Katutura Community Radio

Katutura Community Radio

Katutura Community Radio (KCR) is a radio station based in Katutura, Windhoek, Khomas Region, Namibia.

History and mission

Launched in 1995, KCR aims to give a "platform for bottom-up, participatory communication, education, debate, advocacy and lobbying and to give residents of marginalized sectors of the community, particularly residents of Katutura and Khomasdal, an opportunity to express themselves on their own terms". [ [http://www.drfn.org.na/awareness2.htm Katutura Community Radio ] ] The station signed an agreement in 2000 with the British Broadcasting Corporation to rebroadcast their programs. [Namibia/United Kingdom: BBC relayed on Katutura Community Radio. (5 April). BBC Monitoring Media,1.]

In February 2000, one of the reporters employed by the station, Victor Angula, was sent to prison for 13 years for the rape of a girl of age 7. [Werner Menges (3 February). Bitter ex-reporter jailed for 13 years. Africa News Service,1.] [Werner Menges (14 June). Ex-Reporter Denied Right To Appeal Rape Conviction. Africa News Service,1.]

A year later, in February 2001, it lost its broadcasting license on the basis that it was not broadcasting and that it had failed to pay the licensing fees. It was back on the air after obtaining new sponsorship in September 2003. [Namibia: Katutura Community Radio hopes to be back on air by September 2003. (5 June). BBC Monitoring Africa - Political,1]

The station has been involved in setting up local comedy workshops with other local theater groups. [So You Think You're Funny? (21 May). Africa News Service,1.]

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