Head of Programmes, BBC Asian Network
Mark Strippel is Head of Programmes at BBC Radio and has led the BBC’s digital radio station Asian Network since 2012. He is responsible for the editorial and strategic direction of the service, reaching a weekly audience of just under 700,000 listeners.
Mark attended a comprehensive school in Hounslow, West London before going on to study History at Queen Mary & Westfield College and postgraduate studies at The College of Law, London. He enjoyed a wide-ranging career across Law, New Media and Music with companies including Simmons & Simmons and Bates Dorland before joining the Broadcast industry. The former Radio Presenter initially joined the BBC in 2002 with the launch of 1Xtra, and subsequently signed to the Island Def Jam Music Group in 2003. Mark was named in Media Guardian’s 50 Ethnic Media Power List.
His radio station has been a genuine success story in the past year, delivering record audiences and driving digital engagement, and shortlisted for a Sony Radio Station Of The Year Award in 2013 after radical organisational change and a transformational modernisation programme. BBC Asian Network now has the highest proportion of smartphone listening in BBC Radio and serves the youngest part of the UK population with a range of distinctive journalism and music from new and emerging artists.
The Head of Programmes has global ambitions for his station and is committed to helping shape the future of Radio.