Previous year hosts have included BBC Asian Network's Adil Ray, Noreen Khan, Tommy Sandhu, Jaz Rao as well as Zee's Dolfin and Asad Shan. The 2019 host will be confirmed soon.
Adil Ray (OBE) is a British actor, comedian and radio and television presenter. Adil is best known as the star and creator of the hit BBC1 sitcom Citizen Khan. After five series, the show has become one of Britain's much-loved sitcoms. In 2016 the show hit the road with a Citizen Khan tour and the publication of a book - Citizen Khan's Guide to Britain. Adil has received four Royal Television Society Awards for Best Comedy Programme and Best Comedy Performance as well as Best TV Character at the Asian Media Awards. Adil's talent for comedy was first aired on his daily BBC Asian Network Breakfast Show, where he created a number of characters. Comedy legends Charlie Higson and Paul Whitehouse were listening and asked Adil to join the performance team on BBC2's Bellamy's People.
Tommy Sandhu is a British DJ, remixer, producer and television presenter who shot to fame after he appeared on the dating game show Blind Date with Cilla Black. Sandhu is best known for his shaved head, cheeky nature and host of the breakfast show on the BBC Asian Network. He joined the station's daily schedule in 2010. Since his arrival in the drivetime and subsequently breakfast slot, the station's figures rose every quarter. The RAJAR figures for the station's weekly reach were approximately 300,000 in early 2010 and in 2017 they stood at just under 700,000 listeners. Sandhu has the highest figures ever recorded for an Asian radio show in the UK.
Run! Hide! Dolfin's in town! The Daily Mail's words were; 'The Asian industry didn't have crazy... NOW THEY DO!' With his smart comedy and incredible energy Dolfin brings what every mela needs. A party starter, you'll never know what he is going to do next! Young and always game for a laugh, rain or shine! Dolfin started his career working alongside BBC 1xtra. This lead to him being linked in tours with some of the UK's finest talent including, Jay Sean and Panjabi MC. Following this, he signed to Asian Music channel Zee Music (Zing), and has taken off from there interviewing some of the biggest bollywood stars including Shahrukh Khan, and having an exclusive with Shilpa Shetty. He has also presented some of the most exciting shows on the channel like THE Big Gig and Zee Music Nights. More recently Dolfin has toured on the Jongleurs Comedy circuit but now is back taking the Mela circuit by storm! Tim Westwood commented.... 'When he came on, it was lights out for me!'