Long-running BBC Radio 4 satirical show to return with three hosts

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Long-running BBC Radio 4 show The News Quiz is to return in the new year with three different hosts.

Nish Kumar, Angela Barnes and Andy Zaltzman will each host a series of the satirical programme.

Created by John Lloyd, The News Quiz was first broadcast in 1977 with Barry Norman as chairman. Over 42 years and 100 series, regular panellists have included the late Jeremy Hardy, Susan Calman, Hugo Rifkind and Mark Steel, while former hosts have included Sandi Toksvig, Simon Hoggart and most recently, Miles Jupp.

Sioned Wiliam, Commissioning Editor for Comedy at BBC Radio 4 and 4 Extra, says: “I’m really excited to have three incredible comedians hosting The News Quiz, each with their own unique sharp, satirical style. It’s been wonderful to have Angela, Nish and Andy on Radio 4 over the years and I’m delighted they’re now joining one of our flagship programmes which attracts millions of listeners on-air as well as to the chart topping podcast.”

Nish Kumar is best known as the host of BBC Two’s The Mash Report, while Angela Barnes is a regular panellist on the show and a host of Newsjack on 4 Extra. Comedy stalwart Andy Zaltzman first featured on the panel show in 2006 and has written and hosted other Radio 4 shows including Andy Zaltzman’s History Of The Third Millennium.

Sioned Wiliam, Commissioning Editor for Comedy at BBC Radio 4 and 4 Extra, said: “I’m really excited to have three incredible comedians hosting The News Quiz, each with their own unique sharp, satirical style.”