The great joy of making a podcast is that it can be whatever you want it to be. The BBC has had a tendency to think its podcasts must be ersatz-radio programmes, with all the production quality and tone of what appears on its normal radio channels. Brexitcast/Newscast partly put paid to that, and Covid Confidential certainly continues that trend. Presented by political editor, Laura Kuenssberg, it seeks to tell the story of Covid through five different moments in the crisis, using on and off the record interviews with people involved in developing government strategy. Sounds a bit dry, doesn’t it? In fact, it’s the complete opposite.
It’s the first time that opera’s version of the Oscars has been held outside the UK.