The BBC has refused to comment on reports that it could close its Birmingham-based Asian Network.

It had been reported that the broadcaster would close the digital radio station - along with 6 Music - as well as scale back its website by half and cut spending on imported US programmes as it tries to shrink to make room for commercial rivals.

The reported proposals are part of a document to be considered by the BBC Trust, which is due to be made public next month.

A BBC spokesman said: "Work on the BBC’s Strategy Review is ongoing and we are not commenting on today’s story."

The Asian Network is based at the Mailbox, with programming originating in Birmingham, Leicester and London.

The station broadcasts a variety of music including Bollywood and Bhangra as well as R’n’B, Hip Hop and British Asian Underground.

It also produces news, discussion programmes, documentaries as well as its own urban soap Silver Street.