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TransformAsian - a new era for BBC Asian Network starts here

April 2006 sees the most far reaching changes to the BBC Asian Network since it launched as a national station in October 2002.


The Asian Network will offer listeners a changed schedule from April, with new presenters backed by some of the finest editorial talent in broadcasting.


Sonia Deol on the BBC Asian Network

From Monday 24 April 2006

Weekdays 6.00-9.00am


Sony Award winning broadcaster Sonia Deol brings her lively style to the new breakfast programme. Sonia has worked widely in radio and television, including reporting on Network East on BBC TWO.


She comes to her new show from the Asian Network's morning phone in programme.


Anita Rani on the BBC Asian Network

From Monday 24 April 2006

Weekdays 9.00am-noon


Anita Rani takes over the reins of the compelling Asian Network phone-in programme exploring the views of listeners across politics, religion, cultural issues and celebrity culture. Anita has previously filled in on the programme and brings extensive television experience through presenting Desi DNA on BBC TWO.



From Monday 15 May 2006

Weekdays 12.00-12.30pm


From our Newsroom in Leicester, Rozina Sini leads a team of journalists presenting Update. The programme has a new style of urban journalism for an urban listenership.


Nikki Bedi on the BBC Asian Network

From Monday 15 May 2006

Weekdays 12.30-4.00pm


Nikki Bedi is a well known face in the Brit Asian entertainment scene. She has wide experience of the Bollywood world through presenting work on television.


Nikki moves from Drive on the Asian Network to take up the presentation duties on the afternoon show from 12.30pm weekdays.


In a completely new programme, afternoons will see the best of British and world Asian culture in the arts and the entertainment world with top guests and discussion. The show features the daily soap Silver Street.


Adil Ray on the BBC Asian Network

From Monday 15 May 2006

Weekdays 4.00-7.00pm


Adil Ray is a huge figure in British Asian music and entertainment. His work in radio and television includes reporting for BBC TWO's Desi DNA.


Adil brings his personality to drivetime which will include a mix of journalism and the best of music and entertainment.



Language Programming


The BBC has provided South Asian speech radio for over 30 years. The Asian Network will offer a new youthful and contemporary take on broadcasting in the languages of Mirpuri, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi Urdu and Punjabi.


Salaam Namaste UK

From Monday 15 May 2006

Weekdays 7.00-8.00pm


Salaam Namaste UK is the new weekday Hindi Urdu programme.


It will offer the best of news, views, discussion and celebrity interviews in Hindi Urdu with former Breakfast presenter Gagan Grewal.


Regional Languages

From Monday 15 May 2006

Weekdays 8.00-10.00pm


In Mirpuri, Bengali, Gujarati, Punjabi and Hindi Urdu languages.



New Music Programming on the Asian Network


Friction on the BBC Asian Network

From Monday 15 May 2006

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10.00pm-1.00am


Bobby Friction's late night programme will have the best of new British Asian music.


The show will draw on Friction's position as a key figure in the Brit Asian scene, and will see a distinct change in music policy, style and structure from the current 'Late Night' format.


Friction will provide an unparalleled platform for breaking British-Asian artists.




This will see a range of new programmes showcasing the best of British Asian music genres including:


Saturday afternoon's Asian Network Chart (1.00-3.00pm) selected by show feedback and listener response.


Saturday Nights (6.00pm-2.00am) will see a range of new DJs bringing Desi, Leftfield, Hip Hop, and Chill.


Asian Network Publicity


Notes to Editors


You can listen live to The BBC Asian Network via DAB radio, online at on MW frequencies in the Midlands and via digital television on the following channels; Sky Digital 0119, Telewest & Broadband 912, NTL 867 and Freeview 709.




Category: Asian Network
Date: 03.04.2006
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