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BBC Asian Network announces new shows

By | Published on Monday 30 November 2020

BBC Asian Network

The BBC Asian Network has announced a number of changes to its schedule, set to take place early next year.

As part of new boss Ahmed Hussain’s commitment to increase British Asian representation and popular South Asian music culture across the station, four new shows are to be introduced to the schedule. The station will also begin broadcasting 24 hours a day.

Entertainment reporter Haroon Rashid will host a brand new Saturday morning show ‘Beyond Bollywood’; presenter duo Nikita Kanda and Mistah Islah will join the station for a new Saturday afternoon show; ‘The Pakistani Show’ will be a new addition to Sunday evenings; and AJD will present a new Thursday night show. Nayha Ahmad will also take over drivetime Monday to Friday, while all Friday and Saturday evening shows will begin an hour earlier.

“I want to welcome all of our new presenters to the Asian Network family”, says Hussain. “Being British Asian means so many things to so many people, and our new changes mean that we are actively evolving to ensure that we are representing the culture right across the spectrum. I look forward to hearing a new weekend offering from Thursdays onwards, alongside our current outstanding DJs and presenters. We’re also going 24 hours which means more music all day AND night”.

With new presenters coming in, the station will also be bidding farewell to Preeya Kalidas, Eshaan, Sunil and Nim, and Waqas. “I’d like to thank Preeya, Eshaan, Sunil, Nim and Waqas for their dedication and passion to all of the shows they’ve presented with us”, Hussain adds. “We’ll be sure to celebrate their final shows!”

The changes are due to be implemented from 1 Mar 2021.