Review: News podcasts

If you’re anything like me, as the amount of content you download increases, the amount of content you watch on traditional media like TV and radio decreases. For the most part, this is a good thing; you’re no longer tied to a rigid TV schedule, and you no longer have to sit through huge amounts of commercials or songs you’re not interested in. The downside to this lifestyle, though, is that you can very quickly become out of touch with the world around you.

When watching TV or listening to the radio, you are constantly reminded of the latest news headlines. However, with on demand content like podcasts and TV downloads through iTunes or hulu or other sources you must take deliverate steps to expose yourself to world news. With this in mind, today I’m going to present a few news programmes you can subscribe to in order to keep up with what’s going on.

BBC Global News

If you only want to subscribe to one news podcast, this would be a good choice. Compiling news and interviews from Newshour, The World Today and World Briefing, Global News provides a half-hour roundup of the most important global news twice a day.

Subscribe to Global News: Website | iTunes | RSS

Guardian Daily / Guardian Weekly

The Guardian’s podcasts provide a summary of the biggest headlines. The podcast comes in two flavours: Guardian Daily, a 30-minute version delivered every weekday; and Guardian Weekly, also 30 minutes long, but released once a week and features only the biggest stories and interviews.

Subscribe to Guardian Weekly: Website | iTunes | RSS

Subscribe to Guardian Daily: Website | iTunes | RSS

National Nine News

Nine is an Australian commerical TV network, and they offer a video podcast version of their programme each weekday. The good news is this is a full version of the National Nine News bulletin. The bad news is this is the full version of the National Nine News bulletin. Nine news certianly hasn’t fallen to the depths of Fox News, but they’re abseiling down pretty fast.

Actually, I’m being a little harsh here, because the truth is Nine’s podcast is actually much better than the TV version. The podcast version is only around 10 minutes long, which means they’ve stipped out a lot of the fluff stories that make the regular programme so cringeworthy.

Subscribe to National Nine News: Website | iTunes | RSS

Fox News

Don’t ever let me catch you downloading any Fox News podcast.

Subscribe to Fox News: Over my dead body.

Hear the audio version of this article in Episode 11 of Podwatch: iTunes | RSS | Direct download


  1. Posted April 30, 2008 at 10:20 pm | Permalink

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  2. Posted May 22, 2008 at 3:52 am | Permalink

    I believe the BBC one is called “News Pod” and indeed it is a great roundup of their shows.

  3. Grace
    Posted March 30, 2009 at 11:04 pm | Permalink

    For good Australian news, you can find it at the ABC website.

  4. Posted December 26, 2013 at 11:16 pm | Permalink

    Hi there!

    This is a good article Review: News podcasts « Podwatch: Podcast Reviews. It seems online writing had far surpassed print. Even proffesional journalists can’t make it up to what the web writers can provide in terms of informativeness, and conciseness such as on Reading news online has completely replaced world news for me.

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