Breaking the News



Des Clarke

Stand-in hosts:
Ray Bradshaw (30 July 2021)
Chris Forbes (18 November 2022)
Jay Lafferty (28 July 2023 and 5 April 2024)


BBC Radio Scotland, 5 June 2015 to present

also BBC Two Scotland, 30 November 2018 and BBC Scotland, 31 March 2019 to present (34 episodes in 3 series + 8 specials to date)

(see Trivia below)


Topical comedy panel show.

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The seventh episode of the eleventh series was tested out as a TV pilot for BBC Two Scotland on 30 November 2018 as part of the Funny Firsts season. The twelfth, thirteenth and fourteenth series were broadcast on radio and TV on the newly launched BBC Scotland. These were essentially the same programme: it remained a radio show first and foremost, but the recordings were also filmed and broadcast on TV a few hours after the radio show went out.

The Covid-19 pandemic caused the show to revert to radio-only; the 15th and 16th series had the guests contributing from home. Three TV specials appeared in 2021 (a look back at 2020 on New Year's Day, a Valentines special in February and a Euro 2020 edition on 17 June) but otherwise the show is once again mostly audio-only. End-of-Year TV specials have continued to be produced, and there were also in-vision editions for the BBC's centenary in 2022 and the Euro 2024 football tournmaent, whenever that was. The show seems in no immediate danger of being pulled from radio, but equally it appears unlikely to return to television, bar the occasional one-off.

Web links

BBC programme page

British Comedy Guide entry (Radio)

British Comedy Guide entry (TV)


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