The BBC Trust has received a petition with over 30,000 signatures against BBC’s decision to close its two radio stations including the BBC Asian Network.

“Please don’t slash the BBC’s website, radio, and TV programmes,” the petition says. “Please put listeners and viewers first, not corporate media barons,” It reads.

Hannah Lownsbrough, a spokesperson from 38 Degrees - an organisation that initiated this petition said: “We have sent a clear message to the BBC Trust that we won’t stand for cuts.”

“It’s important that we keep this public pressure up for the period when the proposed cuts are being considered.”

According to Ms. Lownsbrough, they are still awaiting a response from the BBC. She added that they have got some more actions planned.

“Really About The Future of Asians in Britain”

BBC’s proposed cuts have met with strong opposition far, especially from the Asian communities in London.

More than 22,000 people have signed up to “Save the Asian Network” groups on Facebook.

Over 100 prominent British Asians including actors, directors and writers have signed a letter to call for BBC Asian Network to be saved.

One presenter from BBC Asian Network who prefers to be anonymous said: “it's really about the future of British Asians in Britain.

 What Mark Thompson basically says is that the BBC “can't serve the Asian population in Britain.”

“Platform for Asian Community”

Rishi, an Indian man, expressed his worries over the closure of BBC Asian Network. “It is a key platform for the national Asian community, especially for our music that is demonstrably under-represented in the more mainstream BBC.

“We’ll lose a good way to make our voice heard, which is quite disappointing”, he said.

BBC Asian Network is a national digital radio station, which broadcasts Asian music, drama, news, and some other programmes that mirror British Asian culture.

BBC Asian Network and 6 Music will stop broadcasting at the end of 2011 under proposals put forward by Mark Thompson, BBC director general, as part of his corporation-wide strategy review.



by Jingjing Li

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