Radio Is A Medium Of Dialogue And Peace: Akhil Mittal

Dhenkanal: Veteran broadcaster Akhil Mittal on Thursday eulogized radio as an agent of peace in the era of conflicts and chaos. Calling it a powerful medium for dialogue and peace, he said there is space in radio to sort out issues amicably rather than sensationalise them.

He was speaking at the Indian Institute Of Mass Communication (IIMC), Dhenkanal on Thursday. The lecture, titled, ‘Radio as a medium for dialogue’ was a part of a special lecture series held on the campus.

Discussing the topic, Mittal said, “Other forms of media these days don’t give proper space to dialogue, peace and tolerance. In the race of sensationalisation, many media houses seem to be part of the conflict. On the radio, we never name communities during a conflict, making sure that the report doesn’t incite any more tension. During natural calamities, radio does non-stop broadcast to inform the people and help them without spreading panic.”

“Radio is the only source which gives unhindered entertainment. To be a good presenter, one has to be a good listener. So, unless you prove yourself to be a sensible and efficient professional, you won’t be able to sustain in the industry,” he told the budding journalists.

Speaking on this occasion, Regional Director of the Institute, Professor Dr Mrinal Chatterjee said, “Though radio does not have as many listeners as it used to in the 1970s or ’80s, there are places where radio is the only available medium of mass communication. However, radio services are changing rapidly and regaining their lost ground.”

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