The News Quiz. Image shows from L to R: Nish Kumar, Angela Barnes, Andy Zaltzman.

The News Quiz

BBC Radio 4 panel show satirising the week's news. Broadcast, 1977 - 2021. Stars Miles Jupp, Sandi Toksvig, Simon Hoggart, Barry Took and others.

Returns Friday 1st January at 6:30pm. Episode Guide

Series 103, Episode 2

Andy Zaltzman hosts the satirical quiz in front of a virtual audience, with guests Hugo Rifkind, Athena Kugblenu, Angela Barnes and Alun Cochrane.

Broadcast details

Friday 11th September 2020
BBC Radio 4
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Andy Zaltzman Host / Presenter
Guest cast
Hugo Rifkind Guest
Angela Barnes Guest
Alun Cochrane Guest
Athena Kugblenu Guest
Writing team
Andy Zaltzman Writer
Catherine Brinkworth Writer (Additional Material)
Charlie Dinkin Writer (Additional Material)
Jeffrey Aidoo Writer (Additional Material)
Alice Fraser Writer (Additional Material)
Runi Talwar Writer (Additional Material)
Production team
Richard Morris Producer


Andy Zaltzman: Impartiality is difficult in comedy

Last week the BBC's new director-general, Tim Davie, used his introductory speech to stress the importance of impartiality - prompting articles asking whether the corporation's comedy was impartial enough. Zaltzman's response is characteristically thoughtful and level-headed. "Impartiality is a difficult thing in comedy, because I don't know how you define it. In a sense, what is being sought is a balance of partialities. You can't have all the comedy being neutral - you need to balance the opposing views." That balance is "clearly needed", he says - and he's working hard to make sure The News Quiz has "a balance of pundits - politically, geographically" (though he can't yet confirm who will appear in future episodes).

Tristram Fane Saunders, The Telegraph, 11th September 2020

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