Brexitcast is coming to BBC One

Brexitcast has grown and grown because our audience loves and deserves detailed explanations of enormous events, but likes a bit of devilment too.Laura Kuenssberg, Political Editor
Date: 13.06.2019     Last updated: 13.06.2019 at 11.03
Sound the klaxon! The BBC’s award-winning Brexitcast will be coming to BBC One on Thursday nights, making the hugely successful BBC podcast into a visual event as well as an audio one.

The Thursday evening programme is the first BBC podcast to be commissioned as a BBC television programme and will be broadcast on BBC One at 11.30pm. It will remain true to its format of delivering geeky and cheeky insights into the complicated world of Brexit from Westminster and Brussels.

Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg, Europe Editor Katya Adler, Europe Correspondent Adam Fleming, and Political Correspondent Chris Mason will continue the tradition of joining the discussion from wherever their news reporting duties take them, linking in to a state-of-the-art studio at BBC Westminster.

And with such a wealth of knowledge available, the expert team will also be ready to cover other major political events outside the world of Brexit on occasions.

The podcast, which recently won the Listeners’ Choice accolade at the British Podcast Awards, will still be available to listen and download on BBC Sounds as weekly episodes, with special emergency editions recorded as unpredictable and momentous Brexit developments dictate.

The programme is due to start in September.

Laura Kuenssberg, Political Editor and Brexitcast presenter, says: "Who says no one’s interested in politics?! Brexitcast has grown and grown because our audience loves and deserves detailed explanations of enormous events, but likes a bit of devilment too. It’s an absolute thrill to bring the show to BBC One, and a privilege to invite the legendary and committed This Week audience to join us, following on from Andrew, the supreme late-night host."

Dino Sofos, Series Editor, says: "Our nerdy podcast has been on an incredible journey, but we never thought that BBC One would come knocking! We’re over the moon that a bigger audience will now be able to find out about Adam’s Brexit binders and I’m really excited to be following in the footsteps of other podcasts including The Ricky Gervais Show and My Dad Wrote A Porno in making the move to the small screen. Crucially though, making a TV version of the podcast doesn’t mean the format will change… after all, Brexitcast means Brexitcast.”

Gavin Allen, Head of News Output, says: "Brexitcast is exactly what political coverage should - and in this polarised climate - needs to be about: expert, accessible, treating politicians like grown-ups and politics as complex. Seeking to learn not lambast, and yet still with plenty of fun thrown in. We’re delighted therefore to bring this fresh new format to BBC One and to replicate the success we’ve seen, but without changing the formula that’s got it to where it is."

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