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BBC Asian Network Stays, For Now

14Mar

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No need to fear all you UK music lovers – The BBC corporation has decided they will not shut down the BBC Asian Network after a year of deliberation.

Although BBC has reversed their decision, they will cut the network’s budget in half, which can possibly cause cancellation of shows and reduced hours.

BBC executives have  understood that the  BBC Asian Network is the only national radio station in the UK which  remains the best way to reach South Asian listeners. The BBC Asian Network has also reach much world-wide fame throught their BBC iPlayer which can be heard from any corner in the world. Many South Asians tune in because of the  up-to-date South Asian news, the latest in music and renowned on-air personalities. Their international listener base has grown tremendously in the past two years. This proves that this network is not only impacting the South Asian community in the UK but, around the globe.

One member of the network staff claims “It is a pity it has taken them a year and they have had to spend all this money to come round to what we were saying all along, there’s not a feeling of anger so much as vindication. We need to brinSave-ANg the cost base down and make sure the audience keeps going up. Nobody objects to that. There is a feeling of unbridled joy, but also a nagging sense that the really hard work is only just about to begin.”

As soon as the news hit last year, South Asians all over the world began to protest against the debunking of the network. More than 100 British South Asians signed a letter to a popular media outlet as well as the BBC corporation,  pleading for the network to be saved.

This decision will have to be approved by the BBC  Trust in the  next few months.  Let’s hope they make a good decison.

Keep supporting the BBC Asian Network and spread the word. The South Asian community does not have much of a mainstream platform and let’s do our best to keep it alive.

Check out some real-time excitement from fans of the BBC Asian Network on Twitter:

“YESSSSS  the bbc asian network IS HERE TO STAY!! Meaning years more of  Bobby Friction, Murtz Murtz and DJ Noreen Khan !! InshAllah.. Made my day.” -@dotfuz

“Congrats to BBC Asian Network on dodging a bullet. Let’s hope the budget cuts are not too deep” -@browngeek

“That’s awesome news! The Friction show  is the backbone of the desi music scene!” -@simonrai

“Asian media has a place in the world and BBC Asian Network is the ultimate platform! Congrats to all involved & fought for it!” -@MissBanga

“Great news for our industry and supporters of asian music across the globe!” -@DASrecordsUK

Will Bobby Friction leave the UK?

19Jan

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These next few weeks will be crucial, as a fan of the Asian Network, in particular, Bobby Friction’s show, he truly inspires me – we will find out if the Asian Network will be off the air for good. In one email exchange with Marc Strippel (BBC employee), back in September, he seemed optimistic.

The station in many ways – despite the ongoing work on the strategic review work there is some really great output and outreach work going on.” according to Mark.

But you can make your calls to complain and to try to save the BBC Asian Network.  03700100222, remember calling from the states at 011 44. Add #savebbcasiannetwork on your twitter.

Last week, on Bobby’s facebook, he wrote… Time to leave the UK for good? he got a massive response from his friends and fans.

  • Daljit Kaur Chhokar que?

    January 11 at 5:18am
  • Imranio Jilanio Nahiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiin! #DramaticBollywoodMusic

    January 11 at 5:40am
  • Ian Golding why’s that then. whats up then bobby? who’s upset you bro

    January 11 at 5:43am
  • Heather Lockard-Wheeler What! Where would you go?

    January 11 at 5:43am
  • Nita Duggal No you should not JU K wont be the same without u!

    January 11 at 5:45am
  • Parm Panesar I’ve heard so many people say that recently…

    January 11 at 6:40am ·
  • Bobby Friction Hey..not upset.x As parm has just said, Ive heard a lot of people say it recently…last time I felt a tinge of it was during the last recession in early 90’s….also generally the UK seems to be having problems with multi culturalism at mo, and sometimes I feel like I’m treated like a stranger in this land…last time I felt like that was 70s/early 80s.

    January 11 at 6:48am
  • Fari Bradley How are you treated as a stranger in this land? You’re part of what made it what it is today.

    January 11 at 6:56am
  • Firouzeh Razavi Yeah if I can the chance to im gonna take it! X Its awful here now :-( x

    January 11 at 7:00am ·
  • Padma Aon I did and i returned but prob go again …people also make a place …

    January 11 at 7:01am
  • Heather Lockard-Wheeler Intolerance is everywhere – you think that by this day and age we wouldn’t be so petty … Good luck!

    January 11 at 7:10am ·
  • Bobby Friction I know what u mean Fari…but just try being a brown man with a beard in a town outside the major cities…no one smiles at u even if you’re smiling at them, no one makes eye contact…and the vibes…oh the vibes….I know when I’m getting bad vibes, yaknowwhatimean?

