The Bugle

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The Bugle
The Bugle Art.jpg
The Bugle cover art (Issue 180)
Presentation
Hosting John Oliver, Andy Zaltzman
Genre News, Comedy
Language English
Updates Weekly
Production
Audio format Stream, MP3, AAC
Publication
Debut 14 October 2007
Website http://www.thebuglepodcast.com

The Bugle is a weekly satirical news podcast, hosted by John Oliver and Andy Zaltzman. It was initially distributed by TimesOnline, but has been produced independently since January 2012. New episodes of The Bugle are released on Fridays with related material appearing on the official website.[1] Focusing on global news stories (but primarily on UK/US news items), the show was launched in 2007 following John Oliver's move to New York to work on The Daily Show, allowing Oliver and Andy Zaltzman to continue a partnership that had previously enjoyed success with Political Animal and The Department. In December 2011 The Times decided to stop producing[2] the show and The Bugle became an independent production in January 2012, which has continued to this day. The podcast depends solely on donations and sales of merchandise. The Bugle is downloaded over 500,000 times a month.[3] On June 19, 2014 Oliver and Zaltzman announced in a short Bugle episode that the show would be put on hiatus at least for the summer, the show's first official break since it began, so Oliver could focus more on his television show, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. The announcement made clear that mini episodes primarily featuring Zaltzman as well as recordings of Oliver's and Zaltzman's earlier sketch comedy work would be released periodically over the summer, however.

Offshoots[edit]

  • The Bugle Website – Created in January 2012, the site contains updates on new shows, funding information, notes from the producer and technical information. A site with the same URL (http://www.thebuglepodcast.com) had existed previously as an unofficial site.
  • @hellobuglers, a Twitter account.[4] Although it began as a complement to The Bugle, primarily publishing one-liner political jokes, it also serves as Andy Zaltzman's own Twitter feed. For example, Andy has used it to announce his guest appearances on other programs.[5]
  • @Buglesamerican, a Twitter account[6] from sometime guest "The American" (voiced by Rory Albanese).
  • @ProducerChris, a Twitter account[7] from show producer Chris Skinner, providing news and updates.
  • BugleMars, the home of the Bugle's attempt to land a small probe on the Martian surface and transmit back puns.

Producers[edit]

Tom[edit]

Tom Wright,[8] known solely on The Bugle as "Tom the Producer", was the producer of the show from episodes 1 through to episode 107. He was first mentioned in episode 11 as Zaltzman announced his plans for the Hotties From History calendar. For most of the Bugle he remained silent, occasionally intervening to ask John and Andy to finish up so he can go home or responding to questions when asked. In later episodes he contributed more often, with listeners often addressing their e-mails to him directly. According to Tom's on-air answers to a number of questions sent to him by fans he is married, has a daughter, is Scottish, enjoys his job and does not ski.

In February 2010, Tom and his family emigrated to Australia. A week before his departure, he announced his intention to continue producing The Bugle remotely. However, in Bugle 106 (6 March 2010), it was announced that the next Bugle would be Tom's last as he had found another job. When asked by John and Andy what his new gig was, he refused to identify it on the grounds that it was a sensible show and that mentioning it by name would result in it being abused by Buglers. John and Andy agreed that this was an accurate characterization of their audience and did not pursue the matter further on the air.

In episode 200, Tom's 'character' was killed off in an apparent poisoning. The hosts remarked that this was the first person to be killed on The Bugle and would surely result in a ratings boost.

In episode 247, Tom came back for a short segment, speaking from Australia. In that episode, Tom confirmed that he currently works for the ABC.

Chris[edit]

After Tom left, he was replaced by Chris Skinner. Chris has previously worked with Andy on "Yes, It's the Ashes" radio show on BBC Radio 5 Live in 2009 and also produces "The Game" podcast for Times Online. When Chris first began producing the podcast, he restructured the standard musical cues quite a bit to jarring effect (e.g., he once played the podcast's closing music during the middle of an episode), but over time, his production became more similar to Tom’s. Appearing to be younger and more enthusiastic, Chris occasionally participates in banter with Oliver and Zaltzman with his guest spots increasing in volume over time, an example being an extended conversation about the state of Australia in Bugle 140. Chris has been the subject of semi-ironic hate mail (and fan mail) from listeners,[9] apparently for no reason other than that he is not Tom, and this became a running joke of the show. Chris was the focus of the website fuckyouchris.com, a site which was devoted to chronicling fans' ironic hatred of Chris.

Chris is the only member of the Bugle staff to be a regular poster on the Bugle Facebook page – often insulting buglers and taunting them with his power to release Bugles late or badly cut. Chris "does not ski", and ran in (and lost) the London Marathon 2012 (ep 192). In Episode 237, it was revealed that Chris had purchased the domain name fuckdungeons.com, which redirects to the podcast's home page.

Ped[edit]

Ped subs for Chris when the latter is ill or on holiday. Not much is known about Ped. Vague attempts at getting a Chris-style hate campaign going against Ped have not succeeded. Ped also deputies for Chris on The Game. Ped reacted angrily on the Special "Producer Chris Podcast" episode when Chris stated he "let" Ped substitute for him on the Bugle, giving strong support for an earlier (jestful) insult thrown at Chris.

