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  • Innovative quiz concept features groundbreaking voice technology, enabling listeners to speak their answers into their mobile device.

  • Brand new to the UK, technology allows Labbett to see listeners’ answers arrive in real time, enabling live interaction between host and player.

  • Players have the opportunity to pit themselves against “The Beast” head on, while also competing against thousands of their compatriots, following their progress through an online interactive leaderboard.

  • The Not-in-a-Pub Pub Quiz broadcasts live on Union JACK radio from 1 - 1.30pm every Tuesday and Thursday, launching Thursday 30 April.

  • Download the App to join in by searching for ‘Union JACK Pub Quiz’ in the App Store (free to download).


28 April 2020, Oxford: National digital radio station Union JACK can today announce the launch of a groundbreaking live quiz concept, designed to provide the nation with fun and entertainment during the current lockdown. The Not-in-a-Pub Pub Quiz will be hosted by TV personality and renowned quizzer Mark “The Beast” Labbett, and will feature unique voice technology that is brand new to the UK and which enables listeners to play along with the quiz live, submitting their answers verbally through their mobile devices and enabling real-time interaction with Labbett.


Union JACK radio is no stranger to innovation, and to creating content for the radio that is completely unique. Noticing the popularity that quiz formats are playing in people’s lives during the country’s lockdown, the radio station quickly secured one of the best quizzers in the country and created an unrivalled live quiz offering that aims to bring people together twice a week for some lighthearted fun; as well as provide companionship and camaraderie for people who may be alone during this difficult period.


Taking place at 1pm every Tuesday and Thursday, from Thursday 30 April, the quiz also features unique voice technology. Once they have downloaded the ‘Union JACK Pub Quiz’ App, the software enables listeners to respond to live radio by simply speaking into their mobile device to answer the question. Their answers will immediately be communicated to Labbett, who will be able to easily identify the right answers, the quickest to answer, the slowest to answer and more, allowing him to easily interact with players taking part in the quiz, in real time.


This live interaction between the Labbett and listeners playing along at home will uniquely capture that ‘pub quiz’ feel, with Labbett having free-reign to interact with listeners. A unique sense of rivalry will also be ignited through the quiz, with players competing against thousands of their compatriots and, through an interactive leaderboard on, able to follow the progress of all players, easily identifying the ones to watch.


Labbett said: “I cannot wait to host Union JACK radio’s Not-in-a-Pub Pub Quiz. It’s an absolutely groundbreaking quiz concept that has massive personal appeal for me, and which listeners are going to absolutely love. This couldn’t have landed at a better time with everyone being stuck at home and looking for things to keep their spirits up, so I hope it brings some friendly fun and rivalry to Tuesdays and Thursdays.”


Giles Gear, Programme Manager at Union JACK radio added: “The British public loves pubs and quizzes, and it feels like everyone has tried to create their own to varying degrees of success. We wanted to build on this momentum and to create something unique and which can bring the whole country together for some fun during the long weeks.


“What sets this apart is that The Not-in-a-Pub Pub Quiz features the country’s best quizzer, plus the use of groundbreaking voice technology, allowing answers to be captured in real time and delivering that unique ‘pub quiz’ atmosphere to all players. As always, Union JACK radio is continuing to innovate and to create interesting, original radio content in these tough times. So, grab the App and see how well you do!”


Union JACK radio has become known as the ‘Home of Great British Comedy”, where its unique focus on bespoke comedy content, investment in up-and-coming talent, collaboration with household-name comedians and delivery of content from the country’s leading comedic events has earned it an army of fans and a nomination for ‘Best National Station’ at the recent UK Radio Awards.


The Not-in-a-Pub Pub Quiz broadcasts live on Union JACK Radio every Tuesday and Thursday at 1pm. Download the ‘Union JACK Pub Quiz’ App to play along and listen live on DAB or online at

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