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About Asian Network

What is the BBC Asian Network?

BBC Asian Network is a national digital radio station providing speech and music appealing anyone interested in British Asian lifestyles. The station broadcasts the best in Bollywood and Bhangra music as well as R'n'B & Hip Hop and British Asian Underground. Asian Network also broadcasts news, discussion programmes, documentaries and reflects British Asian arts and culture.

What is the remit of BBC Asian Network?

The BBC Asian Network's remit covers news, music and events from UK Asian communities and South Asia diaspora (including India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh). This does not include locations in South East Asia. It broadcasts primarily in English, but some programming is provided in a range of South Asian languages. The primary target audience is British Asians under 35 (reflecting the age profile of the Asian communities), but the station should also appeal to anyone with an interest in British Asian issues, music and culture.

There is more information about the remit at

If you wish to comment further on the BBC Asian Network's remit, you can contact BBC Feedback at

Public Documents about BBC Asian Network

The new 'Service Licences' are the set of standards to which the BBC Trust will hold BBC Asian Network to:

History of Asian Network

2011 - After a year of uncertainty, the Asian Network was reprieved as national radio station, largely due to its improving audience figures which went up to around half a million people each week. However, like other areas of the BBC, it faces significant cuts to its budget. Final plans for the Asian Network are now subject to a consultation process by the BBC Trust.

2010 - It was announced that Asian Network would close as a national station and be replaced by five regional services in London, Birmingham, Leicester, Manchester and Leeds/Bradfotrd. The audience had declined and the station was thus costing too much per hour compared with other networks. However over the 12 months after the closure announcement, the audience figures recovered significantly under a revised strategy which described output as ' a friend of the family'.

2006 - The BBC announced that they were investing an extra £1m in the BBC Asian Network and placing it under the controller of BBC Radio Five Live. Considerable schedule changes were introuced the following year.

2002 - Launched as a national BBC digital network on DAB on 28th October with programming originating from London, Leicester and Birmingham.

2000-2002 - Focus of station shifts from serving the Midland Asian population to the UK as a national service for all Asian communities. Director General of the BBC, Greg Dyke moves Asian Network from Nations and Regions to Radio and Music. The station establishes its own website and is made available on the internet and cable services.

1996-2000 - Asian Network expands including gaining access to LR medium wave in the North, Derbyshire, Bedfordshire, and Hertfordshire. Crucially it gains space on the Sky satellite and in 1998 establishes its own newsroom (with reporters in London, Leeds, Manchester and the Midlands).

1996 - Asian Network is established as a 24 hour regional station.

1994-1996 - Asian Network on WM and Leicester now broadcasts 7 days per week from afternoon till midnight.

1993 - Leicester and WM frequencies are successfully retained.

1991 - Govt. lifts ban on splitting temporarily to allow expansion of Asian Network programmes carrying World Service bulletins during Gulf War. Proposal for a national federal Asian Network using key LR medium wave frequencies in all major centre of Asian population (July). This ambition not realised as BBC agrees to yield key London and Manchester medium wave frequency 1458 kHz to Radio Authority. Major regional public campaign in Midlands to retain Leicester and WM frequencies led by Local Radio Advisory Councils. DG Michael Check land refuses to yield the frequencies in a terse note to the Radio Authority. Wrangling lasted for two years.

1989 - World Service bulletins in Hindi, Urdu, and Bengali broadcast for the first time on Radio Leicester (17th October) and BAPS syndication of World Service programming for all LR stations established. 30th October Asian Network launched on WM and Radio Leicester with a combined output of 70 hours per week Asian Network programmes also taken by BBC CWR on launch of that station. First threat to Asian Network when Govt. decides that simulcasting must end. LR medium wave frequencies had to be yielded to the Radio Authority for commercial radio expansion. Ban imposed on further splitting of frequencies thwarts Asian Network ambitions to expand programming

1988 - First plans for shared Asian programmes across the Midlands on Radios Leicester and WM named "The Asian Network"

1983/4 - BBC Radio WM follows Leicester lead and strips Asian programmes across the week. Both stations achieve substantial audiences.

1977-1982 - Range of programming extended to include language and literacy skill dramas 'Kahani Apni Apni'.and 'Chalo Kaam Kare' and Asian Song contests plus additional programming at weekends.

1977 - BBC Radio Leicester strips Asian programmes across the week 'The 6 o'clock show' revolutionising Asian programming on the BBC which had hitherto been single programmes on LR and on Radio 4. Audience research shows massive take-up of the programme with 67% reach of Leicester Asian community.

How to Listen

DAB Digital Radio

Upgrade to a DAB digital radio and not only do you get better sound quality but you'll never have to retune to get BBC Asian Network as all stations stay on the same frequency. You'll also get text information displayed on the radio about the programme you're listening to and the track that's being played.

BBC info on digital radio:

Analogue Radio

In some parts of the UK you can hear the BBC Asian Network on the Medium Wave frequencies listed below. Check local listings online or Radio Times to find out if you can listen to the BBC Asian Network on MW in your area.

