Mark Strippel to lead Asian Network through DQF change

Mark Strippel Mark Strippel is station's former head of music

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Mark Strippel has been confirmed as head of programmes at the Asian Network and will spearhead a new management team.

Strippel, former head of music at the station, has been acting in the role since May and will report to station controller Bob Shennan.

Former station head Vijay Sharma left the BBC earlier this year, together with former head of programmes Husain Husaini.

Strippel will lead a station that faces significant change under DQF. This will include basing it across two sites - London and Birmingham - and managing a reduced budget. Music content across the station will be increased, while costly drama and documentary content will no longer feature in the schedules.

Strippel, who joined the station in 2006 after many years working in South-Asian media and music, said he was "honoured" to lead the Asian Network "through a transformational future".

Three new editors

He will be helped by three new editors. Neila Butt becomes editor, Music & Events; Khaliq Meer will be editor, London; and Inderpreet Sahota, editor, Birmingham. All three have worked on the station previously as assistant editors.

Kevin Silverton continues as head of news and will lead the relocation of the newsroom from Leicester to New Broadcasting House. Osma Mayher, former senior broadcast journalist, becomes deputy head of News.

"The appointment of Mark and his new team is key in building on the huge growth and success of the network," said Bob Shennan. "Their knowledge and expertise of British Asian culture and music will ensure that the station remains fundamental to the lives of its listeners and continues to reflect and champion the music and issues that are important to those communities."

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