London, February 2017: The Week, Dennis’s award winning current affairs brand, has launched a brand new current affairs podcast: The Week Unwrapped, presented by Olly Mann.
Each week, the radio presenter joins The Week’s expert editorial team to delve into the most important stories from the past seven days – but not necessarily the ones that have been grabbing all the headlines.
A familiar voice to podcast fans in the UK and beyond, Mann created Answer Me This with Helen Zaltzman a decade ago and has since launched The Modern Mann and The Media Podcast. He has also presented documentaries for BBC Radio 4.
Mann said of joining the show: "I’m a huge fan of podcasting and it’s been really exciting to see the boom in storytelling," he says. "But most of the podcasts I really enjoy listening to are of the sort where there’s three people sitting around talking about stuff."
After an eventful start to the year, there has been no shortage of material for the team to talk about. In the first few episodes alone they’ve asked:
Holden Frith, Editor of TheWeek.co.uk, and regular guest on The Week Unwrapped said: "The Week is in an unrivalled position to survey the current affairs landscape, and the podcast allows us to chew over stories in a more informal way."
Each half-hour episode features three of The Week’s writers, who kick off their discussions with a thought-provoking audio clip.
"There’s very little of the partisan posturing you get on other news discussions," Frith says. "What you get instead is an informed, free-ranging conversation between The Week’s writers and editors - and of course Olly Mann keeping us all in order."
Already a fan of The Week, Mann was keen to join the team and broaden his experience of current affairs broadcasting.
"I made my name on Answer Me This, a comedy podcast, where I’m essentially playing a version of myself when I was 25," he says. "It’s fun and I enjoy it, but it’s not necessarily who I want to be now."
On The Week Unwrapped, he says, he can "flex the muscles [he] would be using on Radio 4" - but in a format with even more impact.
"Radio is the most intimate of all the media platforms and podcasting really takes that up a gear," he says. After all, while people might half-listen to the radio because it happens to be on, downloading a podcast is a deliberate act: "People have chosen to listen to you and your take on the world."
You can subscribe to The Week Unwrapped and hear its take on the world every Friday morning using the links below:
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About The Week
One of the world’s most successful magazine launches of recent times, The Week filters the world’s finest opinion, news and culture into a weekly current affairs magazine.
The UK edition was launched in 1995 by ex-Sunday Telegraph deputy-editor Jolyon Connell. The Week has seen 37 consecutive circulation increases in a trying market and has won a range of awards including Consumer Magazine of the Year in 2012 and 2015. Globally, The Week is one of the fastest growing print magazines of the last decade. The print magazine’s success has been recently matched by the rapid growth of its award winning digital editions and daily news websites, www.theweek.co.uk and www.theweek.com and its digital advertising growth.
In 2015, The Week’s first paid-for brand extension, The Week Junior, was launched, aimed at smart and curious 8-14 year olds. The magazine was named Launch of the Year at the British Media Awards 2016. The WeekDay App also launched in the same year, delivering users the essential stories for the day free to their phones.