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.

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 - 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 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)
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

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