8 Jun 2019

Brexitcast: Behind-the-scenes Brexit

From The Podcast Hour, 12:35 pm on 8 June 2019
Brexitcast logo (Supplied)

Brexitcast logo (Supplied) Photo: Supplied/BBC

Janet emailed pods@rnz.co.nz about 'Brexitcast', a show she's got addicted to and that features some top BBC journalists explaining what's going on with Brexit. As Janet writes "... it's very back-room. And surprisingly entertaining if not funny".

So a podcast about the UK's eventual withdrawal from the European Union. Really?! Well if you want to learn more about the whole Brexit mess- past, present and future- I can't think of too many better places to start.

And as Janet mentioned, it isn't just informative: it's entertaining too. You've got four clever BBC correspondents chatting in a very well-informed but relaxed way about all the twists and turns. They get on well, there's lots of laughs,and they don't mind saying when they don't understand something,  

There's also this rough and ready, dynamic feel to the show. So episodes come out whenever something newsworthy happens- some weeks just about every day- and get recorded wherever the hosts are on the Brexit trail- in Brussels, taxis, Westminster, Strasbourg...even in bed.

The notebooks come out, un-named sources get quoted...and you come away from it feeling like you've got the inside track.

The Brexitcast crew- from left Chris Mason, BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg, Adam Fleming and BBC Europe Editor Katya Adler

The Brexitcast crew- from left Chris Mason, BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg, Adam Fleming and BBC Europe Editor Katya Adler Photo: Supplied

We speak to the show's producer Dino Sofos and play clips from two episodes to give you a taster of 'Brexitcast' presented by Laura Kuenssberg, Katya Adler, Adam Fleming and Chris Mason (and engineered by NZer Edward Swift among others!) for BBC Radio 5 Live.

[And since speaking to Dino, the show's won the Listeners' Choice Award at the recent British Podcast Awards].

Dino Sofos, the producer of Brexitcast (Supplied)

Dino Sofos, the producer of Brexitcast (Supplied) Photo: Supplied

What's On Your Headphones? Dino Sofos of Brexitcast's listening recommendations

My Dad Wrote A Porno "The funniest podcast out there and has set the bar in terms of audience engagement and adapting to live shows and TV." 

The Owl Sanctuary "One of the great things about podcasting is the ability to indulge in [a] niche. I am a fan of Sheffield Wednesday Football Club and this podcast, made by a bunch of lifelong Owls, is hilarious and makes me feel at home when I'm on a packed tube in London.

"A couple of brilliant true Crime podcasts have come out of BBC Scotland..."  The Doorstep Murder and The Strange Death of Innes Ewart. "Excellent, enthralling storytelling.