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Newsbeat opens its Oddbox

Rod McKenzie Rod McKenzie | 09:59 UK time, Tuesday, 28 August 2007

Why are 600 people naked on a Swiss glacier? How do you fancy seeing the stiletto race in Berlin where women in high heels prove their mettle – and their ankle strength - in a dash against their peers? Perhaps the chicken busters of Miami catches your fancy or even the Butt-Cam – the handy device that helps settle that eternal female dilemma about clothes, bums and body image?

Radio One logoWell all these goodies and more are on Newsbeat’s first ever Oddbox. It’s available now to watch, on the Radio One website or on the BBC News website by clicking here.

Fronted by Dominic Byrne – Newsbeat’s man on the Chris Moyles show – it’s well worth a view if, as Dom says, you’re tucking into your sandwich or bag of crisps – or even if you’re not. If you don’t know Dominic (and eight and a half million people who tune in weekly to the breakfast show do) – he’s a very rare thing: a genuinely funny newsman on the radio. By the way there’s even a Dominic Byrne appreciation society on Facebook if you want to show him some more love.

So what’s Oddbox and why are we doing it? Firstly, they’re video clips we’ve seen during the week that made us laugh and didn’t find their way onto other news bulletins you might have seen - it doesn’t take long to watch and it’s a bit of fun. Why? Why not? If you like it, it’s worth our doing it.

And don’t worry – no important current affairs journalism, investigation or analysis has been harmed in any way in the making of this slot - so it’s not a case of dumbing down or barbarians at the gates.

So you thought Newsbeat was just on the radio? We radio folk increasingly refuse to be bound by such old fashioned thinking. We make films almost every day nowadays – we take pictures on assignment and I can promise there’ll be plenty more visual stuff soon from the Newsbeat stable on our website. Judging from the early high number of hits we’re getting for Oddbox – you like it – so a big thanks from us all!


  • 1.
  • At 10:23 AM on 28 Aug 2007,
  • Bedd Gelert wrote:

Great to see that Paxo's appeal for higher standards in news journalism is showing dividends so quickly..

Dominic is indeed a Grade A Newsreader, with a wonderfully surreal sense of humour. Good to see it's coming across in this here video content.

*joins facebook group*

  • 3.
  • At 04:52 PM on 29 Aug 2007,
  • Nick wrote:

Hmmm... radio with pictures -- it'll never work...

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