Joining BBC Radio 1 in 2002 as the host of Asian Beats with DJ Bobby Friction established the start of a successful career in radio for Nihal. Bobby Friction & Nihal Present won a Sony Radio Award in 2003 and achieved Gold standard in specialist music– which became Asian Beats with Nihal when Bobby left. In 2007, Nihal became the presenter of the Weekend Breakfast Show on Radio 1 which was later moved to weekend afternoons. Nihal was given his own show BBC Radio 1’s Review with Nihal in 2009 which won Best Radio Show at The UK Asian Music Awards (UK AMAs). Nihal is one of only two radio DJs to present on both a mainstream and a specialist show, the other being Annie Mac.
Nihal has garnered fantastic reviews as host of Radio 5 Live’s Afternoon show – Nihal Arthanayake, Asian Network’s Big Debate (on Fridays), and the daily Headliners podcast. His extensive knowledge of music and inimitable storytelling enables him to secure outstanding interviews.