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Jane Berthoud

Head of Radio Comedy BBC
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Jane Berthoud is the Head of Radio Comedy, which makes around 160 hours of radio content each year, making it the single largest producer of comedy in the world. Most output airs on Radio 4 and spans entertainment as well as scripted comedy, shows include: The News Quiz, The Now Show, Just A Minute, I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue, It’s Not What You Know, Ed Reardon’s Week, Party, Bridget Christie Minds the Gap and Can’t Tell Nathan Caton Nothing to mention a few.  Jane also oversees French & Saunders and The New Comedy Awards on Radio 2.

In the time Jane has been overseeing BBC Radio Comedy, the weekly comedy audience on Radio 4 has risen from 4.7 million to 5.7 million.  The Friday Evening Podcast is frequently top of the iTunes chart.

Jane has also worked in TV as a Producer; she’s produced TV to Go, World of Pub and  Ideal starring Johnny Vegas. Jane won a BAFTA and was made European Comedy Producer of the Year for the BBC Two show, Help.

As a Producer in Radio Comedy, Jane made On Baby Street written by Jenny Éclair and Julie Balloo with Caroline Aherne and Kathy Burke, Audio Diaries by Kay Stonham and At Home with the Snails, by Gez Foster as well as comedy shows for Radio 1 and Radio 2. She also produced Loose Ends on Radio 4.

In fact Jane has made comedy shows for every BBC Radio and TV network… except possibly BBC Four… she also worked with both Vera and Baby Cow for short spells.

Jane started her BBC career at Radio Devon; prior to this she was a Freelance Features Journalist. Jane has also worked in a garage forecourt, in a post office sorting office, a record shop, a cheese counter in a deli, a Wimpy Bar and a pub kitchen – all comedy gold.

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