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Episodes

Omicron and On

Should we be worried about the rise in Covid infections? Adam is joined in the studio by Newscast regular, the BBC’s James Gallagher. Political correspondent Ione Wells gives us the latest from Westminster following allegations that Chris Pincher groped two men. He’s now been suspended as a Tory MP. And Dragons’ Den star and entrepreneur Steven Bartlett talks to Adam about podcasting with Matt Hancock and his love of musicals. Today’s Newscast was made by Tim Walklate, with Daniel Wittenberg, Cordelia Hemming and Alix Pickles. The technical producer was Michael Regaard. The editor was Jonathan Aspinwall.
01/07/2232m 12s

No Pact

The Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran says there’ll be no election pact with the Labour Party. As the Nato summit comes to an end, she talks to Adam, Emma Vardy and Sima Kotecha about defence spending. Also, octopuses, jellyfish and surfing are on the table. This edition of Newscast was made by Chris Flynn. The assistant editor was Alison Gee. The editor was Jonathan Aspinwall.
30/06/2227m 39s

There’s Summit about Nato

The defensive alliance strengthens its defences and invites Finland and Sweden to join. Adam is joined by Katya and BBC Security Correspondent Frank Gardner, who are covering the organisation's summit in Madrid. And You, Me and the Big C producer Mike Holt is also on to celebrate the life of Dame Deborah James. Today’s Newscast was made by Tim Walklate with Chris Flynn, Alix Pickles and Miranda Slade. The technical producer was Cassie Galpin. The assistant editor was Sam Bonham.
29/06/2235m 39s

Ghislaine Maxwell Sentenced

Breaking news on the pod as Ghislaine Maxwell is sentenced to twenty years in prison. Also as Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon proposes 19 October 2023 as the date for another referendum on independence, Adam is joined by Chris and BBC Scotland Editor James Cook. And the first results from the 2021 census have been released today! Professor Jane Falkingham from the University of Southampton pores over the details. Today’s Newscast was made by Tim Walklate with Cordelia Hemming, Chris Flynn and Alix Pickles. The technical producers were Ben Andrews and Cassie Galpin. The assistant editor was Sam Bonham.
28/06/2230m 25s

G7-Force

World leaders meeting in Bavaria promise to support Ukraine for “as long as it takes”. Adam chats to Chris, who's interviewed the PM there, and Vicki, back in Westminster, about what’s been discussed so far. Meanwhile, there has been a deadly airstrike on a crowded shopping centre in the city of Kremenchuk. Ukrainecast’s Vitaly Shevchenko has an update on the situation on the ground. And it may have been the biggest music weekend of the year, but Adam didn’t manage to watch any of Glastonbury... so Radio 1’s Jack Saunders gives him some tips for what to catch up on. Today’s Newscast was made by Daniel Wittenberg with Chris Flynn and Cordelia Hemming. The technical producer was Frank McWeeny. The assistant editor was Alison Gee.
27/06/2232m 47s

Dowden and Out

Oliver Dowden quits as Conservative Party chairman after the Tories lose two by-elections. Adam, Chris and Alex are joined by Will Walden, former advisor to Boris Johnson, to discuss the prime minister’s political future. Also, the US top court ends the constitutional right to abortion. Sarah Smith is in Washington to explain what this means for millions of women in the country. Today’s Newscast was made by Tim Walklate, with Cordelia Hemming and Miranda Slade. The technical producer was Michael Regaard. The assistant editor was Alison Gee.
24/06/2235m 59s

Brexit and by-elections

Six years after the UK voted to leave the EU, Adam and Victoria Derbyshire speak to one of Brexit’s orchestrators, Nigel Farage. The former politician gives his views on whether it’s been a success. Chris Mason and pollster Chris Curtis from Opinium also join to speak about what the results of the by-elections in Wakefield and in Tiverton and Honiton might mean. This edition of Newscast was made by Chris Flynn. The assistant editor was Alison Gee. The editor was Jonathan Aspinwall.
23/06/2230m 53s

