Comic Nish Kumar will host the new series of Newsjack, beginning Thursday 26 February at 10.30pm on BBC Radio 4 Extra.
Now in its 12th series, Newsjack is a six-part topical comedy show made especially for Radio 4 Extra. It has an open-door policy to writing – literally anyone can send in material to be performed by a cast of new names in comedy.
Sketches and one-liners written by the public are accepted for every episode and several now-established comedy writers got their start writing for Newsjack. Past submitters have gone on to forge careers in comedy-writing for radio and television, including shows such as The News Quiz, Tom Wrigglesworth’s Hang Ups and Dead Ringers. Past performers who have made a name for themselves since appearing on Newsjack include Miles Jupp, Morgana Robinson, Pippa Evans and Justin Edwards.
The cast for this series will include Cariad Lloyd, Mike Wozniak, Chris Kendall and Lolly Adefope, among others.
Nish Kumar says: “I’m really excited to be hosting Newsjack. I’m a huge fan of encouraging new writers and also of myself so in many ways this is a match made in heaven.”
Caroline Raphael, Commissioning Editor for Radio 4 Extra, says: “I am delighted Nish Kumar is to be the new presenter of Newsjack. This is a very important show for Radio 4 Extra, supporting rising comedy talent as it does both behind and in front of the microphone. Radio 4 Extra brings a wealth of archive programming to listeners and Newsjack ensures that we support, train and showcase lots of new talent who will one day create the archive of the future – with their own wonderful shows.”
The last series of Newsjack was presented by Romesh Ranganathan and previous cast has featured Nadia Kamil, Lewis MacLeod, Pippa Evans, Margaret Cabourn-Smith and Alice Levine.
A review and public consultation has been launched by the BBC Trust looking at the way that BBC programmes and content are supplied to the BBC by either independent production companies or BBC in-house production.