The News Quiz. Andy Zaltzman
The News Quiz

The News Quiz

  • Radio panel show
  • BBC Radio 4
  • 1977 - 2024
  • 1059 episodes (113 series)

A long-running satirical Radio 4 panel show that takes a look at the week's more humorous news stories. Stars Andy Zaltzman, Angela Barnes, Nish Kumar, Miles Jupp, Sandi Toksvig and more.

Press clippings

At last, a laugh from Radio 4 (thanks to Priti Patel)

BBC comedy has been stuck in the doldrums. Things are looking up thanks to new shows with Rosie Holt and more.

Patrica Nichol, The Sunday Times, 4th February 2024

Rail minister Huw Merriman sppeared on Kay Burley's Sky News show and fingered Radio 4's satirical News Quiz as flagrantly unbalanced for, er, attacking the governing party. Although he later acknowledged that "it may not have been The News Quiz", he did say it was "totall biased". Which is odd, as the producer of The News Quiz, a young comedian named Sam Russell-Holmes, came to the show as an audio producer fresh from a role at Conservative bible The Spectator! Oddly, the Spectator - normally keen to weigh in on such matters, such as last summer when Rod Liddle declared that Auntie's "unceasing wokeish bias is exacerbating the national stampede for the off switch" - seems to have given the Beeb an easier ride this time.

Private Eye, 31st January 2024

Tory critics of the BBC fail to understand the nature of impartiality and satire

Readers respond to claims by various Conservative ministers that the broadcaster is biased.

The Guardian, 28th January 2024

BBC Radio 4's News Quiz is 'completely biased', minister claims

Comments by Huw Merriman come day after No 10 forced to deny government pursuing agenda against BBC.

Ben Quinn, The Guardian, 23rd January 2024

Comedy.co.uk Awards 2023 shortlist

The 60 TV and radio programmes shortlisted across the 10 categories in the Comedy.co.uk Awards 2023 have been revealed. Voting is now open to determine the winners.

British Comedy Guide, 8th January 2024

Chortle Awards 2023 results

Jazz Emu won in two categories at the Chortle Awards 2023. Other winners included Dara O Briain, Seann Walsh, Bob Mortimer, Joe Lycett and Zoe Lyons.

British Comedy Guide, 6th February 2023

Chortle Awards 2023 nominees announced

Shortlisted nominees for the 2023 awards run by comedy website Chortle have been announced. Bob Mortimer, Alasdair Beckett-King and Jordan Gray have secured two nominations each.

British Comedy Guide, 24th January 2023

Comedy.co.uk Awards 2022 shortlist

The 60 TV and radio programmes shortlisted across the 10 categories in the Comedy.co.uk Awards 2022 have been revealed. Voting is now open to determine the winners.

British Comedy Guide, 9th January 2023

The News Quiz is the most in-demand comedy on BBC Sounds

Fronted by Andy Zaltzman, it is also the third most requested on-demand show overall on the platform, behind The Archers and Desert Island Discs. David Mitchell's panel show The Unbelievable Truth is the second most popular comedy, followed by Mark Steel's In Town.

Chortle, 18th May 2022

Chortle Awards 2022 results

Bob Mortimer and Adam Rowe were the biggest winners at the Chortle Awards 2022, each taking home two trophies.

British Comedy Guide, 30th March 2022

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