    January 11 at 7:23am ·
  • ‘Ali Zaidi Middlesbrough ain’t so bad. I was there with a beard for 8 years, and no problems (well pretty much).

    January 11 at 7:40am
  • Sledge Vega

    Hey Bobby. Seriously… someone looks weird, doesn’t smile, ignorin you, take a sec and get into offense …… ask for the way, ask for the next cornershop, ask for something, make em talk to you…. make a joke, wish them a nice day and leave them …for good with the feeling they had it wrong….be a scientist in this situation and check if your feeling was rite, because part of your feeling could be self-fulfilling-prophecy... you get the feeling and might not able to shake it off…and thats wot makes tings really difficult then….UK is your turf, man….hold to itSee More

    January 11 at 7:46am
  • Heather Lockard-Wheeler Mr. Sledge Vega I like the way you think! We should all try and operate that way – being nice and kind while maintaining our inner strength.

    January 11 at 7:53am
  • Sledge Vega ‎:) Thanx. They say you learn to fight, to avoid fighting in the end. So everyone of us should be a perfect warrior, i guess …. this is just my way of being a warrior in present life.

    January 11 at 8:13am
  • Bobby Friction Sledge..totally up with yo philosophy…totally practice is too, which is why I said “even if you’re smiling”…can u imagine me being quiet, non cooperative etc? The point is whichever way u look at it, a brown male is treated suspiciously in the ‘regions’ coz of what’s going on in the world right now, and coz of how Britain as a society is dealing with it.xx get what u mean about staying in the UK….its my home & I’d hate to walk away..x

    January 11 at 8:16am
  • Terry Hooligan my thoughts exactly!

    January 11 at 8:24am
  • Rajan Jangda ‘Nfnitm’

    ‎”also generally the UK seems to be having problems with multi culturalism at mo, and sometimes I feel like I’m treated like a stranger in this land…last time I felt like that was 70s/early 80s.” <<< I know exactly what you mean, this seems to be getting more racist, ive experienced it formally, informally, academically, institutionally and socially, ive been hearing cousins who work in motorsport, tv, media and IT say that old proverb “you have to work 3 times harder than the white man to even get noticed”, and everytime i look at people every day i see the divisions becoming more and more evidentSee More

    January 11 at 8:42am ·
  • Sledge Vega

    ‎@Bobby nah bruv, we know you ain’t a quiet type and i totally get your frustration about the whole situation. This is just a reminder …..
    we will always be foreigners, aliens, …some of you guys in britain, me in germany, even in the countries, where our parents were raised, and i guess a lot of ppl out there, whereever they are, will face same things in different ways….if not by race, then in other ways…. this will never change unless humans unite against some extraterrestrials, you know the movies….in the end, it can’t be bout wot happens in the media, the country or wotever, unless we talking bout the masses, the mob (not the mafia-type, the social-type) … if its not about you in the mob or against the mob….. its very often about you and other individuals…… and its your choice to say, yes somethings going down and it has to do with how i look and you start playing this game ( – which is definetely an option -) or you just keep that in mind and say to yourself ‘i don’t play that shit’ at no point of that game. This is a discussion i often have with my own brother. Like i said, i totally feel you…we need to work harder, we have to be more eager to get wot we want, but the strongest of us, are the ones that seems to ignore, what is happening out there….. doesn’t mean that they don’t face it, try to to forget or something….. no …. they just don’t play that game…. ergo i make my own rules by which i am living and home is whereever i decide to be.See More

    January 11 at 8:51am
  • S Endz Neofunk

    Bobby – those EXACT reasons, along with my personal issues with living under David Cameron’s rule (if you remember the encounter that Diamond and I had with him on a plane that was printed in The Guardian), are why that’s exactly what I’m doing. I’m sick to death of this country and i’m in the process of getting my greencard to move to the US permanently later this year. Fuck this backward-ass, institutionally racist country. The system in this country only works for the middle class whites, and all the money/power here stays in the hands of the same families that it’s always been on for hundreds of years…. no coincidence that David Cameron is the descendant of royalty and went to Eton. I’d much rather be somewhere that has elected a minority as their president… meaning that everyone has the same chances to do whatever they want regardless of their ethnic or social status. Plus, every time I’m there I can’t help but feel there’s just WAY more potential for me as a musician. I’m done with the UK, and aside from family and a few close friends, I’m not gonna miss it.See More

    January 11 at 8:54am ·
  • Hetul Chagane i think i just made the wrong decision moving to Portugal to Uk! Uni fees just rised like hell! and its so f word difficult to find a nice decent job without any special contact, oh dam!

