BBC Asian Network has won three out of the four radio categories at the Asian Media Awards, with the fourth going to Asian Star 101.6.
The BBC Asian Network won Radio Station of the Year, whilst Tommy Sandhu scooped Best Radio Show and BBC Radio 4 presenter Anita Anand won Best Radio Presenter. Community station Asian Star 101.6 in Slough won Regional Station of the Year.
Bob Shennan, Controller, Asian Network, said: “Asian Network is a station that delivers a unique audience to the BBC and has an increasingly important role to play in shaping the way that the rest of the BBC reflects Asian Britain. This award is for the on-air talent that we have on the station, our super-talented production teams and of course to our loyal audience who provide us with so much content.”
In his acceptance speech, Mark Strippel, Head of Programmes, Asian Network said: “Whether through our journalism – with the Prime Minister on Nihal to Bobby Friction live from Belgrave Rd in Leicester last week for Diwali or Maher Zain live with Noreen Khan, it’s the strength of our connection with this audience that has driven growth over the past year. We see part of our role as uplifting British-Asian culture and delivering moments of real wonder.
“Britain is changing. Seven per cent of this country are now British-Asian. And in my 20 years of being involved in Asian Media I believe that we have never been better placed to give British-Asian culture, creativity, discussion and debate the prominence that it deserves today. I’d like to congratulate everyone on the Asian Network on this award.”
Asian Network presenter, Tommy Sandhu, said: “This is my first ever award of any kind for radio work … So it’s extra special! Plus it represents how hard my production team work. It was a real boost for all of us as it recognises everyone’s effort that goes in to making the show.”
Any Answers presenter, Anita Anand said: “I’m honoured to accept this award particularly in the face of such dazzling competition. I’m also delighted that Any Answers has been recognised. I’ve always felt this programme provides a vital shared space where politicians can hear the impact of their decisions on those they seek to lead. The voices are always passionate and sometimes express opinions they may find hard to hear, but MPs block them out at their peril. There has been much talk of a disconnect with politics of late – with some calling on the public not to vote. Men and women struggled, often risked their lives to give us a voice. Never let anyone tell you that you can’t be heard.”