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The News Quiz
Friday 13 February
6:30pm - 7:00pm
BBC Radio 4
Sandi Toksvig chairs the topical comedy quiz, with panellists Jeremy Hardy, Dave Gorman, Andy Hamilton and Francis Wheen.
The News Quiz is a topical comedy quiz broadcast on British radio BBC Radio 4. It was first broadcast in 1977 with Barry Norman as chairman. Subsequently it was chaired by Simon Hoggart, Barry Took (until 1995), and then again by Simon Hoggart until March 2006. Hoggart was replaced by Sandi Toksvig in September 2006. The series was created by John Lloyd.
Originally Private Eye editor Richard Ingrams and Punch editor Alan Coren acted as team captains.
Each week, four panellists appear on the show. They are usually either comedians or journalists, and sometimes politicians. Journalists predominated in the early years.
It was adapted for television in 1981 under the title Scoop, running for two seasons, and later inspired the television programme Have I Got News For You.
The programme is usually recorded in front of a live audience on a Thursday evening at the BBC Radio Theatre at Broadcasting House in central London. It is then edited, broadcast first on Friday evening, then repeated on the Saturday lunchtime.
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