News release: Setting standards for radio for nearly 90 years

Geneva, Switzerland, 2015-02-13 – As World Radio Day, which marks the anniversary of the first broadcast by UN Radio in 1946, is celebrated on 13 February, it is worth recalling the IEC’s central role and continuous involvement in the technical development of radio broadcasting for nearly 90 years.

Radio remains to these days one of the most widespread and popular communication medium in spite of the growing popularity of television and, more recently, of the Internet. Unlike these it doesn’t require expensive equipment and, since the introduction of transistor radios in the mid-1950s, can even be independent from access to an electricity grid, a major benefit in many countries.