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Thursday 14 February



Newsjack is BBC Radio 4 Extra's topical sketch show with an open-door policy, which means that anyone can write for it. Once again, host Justin Edwards will be joined by Margaret Cabourn-Smith, Pippa Evans, Nadia Kamil and Lewis Macleod for a tasteful mocking of the news.

In the last series, the seventh, the production team read 450 emails a week, and broadcast the work of 123 different writers. Radio 4 will broadcast a special programme containing the best of series seven of Newsjack on 13th February at 11.00pm.

Newsjack may not be the only way to get started as a comedy writer, but it is definitely a good way. Newsjack writing alumni include James Kettle, now writing on a variety of Radio 4 shows including "It's Not What You Know" and "Can't Tell Nathan Caton Nothing"; Eddie Robson, whose sitcom "Welcome to Our Village, Please Invade Carefully" will go out on Radio 2 in March; and Tom Neenan, now one of BBC Radio Comedy's bursary writers.

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