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So the BBC have made their controversial decision to axe two radio stations, 6 Music and the Asian Network. This decision, made in order to save money, has been met with hostility from fans.

It seems that digital radio just hasn’t taken off in the UK, meaning the numbers of people listening to these stations isn’t high. However, those who do listen, love what they hear.

I for one will miss the Asian Network when it goes off the air. Being bought up in rural Wales, I’d never really been exposed to much Asian music. It was only when I bought a new hi-fi complete with digital radio that I discovered bhangra, bollywood, and punjabi tunes and I loved what I heard. These genres simply don’t exist on mainstream radio – A.R.Rahman may have hit the charts thanks to his collaboration with the Pussycat Dolls and every so often tunes with Asian flavours might make the playlist, but on the whole stations like Radio 1 cater to more western tastes.

Now, artists like Jay Sean are concerned that many artists will find it harder to breakthrough without the station.

He tweeted “This is crazy. We (Asians) have no mainstream platforms as it is.”

Sunny Hundal, editor of Asians in Media, agrees. He said: “Axing Asian Network would kill off vital media space for a lot of British Asian content and culture (documentaries, fusion music) which does not get represented on commercial alternatives.”

Bhangra singer Jassi Sidhu said: “If they get rid of Asian Network it will be the final nail in the UK bhangra coffin.”

How will Asian music reach national audiences now?

Will Radio 1 introduce more Asian music into it’s schedules? Somehow I doubt it. The Asian community is now the largest ethnic minority community in the UK and as such they need to be catered for in the media.

Go into your local HMV or log onto iTunes and Asian music is hidden away in the “World” section, making it near impossible to discover new music unless you know what you’re looking for.

I’m really going to miss Asian Network, just as I know a lot of people will miss 6 Music. However, I can see how the BBC came to the decision to axe it, as it’s simply not popular enough. I hope the axe doesn’t mean the end of Asian music on the radio. For example, they could transfer some shows to Radio 1 or 1Xtra to ensure that new artists have the chance to make their music heard. Implemented well, this could still give Asian music a platform and perhaps even a wider audience. Cut it completely, however, and an entire community is swept aside in pursuit of a larger audience.

The BBC along with six major social-networking sites has recently started a campaign to make both kids and adults across Britain Bullyproof.

Bullying is a major problem. 69% of children in the UK have reported being bullied at one point in their lives, and shockingly, 16 kids or adolescents commit suicide because of bullying each year. I remember when I started secondary school for the first time my biggest fear was that I would get bullied. Luckily I never was, but many children and teens aren’t that lucky.

Bullying is not just a kids problem either. One in four adults have reported being bullied in the workplace.

So what effect does bullying have on people? Obviously, confidence is effected when someone gets bullied. It’s easy to feel alone and vulnerable if you’re being picked on. Confidence doesn’t magically increase once the bullying stops either. It can make it harder for victims to make friends or build trusting relationships. 1 in 3 children who have been bullied in school play truant, leaving them at risk of doing badly in lessons and exams and not gaining the qualifications they deserve. This can then have an effect on the career a bullying victim follows. For those who have to leave a workplace because of bullying it has a similar effect – not allowing victims to climb the career ladder at work because they have to leave the company.

Visit the BBC Bullyproof website for tips from celebs such as Cheryl Cole and Alesha Dixon, advice and links to social networking sites who are behind the cause.

My own top tips on staying bullyproof are:

  • Surround yourself with people who love and respect you. Bullies like to pick on those who have no-one to stand up for them.
  • Tell someone if you’re being bullied. This can be a friend, who can watch out for you and help you stand up to the bullies; a teacher or a parent or guardian. You could also talk to a youth group leader or religious leader.
  • Remember that not everyone is a bully. Just because you’ve been bullied once it doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be bullied again. Try and keep your trust in others.
  • Build your confidence by making friends. Why not join an after school club such as dance or drama lessons, Guides or Scouts, or a music group?
  • If you aren’t being bullied yourself, remember to keep an eye out for people who might be. Stand up for others, and they will stand up for you.

Remember that bullies are usually cowards, who have to pick on others to make themselves feel big and powerful. This quote from the movie 17 Again really says it all…

One… underneath all that male bravado there’s a insecure little girl just banging on the closet door trying to get out. Two… like a caveman [the bully’s] brain is… underdeveloped, therefore [he] is unable to use self control so he has to act aggressively. Three… [he] has a small wiener.

Stay strong, respect yourself, remember you’re loved, and stay BullyProof!

Check out helpline numbers here if you need advice.