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First Bangladeshi online Catholic radio marks one year

Radio Jyoti's target audience is young people and not just Christians

Updated: July 12, 2017 05:10 AM GMT
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First Bangladeshi online Catholic radio marks one year

Father Sunil Daniel Rozario (right) with a radio technician Martin Pallab and children at Radio Jyoti. (Photo supplied)

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Bangladesh's first Catholic online radio marked its first anniversary recently with its program director saying the station has been well received, especially among young listeners.  

Based in Borga district, Radio Jyoti (light) was launched in June 2016 by Rajshahi Diocese in northern Bangladesh.

"Our primary aim was to connect with young people who use smartphones so to keep them informed about Christianity, church teachings and religious news as well as nationally important news and events," said Father Sunil Daniel Rozario, the program director.

"And we also wanted to produce a group of media workers that the Christian community lacks today," said Father Rozario.

The priest said the station has already earned enthusiasm among listeners, especially young people at home and abroad.

"Last month we had 21,000 hits, and it shows a rising trend in listeners. Both Christians and non-Christians, in and outside Bangladesh that come to our site," Father Rozario said. "Bangladeshis in the U.S. are our top listeners."

The station operates with two full-time staff and 12 part-time staff, he said.

"As demand grows, we will consider appointing more staff and we are also working to recruit staff in various countries where Bangladeshi Christians live," he added.

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