Earthquake in Afghanistan

Adam is joined by Lyse Doucet and Sayed Rahman from the International Rescue Committee, who’s in Kabul, after an earthquake killed at least 1,000 people and injured 1,500 in eastern Afghanistan. Also, the polio virus has been detected in London’s sewers. Fergus explains all. Today’s Newscast was made by Tim Walklate with Miranda Slade and Chris Flynn. The technical producer was Michael Regaard. The assistant editor was Alison Gee.
22/06/2233m 9s

Trainstopping

The biggest train strike in 30 years has disrupted travel for millions. Simon Jack and Anna-Jane Hunter, a former Network Rail director, join Adam to discuss the prospect of further disruption over the summer, and not just on the rails. And BBC Sport’s Jane Dougall takes us through the latest decision to ban transgender players from women’s international rugby, while rugby league’s governing body considers its inclusion policies. Today’s Newscast was made by Tim Walklate with Chris Flynn and Cordelia Hemming. The technical producers were Cassie Galpin and Ash Taylor. The assistant editor was Alison Gee.
21/06/2230m 23s

Happy 5th Birthdaycast!

The biggest rail strikes in 30 years are going ahead after last-minute talks went nowhere. Chris and Laura are back with Adam to think through what it means for passengers and the government. They’re also here to mark the podcast’s birthday with a look at what’s next in the UK’s relations with Europe, plus a trip down Brexitcast memory lane. And a newer friend of the podcast, the BBC’s disinformation reporter Marianna Spring also joins us to talk about her Panorama documentary looking at the role social media played in the murder of a 13-year-old boy called Olly. Today’s Newscast was made by Daniel Wittenberg with Cordelia Hemming and Alix Pickes. The technical producers were Dave O’Neill and Cassie Galpin. The assistant editor was Alison Gee. The editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.
20/06/2237m 24s

Running Up That Chart

Zoe Ball reacts to Kate Bush’s return to number one and the possibility that the UK might host next year’s Eurovision. We reopen the "Newscast Travel Desk" after Gatwick airport announces it will cut some summer flights, with the help of BBC transport correspondent, Katy Austin. And playwright, James Graham, explains the political backdrop to his new crime drama "Sherwood". Today’s Newscast was made by Daniel Wittenberg, with Miranda Slade and Cordelia Hemming. The technical producer was Emma Crowe. The assistant editor was Sam Bonham. Email Newscast@bbc.co.uk with your questions and comments. You can also send us a message or voice note via WhatsApp to +44 0330 123 9480.
17/06/2235m 57s

An ‘odious position’

We speak exclusively to Sir Alex Allan, who resigned as the PM’s ethics advisor in 2020, about the resignation of his successor Lord Geidt. He tells Adam and Vicki that he’s “really upset” about the situation, and in an unexpected turn, reveals his love for cult rock band the Grateful Dead. There’s analysis from Chris and BBC Breakfast business journalist Nina Warhurst in the studio, as well as a look at interest rates as they reach their highest point since 2009. This edition of Newscast was made by Chris Flynn. The assistant editor was Alison Gee. The editor was Jonathan Aspinwall.
16/06/2232m 43s

Geidt Outta Here

Adam and Vicki react to the sudden news that Boris Johnson’s ethics adviser Lord Geidt has quit. They’re joined by home affairs correspondent Dominic Casciani and former Supreme Court judge Lord Sumption, who gives his view on the resignation, as well as the cancellation of the first flight to Rwanda that was due to deport asylum seekers. And weather presenter Tomasz Schafernaker invites a sweaty Adam into the brand new BBC News TV studio to give us our very own forecast. Today’s Newscast was made by Daniel Wittenberg with Chris Flynn, Cordelia Hemming and Miranda Slade. The technical producer was Emma Crowe. The assistant editor was Alison Gee. Email Newscast@bbc.co.uk with your questions and comments. You can also send us a message or voice note via WhatsApp to +44 0330 123 9480.
15/06/2232m 49s

