Stars line up to save Asian Network

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A number of famous faces have called on the BBC to reconsider axing the digital radio station, Asian Network.

According to Media Guardian, over 100 prominent British Asians, amongst them actresses Meera Syal and Shilpa Shetty, are calling for the station to be saved.  They have signed a letter to BBC Trust chairman Sir Michael Lyons showing their support for the station and urging the corporation to reconsider its closure. Other names who have signed the letter include Gurinder Chadha, Vikram Slanki, Jay Sean and Sir Mota Singh.

The BBC announced its plans to close 6 Music and the Asian Network on Monday as part of a wider reduction in services to save an estimated £600m a year. The other areas earmarked for cut backs include the BBC’s website for which funding will be cut by 25%, spending less on sporting rights and acquired programming and the possible selling-off of the BBC’s magazine arm which publishes Radio Times and Top Gear Magazine.

Lyons stated earlier this week that the proposals for cut backs could be changed – however, only if the public in the process of the consultation show support for the services that are under threat.