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A community is considered to be a group of people who share common characteristics and or interests such as sharing a single geographical location i.e. a specific town, village, or neighbourhood; sharing of economic and social life through trade, marketing, exchange of goods and services. Also a non-profit service will be in charge of Community Radio broadcasting activities. It should be owned by a particular community, usually through a trust, foundation, or association. Its aim is to serve and benefit that community. It is, in effect, a form of public-service broadcasting, but it serves a community rather than the whole nation, as is the usual form of public broadcasting described above. Moreover, it relies and must rely mainly on the resources of the community. Community radio is a medium that gives a voice to the voiceless, serves as mouthpiece of the marginalized and is central to communication and democratic processes within societies. Community Radio is a broadcasting system established by the efforts of a specific community, operated by the community for the purpose of the community's welfare.
Community radio is playing an imperative role in broadcasting on ideas, knowledge, culture and technologies of a definite community in a definite periphery. It's the reflections of a definite community. It's getting popularity as the specific community considers the radio station as their own speaker where they can express their feelings, problems, solutions, amusements, business news above all every activities those are not subversive to the state, politics, religion and society. Being the part and parcel of a community social and economic life, community radio is being considered as a real friend indicating the proverb A friend in need is a friend indeed.
Bangladesh has gone a long way towards creating an enabling environment for launching Community Radio. The Government has opened frequency for FM stations and satellite channels. It has also drafted the Bangladesh Broadcasting Act in 2003 with the aim of addressing social and economic issues. It is a vital moment when Community Radio is going to make an important place in the communication field in the country. Care Taker Government is formulated Community Radio Installation, Broadcast and Operation Policy on 12 March 2008 and gave an advertisement on 18 March 2008 in the newspaper inviting applications from interested initiators to install Community Radio in the country.