Andy Parfitt has been confirmed as BBC Asian Network’s permanent controller.

BBC Radio 1 controller Andy Parfitt, who has overseen the network since Bob Shennan quit to join Channel 4 Radio in December, has now been put in permanent charge.

Parfitt has previously been Controller of Radio 1, 1Xtra, and BBC Switch, the BBC’s new teen content across TV, Radio and digital.

Andy Parfitt said: “I am looking forward to working with this very important part of the BBC Radio portfolio”.

Jenny Abramsky, Director of Audio & Music, added: “From audience perspective it makes sense that the Asian Network which provides so much for young British Asians sits with our other youth stations, Radio 1 and IXtra. Andy Parfitt has done an excellent job in looking after the Asian Network these past few months and I am sure that it will flourish under his Controllership.”