- Wednesday 17th February 2021, 10:55pm
- Sheffield, England
- 170 posts
Quote: Will Cam @ 17th February 2021, 11:29 AM
I haven't submitted anything for years. The way 24 hour news is geared to having to fill advertising space, I find the news stories covered (generally) are either sensationalist or just plain depressing. I also didn't like it when the host started writing their own 7 minute monologue which was usually political. Nish Kumar in particular put me right off.
Yes, the most annoying part of them giving the hosts a monologue (must have been series 10 that started) was that it suddenly became that much harder for us submitters to get our stuff on because we'd just lost five minutes of the show. I understand why they wanted to make this change and use Newsjack as a place for developing performing talent, I just wish they could have done it without reducing the opportunity for new writers to have their work broadcast. The other change at that time was to have a changing cast rather than the regulars (Justin Edwards, Lewis MacLeod, and two of Pippa Evans, Nadia Kamil and Margaret Cabourn Smith when I started); again, fine and I understand why, but I think the show quality suffered for it. I'd have liked there to be one show with experienced performers doing open door material from new writers and another show with new and emerging performers doing material by experienced writers, rather than trying to do all the new talent support within a single show.