Ujyaalo is the brand name of Ujyaalo Radio Network, Ujyaalo Online and Ujyaalo Mobile Applications with multiple media platform. Ujyaalo is the largest Radio Network of Nepal with more than 220 partner radio stations across the country with more than 15 million listeners. Ujyaalo Online is visited by more than three million times per month by its one million plus unique visitors.
Ujyaalo has more than the 70k mobile application (android and iOS) users who get access to each and every material published and broadcasted through radio and online.
Ujyaalo Radio Network reaches to more than 80 percent of geographical areas and 80 percent population of Nepal. Due to the geographical difficulties, there are many areas in Nepal where print media and television are still out of reach. Our network avails people of such geographical regions with latest news and information.
At the moment, 45 highly qualified personnel work at Ujyaalo in different sections (online, radio and mobile) and departments. Apart from staffs in central level (based in Kathmandu), out of 75 districts in Nepal, Ujyaalo has 70 district reporters representing each district. They are entitled to report / cover each and every events/incident taking place in respective districts and also neighbouring districts sometimes. Ujyaalo has gained such goodwill over the time that aspiring journalists and amateurs see Ujyaalo as one of the best media platforms to expand their skills and knowledge and uplift their career in the field of journalism.
Ujyaalo owns a four and a half storied building with fully equipped four digital and analogue studios (including video shooting facilities) to produce and distribute radio and online materials. Also has a Mobile Broadcast Van which is useful in broadcasting live or recorded audios from the field using VSAT. Ujyaalo is also used to with technology like Interactive Voice Response (IVR) System and SMS service. And has also kept pace with Social Media. It has also adopted Toll-Free Telephone service for its audiences, readers, and well-wishers. All these facilities have enhanced the performance and have strengthened the presence of Ujyaalo.
The building is built specially for radio stations with state of the art technology, including earthquake resistance and runs with sustainable water collection and power supply system with the solar panel, installed on the roof of the building. Ujyaalo has been using the solar system to avoid the disturbances in power supply due to load shedding. The government provided electricity and generator are kept stand by as back of power source. Four recording studios, more than 50 computers, digital recorders, video cameras, satellite and FM transmission equipment, vehicles are well placed for the smooth operation of Ujyaalo.
For about three years until October 1998, Radio Kantipur bought a three-hour slot in the national portal of Radio Nepal and broadcasted its programmes. When it obtained its licence to air independently, it became the first commercial radio channel in the country. Today, it is the most popular FM station in Nepal.
Radio Kantipur is popular for its well-crafted programmes, some of which provide information and entertainment while others report news and provide timely updates on developing stories. It is technically sound and its creative team-members work hard to retain the trust of Nepali listeners. The gamut of programme formats runs from call-ins to bulletins, interviews and narratives. Radio Kantipur hosts popular programmes such as ‘Kantipur Diary’, ‘The Headliners’, ‘Highway’, ‘Yo Maya Bhanne Chij Yestai Ho’, and ‘Kantipur Sangit Dabali’, among hundreds of others which seek to empower and connect Nepalis.
We are pleased to mention that we have been inspired by Rupchandra Bista (BS 1990-BS 2056), noble anthropologist of the nation and his popular ‘THAHA’ campaign.
Incorporating the Slogan, “Nispakshya Sakriyatako Avyas!” Radio Thaha Sanchar is freely transmitting the realities, troubles and the suppressed voices of the voiceless people in its continuous 24×7 transmission. It is being transmitted with 500 watt capacity in Kathmandu (99.4 FM)and 1000 watt from Hetauda (99.6 FM).
Realizing the fact that, though there are adequate numbers of radios operating in the country, the working class people are not getting proper outlet to forward their voices but we are committed to do this through Thaha Sanchar Network. It has near 100 FM radio partners located in different regions of the country.
We are aimed to provide 21st century quality based radio service that contains fact news, information and high quality entertainment program as well. We are offering a wide variety of people an opportunity to share their experiences, concerns, and perspectives via its transmission. This Radio reflects as a mirror and echoes the voice to connect its listeners with each other and the world through quality and standard programs addressing the different cultural, social and age group.
