Challenges for Community Radio
Community Radio plays a central role in community development. To play this role they need to provide quality programmes to ensure continued audience, and support from the community.
But Community Radio stations face the following challenges in producing these quality programmes, in terms of content, production quality and community involvement:
- A high turnover of staff that causes a lack of journalistic and technical skills and thus a consistent demand for training. Training on offer in most countries does not address the specific needs of Community Radio.
- Community Radio derives its strength and popularity from community participation. In practise participation is harder than it seems, because it is labour intensive, requires the right attitude, skills and mobile equipment.
- Without proper management skills, as well as some knowledge of financial management and income generation, it is very hard for Community Radio to survive without donor funding, which will always, eventually, dry up.
- Community Radio is by definition relatively small, and often situated in locations where basic services, like a constant supply of electricity, are lacking. Due to these conditions equipment suffers and needs to be vigorously maintained and/or regularly replaced.
- In many countries there is still a lack of a clear regulatory framework in which Community Radio operates.