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Nihal Arthanayake

Radio presenter, BC Radio 5 live and Asian Network

Nihal Arthanayake will join BBC Radio 5 live as co-presenter with Sarah Brett from Mondays to Thursdays on Afternoon Edition 1-4pm, starting on Monday 19 Sep. On Fridays he will continue to front his award winning Asian Network show, live from Salford.

The Urban Island

Music has always been central to my life. From battle rapping in the playground, to signing a record deal or two, being on tour, then spending a few years as a publicist, I have always had a fascination for the industry and the mechanics of how an artist is discovered, nurtured and then released into the world...
06/10/2017 17:32 BST

What Happened When We Asked The Public To Finish The Sentence 'My Britain Is...'

Is the UK a divided place? What are the things that divide us? What are the bonds that unite us? Those are the questions that we were asking our Afternoon Edition audience on BBC Radio 5 live all last week. Deep diving into the lives and experiences of communities living in the UK offered everything from views on immigration to concerns about the NHS, social mobility and where people say they're from.
27/03/2017 17:43 BST

That Nervousness Is There - But I've Never Been More Excited About A New Job

I am so excited about my new job co-hosting <em>Afternoon Edition</em> alongside Sarah Brett on BBC Radio 5 live and so happy that the Controller of 5 live Jonathan Wall has given me an opportunity of a lifetime. This is mainstream broadcasting. The guests are household names, the issues go beyond the Asian community while being relevant to them too. The chance to have the conversations I used to have but on a bigger platform, and many new debates as well.
16/09/2016 16:29 BST