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SOAS South Asia Institute

The Radio in Nepal: Contemporary Debates

The list of speakers is confirmed below

Date: 18 April 2011Time: 6:00 PM

Finishes: 18 April 2011Time: 8:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College BuildingsRoom: G2

Type of Event: Seminar

Series: SSAI Seminar Programme

The seminar 'The Radio in Nepal: Contemporary Debates' is organised by the SOAS Centre of South Asia Studies and the Britain-Nepal Academic Council. The seminar is part of a series of events supported by a three-year grant from the International Partnerships Scheme of the British Academy. The UK partner is the SOAS, University of London and the Nepali partner is Martin Chautari in Kathmandu.


  • Devraj Humagain, 'The Policy Environment for Independent Radio in Nepal, 1991-2011'
  • Pratyoush Onta, 'Independent Radio and the Public Sphere in Nepal'
  • Rama Parajuli, 'Doing Print and Radio Journalism in Nepal: A Practitioner's View'
  • Bhagirath Yogi, “BBC Nepali Sewa: Touching the Lives of Millions
  • [Chair] Prof. Michael Hutt


Devraj Humagain is a media researcher at Martin Chautari in Kathmandu. He has co-edited several books written in the Nepali language including The Social History of Radio Nepal (2004), Radio Journalism: News and Talk Shows in FM Radios (2005) and Ten Years of Independent Radio: Development, Debates and the Public Interest (2008). He is currently writing a book on the history of broadcast policy in Nepal

Rama Parajuli is a journalist currently working for the BBC World Service's Nepali Programme team in Kathmandu. She has previously worked for BBC World Service Trust in Nepal as a senior producer of its celebrated 'Sajha Sawal' discussion programme (2007-2009) and for Kantipur, Nepal's leading newspaper (1996-2007). She holds an MA in Journalism from City University, London.

Pratyoush Onta is a historian based at Martin Chautari in Kathmandu. He has co-edited several books related to the history of radio in Nepal. He is also the editor of the journals Studies in Nepali History and Society (est. 1996) and Media Adhyayan (est. 2006).

Bhagirath Yogi has been working as a Producer with the BBC Nepali Service in London for the last five years. Prior to that, he worked with the BBC Nepali team in Kathmandu. He brings with him 17-year-long experience of working in the print, radio and online media in Nepal. His articles on political economy, human rights and development issues have been published by leading magazines and newspapers in Nepal including Spotlight and Nepali Times. He has also worked as editor of Nepalnews – a leading news portal based in Kathmandu.


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Organiser: Centres & Programmes Office

Sponsor: International Partnerships Scheme of the British Academy