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Academic to host BBC Radio 5 Live show following high-profile research


A Leeds Beckett University academic who researched the exclusion of British Asians in football will host a Radio 5 Live show on the BBC later this month.

Dr Dan Kilvington

Dr Dan Kilvington, Senior Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies, has spent 10 years researching British Asians’ participation in football and was approached by a BBC producer who saw media coverage of the research.

Dr Kilvington said: “A news story was published on my research and the producer of Radio 5 Live read it and got in contact about becoming a guest editor.

“I have been asked to contact people involved in football to be interviewed as part of the segment. The first part of the show will be dedicated to grassroots football before looking at the professional game.

“There will be at least one British Asian professional footballer interviewed on the show and he’s going to be talking about his experiences.”

In his research, entitled Two decades and little change: British Asians, football and calls for action, Dr Kilvington analyses the importance of football within British Asian communities before looking at barriers which have halted their progress in the professional game.

Within the research, Dr Kilvington set out six key recommendations to bring about change and to increase the visibility of British Asians in football. His Radio 5 Live programme will look at the recommendations and will feature phone-ins from members of the public who want to get involved in the discussion.

It will be broadcast between 1-2pm on 30 January.

“It is a brilliant platform to showcase this research and the recommendations I have put forward, and highlight the problems that exist with British Asian participation in football,” Dr Kilvington added.

“As a researcher, you want your work to be heard and considered. Having the research talked about on a national BBC radio programme is what being a researcher is about. Hopefully this radio show gets even more people talking.”

Read more on Dr Kilvington's research here.

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