It’s a Pick of the Week radio show and podcast showcasing the best stories from Asian programmes across BBC Local Radio Stations. Each week actor Kulvinder Ghir highlights the best of community Asian radio programming and celebrates the cultural life of South Asian people across England. Hear news, views and stories from communities in their own words, whether it’s the Bengali community in Gloucestershire, or Mauritians in Nottingham!
Kulvinder Ghir feels the draw was his ‘own interest in what’s happening around the country in local communities.’
Producer Ruchi Tandon says “there is nowhere else on UK radio where local community issues can be discussed and good practice shared, talent and achievements celebrated across the various local communities. The radio programme provides a vital link between communities across England. “
The BBC has around 20 programmes across BBC Local Radio catering for the British South Asian community from BBC Gloucestershire to Merseyside, Nottingham to Bristol, Derby to Leeds. These include Midlands Masala on BBC WM presented by Satnam Rana, Talat-Farooq Awan on BBC Radio Lancashire and BBC Manchester, Alex Lewis with the Sangam Show at BBC Radio Bristol and Ajmal Hussain on BBC Radio Stoke.
Desi Download is available from www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/desi subscription is FREE and you can download it every Tuesday morning
Desi Download was launched in April 2009.
Other Asian Programmes at BBC Local Radio:
BBC Derby: Satvinder Rana with Aaj Kal, BBC Gloucestershire: Manny Masih with Asian Connection, BBC Radio Leeds: Mussarrat Abbasi and Jhangir Ahmed, BBC Radio Leicester: Kamlesh Purohit with the 7 o’clock show, BBC Radio Merseyside: Umi Prasad with Open House, BBC Radio Nottingham: Kaval Vaseer with Dhamaka, BBC Radio Sheffield: Shawkat Hashmi and Waheed Akhtar with Eastern Air, and BBC Three Counties: Bhagwant Sagoo.
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