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.

Read more about the remit of the BBC Asian Network on the BBC Trust website


Commissioning opportunities

There are no current commissioning opportunities for Asian Network.

For queries about Asian Network commissioning please contact Mark Strippel, Head of Programmes, Asian Network.

Independent production companies should join the BBC Radio Independent Supplier Database to hear about upcoming commissioning rounds and tenders. Find out more on the Pitching to Radio page.


Commissioning process

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.

To hear details regarding Asian Network commissioning rounds companies must be part of the Radio Independent Supplier Database, indicating the wish to hear details about the Asian Network and its strands. Find out more about joinign the database on the Pitching to Radio page.


Additional information

Programme-makers are advised to read information on the Pitching to RadioHow we do business and Delivery timeline pages before submitting proposals.


If you would like to know more about BBC Asian Network, content and schedules, please visit the Asian Network website.



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