STAR Radio provides all of Liberia with independent news and information 14 hours a day, much of it live. STAR is a top "brand" in Liberia, allowing it to rapidly grow new cost recovery activities.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Liberia, one of the world's poorest countries, was battered by back-to-back civil wars from 1989 to 2003 that left 200,000 people dead and displaced half the country's 3 million people. STAR broadcasts daily independent news & information nation-wide in 14 languages, and offers debate programs featuring expert as well as ordinary voices. It is the media of reference in West Africa and is rapidly expanding its offering of fee-based services, making it a leader in radio sustainability in Africa.
How will this project solve this problem?
STAR Radio broadcasts news summaries live every hour, with a 3 minute summary on the half hour. STAR's daily news and talk shows reach approximately one million listeners, representing about 25% of the national listening market in Liberia.
Potential Long Term Impact
STAR Radio offers Liberia the means to practice democracy. STAR provides news to poor and marginalised people and quality content that reflects different voices and perspectives. It supports the ability of Liberia to practice democracy.
This project has been retired and is no longer accepting donations.