|Genre||Scottish politics, News program, current affairs|
|Running time||Varied: 30min Daily M–F (60min Wed)|
|Country of origin||Scotland (United Kingdom)|
|Hosted by||Jack Foster|
|Produced by||Jack Foster|
|Original release||February 19, 2015– October 15, 2015|
|Audio format||Stereophonic sound|
NewsShaft was an online radio platform and news website, covering Scottish politics and current affairs. The service consisted of five regular programmes including a weekly Scottish politics magazine podcast ‘NewsShaft’, produced and operated by News Scotland CIC, a Community Interest Company. The programmes were funded through contributions from listeners and readers. NewsShaft ceased broadcasting in October 2015, due to financial difficulties.
Background[edit | edit source]
NewsShaft launched on February 19, 2015 under News Scotland CIC by journalists Jack Foster, James Devoy and Carolyn Scott as a single podcast, which since expanded to incorporate a daily news website focused on Scottish politics. The weekly NewsShaft programme had an average of 9.3k listeners.
In August 2015, NewsShaft expanded its service to 5 days a week with a specialist Scottish Parliament programme, regular documentaries and a live phone-in, but the service was ultimately forced to close later in 2015 citing financial difficulties.
Notable guests[edit | edit source]
- Derek Bateman - Former BBC Scotland Journalist, and editor of NewsNet Scotland
- Stuart Campbell - The editor of Wings Over Scotland was the first guest voice to appear on NewsShaft, speaking on the subject of tactical voting in the 2015 general election.
- Robin McAlpine - Founder and Director of the pro-independence think tank Common Weal.
- Lesley Riddoch - Broadcaster and journalist, former editor of the Sunday Herald and assistant editor of The Scotsman.
See also[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- Daisley, Stephen (13 March 2015). "Daisley Mail: My hell at the hands of separatist hate radio stars". STV News. Retrieved 14 June 2017.