Radio Thaha has joined hands with various business companies and NGO/INGO’s to promote their business and service. Thaha Sanchar 99.4 FM has been doing its best to upgrade constantly the benchmarks of Nepali advertising world since inception.
Established in 1997, Radio Sagarmatha is the first independent community radio in South Asia operated by Nepal Forum of Environmental Journalists (NEFEJ) to promote public service broadcasting in Nepal. Radio Sagarmatha is running daily 18 hours transmission through 1000 Watt capacity in Kathmandu valley. The station is based at Bhanimandal, Lalitpur and has good coverage of entire Kathmandu valley. Radio Sagarmatha is free from political ideology and provides spaces to all actors of political thought.
Radio Sagarmatha is non-profit radio dedicated to disseminate quality information to the audience. After its establishment, the station has worked tremendously to generate human resource to cater the need of broadcasting sector in Nepal by offering wide range of thematic radio training ranging from processes of obtaining license to open, operate such community radio stations across the country. Technician training is part of regular program of Radio Sagarmatha and dozens of radio stations have received such support from station and its mother organization NEFEJ. Radio Sagarmatha is pioneer and has good expertise in talked based programs, radio magazines and holds especial capacity to influence stakeholders at different level.
Radio Sagarmatha promotes songs of national languages and broadcasts selected advertisements. Radio Sagarmatha is a self sustaining station with separate identity in Nepali broadcasting sector. It has been offering wide ranges of program including BBC Nepali service bulletin to the audience.
Main Objectives of Radio Sagarmatha are as follows:
To promote open public discourse on issues of public interest as part of the effort to carry out advocacy for social justice.
To set standard in public-interest broadcasting
To produce a pool of journalists in community broadcasting
To educate the message about the issues of their interest
To contribute to the proliferation of community radio stations in the country.
To sensitize government and policy makers on issues from constitutional process to gender relations.
To facilitate the democratization process by increasing access to information to the people including women and excluded groups as a responsible community radio.
To strengthen democratic culture, peace, sustainable development and environment.
Over the years, Radio Sagarmatha is successful in establishing itself as an independent, impartial and reliable station among the audience. Recognizing its commitment to public-interest broadcasting, Radio Sagarmatha has bagged a number of awards and letters of appreciation as follows:
Press Council Nepal Code of Conduct Award 2009
Press Council Nepal awarded RS for impartial coverage the news and current affairs and full compliance of Journalists Code of Conduct.
One World Special Award form One World 2007 of the United Kingdom
The award came for consistently working as fearless media agency by upholding the values and thus contributing the greater world understanding.
AMARCH International Solidarity Prize 2006
It came for fighting the royal regime during the Save Independent Radio Movement.
History Of Radio Nepal
Radio Nepal was established on 2 April 1951. Initially, the transmission covered duration of 4 hours and 30 minutes through a 250 Watt SW transmitter. Over the years, Radio Nepal has strengthened its institutional capacity considerably and diversified itself in terms of programme format, technical efficiency and coverage. Radio Nepal airs programmes on Medium Wave and FM frequencies. Regular broadcasts cover duration of 18 hours everyday which includes 4 hours of regional broadcasts from 14:00 hrs. to 18:00 hrs. FM Kathmandu, the first FM-Channel in Nepal covering Kathmandu valley and adjoining areas was started in 1995 from its premises at Singh Durbar, Kathmandu.
RADIO NEPAL: FM – KATHMANDU
In consonance with the policy of forging ahead in tune with the changing broadcasting scenario, Radio Nepal launched the first FM Channel in Nepal on he 30th Kartik 2052 B.S.(16th Nov.1995). The FM Channel airs programmes on 100 MHz on the FM band through a 3 KW stereo transmitter installed at Khumaltar, Lalitpur. A fairly well equipped studio with stereo facilities has been established at Singh Durbar. This studio along with the provision of a standby studio has made it possible to broadcast programmes live. Radio Nepal has a policy of leasing out its air time to private parties to broadcast programmes on its FM channel by permitting private operators to use their own staff. These programmes have proved to be very popular among the urban youth of Kathmandu.
