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The Evolution of British Asian Radio in England
Khamkar, Gloria

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This book uncovers the revolutionary journey of British Asian radio broadcasting. It investigates how British Asian radio broadcasting began in England in the 1960s and developed into the 2000s. The book reflects on the existing literature on media and migration, particularly the issues of settlement and race relations, and examines how the BBC and the government took initiative to address these issues. It also critically analyses the need and demand of the Asian community for its own radio platform, discerning the role of the BBC's radio initiatives, as well as other community-oriented radio experiments, in contributing to the creation of independent British Asian radio in England. This book is essential reading for anyone interested in Ethnic and Mother-tongue Radio Broadcasting, Cultural and Communication Studies, Media History and British Cultural History. It will also help broadcasters, media regulators and policy-makers understand the social and cultural context of the communities they address.

1. Introduction

2. A reflection on media and migration

2.1 Introduction

2.2 Post-war migration to Britain

2.3 Ethnic media and multicultural broadcasting

2.4 Asian migration and British media

2.5 The idea of BBC local radio

2.6 Contribution from the Independent local radio sector

2.7 The beginning of Community Radio

2.8 Conclusion

3. Settlement and Race relations

3.1 Introduction

3.2 Patterns of Asian migration and settlement

3.3 Race Relations and early integration measures

3.4 Conclusion

 4. The role of BBC as a Public Service Broadcaster

4.1 Introduction

4.2 The impact of migration on the BBC

4.3 The role of BBC as a Public Service Broadcaster

4.4 Broadcasting media as a tool for social cohesion

4.5 The BBC's Immigrants Programme Unit

4.6 Conclusion

5. From mere representation to a genuine participation

5.1 Introduction

5.2 From representation to participation

5.3 BBC Radio Leicester's pioneering contribution

5.4 BBC local radio for the Asian community

5.5 Conclusion

6. Shaping British Asian radio broadcasting

6.1 Introduction

6.2 The BBC's local radio service

6.3 The Independent Local Radio sector

6.4 BBC multicultural broadcasting

6.5 Contribution from the ILR sector

6.6 Conclusion

7. Community radio movement

7.1 Introduction

7.2 The continued attention to race relations

7.3 Good education as a foundation

7.4 Greater London Council's initiatives

7.5 Community radio experiment

7.6 Incremental radio contracts

7.7 Conclusion

8. The ultimate creation of British Asian radio

8.1 Introduction

8.2 The implications of the Broadcasting Act 1990

8.3 Race dimensions

8.4 The Radio Authority in power

8.5 Restricted Service Licences

8.6 Conception of the BBC Asian Network

8.7 Mother-tongue radio

8.8 Re-emerging community radio movement

8.9 The concept of Community Radio

8.10 Access Radio - initiating access

8.11 Conclusion

9. Conclusion

Gloria Khamkar is an Academic and Researcher in Media Studies, with a particular interest in the area of radio and migrants, and holds a doctorate from Bournemouth University, UK. She is an experienced journalist and a community radio practitioner, who continues to research in the area of media and migration. Having migrated from India and now settled in the UK, Gloria is passionate about examining migration and integration processes and their impact on the media we consume.