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Last post for The Bugle as Times ends popular podcast

By Hugh Jordan

December 15, 2011 | 1 min read

The Times newspaper is ditching its satirical podcast, The Bugle, which pulled no punches in its coverage of the phone-hacking scandal.

Andy Zaltman and John Oliver, who star in the podcast together, announced the news on their twitter feed yesterday, and said they intended to continue the project through a different financing model.

Speaking to The Guardian, the The Bugle’s producer, Chris Skinner, said he believes the motivation for axing the show was purely financial.

“It's not been a great year for the company, and I'm not surprised that they are cutting costs,” Skinner said. “I think the show has felt a bit of a funny fit ever since the paywall was introduced.”

The final Times-sponsored episode of The Bugle will go out on 30 December.


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