Grenfell: Five Years On

Remembering the 72 people who died... We mark the anniversary with Victoria Derbyshire, who reported at Grenfell Tower in west London five years ago. And Adam is joined by Chris and Dominic Casciani to talk through the government’s first flight due to take asylum seekers to Rwanda, after a load of legal challenges. Today’s Newscast was made by Miranda Slade and Cordelia Hemming plus Clare Williamson. The technical producer was Emma Crowe. The assistant editor was Sam Bonham.
14/06/2236m 56s

Brexitcast

Adam, Chris and Katya are back talking Brexit on the day that the UK reveals plans to ditch parts of EU deal. And Jacqui Wakefield, from Panorama, describes what it was like to work undercover as a receptionist in a GP surgery for her latest investigation. Today’s Newscast was made by Miranda Slade and Cordelia Hemming. The technical producer was Emma Crowe. The assistant editors were Sam Bonham and Alison Gee.
13/06/2231m 17s

Jurassic World Service

The dinosaur expert on the latest film, palaeontologist Steve Brusatte, tells Adam he thinks the feathered ones are the scariest. And actor Damian Lewis is on the pitch telling Adam all about this year’s Soccer Aid. Today’s Newscast was made by Tim Walklate, with Miranda Slade and Cordelia Hemming. The technical producer was Emma Crowe. The assistant editor was Alison Gee.
10/06/2235m 53s

Angela Rayner

Labour’s deputy leader, Angela Rayner, says she sometimes wishes Keir Starmer would "put some more welly into it" to make the public love him as much as she does. She also talks to Adam, Jo Coburn and Emma Vardy about why she’s so confident she and the labour leader won’t be fined for having beer and a curry in Durham last year. And Chris Mason has been in Blackpool where the prime minister announced plans to allow benefits to be put towards mortgages. This edition of Newscast was made by Chris Flynn. The assistant editor was Alison Gee. The editor was Jonathan Aspinwall.
09/06/2226m 3s

Planes, Trains and Automobiles

A Newscast travel and transport special! Adam is joined by travel expert Simon Calder to discuss whether we’re in for a summer of disruption on the railways after the RMT union announced three days of nationwide strike action later this month. Also, Edmund King, president of the AA, assesses how the jump in petrol prices will impact drivers. And holidaymaker Sheila Money recounts her unexpected four-day journey from Cyprus to London after flight delays and cancellations left her and her family sleeping on the airport floor. Today’s Newscast was made by Tim Walklate, with Miranda Slade and Cordelia Hemming. The technical producer was Mike Regaard. The assistant editor was Alison Gee.
08/06/2231m 20s

Planes, Trains and Automobiles

A Newscast travel and transport special! Adam is joined by travel expert Simon Calder to discuss whether we’re in for a summer of disruption on the railways after the RMT union announced three days of nationwide strike action later this month. Also, Edmund King, president of the AA, assesses how the jump in petrol prices will impact drivers. And holidaymaker Sheila Money recounts her unexpected four-day journey from Cyprus to London after flight delays and cancellations left her and her family sleeping on the airport floor. Today’s Newscast was made by Tim Walklate, with Miranda Slade and Cordelia Hemming. The technical producer was Mike Regaard. The assistant editor was Alison Gee.
08/06/2231m 20s

Johnsonwards

The prime minister says it’s time to draw a line under Partygate. Adam and Chris are joined by former Downing Street chief of staff, Gavin Barwell, to discuss how Boris Johnson continues in office after he survived an attempt by some Tory MPs to oust him. Also, Countdown’s Susie Dent ruminates on what the collective noun for 148 rebel MPs might be. And, Justin Rowlatt tells us about how he celebrated his birthday at the Bonn climate conference, which looks to lay the groundwork for COP27 in Egypt later this year. Today’s Newscast was made by Tim Walklate, with Cordelia Hemming and Alix Pickles. The technical producer was Gareth Jones. The assistant editor was Sam Bonham.
07/06/2233m 14s

