Newsjack. Copyright: BBC.


BBC Radio 4 Extra and BBC Radio 7 sketch show written by the public. 143 episodes (pilot + 24 series), 2009 - 2021. Stars Kiri Pritchard-McLean, Angela Barnes, Nish Kumar, Romesh Ranganathan and others.

Newsjack. Copyright: BBC.


Topical satirical sketch show on Radio 4 Extra. The programme had an 'open door' policy allowing anyone to submit material

  1. 17th September: Newsjack axed by the BBC
Sketch Show
2009 - 2021
BBC Radio 4 Extra, BBC Radio 7
143   (1 pilot + 24 series), plus 2 highlights specials
Kiri Pritchard-McLean, Angela Barnes, Nish Kumar, Romesh Ranganathan, Justin Edwards, Miles Jupp, Jess Robinson, Lewis Macleod and others
Danny Antrobus, Colin Chadwick, Gareth Gwynn, Matthew Morton, John-Luke Roberts, Luke Catterson, James Kettle, Emma Payne and others
Suzy Grant, Hayley Sterling, Leila Navabi, Benjamin Sutton, Adnan Ahmed, Nick Coupe, Tilusha Ghelani, Sam Michell, Simon Mayhew-Archer, Ed Morrish and others

Newsjack was a topical sketch show created by BBC Radio 7, then on BBC Radio 4 Extra. The show aimed to get comic mileage from the news - political, cultural, sports, and trivia.

Originally hosted by Miles Jupp, then Justin Edwards, followed by Romesh Ranganathan, Nish Kumar, Angela Barnes and Kiri Pritchard-McLean, the tone was lively, satirical, and distinctly irreverent.

Notably, most of the sketches were written by members of the public, as the programme was happy to receive unsolicited material. For example, the production team revealed that for Series 7 they were reading 450 emails a week, and broadcast the work of 123 different writers.

Newsjack writing alumni include James Kettle, now writing on a variety of Radio 4 shows including It's Not What You Know; Eddie Robson, whose has created sitcom Welcome To Our Village, Please Invade Carefully; and Tom Neenan, who went on to become one of BBC Radio Comedy's bursary writers.

Production Details

Production company
Also known as
  • Seven On Seven (Working title)
  • 7 On 7 (Working title)
Laugh track
Live audience

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Thursday 4th June 2009 on BBC Radio 7 at 11pm
Last new broadcast
Thursday 18th March 2021 on BBC Radio 4 Extra at 10:30pm
Last repeat
Sunday 21st March 2021 at 11:00pm

Website links


Supporters and subscribers get more

Additional content and tools are available across the site for Supporters and BCG Pro subscribers. On this page you can:

  • View location details

Donate (for fans) BCG Pro

Already a donor or Pro user?