Ethiopian Broadcasting Authority issued license to Adolla Redde District Community Radio Station, located in Oromia Regional State, in a ceremony held at the district municipal meeting hall on August 12, 2015.
While opening the issuance ceremony, Alemayehu Haile, deputy district municipal, mentioned the social, economic and political benefits of the radio. The inauguration of the station ensures the coming into effect of citizens’ constitutional right to access to information and freedom of expression he said.
He called on the joint effort of the public and the government to preserve the continuity of Station’s service delivery.
It was scheduled to offer awareness raising training to the local leaders, general assembly of the station, board members and residents.
Authority’s Mass Media Registration and Licensing Directorate, Mulugeta Sisay, offered training on the definition, organization, characteristics, powers and duties, development and benefit of community radio.
According to Mulugeta the establishment of community radio dates back to 2007. He emphasized the organization of community radio, powers and duties of the board.
Authority’s Broadcast Media Monitoring and Capacity Building Team Leader, Abiyu Mekonnen, on his part explained legal frameworks of broadcasting service, obligation of broadcasters and journalistic ethical principles.
It was understood that the training and discussion help map out future direction of the station and its course of action. It was explained that station’s medium of transmission are Amharic and Afan Oromo languages with a minimum of 14 hours transmission per week.