Motion S5M-10466: World Radio Day

15 Feb 2018

That the Parliament welcomes World Radio Day, which is held annually on 13 February and aims to celebrate why people love radio and, it believes, need it now more than ever; understands that the day was first announced at the 36th UNESCO Conference after being proposed by Spain; notes that this year’s theme is Radio and Sports, looking at a variety of issues, including gender equality in sports broadcasting; further notes that, according to the Radio Joint Audience Research (RAJAR) Q4 2017 figures, 90% of the UK adult population tuned into a radio station weekly in the fourth quarter of 2017, with a total of 1.039 billion hours being listened to a week on average; further understands that 62% of the population now tune into radio digitally each week; welcomes an increase in listeners of 178,000 on the same period in 2016, and considers that this shows that radio is still a trusted and resilient pillar for a huge number of people in Scotland at a time of what it sees as falling trust in many other forms of communication.