Radio 4 Extra is to broadcast all of the US podcast show Serial, produced by WBEZ Chicago, starting this weekend.
The first episode will at 9pm this Sunday, with daily episodes broadcast until the network joins the non-fictional story as it reaches its final stage – which will go out on the same day worldwide.
Serial is a new podcast series which has received positive reviews both here and in America, hosted by journalist Sarah Koenig. It follows the true story of an investigation into a murder of the high-school student Hae Min Lee in Baltimore County in 1999. This will be the first-ever radio broadcast for the series.
The series has been reportedly downloaded and streamed more than 21 million times, topping download charts in countries ranging from the US to Germany to India.
Ira Glass, Editorial Advisor for Serial says: “We know we already have tons of Serial listeners in the UK but we love that the BBC will help us reach many many more than we ever could with podcast alone.”
Gwyneth Williams, Controller, Radio 4 and Radio 4 Extra says: “We are thrilled to be sharing Serial’s innovative journalism and storytelling with our audiences on Radio 4 Extra.”