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Asian Network Radio Launches New Weekend Schedule

BBC Asian Network announces today the creation of two new shows on its weekend schedule further cementing Asian Network’s sound as the best mix of new and classic Asian music and entertainment on the Radio. 

 

The new schedule comes into effect on Saturday 17 May 2008 with the following changes:

 

Tommy Sandhu presents the New Weekend Breakfast show from 7am – 9am.   The show gives listeners the best in Asian music classics, Bollywood entertainment gossip, news and sport.

Tommy a TV presenter and the former voice of Blind Date will present on both Saturday and Sunday mornings.  

 

Asian Network DJ and TV host Murtz presents the Request Show, on Saturday afternoons from 2pm – 5pm. The show will play the top Asian songs as requested by listeners. 

Devotional Sounds, Asian Network’s early morning religious music slot, sees minor scheduling changes with programming beginning one hour earlier at 4am and continuing until 7am.   

Sunday night Language Shows also see minor scheduling changes with the Mirpuri and Gujarati shows swapping timeslots beginning with Punjabi at 5pm moving to Mirpuri at 7pm, Gujarati Show at 9pm and ending on the Bengali Show at 11pm. 

The rest of the weekend schedule remains the same.  Tommy Sandhu said: "Having DJ'd in London for years, I know what a heavy Friday and Saturday night feels like – so whether you're getting up … or just getting in … I'm looking forward to easing everyone into their Saturday and Sunday mornings! … It'll be like one BIG BUFFET BREAKFAST show… there'll be something for everyone!"  

Murtz said: "I’m really excited and scared! Having presented Love Bollywood for a year it’s going to be weird going back to presenting on my own! But I can’t wait to get my teeth into it! Three hours of wicked tunes, jokes and typical Murtz humour – no holds barred!”  

Raj&Pablo said: "We are over the moon – we Love Bollywood and can’t wait to sit in the Bollytastic HOT SEAT on Saturday's & Sundays…our weekend mornings are going to be one Big Bollywonderfull Bonanza!" 

Andy Parfitt, Controller, Asian Network, Radio 1, 1Xtra and BBC Switch said: "These changes simplify and strengthen Asian Network’s offering.


We hope our listeners will love the new mix of music and speech they can hear every weekend on Asian Network”.  
 

Full weekend schedule  

Saturday

4.00am: Devotional Sounds
Islam with Zeb Quereshi
Sikh with Ravindra Singh Kundra
Hindu with Aswini Mahli 
7.00am: Weekend Breakfast with Tommy Sandhu
9.00am Love Bollywood with Raj&Pablo Midday:
Asian Network Chart with Noreen Khan 
2.00pm: Request Show with Murtz
5.00pm: Panjabi Hit Squad
8.00pm: Bhangra Mix Tape with Sonny Ji
10.00pm: Mic Check with the DJ limelight and Kan-D-Man
Midnight: Nerm presents the best in Electronica Music
02.00am: Pathaan's Musical Rickshaw presents World and Chill out music
 
 
Sunday

4.00am: Devotional Sounds
Islam with Zeb Quereshi
Sikh with Ravindra Singh Kundra
Hindu with Aswini Mahli 
7.00am: Weekend Breakfast with Tommy Sandhu
9.00am Love Bollywood with Raj&Pablo
Midday: Breakdown with Ameet Chana
2.00pm: Retro Selection with Kanwal Qazi
4.30pm: Silver Street Omnibus
5.00pm: Weekend Punjabi with Dipps Bhamrah
7.00pm: Weekend Mirpuri with Changis Raja
9.00pm: Weekend Gujarati with Dev Parmar
11.00pm: Weekend Bengali with Anwarul Hoque
1.00- 5.00am: As BBC Radio Five Live