Radio 1 and Asian Network link

BBC Asian Network is to simulcast Radio 1's award-winning Asian beats show, Bobby Friction and Nihal, from tomorrow. The show will go out on Tuesdays at midnight on both Asian Network and Radio 1.

Bobby Friction and Nihal – a mix of Asian beats from bhangra to hip hop to drum'n'bass and beyond – is the sound of the British Asian Urban Nation.

The show moves from Wednesday nights to the new slot of Tuesday evenings from midnight until 2.00am from 26 September, coinciding with the Asian Network's late night schedule. The Asian Network has systematically changed its schedule since April to reflect its young audience and provide a platform for new Asian music.

Since May, Bobby Friction has presented the Asian Network's late night music show Friction, every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday nights from 10.00pm until 1.00am.

On Wednesdays in that slot, DJ Kayper cuts up hip hop beats on The Hype Show from 10.00pm until 1.00am.

This exciting addition to the Asian Network's schedule means that Bobby Friction will present Friction from the Radio 1 studios in London from 10.00pm until midnight on Tuesdays.

Bobby will then be joined by Nihal from midnight till 2.00am for Bobby Friction and Nihal, which will be simulcast on Radio 1 and Asian Network.

Asian Network Head of Music Mark Strippel said: "Since the launch of our new Specialist Music shows, we have built collaborations with other music stations across the BBC, and the joint simulcast with Radio 1 is symbolic of that direction.

"This will be the first time that the Asian Network has broadcast programming from the Radio 1 studios. There are plans for even stronger collaborations next year and potential partnerships at live events with Radio 1."

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