The BBC Asian Network has confirmed that it is overhauling its programming schedule next month to coincide with its tenth birthday. The changes are in response to the findings of the consultation that was undertaken late last year.
Current presenters Tommy Sandhu, Nihal, Noreen Khan and Bobby Friction will remain during the week.
Tommy will be setting his alarm an hour earlier as his Breakfast Show is extended, starting at 06:00. Nihal keeps the nation talking, takes his phone-in show to the morning from 10:00. Noreen also kicks off her new longer show earlier, taking the full afternoon slot from 13:30 – 17:00. While Bobby launches the new music and entertainment show with a new broadcasting partner, bringing his passion for new music into the mainstream alongside Anushka Arora from 17:30 – 21:00.
Anushka is just one of three new presenters joining the network. She will join Asian Network from Sunrise Radio where she presented as Deepa Rai. Suzi Mann also arrives fresh to Asian Network to host the new Asian Download Chart Show from 15:00 – 18:00. Inheriting Bobby Friction۪s mantel of specialist new music champion is newcomer 23-year-old Mancunian Yasser. Recognised three times at the National Student Radio Awards, Yasser said, I۪m proud to be joining the Asian Network and honoured to be taking over from Bobby Friction. I have been a dedicated listener since the show first began and I۪m super keen to be championing new British-Asian talent.
Rounding off weekdays, Ray Khan will host the late night Hindi/Urdu slot from 21:00 and Gagan Grewal moves to the all-new weekend Breakfast show. Raj and Pablo stay in their weekend morning home with even more movies from Bollywood and beyond and Murtz continues with the ‘Saturday Request Show’. That۪s followed by Suzi Mann on the Chart and the Panjabi Hit Squad will continue to pump up Saturday nights with Kan-D-Man and Limelight from 21:00. Sunday۪s raft of new regional language programmes including the new home for Bhangra music – will be announced next month prior to their launch in December.
Controller Radio 2, 6 Music and Asian Network Bob Shennan said, Asian Network is growing in reach and popularity and it۪s essential that we continue to celebrate, champion and reflect the lives of all the UK۪s Asian Communities. Our tenth birthday feels like the right time to refresh and re-energise our schedule, keeping our listeners۪ favourites at the heart of the network whist bringing some dynamic, exciting new talent to the airwaves.
Asian Network Head of Programmes Mark Strippel added, This is the right moment to build on our recent RAJAR results and an impressive summer of distinctive content with a new streamlined schedule focusing on the very best of Asian Network. It۪s important that we continue to evolve and strengthen our engagement with audiences. We۪d like thank all of our departing DJs for their significant contribution and we wish them the very best for the future.
Recently, Mark Strippel was named as Head of Programmes at the BBC Asian Network last week.
The changes take place on Saturday 22nd October.