Regional language programmes on the BBC Asian Network

The BBC Asian Network, a BBC National Radio station, had a number of programmes in South Asian languages aimed at a specific community, although since 24 April 2005 under schedule changes as part of a broader review of BBC programming the BBC Asian Network has shifted towards a greater emphasis on English language programming.

Hindi and Urdu ProgrammingEdit

  • Gagan Grewal consisting of News, Views, Discussions & Celebrity Interviews presented by Gagan Grewal in Hindi and Urdu - the programme first aired on 15 May 2006 originally under the name Salaam Namaste.
  • Hindi-Urdu Programme presented by Sanjay Sharma on Thursday Evenings.


  • Punjabi Programme presented by Neelu Kalsi on Friday Evenings.
  • Weekend Punjabi Sukhi Bart presents Punjabi Language Programming on from 17:00 - 19:00 on Sunday (previously on Saturday Evenings).


  • Gujarati Programme presented by Dev Parmar on Wednesday Evenings from 20:00 - 22:00.
  • Weekend Gujarati Dev Parmar presents Gujarati Language Programming on from 21:00 - 23:00 on Sunday (previously on Saturday Evenings).


  • Mirpuri Programme presented by Zarina Khan on Monday Evenings.
  • Weekend Mirpuri, Changis Raja presents Mirpuri Language Programming on from 21:00 to 23:00 every Sunday (prior to 17 June the programme had been an hour earlier).


  • Weekend Bengali, Anwarul Hoque presents Bengali Language Programming from 23:00 on Sunday to 01:00 on Monday mornings (prior to 17 June the programme had been an hour earlier).

Regional Language Programmes scrapped or to be scrappedEdit

From 24 April 2004 the Afternoon programme (primarily in Hindi and Urdu presented from 14:00 to 16:00 on weekdays by Navinder Bhogal was scrapped (she actually finished on it on 8 April 2006).

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