Asian Network to simulcast Bobby/Nihal show

Raj Baddhan

Senior Editor


The BBC Asian Network is to simulcast Radio 1�۪s ��Bobby Friction and Nihal�۪ show from this Tuesday (26th September).

The programme showcases Asian beats including Bhangra, Hip Hop and Drum ‘n’ Bass. It boasts of being the sound of the British Asian Urban Nation.

The show moves from its Wednesday nights to the new slot of Tuesday evenings at 00:00 ��� 02:00 from 26th September, coinciding with the BBC Asian Network�۪s late night schedule.

The Asian Network has systematically changed its schedule since April to reflect its young audience and provide a platform for new Asian music. Since May, Bobby Friction has presented the Asian Network�۪s late night music show ��Friction on the BBC Asian Network�۪ every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday nights from 22:00 ��� 01:00 from Birmingham.

On Wednesdays in that slot DJ Kayper cuts up Hip Hop beats on ‘The Hype show’.

This addition to the BBC Asian Network�۪s schedule means Bobby Friction will present ��Friction on the BBC Asian Network�۪ from the Radio 1 studios in London from 2200 ��� 0000 on Tuesdays. Bobby will then be joined by Nihal from 0000 ��� 0200 for ‘Bobby Friction & Nihal’ which will be simulcast on Radio 1 and Asian Network.

Asian Network Head of Music Mark Strippel said: ���Since the launch of our new Specialist Music shows, we have built collaborations with other music stations across the BBC, and the joint simulcast with Radio 1 is symbolic of that direction. This will be the first time that BBC Asian Network has broadcast programming from the Radio 1 studios. There are plans for even stronger collaborations next year and potential partnerships at live events with Radio 1″.