Brexitcast

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Brexitcast
Brexitcast Titles.jpg
Opening titles
Presented byLaura Kuenssberg
Katya Adler
Adam Fleming
Chris Mason
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
Production
Executive producer(s)Rob Burley
Editor(s)Dino Sofos
Release
Original networkBBC One
Original release12 September 2019 (2019-09-12) (television)

Brexitcast is a British podcast and television programme produced by BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC News. Launched as a podcast in June 2017, it was announced in June 2019 that Brexitcast had been commissioned as a television programme for BBC One. It was the first BBC podcast to be commissioned for television.

A similar programme, Electioncast, was launched in May 2017 to cover the 2017 general election and was replaced by Brexitcast at the end of the election campaign in the same podcast feed. Electioncast returned as a daily version of the podcast for the 2019 general election. It was announced in 2020 that Brexitcast would be renamed Newscast after the UK leaves the EU on 31 January 2020.[1]

Overview[edit]

Recorded on a weekly basis, the podcast takes a look at issues relating to Brexit, the term for the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union, explaining the subject to listeners in an informative but light-hearted fashion. The series styles itself as providing its audience with "geeky Brexit gossip". The podcast is presented by BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg, Europe editor Katya Adler, Europe correspondent Adam Fleming, and political correspondent Chris Mason.[2][3]

The televised edition is recorded on the day of broadcast, before being transmitted later that evening. It is aired on the BBC News Channel at 9.30pm, before being repeated on BBC One at 11.35pm.[4]

History[edit]

Electioncast[edit]

Prior to Brexitcast, a similar podcast titled Electioncast was launched in 2017 to cover that year's general election. It returned again at the start of the campaign for the 2019 United Kingdom general election. Presented by the Brexitcast team, Electioncast aired on the BBC News Channel at 21:30 as well as in the same podcast feed as Brexitcast every weekday for the duration of the election, except for Thursdays when Brexitcast aired as normal.[5]

Podcast[edit]

Brexitcast was launched in June 2017 as a podcast, replacing Electioncast which had started on 8 May 2017 to cover the 2017 general election.[6] It is available to download from the BBC Sounds app and also aired on BBC Radio 5 Live.[7] The first episode of Brexitcast was released on 19 June 2017 after the conclusion of the 2017 general election.

In May 2019, Brexitcast was the recipient of the Listeners’ Choice Award at the British Podcast Awards.[7][8]

Television series[edit]

On 13 June 2019, the BBC announced that it would be produced as a television programme for BBC One, launching in September. Brexitcast airs in a late-night Thursday slot after Question Time, and replaced This Week, which ended after sixteen years on air following presenter Andrew Neil's decision to leave the series.[9][8] It was also confirmed that Brexitcast would continue to be available as a downloadable podcast, with extra editions recorded to coincide with significant events.[10] Brexitcast is the first BBC podcast to be commissioned as a television programme, and follows other podcasts such as The Ricky Gervais Show and My Dad Wrote a Porno in making the transition to screen.[8]

The first televised edition of Brexitcast was aired on 12 September 2019, debuting firstly on the BBC News Channel at 9.30, before being shown on BBC One at 11.35pm. The first edition was watched by an average one million viewers.[11] On 10 October, the journalist and musician Rhodri Marsden appeared as a guest on the programme where he debuted tracks from his Brexit-inspired disco concept album The Hustle. It then appeared on the iTunes UK Album Chart, where it quickly began to outsell ABBA Gold.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BBC Radio 5 live – Netflix and Chi…nese". BBC. Retrieved 24 January 2020.
  2. ^ "Brexitcast podcast to get late-night BBC One slot". BBC News. BBC. 13 June 2019. Retrieved 13 June 2019.
  3. ^ "Brexit Round-Up: February 2018". www.warrant-group.com. Retrieved 13 June 2019.
  4. ^ a b Peat, Jack (11 October 2019). "Rhodri Marsen has just released a Brexit disco concept album". The London Economic. Retrieved 12 October 2019.
  5. ^ "BBC Radio 5 live – Electioncast is here!". BBC. Retrieved 7 November 2019.
  6. ^ "BBC Radio 5 live – Brexitcast, Electioncast is dead. Long live Brexitcast!". BBC. Retrieved 13 June 2019.
  7. ^ a b "5 Live's Brexitcast wins British Podcast Awards Listeners Choice". Retrieved 13 June 2019.
  8. ^ a b c "Brexitcast is coming to BBC One". BBC Media Centre. BBC. 13 June 2019. Retrieved 13 June 2019.
  9. ^ "BBC 'cheeky' Brexitcast podcast to replace Andrew Neil's This Week on BBC1". The I. 13 June 2019. Retrieved 13 June 2019.
  10. ^ "Brexitcast podcast commissioned for BBC One to replace This Week". Evening Express. D. C. Thomson & Co. Ltd. 13 June 2019. Retrieved 14 June 2019.
  11. ^ Walker, James (13 September 2019). "BBC's Brexitcast tops 1m viewers on TV debut". Press Gazette. Retrieved 12 October 2019.

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