    January 11 at 9:54am
  • Rajan Jangda ‘Nfnitm’ ‎@Hetul – plus side is the economy isn’t on the brink of collapse

    January 11 at 9:56am
  • Hetul Chagane thats true lol =)

    January 11 at 10:09am
  • Neil Nebesnuick Do you need a lift to the airport!!

    January 11 at 10:23am
  • Bobby Friction maybe not as militant as S-Endz – i do feel less judged on a day to day level in the US – trouble is America is Freeer than most & more oppressive than most too. America can be as good as god & as evil as satan all in the same day…xxx Still – Good luck with yo green card.x

    January 11 at 10:49am ·
  • S Endz Neofunk

    As a liberal, I’m happy to stay in the “Blue States”…. those are the places that hold the most interest for me anyhow…. Oregon, California, New York, Washington, etc….. most of the “Red States” are places I have little interest in going, like Texas, Alabama, Arizona, Alaska! I can honestly say I have never felt a shred of oppression in the states where people are smart, and vote Democrat…. it’s those Republicans in the Red States who voted for Bush and think that Palin would make a great president that you gotta be afraid of!!!See More

    January 11 at 10:56am ·
  • Rajan Jangda ‘Nfnitm’ and this ‘Tea Party’

    January 11 at 10:57am ·
  • S Endz Neofunk

    Don’t get me started on that moronic Tea Party movement…. they aren’t even a party… just a group of fundamentalist crazy Republicans trying (and failing miserably) at shedding the bad PR associated with the Republicans… unfortunately they’ve made themselves look even dumber in the process… you see that map on Palin’s website with crosshairs over the names/locations of certain Democrats? Then, some psycho shot the Democrat congresswoman in Arizona, one of the people on Palin’s map…. Palin essentially has blood on her hands for promoting these sort of radical ideas…. who would have thought these right wing nutjobs would have been able to find a politician even dumber than George W Bush?See More

    January 11 at 11:03am
  • Ruth Cheshire Could it just be the living in a city thing ? Everyone’s so friendly in our village :) all colours, creeds and blow ins from around the map xx

    January 11 at 11:27am ·
  • Hmd Dhillon Canada welcomes you Bobby anytime! we have our little run in’s here and there but in the most part Canada is the Country of the future! True multi-culturalism! everyone is respected with major ethnic diversity here.

    January 11 at 12:00pm
  • Irfan Hasan I know the feeling Bobby, I’m looking to go Uni this year and then plan to leave for good! plan to go to the Sytes, more space and opportunities and The u.k climate just isn’t good for us Tropical people!

    January 11 at 12:22pm
  • Reza Mann to be honest yaar there aint no “real place” to be anymore. even the land down under sucks now!

    January 11 at 4:56pm
  • Ami Dhillon The doors are always open for you and our Sis all the way in NZ xxxxx

    January 11 at 8:01pm · 
  • Mango Dolly bobby. i’m moving to india, via a quick tour of south, central and north amrika.come with me. i’m serious. big tings aguan. call me x

    January 11 at 8:38pm
  • Filmi Bollygirl time to live with us in NYC…

    January 11 at 8:56pm ·
  • Ninad Satpute Come to India. Everyone looks like you. The food is better. The women prettier. And your music will have more takers,.

    January 11 at 10:49pm ·
  • Rishi Rishpal Rich Come visit me in NYC

    January 12 at 1:18am
  • Sean Dinsmore Bobby, you always looked happy in Bangkok…I’m just sayin’ 😉

    January 12 at 3:37am
  • Pam Sidhu The lost generation…the indians don’t see us as indian and the english don’t see us as english…

    January 12 at 4:30am via Facebook Mobile
  • Bobby Friction ‎@Ami Must visit NZ soon, @Filmi seriously considering dat, @Rishi sooner than you think!, @Sean Oi!!!

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Save the BBC Asian Network

31Mar

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It’s time we come together as a media community and do whatever we can to save the BBC Asian Network. Deeps and Petz, founders of UrbanDesiRadio.com have looked to the BBC Asian Network as a source of inspiration. If they fall… is there any hope for us? Please take the time to sign the petition, the goal is to get over 100k signatures. Write a letter to the executives of the British Broadcasting Corporation that the Asian Network is a vital source for all of us worldwide!

“I love the BBC Asian Network, while I was working in the UK as a radio personality, I had dreams of one day being on the BBC Asian Network,” says Petz. “Even though it’s very competitive, the dream that others share with me shouldn’t be taken away, it’s an important platform for every one who shares the love of music.”

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