The BBC has confirmed that the Asian Network’s regular ‘BBC Asian Network Reports’ will be replaced with a shared ‘Newsbeat’ bulletin, which airs on BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra.
As of today, the Asian Network will simulcast the ‘Newsbeat’ bulletin at 12:45 and 17:45, along with BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra. The plans have been introduced on how the corporation responds to measures introduced by the government to combat the spread of coronavirus.
In its statement, the BBC said, “In the UK, radio summaries on BBC Radio 2, 3, 4 and 5 live will be brought together into a single output from 1am on Friday, with 6 Music using the same script. There will be shared production and output on Asian Network and Newsbeat from tomorrow. The Week In Westminster on Radio 4 (Saturday mornings) will be suspended after 21 March. We are making some other changes to radio studio usage and working methods to protect our staff.”
Also from today, World Service English, ‘The World This Week’ show will be suspended, with ‘World Update’ and ‘Weekend’ suspended from next week.
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