The vision of Antenna Foundation Nepal (AFN) is "Creation of pluralistic, harmonious and vibrant society". It intends to develop itself as a center of excellence in socio-economic transformational program production and media support in Nepal. Its activities focuses on raising public awareness and positive behavioral change, carrying out media advocacy, enhancing skill and knowledge of media organizations, and contribution to the consolidation of peace-building process, press freedom, human rights and democracy in the country. During more than a decade of service, AFN has worked closely with radio, print and television outlets at all levels, from national networks and top rated major market stations, to targeted stations in small towns and rural remote/underserved/hard to reach areas across the country.
Women actively participated in Doko Media Mela, which has already been carried out in 25 different districts. Local women groups and organizations (eg. Mothers Groups, Forest User Groups, Clubs and other informal groups) were mobilized in local event management. Women who were otherwise confined within the boundary of their village got an opportunity to express themselves in the public and hence build up their confidence through Doko Radio. Radio transmits for three to five hours in the morning and the duration of time in the evening to rebroadcast the radio programme. In the afternoon, the Doko library opens up to the public. The library contains reference materials for reading-on-location. Some materials like handbooks, CDs, pamphlets, posters and other informative tools are distributed as per the availability and transportation access. Cultural recordings or live performances ensure all forms of people's expression whether it is a serious public issue or simple songs about their love, life and sufferings. As the broadcast takes place inside the make-shift studio, children, youths, women and elders are all drawn together in a nearby ground to watch an open air screening of documentaries and awareness-based film series.
"Antenna Foundation Nepal is one of the media leaders in Nepal, producing high quality and innovative programs that are among the most popular radio programs in the country. They are only one organization to producing the longest radio soap opera in Nepal for behavior change. They have an excellent reputation with local journalists, civil society, and the government and have an extensive network of trained journalists, and link to FM radio stations across the country."
Serena Rix Tripathee, Country Director, Search for Common Ground Nepal
a) Production of Radio programme: AFN produces innovative and distinct radio and television programs to raise public awareness, promote behavior change and media advocacy on wide range of public concern issues such as conflict management, peace building, human rights, democratic governance and accountability, reconciliation and reintegration, justice and security, women and child rights, health, agriculture, education and environment amongst others. AFN produces a variety of radio programs like radio magazines, features, interviews, testimonies, Voxpop (voice of people), discussions, talk shows, drama, radio soap opera, public service announcement and jingles tailored to address different issues and target beneficiaries. These programs are exclusively based on evidence and research. Apart from partnership with 5mainstream TV and print media, AFN's network with more than 300 FM radio stations capacitates it to reach diverse communities across the country.
Production of Live radio talk show
- Nepal Chautari: AFN produces a 45 minutes live radio discussion programme with radio reports that provides a platform for bridging the voice of ordinary citizen with policymakers and concerned authorities. The interactive nature of the program with live call in facility through toll free number and space for listeners comment via Facebook and SMS helps in issue identification and clarification, clarifying misconceptions and keeping updated with current development issues.
- Radio magazine (e.g. case study, testimonials, field-based reports, useful tips, discussion, interview, mini-dialogue, story…)
Production of Radio drama: Radio drama is one of the main strengths of Antenna Foundation. AFN has been producing both radio drama for more than seven years. With no visual component, radio drama depends on dialogue, music and sound effects to help the listener imagine the characters and story. Though it is auditory in the physical dimension, it is more powerful than a visual force in the psychological dimension. Radio allowed the listener to create their own images of characters and settings.
AFN has produced following types of drama:
- Short drama: Short drama is both the means of education and entertainment. It is aimed at particular people/community. Radio drama has the power to influence the listeners own solitude and recreate the illusion inside the listeners mind. It is an effective medium of social change conflict resolution, discussion on human rights, democracy and gender issues etc. It gives voices to the voiceless. AFN has produced and broadcasted a myriad of short dramas like Karmayogi Ka Katha.
- Docu-drama: It is a show that combines the fields of documentary and drama. It is a non-fiction real events and real people presented in a dramatized way. AFN prepared a docu-drama for Nick Simons Institute entitled "Karma Yogika Katha" presenting the real life stories of more than hundred health workers capturing their commitment and hardwork to uplift health services in rural Nepal.
- Soap opera: A serial drama carried over from one episode to the next with conflict being resolved at the end. It is a recognized behaviour change tool used by AFN as it is very popular among youths, provides opportunities to develop new models and is able to address sensitive topics that non-fictional programmes are not able to address as easily. With the funding support of Search for Common Ground, AFN produced 606 episodes of "Naya Bato Naya Paila" (New Path New Footsteps) radio soap opera, becoming the longest soap opera in Nepal. The main objective of the soap opera was to address root cause of conflict and equipping listeners with conflict management tools.
- Television drama: AFN had produced popular television series "Maha Chautari" with the support from The Asia Foundation to tackle local level conflicts and promote local level mediations. The drama remained popular across the country.
c) Production of TV Programme
- Documentaries: Documentaries are popular and visible form of entertainment and mode of communication that blends the credibility of investigative journalism with the emotional blend of a well crafted film. They have power to stimulate social movements with the goal of informing public and motivating for social change.
- TV series
d) Production of Radio/TV Public Service Announcements: Public Service Announcement (PSA) is one of the effective tools to persuade an audience to take a specific action or adopt a particular viewpoint on a social issue; the PSA can play an extremely important role in an overall radio communications plan. AFN has extensive background and experience in producing and distributing PSAs. Our services include writing, recording, pre-testing and final editing of PSA. AFN uses only state-of-the-art digital recording equipment. AFN also has access to a professional voice talent bank to make sure the PSA has just the right sound. Till date AFN has produced more than 200 PSAs on varied themes for The Asia Foundation, Helvetas, SNV, Search for Common Ground, Citizen Campaigns for Right to Information (CCRI) and Save the Children. AFN works together as a team to create provocative and impactful public service messages tailored to meet the objective of the project. AFN then follows up for feedback on its airings.
e) Capacity Development: AFN has established a training centre at its own office exclusively for providing training to radio journalists. Till to date, AFN has provided training on professional journalism to more than 400 journalists of radio, print and television media, out of whom 96 journalists have been trained on Investigative Journalism. AFN has a strong editorial team which prepares a complete package of training from need identification of training participants to regularly mentoring the training participants to sharpen their journalism capacity and enhance effectiveness of the training. The radio program production team is a strong asset of AFN and they have gained relevant knowledge and skills from different national and international training institutions.
f) Multimedia festival: AFN is the first and the only license holder of a only mobile Radio - Doko Radio in Nepal – a radio of 30 watt, , which contains all necessary equipment for broadcasting of radio such as transmitter, antenna, mixer, laptop, and recorders. The core component of Doko Radio is to engage marginalised communities in socio-political, socio-economic, human rights and development dialogue. It is an innovative platform for people living in the remote places to promote their local agendas/cultures/voice, discuss local issues, channel their grievances with local leaders and find solutions as well as medium to get varied information not covered by local radio in that community.
Three radio stations have opened up as a result of Doko radio and Antenna has also provided technical and programmatic support – Kailash FM in Humla, Krishi Radio in Dhading and Radio Naya Nepal in Darchula.
g) Communication and Outreach Services
- Corporate identity and development of communication tools and strategies
- Videos for multimedia presentations and productions
- IEC materials
- Content analysis
- Audience survey