Newsjack. Copyright: BBC.


BBC Radio 4 Extra and BBC Radio 7 sketch show written by the public. 121 episodes (pilot + 20 series), 2009 - 2019. Stars Kiri Pritchard-McLean, Angela Barnes, Nish Kumar, Romesh Ranganathan and others.

Another series is in development.

Newsjack. Copyright: BBC.


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

Sketch Show
2009 - 2019
BBC Radio 4 Extra, BBC Radio 7
121   (1 pilot + 20 series), plus 2 highlights specials
Kiri Pritchard-McLean, Angela Barnes, Nish Kumar, Romesh Ranganathan, Justin Edwards, Miles Jupp, George Fouracres, Lewis Macleod and others
Matthew Morton, Luke Catterson, James Kettle, Emma Payne, Darren Ross, Mark Spiller, Alex Buchanan, Andy Flood and others
Ed Morrish, Carl Cooper, Arnab Chanda, Charlie Perkins, Lyndsay Fenner, Matt Stronge, Toby Tilling, Suzy Grant, Paul Sheehan, Tilusha Ghelani and others

Newsjack is a topical sketch show created by BBC Radio 7, now on BBC Radio 4 Extra. The show aims 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 now Kiri Pritchard-McLean, the tone is lively, satirical, and distinctly irreverent.

Notably, most of the sketches are written by members of the public, as the programme is 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)
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Live audience


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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Thursday 4th June 2009 on BBC Radio 7 at 11pm
Last new broadcast
Thursday 14th March 2019 on BBC Radio 4 Extra at 10:30pm
Last repeat
Sunday 17th March 2019 at 11:00pm

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