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British Asian radio, 1960-2004 [CMP Seminar]

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During the post-war period an Asian community started migrating to Britain to seek employment as a result of the industrial labour shortage. The BBC and the independent local radio sector tried to cater to this newly arrived migrant community through its radio output either in their mother tongue or in the English language. Later, this Asian community started its own separate radio services.

This seminar explores this development of British Asian radio catering to the Asian community exclusively in England in the post-war period. It confirms that issues of access, participation, representation, integration, and linguistic expression were identified, discussed and acted upon by British and Asian radio enthusiasts, radio campaigners and Asian community groups since the 1960s, which led to the creation of British Asian radio in England.

Dr Gloria Khamkar is lecturer in the School of Journalism, English and Communication at Bournemouth University and Deputy Station Manager at Unity101FM, Southampton’s Asian and Ethnic community radio. Recent publications have explored histories of British Asian Radio in Leicester and the Greater London Council.

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