Apache Indian calls out BBC Asian Network over treatment of artists


Legendary UK Asian artist Apache Indian has launched a blistering attack on the BBC Asian Network, after seemingly being censored from speaking his mind on air.

He had been booked to appear on Bobby Friction’s weekly ‘No Filter’ interview on Tuesday 27th November.

However, over the weekend he stated via social media that the interview had been cancelled by Asian Network.

The cause of the cancellation appears to have been an earlier post by Apache criticising the Asian Network for inviting him to speak after having ignored his recent releases.

In response to the BBC’s action, Apache has now publicised what he sees as a number of flaws in the current setup and output of the station.

He also claims to have corroborating evidence from a number of other artists with similar experiences.

Earlier this year, BizAsiaLive.com highlighted changes at the BBC Asian Network that had left the station sharing its management with Radio 1Xtra. Artists from the 1Xtra playlist are now regularly featured on Asian Network, but there is no equivalent playlisting of Asian artists on 1Xtra.

The BBC did not comment when BizAsiaLive.com asked if it was planning to merge the two stations.

Will Apache Indian’s intervention prompt better communication from the BBC about what is really going on at Asian Network?

Stay tuned to BizAsiaLive.com to find out.

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