Miniscooplet, for those who take an interest in the BBC's approach to the British news podcast market: *Beyond Today is being cut from daily to twice a week *Newscast, the rebranded Brexitcast, is becoming a daily show with a host tbc *The Next Episode and Americast continue
Well, that's as maybe, but This Week was never broadcast during parliamentary recesses, and this show is seemingly a straight replacement for it so is seemingly following the same schedule. I know it's cheaper, but seemingly one of the reasons for commissioning this instead was to save money.
The podcast lacks focus compared to its predecessor. I don’t quite get why they changed it from Brexitcast so quickly. There are plenty of negotiations, plus rows over changes to domestic policy thanks to Brexit. And they’re receiving less coverage on main bulletins, perhaps warranting Brexitcast even more.
Beyond Today flopping would be no surprise to anyone outside New Broadcasting House. It might have been brilliant, but if you're trying to attract people who don't listen to (or are repelled by) Today, why create a podcast seemingly inspired by it?
As for Brexitcast/Newscast - as the UK's withdrawal from the EU starts to get into its tricky phase, it's sadly no surprise that the BBC - whose coverage of European issues has been so poor over the years - would water down something that could properly explain what's going on, something that could be of huge value now the political sideshow has ended and the real business is about to get under way.
That Peter Crouch Podcast continues, mind, giving ample opportunity for the BBC's enemies to take a pop. It feels like the BBC is blundering into the same position as it did 15 or so years ago when it had to make big cuts to its website, which it no doubt will have to repeat soon.
Given that zero of the Labour leader candidates and even the Lib dems want to talk about the issue since the election, I'm not sure why you would think it would continue.
The issue is dead politically until we head to the final crunch talks. All of these talks are going on behind closed doors and the talks before the initial withdrawal agreement were nearly all leak free.
30 minutes a week on Brexit while ignoring Labour leadership, immigration debate etc is beyond futile
it's sadly no surprise that the BBC - whose coverage of European issues has been so poor over the years - would water down something that could properly explain what's going on,
If you need 30 minutes a week to explain how diplomats negotiate, I fear for you in the real world. The politics of this is effectively dead.
Well, that’s charming.
Brexitcast prided itself on being “geeky”. And a podcast is a fine way of testing an appetite for a topic like that. As Britain enters uncharted waters, a “geeky” podcast on what happens next would be valuable.