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Final decision to close BBC Asian Network made

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The BBC Trust today signalled an end for the BBC Asian Network, as it has agreed for initial plans to scale back and possibly close the station. Earlier this year it was reported that the BBC Asian Network along with BBC 6 Music were both up for closure under stringent cost cutting measures by BBC Head Mark Thompson.

However after somewhat subdued protests; it was today announced that the BBC Asian Nework would loose its national broadcast ability. The final numbers of letter/emails sent in to complain against the closure of the BBC Asian Network touched a mere 600, whereas the campaign for 6 Music had included billboards in key central london areas to raise awareness.

The future of the Asian Network is still up in the air, however more localised smaller stations are being discussed as possible replacements, with Birmingham, Leicester and London being the three ethnic hotspots mentioned.

It is also unclear whether flagship shows such as 'Friction' 'Breakdown' and 'The Bhangra Mixtape' will continue.

Please visit the BBC website for more information

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Rp
0 #7 Rp 2011-01-22 16:44
I don't even live in the Uk, and I sent an email to protest the closure of the Asian network. Given the indifference of the [censored] community, the have only themselves to blame for not standing up. Shame.
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kiran2010
0 #6 kiran2010 2010-07-06 14:16
i dnt want it 2 close i agree wiv truthcaller
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truthcaller
+2 #5 truthcaller 2010-07-05 20:19
quick to save the white station but not the brown one.

hmmmmmm... funny how the trust are white folks. :-*
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lcv
0 #4 lcv 2010-07-05 20:10
Gives the commerical radios a chance. Tbh most of them have other better comittments to keep them going.
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bhangra singh
0 #3 bhangra singh 2010-07-05 20:08
n gill .. you cud well be correct indians r too lazy 2 vote 4 sumthing thats there own but bbc trust shudnt even be putin asian network on the chopping block.
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n gill
0 #2 n gill 2010-07-05 19:31
did the indians backup them up? the gora did, so we the listeners screwed up
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bhangra singh
+2 #1 bhangra singh 2010-07-05 18:35
these bloody goreh [censored][cens ored] closing the only asian radio station down on freeview when theres dozens of tuttu english ones.
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