FAQ - Asian Network
How do I get a job/work experience on the Asian Network?
Jobs on the Asian Network and other BBC radio stations are advertised on the BBC Careers site as and when they become available.
Work Experience: Decide which Asian Network department you would like work experience in and apply via the BBC Work Experience Site
How do I become a Radio Presenter?
You can find out tips on how to become a presenter at BBC Careers. You can also send your showreel to Head of Programmes, BBC Asian Network, BBC, Mailbox, Birmingham, B1 1RF
How do I get my track played on AN? Where do I send my music?
To submit your music for Playlist, please post your CD to the 'Head of Music' or email as an mp3 (minimum 192 kbps) format to Asian Network Playlist
To submit your music to a specific DJ or show then please send it to the producer of the show that you want to get your music on. If you don't know who the producer is, mark your envelope for the "Producer of Show X". Alternatively you can email your mp3 to the show. Details are listed on each showpage.
The address is: BBC Asian Network The Mailbox Birmingham B1 1RF
You can also upload your music to BBC Introducing
How do BBC Asian Network support new Asian Artists?
BBC Asian Network is committed to supporting new Asian artists and we have a weekly feature called 'Friction Introducing'. This is where we support unsigned, undiscovered and under the radar music as part of BBC Introducing.
If you are a new band, singer/songwriter or bedroom producer and think your music deserves to be heard by more people then we want to hear from you.. To submit your music for Friction Introducing, please post your CD to 'Friction Introducing' at the address above or email as a WAV file or mp3 (minimum 192 kbps) format to: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also get your music to the people that matter using the BBC Introducing Uploader:
By submitting your music to us through the BBC Introducing Uploader, you are giving yourself the chance of getting played out on BBC Asian Network, across other BBC Radio stations, and maybe even playing at one of the BBC Asian Network or BBC Introducing stages.
Can I visit the BBC Asian Network?
Unfortunately we do not offer tours of Asian Network. However, you can visit certain areas of the BBC through BBC Tours.
From BBC Birmingham's Public Space visitors can look into the BBC Asian Network radio studio. There is a shop and interactive areas giving people the chance to read and record a TV news item, weather report or do some football commentary! Open everyday and free to visit. More at BBC Birmingham website
BBC Birmingham also offers the chance to take a tour of the state-of-the-art studios situated in The Mailbox. Take a peek behind the scenes of stations such as BBC Asian Network. And take part in a special recording of a radio drama, complete with sound effects and music! Tours last approximately 90 minutes and offer a fascinating insight into the world of broadcasting.
For further information or to make a booking, visit BBC Tours or call 0370 901 1227 (Monday - Saturday, 9 - 5pm).
Can I advertise on BBC Asian Network?
The BBC is a publicly funded through the licence fee, so we can't run any kind of advertising. You can find out more at BBC Licence Fee
Can you sponsor us/our charity event?
The BBC is publicly funded through the licence fee. So just as we can't advertise, we also can't sponsor any charities.
Can you help me get some information for my studies?
We get so many requests for this we're afraid we are unable to help. You can find out more above at What is the Asian Network?
What was that song you played? / Where can I find tracklistings for a DJ's show?
The tracklisting for each show can be found on their programme showpage. You can find these on DJs and Shows
If you still can't find the answer you can contact us, but please provide as much detail as possible about the song in question. Which programme and date did you hear it on? Can you tell us something about the lyrics? If your question is too vague then we can't help! Or try doing an internet search for the lyrics of the song that you remember.
How do I submit a request?
Programmes may take requests but Asian Network shows are not based around them. All the contacts for the individual programmes can be found on the show's individual web pages, which you can find at DJs and Shows.
How do I get a recording of a show/ live session/ my request being read out?
Sorry, but the answer is no. For copyright reasons, we're not allowed to provide copies of our programmes. Even if we could, the number of requests we get would mean that's all we'd ever do! You can listen again to shows on Radio Player for a week after they are broadcast.
How do you choose the music you play?
Daytime shows on BBC Asian Network have music selected mainly from the Playlist. The Playlist is selected each week by the Playlist Committee, made up of production teams from across the station and chaired by Neila Butt, Head of Music. The main genres on the playlist are Bollywood, Bhangra, British-Asian, Urban and South-Asian Pop and Rock. Evening and weekend shows are not playlisted and music is selected by the DJ and Producer.
How is the Asian Network Chart compiled?
The Official Asian Download Chart is compiled by the Official Charts Company from UK sales data measured across a 7 day period from a panel of more than 25 digital retailers. Only downloads released within the last 8 months are eligible.
When is X performing live on the station? Which Melas will you be at this year?
For full details of BBC Asian Network events and live sessions head to the Events site.
Where can I hear Mirpuri/Punjabi/ Gujarati/Bengali music on Asian Network?
BBC Asian Network has a range of weekly specialist South-Asian evening shows that feature regional music. Details for these can be found at DJs and Shows. Music on these shows is selected by the DJ and Producer. Selected tracks from these and other regional music genres feature regularly in our daytime Playlist.
How much does it cost to send an SMS or MMS text to the BBC Asian Network?
It will depend on your service plan. The maximum cost for a SMS text message would be 12p. Calls to the BBC Asian Network are charged at local rate. Our text number is 81869 and phone number is 08459 440 445
The cost to send a MMS text will vary depending upon your price plan. You should contact your operator for details.
How do I complain about BBC Asian Network?
If you'd like to make an official complaint about BBC Asian Network please visit the BBC complaints site