I Guess That's Why They Call It The News. Fred MacAulay. Copyright: BBC.

I Guess That's Why They Call It The News

BBC Radio 4 panel show. 5 episodes (1 series) in 2009. Stars Fred MacAulay.

I Guess That's Why They Call It The News

A topical radio panel show chaired by Fred MacAulay. The rounds are based on the week's news and more perennial issues too

Panel Show
BBC Radio 4
5   (1 series)
Fred MacAulay
Katie Tyrrell

A topical panel show hosted by Fred MacAulay in which two teams of two play games inspired by the week's headlines - from politics to entertainment.

This show asks the big questions, and the little questions. And provides thoroughly silly answers to both.

The rounds include: What The Papers (Don't Actually) Say; Say What? (topical 'quote unquote' with silly and wrong answers); Good News, Bad News (pretending good news is bad and vice versa); Who's Who (who is the new who and why); Focus Group (suggested improvements to the week's films, TV and news stories); and Apathy Attack (persuading a "don't know" from the audience to change his or her mind on a major perennial issue).

The show comprises both prepared and improvised elements - and some arbitrary scoring.

Production Details

Production company
Laugh track
Live audience

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Friday 21st August 2009 on BBC Radio 4 at 6:30pm
Last new broadcast
Friday 18th September 2009 on BBC Radio 4 at 6:30pm
Length of episodes
30 minutes
Last repeat
Sunday 27th September 2009 at 10:00pm on Radio 7

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