BBC Asian Network axe Silver Street

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Radio drama casualty in Network ‘reorganisation’

THE BBC Asian Network has announced they are to axe their five-minute daily soap Silver Street.

The mini-drama will cease to broadcast in March next year after almost six years on the station.

The station said the move was an attempt to “deliver more impact and better value for money.”

Silver Street will be replaced by new monthly single dramas.

“Silver Street has played an important role establishing the Asian Network as a national station,” Andy Parfitt, Controller, BBC Asian Network, said.

“However, as with all long running series, it’s important to assess their value and impact for the investment made and we’ve decided that there is a better way to deliver drama to our audiences.

“We remain committed to producing distinctive drama that our audiences will enjoy and full length monthly dramas will be produced for the Asian Network instead.”

When launched in 2004, Silver Street became the corporation’s first soap opera aimed at British Asian audiences.

Over the years a number of famous names, including Saeed Jaffrey and Bollywood star John Abraham, have appeared as special guests on the show.

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