Johnson and on

The prime minister wins vote but suffers large Tory rebellion. Adam, Chris, Vicki and Alex get together late on Monday night to talk it all through. Today's Newscast was made by Chris Flynn. The technical producer was Emma Crowe. The assistant editor was Sam Bonham.
06/06/2233m 17s

Ukrainecast: 100 Days of War

Thursday February 24th 2022 until today. In this special episode, the Ukrainecast team take you through some of the key moments in the Ukraine war. We thought you Newscasters would want to hear it too. It was made by some of the same team that makes Newscast: Phil Marzouk, Estelle Doyle and Emma Crowe. The editor was Jonathan Aspinwall.
03/06/221h 0m

Depp Wins and the Jubilee Weekend

Johnny Depp has won his libel case against Amber Heard – he’s been awarded $15m in damages. Amber Heard has also won one of her counterclaims for defamation against her ex-husband and has been awarded $2m. The BBC’s Nomia Iqbal is outside the courtroom. Also, Newscast marks the Queen's Platinum Jubilee with Roman Kemp, who’s hosting the Party at the Palace this weekend, as he deliberates over the dress code. As the number of letters of no confidence in Boris Johnson tick up, Iain Dale and Ayesha Hazarika join Adam to assess whether Partygate has done permanent damage to the PM. And ahead of kick-off at Scotland v Ukraine, we hear from a Scotland fan and a Ukraine fan who are travelling to Hampden Park together for the World Cup play-off. Today's Newscast was made by Daniel Wittenberg, with Chris Flynn, Miranda Slade and Alix Pickles. The technical producer was Michael Regaard. The assistant editor was Alison Gee.
01/06/2238m 51s

Flightmare

Thousands of passengers caught up in half-term flight chaos. Adam discusses the delays and cancellations with Newscaster Anna Saunders and Rory Boland from Which?. And mathematician, Dr Hannah Fry talks to Adam about her new BBC documentary, "Making Sense of Cancer". Today’s Newscast was made by Tim Walklate, with Alix Pickles, Miranda Slade and Clare Williamson. The technical producer was Emma Crowe. The assistant editor was Sam Bonham.
31/05/2229m 33s

Snoozecast

Dan Walker and Dr Michael Mosley are learning how to get a good night’s sleep. And Liverpool fan, Suzanne Gower, and Mathieu Zagrodzki, from the University of Versailles, join Adam to discuss the chaotic scenes outside Saturday’s Champions League final in Paris. Today’s Newscast was made by Tim Walklate, with Alix Pickles and Cordelia Hemming. The technical producer was Emma Crow. The assistant editor was Sam Bonham.
30/05/2236m 9s

Any Questions-cast?

Adam gets answers about the £400 energy grant that’s going to every household, as he moonlights on another legendary show. With the help of Simon Jack and Adam Shaw from BBC Money Box Live, he explains the details of the government's £15bn support package to help with soaring energy bills. Ahead of BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend, headliner Sigrid talks about Eurovision, her love of Abba, and the need for more female headliners at festivals. Today’s Newscast was made by Tim Walklate, with Cordelia Hemming, Alix Pickles and Miranda Slade. The technical producer was Emma Crowe. The assistant editor was Alison Gee.
27/05/2233m 19s

Newscast! The Musical

One of our listeners has sent in a tribute to Chris Mason, Newscast star. Chief Secretary to the Treasury Simon Clarke joins Adam, Chris and Alex Forsyth to talk about the government’s decision to give every household a £400 discount on their energy bills. It’ll be partly funded by a windfall tax on oil and gas firms’ profits. Conservative MP Mark Harper, who’s calling for Boris Johnson to resign, explains why he believes it’s time for the party to choose its next leader. This episode of Newscast was made by Chris Flynn, Daniel Wittenberg and Miranda Slade. The assistant editor was Alison Gee. The editor was Jonathan Aspinwall.
26/05/2231m 33s

