Published by the Latin American and Caribbean office of the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC-ALC) and the Latin American Association for Radio Education (ALER) El Bit de la Cuestión: La radio popular y comunitaria en la era digital looks at the implications of digital radio and new ICTs for community and popular radio in Latin America.
The report has 2 main sections, the first on digital radio broadcasting and the second on how new ICTs can be used to make community radio stations more open, accessible and participatory.
Digital television broadcasting has been widely debated in the region and for better or worse most countries have selected the standards they will use and begun to develop strategies for an eventual transition to digital and an accompanying “analogue switchoff”. Digital radio, however, has barely been considered by most governments in the region, even though the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) maintains 2015 as the deadline for the transition to all digital broadcasting in most of the world. While the ITU deadline will almost certainly not be met, there is an urgent need to define the principles will guide any eventual transition. A few of these include:
- – the introduction of digital radio must be done in a way that will enable a more diverse and democratic broadcasting system
- – whatever technical standard is adopted must be flexible and adaptable
- – open standards are the only way of ensuring technological independence
- – there can be no analgue switchoff until digital transmitting equipment is financially and practically accessible to community and independent radio and until digital receivers are accessible to all sectors of the population
The report was written by Bruce Girard, Carlos Camacho, Pablo Vannini and René Roemersma and is available in Spanish only.
Authors: Bruce Girard, Carlos Camacho, Pablo Vannini and René Roemersma.
Published by: Asociación Latinoamericana de Educación Radiofónica (ALER)
Asociación Mundial de Radios Comunitarias, América Latina y Caribe (AMARC ALC).
Buenos Aires, 2010. ISBN 978-987-25395-3-5