Reception[edit]

The Bugle has received many positive mentions in the media. A review by American blog Frozen Toothpaste described the podcast in a 2007 review as 'a usually delightful, witty and deadpan satire'.[10] Computing website Philosophical Geek praised The Bugle for its unique wit, saying that the reviewer found himself 'laughing too hard to concentrate on anything else'.[11] The Bugle, according to The Nerd Rage Blog, is 'a thing of beauty' and 'is quite simply, hilarious'. Zaltzman's 'bullshit facts' are complimented, as is Oliver's 'biting sarcasm'.[12] BBC Comedy review show What's So Funny described The Bugle as the benchmark in satire, in an episode dated 27 May 2011.[13]

Relationship with News International[edit]

Until January 2012 the Bugle was distributed by TimesOnline, a division of The Times, which is owned by Rupert Murdoch's News International. During the News International phone hacking scandal of 2011, The Bugle satirised its parent company in a manner which the New York Times characterized as "blistering" in an article published 15 August.[14] Over the course of a few weekly episodes prior to the New York Times' article, Zaltzman and Oliver had gone "straight for the jugular" regarding News International, its newspapers, and Murdoch himself.[14] Their barbs included a comment that The News of the World "would not be missed at all", as well as the assertion by Oliver—in response to the shaving cream pie attack on Murdoch—that despite the humor inherent in the attack, "[you] just don't want to find yourself with any misplaced sympathy for Rupert Murdoch."[14] The comedians jokingly marveled with one another that no one in News International had yet shut down their podcast, with Oliver tapping his microphone and asking, "Should this not have been stopped by now? It doesn’t make sense!"[14] In response to the report from the New York Times, in an episode of the Bugle released 19 August, Oliver gave this opening monologue:

"Welcome to any first-time Buglers who are here because they might have read The New York Times' story on us earlier this week…but now that the story's in a newspaper that I'm guessing [Murdoch] reads cover to cover every day, I'm thinking there's an even smaller chance of us managing to not get fired now. So thanks very much, New York Times! Your trumpeting of this podcast may well turn into bugling the Last Post. I guess what I'm saying is—to our new listeners—'Hello and goodbye!'"[15]

End of relationship with Times Online[edit]

On 14 December 2011, Zaltzman announced that Times Online would soon cease hosting and distributing The Bugle.[16] He stressed that he did not believe that this decision was connected to the Bugle's coverage of the News International phone hacking scandal.[17] He also stated that both he and John wished to continue creating the podcast, and so Zaltzman "[does] not see this as the end of The Bugle".[18] As of October 2012 the podcast has moved to being funded by listener donations and runs most weeks.

Episodes[edit]

A full list of episodes of The Bugle, including titles, release dates, and download links, is available at the podcast's RSS feed (Times Online feed). The following list reproduces only the titles.

Sub-episodes[edit]

Starting 29 September 2011, the show's producer Chris initiated a new series of episodes to be released on the topic of world leaders, to be released instead of the normal cut-outs when the presenter(s) are away.[19]

  • In late June and early July 2012, there were two episodes wherein Oliver and Zaltzman individually answered questions sent in by Bugle listeners in the run-up to the 200th episode.
  • During the 2012 Summer Olympics, Zaltzman hosted a series of shorter episodes of The Bugle. These were unofficially titled The Londinium 5772 Nemean Games Daily Bugle Micro Sports Bulletin.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ In the "History of the World" subseries, Andy pronounced the lowercase letters as being Greek letters, i.e. alpha, beta, gamma, and delta. For presumably technical reasons, the Greek letters were not rendered in the episode titles as α, β, γ, and δ, but rather as the Latin letters a, b, g, and d. Note also that the Greek alphabet does not follow the order of the Latin alphabet, which is why the episodes are a, b, g, d instead of a, b, c, d.
  2. ^ The episode was recorded a mere 40 minutes after Hosni Mubarak's resignation much to the presenters' surprise after his speech on 10 February
  3. ^ This episode aired five years to the exact day the first-ever Bugle was recorded (14 October 2012).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bennett, Rosemary; Watson, Roland. "The Bugle". The Times (London). Retrieved 2008-08-20. 
  2. ^ "Times of London Cancels Comedy Podcast That Mocked Murdoch". 14 December 2011. Retrieved 4 March 2012. 
  3. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (24 April 2014). "'Last Week Tonight With John Oliver' Debuts April 27 on HBO". TVbytheNumbers. zap2it. Retrieved 25 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "@hellobuglers". Twitter. Retrieved 10 December 2010. 
  5. ^ "@hellobuglers". Twitter. 5 December 2010. Retrieved 10 December 2010. 
  6. ^ "@Buglesamerican". Twitter. Retrieved 9 January 2011. 
  7. ^ "@Producerchris". Twitter. Retrieved 27 January 2012. 
  8. ^ http://uk.linkedin.com/in/tomwright2
  9. ^ http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/group.php?gid=113169382027094
  10. ^ http://www.frozentoothpaste.com/2007/11/19/review-the-bugle-podcast/
  11. ^ "The Bugle podcast". Philosophical Geek. Retrieved 21 July 2012. 
  12. ^ https://thenerdrageblog.wordpress.com/2010/02/06/podcasts-you-should-be-listening-to-the-bugle-2/
  13. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b011f7m1
  14. ^ a b c d e f g Goodman, J. David (14 August 2011). "Comedy Podcast Inside News Corp. Feasts on a Scandal". The New York Times. Retrieved 25 August 2011. 
  15. ^ Zaltzman, Andy; John Oliver (19 August 2011). "Episode 165: Bashar goes to Madcon 1". The Bugle. TimesOnline. 
  16. ^ Zaltzman, Andy. "hellobuglers". Retrieved 14 December 2011. 
  17. ^ Zaltzman, Andy. "hellobuglers". Retrieved 14 December 2011. 
  18. ^ Zaltzman, Andy. "hellobuglers". Retrieved 14 December 2011. 
  19. ^ Zaltzman, Andy; John Oliver (29 September 2011). "Leaders Special #1 – Silvio Berlusconi". The Bugle. TimesOnline. 

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