Beijing Corp., Ghana Broadcasting Corporation and Equal Access Nepal.
The International Children’s Day of Broadcasting is celebrated on 1 March every year. The 2009 theme is “Unite for Children: Tune in to Kids!”. Awards go to broadcasters who air their contribution on 1 March. The deadline for entries is 15 June 2009.
The International Children’s Day of Broadcasting is a day set aside each year to celebrate children’s broadcasting and encourages young people to get involved in television and radio broadcasting. The 2007 ICDB theme, “The World We Want,” asked young people to explore the world around them - its joys, its problems and possible solutions. The awards are given by UNICEF for outstanding commitment to the ICDB by television and radio broadcasters.