FAQs

What is UN Radio?
UN Radio is an audio service for news and features provided by the United Nations to media organisations and individuals.

Where is UN Radio based?
The editorial offices are based at UN headquarters in New York.

What does UN Radio cover?
UN Radio focuses on the work of the United Nations throughout the world. We have unrivalled access to the UN newsmakers and our aim is to provide an objective view of UN activities.

Where does it get its content from?
UN Radio has unparalleled access to newsmakers at UN headquarters in New York and at its offices and field missions around the world. We often do exclusive interviews with UN staff, but we also, through our network of information and media officers around the world, seek to interview the people who benefit from the work we do.

What languages is UN Radio available in?
UN Radio produces daily news content in the six official languages of the UN; Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish as well as Kiswahili and Portuguese. Each language service has its own website accessible via the banner on the front page. There are also weekly programmes in Hindi, Urdu and Indonesian.

Where does it broadcast?
UN Radio no longer broadcasts in the traditional sense. Instead, we place all our audio content on line from where it can be downloaded and used by broadcasters or individuals. Of course, our reports may then be rebroadcast by one of many hundred of partners around the world. So it is likely that you could hear our reporters on a radio station near you.

Who is UN Radio aimed at?
Everyone can access the UN Radio website and we encourage as many people and organisations as possible to do so. Our content is widely rebroadcast by radio partners across the world.

What sort of content does UN Radio provide?
The English Unit of UN Radio is increasingly focusing on providing individual news stories and features which broadcast partners can drop into their daily output. Each story comes with a cue.

What about feature programmes?
UN Radio has a daily 10 minute programme, with a news bulletin and two features, which is uploaded onto our website and iTunes at around 1800 GMT on Monday to Friday. We also have three regional magazine programmes; UN and Africa, UN calling Asia and Women as well as Caribbean News Report individual stories specifically for the Caribbean region. The programmes are all 10 minutes long and can be downloaded as stand-alone programmes for rebroadcast.

Is there a fee to use UN Radio material?
No, we never charge for our content; it is always free.

How can I access the content?
All our content is accessible online. It can be downloaded free of charge after registering.

How do I register?
When you download audio for the first time, you will be prompted to register? You can register with a personal or employer email.

Why do I need to register?
It provides UN Radio with valuable information about what content is most useful to our partners. We can use this information to provide you with a better service.

What format do you use?
We upload our audio as mp3 files.

What can I do if I can't download directly from the UN Radio website?
Most of our content is less than three minutes long, so generally less than 3MB. If you are unable to download files this size we can in certain cases send it directly to you via email.

How do I contact UN Radio?
You can contact us through our website at: http://www.unmultimedia.org/accounts/contact_us.html

How can I submit a story idea?
We welcome any ideas you may have for covering UN-related stories. Please use the contact form on our website. http://www.unmultimedia.org/accounts/contact_us.html

Does UN Radio have a social media presence?
Yes! Each language unit manages its own social media platforms. The English Unit would welcome interacting with you either through Facebook or Twitter.

http://Facebook.com/UNRadio

http://twitter.com/#!/UN_Radio

How can I work at UN Radio?
All job vacancies at UN Radio are posted on the United Nations recruitment portal.

http://www.un.org/en/employment/

How can I volunteer or intern at UN Radio?
UN Radio cannot take volunteers, but does accept interns through the UN's internship programme. http://www.un.org/Depts/OHRM/sds/internsh/index.htm

How can I book a UN Radio reporter for a segment or for a speaking engagement?
We do accept requests from our broadcast partners for interviews. We look at these requests on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us initially through http://www.unmultimedia.org/accounts/contact_us.html

How can I find stories which are not on the front page of the website?
We have a searchable archive accessible via the search box on the front page.

Does the UN have any other websites that would be of interest to the media?
Absolutely! Please check the "Other resources on the UN" section for more information.

Does UN Radio sponsor any contests or free give-aways?
No

UN Radio Daily News Programme
UN Radio Daily News Programme
Updated at 1800 GMT, Monday to Friday
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