UNICEF is proud to announce the winners of the 2011 International Children’s Day of Broadcasting Awards

January 16, 2012 by  

The International Children’s Day of Broadcasting, celebrated the first Sunday of March, is a day when broadcasters around the world “Tune in to Kids.” They air quality programming by, for and about children. But most of all, they allow children to be part of the programming and production process, to talk about their hopes and dreams, to share information and exchange views with their peers in other parts of the world. The International Children’s Day of Broadcasting Awards are presented annually to television and radio broadcasters who offer the best programming on the year’s ICDB theme; involve young people in the production and presentation of TV programmes and show a commitment to highlighting youth voices year-round. These are the nominees for the 2011 International Children’s Day of Broadcasting Awards. They have each won their regional competition and now compete for the global awards, which will be announced on 5 December 2011.

The 2011 theme was GIRLS ARE…BOYS ARE…

UNICEF asked broadcasters to explore questions like: “What does it mean to be a girl? A boy? Are there innate behaviors, abilities or interests that go along with being a boy or a girl? Are there things boys or girls can’t or aren’t allowed to do because of their gender? Do they both have the same opportunities in life?” As adolescence is a time of change as girls and boys shift into adulthood and are faced with fitting into gender roles, it’s important for young people to see and hear their peers expressing who they are and what being a girl or boy means to them. The ICDB provides a platform to discover youth opinions, see their perspectives and listen to their stories. There is no “one” answer to what it means to be a girl or boy. When youth see others in different roles, with different dreams, it is an inspiration.

And the winners are…

The 2011 ICDB Award for Television goes to Télévision Togolaise (TVT) for its program “A Nous la Planete.” TVT is the national broadcaster of Togo and covers the entire country. It airs regularly the children’s programme “A Nous la Planete,” produced by the youth media organization of the same name. The ICDB edition of the weekly programme involved a panel of youth hosts who debated issues of gender equality and conducted interviews in the field about subjects of discrimination and identity. Read more about TVT and its programming here. TVT won ICDB Regional Awards in 2009 and 2010 and garnered the 2010 ICDB Award for Television.

The 2011 ICDB Award for Radio goes to All India Radio for its program “Joy-Live.” All India Radio covers 99% of the country with 232 broadcasting centres under the India Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. Its ICDB programme contained over three hours of programming, all presented by young people, containing news, dramas, interviews and story-telling. The variety infotainment program for kids and youth shared complex problems in the society in a child-friendly language. Read more about All India Radio and its programming here. All India Radio won the ICDB Regional Award in 2010.

ATN Bangla has been presented quality programming by, for and about young people for over a decade. It won the 2004 ICDB Award and ICDB Regional Awards in 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010. The station has shown a strong commitment to putting youth up front by training them to be reporters and presenters. It has a regularly scheduled weekly youth show and numerous other special children’s programmes. The station is currently working with UNICEF Bangladesh to develop a group of youth journalists who will produce news on issues affecting children’s lives and will be broadcast by ATN Bangla during their primetime news. UNICEF commends ATN Bangla with a SPECIAL MENTION ICDB Award for their dedication to advancing youth and media. Read more about ATN Bangla and its programming here.

Click here for information on the awards and stories of past winners.

More information: www.unicef.org; www.unicef.org/lac

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