Connecting with New Asian Communities: BBC

Connecting with New Asian Communities: BBC

Type Arts & Entertainment
When 29 Apr 2018 - 05 May 2018
Venue BBC Radio Leicester, 9 St. Nicholas Place, Leicester LE1 5LB
Open To Public
Ticket Price FREE
For Bookings Contact N/A just turn up. Normal working hours 9am - 5pm.

This event explores the important role played BBC Radio Leicester in the development of Asian radio in Britain.

In October 1976 the station became the first in Britain to offer a five-nights a week Asian programming, the Six O’Clock Show. The programme played an important part to the success story of Leicester's multi-cultural present, however is unrecognised in the existing literature and the corporate history of the BBC.

Within weeks of launching the new programme, two thirds of the Asian community in the city were regular listeners, a figure that would rise to over seventy percent in the mid 1980s, some 60,000 people. The Six O’clock Show is a direct forerunner of the current BBC Asian Network.

The Six O'clock show exhibition will host two sets of alternating films about the show, the opening of BBC Radio Leicester and a weekly Asian Soap opera that ran in the 1980s.

There will be two listening points at which visitors can listen to complete editions of 1970s and 1980s Six O’clock Shows. Printed displays will track the development of the programme, revealing new research and postcards will offer visitors an opportunity to share their stories about the programme.

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