Sixty Pages of Gray

After five months and nine days, the Sue Gray report into lockdown gatherings at Downing Street has finally arrived. Adam, Chris and Vicki pore over the details. Also, the BBC’s Sarah Smith is in Uvalde, Texas, where 19 young children and two adults have died in a shooting at a primary school. Today’s Newscast was made by Tim Walklate, with Chris Flynn and Cordelia Hemming. The technical producer was Emma Crowe. The assistant editor was Alison Gee.
25/05/2235m 11s

Wine Time Fridays

Insiders tell of packed lockdown parties at Downing Street. Laura is back in the studio to tell Adam about her Partygate Panorama scoop. And they’re joined by the BBC’s Dominic Casciani to chew over the questions facing the PM and the police. Footballer Troy Deeney discusses why he wants the government to diversify the school curriculum. And it’s not just a momentous day for Crossrail (which has now officially opened). The notorious Spaghetti Junction turns 50 today! Ed McCann, President of the Institution of Civil Engineers, shares some facts about Britain’s most complex interchange. Today’s Newscast was made by Tim Walklate, with Chris Flynn, Cordelia Hemming and Miranda Slade. The technical producer was Mike Regaard. The assistant editor was Sam Bonham.
24/05/2235m 51s

Wine Minister

Boris Johnson has been pictured drinking at an event in Downing Street during lockdown. Marianna Spring’s sitting in for Adam today and she’s joined by Chris Mason to analyse what these latest developments mean for the prime minister. Johnny Depp and his ex-wife Amber Heard are back in court this week. Julia Jacobs, culture reporter at New York Times, gives us the lowdown on what they’re saying about each other, allegations of abuse and their marriage. And as 36 more cases of monkeypox are discovered in the UK, Marianna and Fergus Walsh assess some of the misinformation being spread online about the virus. Today’s Newscast was made by Tim Walklate, with Alix Pickles and Cordelia Hemming. The technical producer was Michael Regaard. The assistant editor was Alison Gee.
23/05/2231m 34s

Monkeypox Business

What is it and how worried should we be? James Gallagher has the latest, as 11 cases of monkeypox are confirmed in the UK. Sue Gray’s Partygate report is expected next week. Adam is joined by Alex Forsyth and former Downing Street Director of Comms, Craig Oliver, to talk it through. And what do you get when you mix politics with theatre? A Tony Blair rock opera, apparently! Harry Hill and his writing partner, Steve Baker, tell all. Today’s Newscast was made by Alix Pickles and Cordelia Hemming. The technical producer was Emma Crowe. The assistant editor was Sam Bonham.
20/05/2233m 6s

Ba-Ba-Blackford

The SNP’s Ian Blackford joins Adam, Chris and Marianna Spring to talk about lambing at his home in Scotland, the cost of living and Partygate – 126 fines have now been issued over lockdown breaches in and around Downing St. And Tony Danker, head of the Confederation of British Industry, reflects on the chancellor’s speech at the annual CBI dinner last night. He talks tax cuts, the Northern Ireland Protocol and the possibility of a trade war with the EU. This edition of Newscast was made by Chris Flynn and Miranda Slade. The assistant editor was Alison Gee. The editor was Jonathan Aspinwall.
19/05/2231m 11s

The Shrinking Tenner

Prices are rising at their fastest rate for 40 years and the chancellor is warning that the next few months will be tough. Adam is joined by Adam Shaw from Radio 4’s Money Box Live, and Simon Jack. What better time for a guide to how the economy works? Adam speaks to Rupal Patel and Jack Meaning from the Bank of England who have just written the book Can’t We Just Print More Money? Today’s Newscast was made by Tim Walklate, with Miranda Slade and Cordelia Hemming. The technical producer was Emma Crowe. The assistant editor was Alison Gee.
18/05/2234m 14s

