Radio 4 is to "illuminate January with the spirit of misrule" by broadcasting a series of comedy pilots of the twelfth night, the 7th January.British Comedy Guide, 21st December 2016
Andy Zaltzman brought out his satirical chops for The Now Show last week. Now into its 49th series, Radio 4's Friday-night political pee-take is a station stalwart. There's much to enjoy about this show. I like its speed and intelligence, its one-liners can be proper zingers and it does that great thing of scattershot, apolitical attack. But. I've never been much of a fan of hilarious songs, and I don't enjoy how it slots in the newbies. (Here's someone you don't know, audience. Laugh a little less than you have been.) There is something about long-serving Radio 4 shows that means they turn into smuggeries. It's a little to do with the regulars, and even more to do with the live audience, which laughs at anything the regulars say and is a bit snotty about everything else. Still, The Now Show has been brave and refreshed its contributors. It needs to shake up its format, too.Miranda Sawyer, The Observer, 4th December 2016
Giving ethnic minorities and women a leg-up is deeply patronising.Will Franken, Spiked, 12th October 2016
The BBC was at the centre of a damaging diversity row last night after one of its top radio stars was sacked for being 'white and male'.Chris Hastings and Jonathan Petre, Mail on Sunday, 1st October 2016
BAFTA award-winning comedian Jon Holmes was axed from The Now Show - the hit Radio 4 programme he has appeared on for 18 years - when bosses told him 'we're recasting it with more women and diversity'.
"It's not good for my image but I like cardigan's."Nick McGrath, The Sunday Express, 1st February 2015
There was a smart little sketch on The Now Show about NHS data, its sale and distribution, its users' choices. In a very few minutes it managed to be factual (the NHS intends to sell its clients' data, protected by pseudonymity but we can opt out) and entertaining (the ultimate deadline for opt outs is April so we'll probably put off doing anything for now). The joke was that however indignant we get about something the temptation to do nothing usually prevails. I laughed a lot. This is me to a T. I thereupon resolved that, when my leaflet advising me on the choice arrives, I will make a decision and act upon it at once.Gillian Reynolds, The Telegraph, 5th February 2014
Cut to 9am Friday morning. Today's job is to digitally assemble the programme, edit in retakes, add extra music and sound effects and cut last night's recording down to 28 minutes for broadcast at 18.30.Colin Anderson, BBC Radio 4 Blog, 3rd June 2013