East Midlands: 837

West Midlands: 1458 and 828

Derbyshire: 1116 (7pm-1am)

Peterborough/North Cambridgeshire: 1449

Listen Live and Catch up on the Internet

With BBC Sounds you can:

- Listen live to BBC radio programmes as they are broadcast

- Listen again to BBC radio programmes for up to seven days after broadcast

BBC Sounds Help

If you think a link to a show has broken please email the BBC Asian Interactive Team.

Free Downloads

Downloads (Podcasting) lets you automatically receive the latest episode of your chosen Asian Network programme as soon as it's available. You can subscribe to receive a download and get it delivered each week. All of Asian Network's downloads are free, and you can stop receiving the files at any time. If you'd rather not subscribe, you can download episodes of a series individually. You can then listen to episodes on your computer, or transfer them to a portable device, such as an mp3 player.

See all the downloads available from BBC Asian Network

Find out more about BBC Podcasts

On Digital TV

Freeview, Freesat and Digital Cable TV (Virgin)

Freeview on Channel 709

Freeview allows you to receive over 30 free digital TV channels, plus radio and interactive services, through your normal TV aerial. There is no contract, just a one-off payment for a set top box.

You can also access a version of our website by pressing red whilst listening to BBC Asian Network.

Freesat Channel 709

Virgin Channel 912

Digital Satellite on Channel 0119

If you have a dish you can listen to BBC Asian Network on digital satellite television on SKY channel 0119

Find out more about BBC Digital TV

Mobile Services

To listen to BBC Asian Network on your mobile, just point your device's web browser to and click 'listen'. You'll also find full schedules, previous programmes*, downloads and more.

Alternatively, if you have a recent Android or Apple mobile device you may be able to download the BBC Sounds app (from the Android Market or Apple App Store), which also offers live radio and the chance to catch up with programmes.

Please note: Streaming radio is a data intensive service. Whilst the BBC does not charge for its mobile content, your operator's charges for using the internet over 3G may apply. Connecting via WiFi is recommended where possible.


Email: You can contact individual shows and presenters via their own show pages, which you can find on our list of DJs and Shows

Phone: 03459 440 445

Text: You can text us on 81869. The exact cost of sending us a message depends on your service provider, but is approximately 12p.

MMS (Picture) messages may cost more - you should check with your service provider for exact details.

Please make sure you take care when entering our number.

Texting BBC Asian Network from outside the UK may cost more than the standard rate. Depending on your network provider and the country you are in, text costs will vary. Please check your provider for details of charges.

Enquiries and Feedback

We endeavour to reply to all enquiries, but please note that due to the large amount of correspondence we receive, it is not always possible for us to reply individually. Please read our Help Section before contacting us where we give answers to the most common questions we receive.


All complaints about the BBC, our programmes and services should be sent via our Complaints Site

Other Ways to Contact Us

Post: BBC Asian Network, BBC, The Mailbox, Birmingham, B1 1RF


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Your Privacy

The BBC and any service provider we engage will use the information you supply to respond to your queries/comments, to develop and enhance our services and for statistical analysis of audiences and users. For full details of our policy regarding the personal information we collect about you visit our private policy page.

Privacy Notice

When you contribute to BBC Asian Network, the BBC may use your contribution in our programmes or content, but we cannot promise to use everything that we receive. The BBC will only use your personal data (eg your name, mobile number and any personal details about you that you choose to provide as part of your contribution) which you provide by text, phone, email, social media or Whatsapp for the purposes of the programme, to verify your contribution and get in touch with you. We do this in accordance with the BBC’s Privacy and Cookies Policy - and our terms of use:

Your data is only shared with companies who provide services to the BBC to receive and process your contributions: Broadcast Bionics for phone calls; IMI Mobile for text message and social media contributions.

We do not share your personal data or contributions with any other third parties. The BBC is the ‘data controller’ of the personal data collected. The legal basis on which the BBC processes your personal information you provide is in the public interest in the BBC producing content. Your personal data will be kept for 1 year for phone calls, 2 years for text messages, social media messages and email for editorial reasons and regulatory compliance. Whatsapp messages are kept by us for 1 week.

If you wish to find out about your data protection rights in relation to the personal data we hold about you, please visit the BBC’s Privacy and Cookies Policy.

Contributions sent to the BBC through other third party social media services, Whatsapp, or email are also subject to the terms and conditions of the service you choose to use, and you should refer to their privacy policies for how they process your data and their individual retention policies.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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. Submit your music using the 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.

BBC Birmingham also offers the chance to take a tour of the state-of-the-art studios situated in The Mailbox. Peek behind the scenes of Midlands Today, BBC WM, the Asian Network, and if you're lucky, the famous and intriguing Archers studio (if production schedules permit).

For further information or to make a booking, visit BBC Tours - Birmingham.

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 Show.

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. 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 Download 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.

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.