NEWS AND CURRENT AFFAIRS
Radio Nepal broadcasts news bulletins in at regular intervals (hourly) from 06:00 hrs until the close of the transmission. News bulletins in English are broadcast at 08:00 hrs, 14:00 hrs and 20:00 hrs everyday.In additional to the news in Nepali and English, there are bulletins in other languages at various timings. They are Magar, Gurung, Tamang, Rai Bantawa, Limbu, Newari, Bhojpuri, Hindi, Urdu, Tharu East and Tharu West, Avadhi, Sherpa, Maithili, Sanskrit, Kham Magar and Doteli. Special news bulletins for Children (Bal Samachar) have been broadcast as well. Radio Nepal attempts to provide prompt and accurate coverage of all national and international news including political, economic and social highlights in a balanced and objective manner. It attempts to safeguard the basic principle of public interest and the public’s right to be informed as the prime public broadcaster of the country. The station has designated stringer reporters in more than 50 districts for coverage of news and information
RADIO PROGRAM DISTRIBUTION THROUGH V-SAT NETWORK
Radio Nepal started its program distribution through V-SAT Network from 26th August 1999. Earlier it was distributing its program to the different broadcast stations through the telephone lines of Nepal
Telecom ( NT ). In the system introduced recently, the main hub station is at Singhadurbar, Kathmandu and the programme can be received in all the receiving stations. With the introduction of new system, an AM high quality monaural program channel is now available through the V-SAT. The system has the facility of upgrading to provide multichannel capability for further use.
Radio Nepal enjoys cordial relations with all friendly countries and broadcasting organizations. It is a member of the Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) and liaises closely with the regional broadcasting centre and Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD). Training programmes at Radio Nepal are conducted on a regular basis either by in-house trainers or in cooperation with other friendly institutions. Several training courses have been conducted in cooperation with the Deutsche Welle (The Voice of Germany) and the BBC. Organizations like JICA, USIS and UNICEF have extended generous assistance in the past and continue to show renewed interests in our activities. Occasionally Radio Nepal joins hands with International broadcasting stations to co-produce programs of mutual interest.
Radio Nepal has its own studios for programme production, music recording, drama recording, talks shows and news broadcasts. A music library at its premises in Singh Durbar has a collection of about 40,000 songs. Foreign broadcasting Stations also make use of our Studio facilities and transmitters for live and other broadcasts on a rental basis.
The Broadcasting Headquarters at Singha Durbar in Kathmandu has two broadcasting houses consisting of one drama studio, two music studios, one reporting studio, three continuity studios, one news studio and seven programme production studios. One of the music studios is equipped with a 24 track recording facility. This studio is open for hiring purposes for anyone desirous of recording music digitally whether solo track or for albums after payment of studio charges which are very relatively reasonable compared to other private studios.
The complex also has one open air live theatre facility for functions and musical performances.
Like other transmitting stations, the Head quarters also has a 100 kVA stand by diesel generator to cope with occasional power failure.
The mainstream of broadcasting business these days is moving towards digitization. Radio Nepal is making a modest effort to make use of the latest development in computer and digital radio. The task of digitizing old songs and mastering on digital format (COMPACT DISC) has been initiated. Today, CD has become the dominant digital storage medium due to its large storage capacity, high fidelity and low cost. Now our valuable songs of the good old days, which were recorded on analog reel tape, are getting new life.
IN THE INTERNET
In an attempt to reach interested listeners world wide, Radio Nepal has entered the Internet since April 1997. Since the start of this service, increasing numbers worldwide have visited the home page. The growing popularity of Radio Nepal in cyberspace is encouraging and there are plans in the offing to expand this service to include some programmes and music in addition to the existing Nepali and English news bulletins , program in the evening and Akhabar, Antar Sambad in the morning (a news and current affairs).
Information about Radio Nepal and its contents can be accessed through its portal www.radionepal.gov.np In order to broaden its coverage and reach worldwide, Radio Nepal has also commenced Online Radio Service since December 2006. One can access live Radio Nepal contents though the same portal. The service on internet broadcasting has continued with joint efforts of Radio Nepal and NITC, Singhadurbar.
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