The Guardian has refreshed the look and sound of its long-running Politics Weekly podcast, including a new release schedule and presenter.
Politics Weekly has relaunched as Politics Weekly UK and moves from Wednesdays to Thursdays, while Politics Weekly Extra is renamed Politics Weekly America and will be available every Friday.
Award-winning Guardian columnist John Harris joins Politics Weekly UK as its new presenter, appearing alongside a regular cast of Guardian journalists and contributors to dissect the latest political news and opinion. Every Thursday, Politics Weekly UK will feature expert commentary and analysis, offering listeners a unique take on the latest goings-on in Westminster and across the UK.
John Harris, presenter of Politics Weekly UK, says: “Politics Weekly UK is set to be an entertaining run-through of the week’s biggest political stories, building on the foundations established by the team over many years. Listeners can expect lively debate and insightful commentary from top Guardian journalists and contributors, alongside humour and irreverent chat that should hopefully offer something a little different to the other political podcasts out there. We’ll also aim to keep one foot in Westminster and one foot out, always striving to hear how politics is having an impact on people across the UK. I’m excited to get started in what’s already been an extraordinary, and wildly unpredictable, year for politics so far.”
Politics Weekly Extra also relaunches as Politics Weekly America. The podcast will continue to be presented by Guardian columnist Jonathan Freedland every Friday, with guests from across the US analysing the latest in American politics. Politics Weekly Extra originally launched in 2020 in response to one of the most important and divisive presidential election campaigns in American history. The additional episode was an immediate success with listeners and has continued ever since.
Nicole Jackson, head of audio, Guardian News & Media, says: “The relaunch of Politics Weekly makes our intent clear to listeners; expert political analysis across two distinct UK and US editions, with high quality audio journalism that Guardian podcast listeners have come to expect.