The Asian Network in threat of closure

BBC's Asian Network digital radio could soon be closed down. This announcement was made by the corpo

Thomson told the House of Lords communication committee that the Asian Network's concept of catering to many disparate groups simultaneously was under consideration in its ongoing strategic review as it is becoming difficult to implement it under one station.

She said that the corporation remained committed to serving the Asian audience. However, she added, the idea of a single station aimed at all Asian people in the UK reflected a "rather British" view that suggested all those all Asian people were the same. The Network's digital radio sibling, 5 Live Sports Extra, is expected to survive the strategic review.

The Asian Network, which was launched eight years ago, saw its audience fall by 15 per cent to 357,000 in the third quarter last year. The Network was re-launched in order to win a wider audience, but failed to grow. Its listeners have gone down by more than 100,000 compared to five years ago.