The Asian Network is the BBC's radio station that reaches out to the UK`s South Asian communities and those interested in South Asian music, news and culture. We know that family life is central to British Asians, so all our output is designed to work as a "Friend to the Family". British Asians tend to be younger than the overall British population so our daytime target is aged 20 to 35.
The BBC Asian Network's remit includes news, music, entertainment and events from South Asia (India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh diaspora). We broadcast mainly in English but also have programmes in Mirpuri, Bengali, Punjabi, Gujurati and Hindi/Urdu.
Our music policy is predominantly British-Asian artists, Bollywood/South-Asian and Urban music, with a commitment to supporting new homegrown talent and live music.
Our journalism reflects the core urban centres of the South Asian communities across the UK . We also reflect the important religious diversity within our audience, marking major festivals across the year.
We are a highly interactive station, inviting and featuring the views of our listeners wherever we can. We use social media across all of our output.
We are one of the BBC`s digital stations which can be heard throughout the UK on DAB. We can also be heard on Freeview, satellite, digital cable TV, on-line, and also on medium wave across the Midlands.
Commissioning round updates
There are no current commissioning opportunities for Asian Network.
If you have any queries about Asian Network Commissioning, please contact Mark Strippel - Head of Programmes, Asian Network
Independent Production Companies should join the Radio Database to hear communications about rounds and tenders when they open. There is more information on the How to Pitch page.
Programme proposals will have to be submitted through the Proteus system, although you can email Mark Strippel, Head of Programmes at any time to see if your idea might be something that the station would be interested in.
If you wish to hear details regarding Asian Network commissioning rounds, you will need to be part of the Radio Independent Supplier Database and indicate that you wish to hear details about the Asian Network and its strands.
Full information useful to programme-makers please visit the How to Pitch, How we do business and Delivery timeline pages of this website and it is advisable to look this over before submitting a proposals
Want to find out more about BBC Asian Network?
If you would like to know more about BBC Asian Network, content and schedules, please visit the Asian Network website
Latest Radio news
Today BBC Music announces the inaugural BBC Music Day - a nationwide celebration of music. On Friday 5 June 2015, BBC Music Day aims to bring people together across generations and communities through their love of music.
BBC Proms 2015: Sir Mark Elder joins TV presenter line-up for world’s largest broadcast classical music festival
• Conductor Sir Mark Elder (pictured) curates BBC Four Sunday symphony series with Katie Derham as part of regular Proms broadcasts on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays on BBC Four • Every Prom broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and online in HD sound • Six of the BBC’s national radio stations - Radio 1, 1Xtra, 2, 4, 6 Music and the Asian Network - also broadcast Proms • All Proms from the Royal Albert Hall available to listen online in surround sound
In the run up to General Election 2015, BBC Asian Network is staging The Big Asian Election Debate, which takes place in the Elgar Concert Hall, University of Birmingham and will be broadcast on the station and across various BBC Local Radio stations on Sunday 26 April between 6pm and 7pm.