The BBC Asian Network has announced it will be revamping its Sunday schedule with a series of specialist language programmes starting on Sunday 2nd December.
This new ‘Sunday Language Zone’ marks the first changes to the station۪s regional language programming in more than a decade, with a new presenter line-up. Heading up the programmes is a fresh new presentation team. TV personality Nadia Ali will build on the station۪s profile within the Bengali community and connect Tower Hamlets with Dhaka, Sylhet and Kolkata. Former Asian Network producer Saima Ajram rejoins the station to connect British Potwari and Urdu speaking audiences directly with the scenes in Lahore, Mirpur and Karachi.
BBC Radio Nottingham۪s Alpa Pandya also returns to Asian Network. Her new show will reflect the British-Gujarati community and keep the Asian Network audience in tune with the scenes in Ahmedabad, Surat and beyond. While Asian Network favourite Dipps Bhamrah will present the new look Punjabi show with a strong focus on the UK Bhangra industry and Punjabi community news.
The new line up of shows also sees the station۪s regional language programmes broadcast from beyond the Midlands for the first time as Nadia Ali and Alpa Pandya will present their programmes from Asian Network۪s New Broadcasting House home, putting them geographically closer to the main hub of the Bengali and Gujarati communities. Saima Ajram and Dipps Bhamrah will present from the station۪s Birmingham studios.
BBC Asian Network Head of Programmes Mark Strippel says, Regional language programmes are a cornerstone of our new schedule. Our new Sunday line up is a dynamic mix of exciting new presenters and Asian Network favourites who will help us transform our approach and deepen our connection with every single part of our audience.”
The new Sunday schedule will look as below from 2nd December:
6am 10am: Gagan Grewal
10am 1pm: Raj and Pablo
1pm 4pm: Retro Selection
4pm 6pm: Dipps Bhamrah (Punjabi)
6pm 8pm: Saima Ajram (Urdu)
8pm 10pm: Nadia Ali (Bengali)
10pm 12midnight Alpa Pandya (Gujarati)