Nihal Arthanayake

To say that the skillset of Nihal Arthanayake is diverse would be an understatement. From Rap artist to music PR, DJ & club promoter to music journalist, TV presenter and radio broadcaster, the list is endless.

Currently Nihal can be heard fronting his own show on BBC Radio 5 Live (Mon-Thu 1-4pm), BBC Asian Network’s Big Debate (Fridays 10am–1pm) and he can regularly be heard standing in for Mary Anne Hobbs on BBC 6 Music Weekend Breakfast.

Nihals’ broadcast career has been long and varied.  He joined BBC Radio 1 in 2002 and spent 12 years with the station fronting everything from the weekend breakfast show to specialist music shows. In 2010, Nihal won Best Speech Programme at the Sony Radio Academy Awards for his BBC Asian Network show, as well as Best Radio Show at the UK Asian Music Awards for his BBC Radio 1 specialist show.

Nihal regularly collaborates with BBC Sport.  He has been part of the teams that have broadcast from the 2014 Commonwealth Games and in 2016 the Rio Olympic Games. Nihal is a lifelong Spurs fan.

Culture as a whole is incredibly important to Nihal and he sits on the board of governors for London’s Southbank Centre, is a trustee for METAL, HOME Manchester, The British Asian Trust, The London Night Time Commission and was a cultural ambassador for the successful London 2012 Olympic Bid.

As a DJ Nihal has performed at The Isle Of Wight Festival, Glastonbury and Bestival, as well as club gigs across the UK and beyond.


BBC Radio 2 Arts Show
Film 2017
Sunday Politics London
Hip Hop and Me - Sky Arts
Celebrity Masterchef
The Culture Show
Desi DNA
The Wright Stuff
Jeremy Vine C5
Art School BBC2
Never Mind the Buzzcocks

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