Truss Issues

The Foreign Secretary Liz Truss sets out new legislation to rewrite parts of the post-Brexit trade deal. Adam and Katya chew over how the European Union might respond. Also, Alex Baker, chair of England’s most successful LGBT football club, Stonewall FC, explains the significance of professional footballer Jake Daniels' decision to come out as openly gay. And, Gordon Corera shows Adam around a new app designed to spot social-networking spies. Today’s Newscast was made by Tim Walklate, with Miranda Slade and Cordelia Hemming. The technical producer was Emma Crowe. The assistant editor was Alison Gee.
17/05/2234m 30s

Stormont Stalemate

The prime minister has been in Northern Ireland to try to resolve the power-sharing crisis. Adam is joined by Chris Mason in Belfast, and Prof Katy Hayward from the think tank UK in a Changing Europe, to discuss the crisis over the Brexit deal. Also, Professor Hazel Smith from SOAS tells us what the North Korean health system is like after more than a million people there are believed to have caught Covid-19. Today’s Newscast was made by Tim Walklate, with Miranda Slade and Cordelia Hemming. The technical producer was Emma Crowe. The assistant editor was Alison Gee.
16/05/2232m 20s

Vardy v Rooney

Half-time analysis of the “Wagatha Christie” trial. Abi Clarke, host of 5 Live’s Wagatha Christie podcast, dissects the latest developments in Rebekah Vardy’s libel case against Coleen Rooney, with BBC football correspondent John Murray commentating on the most dramatic moments so far. Legendary pop master Ken Bruce joins us from Turin, where he previews the final of the Eurovision Song Contest, along with Russia editor (and Eurovision superfan) Steve Rosenberg. And BBC political correspondent Ione Wells chats about nuclear power, gridlock in the Northern Ireland Assembly, and potential job cuts in the civil service. Today’s Newscast was made by Daniel Wittenberg with Alix Pickles, Cordelia Hemming and Miranda Slade. The technical producer was Emma Crowe. The assistant editor was Alison Gee.
13/05/2233m 6s

'A culture of entitlement'

Labour MP for Walthamstow Stella Creasy tells Adam, Chris and Alex about experiencing sexual harassment at university and threats of rape. She also explains why she thinks MPs should get full maternity cover. Also, Ireland’s Minister for European Affairs Thomas Byrne explains what’s at stake with the Northern Ireland Protocol. This edition of Newscast was made by Danny Wittenberg, Chris Flynn and Miranda Slade. The assistant editor was Alison Gee. The editor was Jonathan Aspinwall.
12/05/2229m 36s

Protocol The Whole Thing Off?

Brussels and London at odds over the post-Brexit treaty for Northern Ireland. Adam is joined by Vicki Young and Katya, to mull over the potential consequences. Also, after BBC podcaster Deborah James’ cancer research fundraising passed £3 million, we talk through the diagnosis and treatment of bowel cancer with Fergus and Gemma Savory, who was diagnosed with stage three of the disease when she was 30. Today’s Newscast was made by Tim Walklate, with Chris Flynn and Cordelia Hemming. The Technical producer was Emma Crowe. The assistant editor was Sam Bonham.
11/05/2236m 36s

The Prince’s Speech

Charles steps in for the Queen, setting out the government’s agenda. Adam is joined by Chris, as well as former BBC royal correspondent, Jenny Bond, to talk pomp, pageantry and legislation. Also..…….. The BBC’s Colin Paterson and Liz Lake, co-writer and producer of TV drama "Footballers’ Wives", discuss day one of the so-called "Wagatha Christie" trial. Today’s Newscast was made by Tim Walklate, with Miranda Slade and Cordelia Hemming. The technical producer was Michael Regaard. The assistant editor was Sam Bonham.
10/05/2232m 20s

Beer Today, Gone Tomorrow?

Sir Keir Starmer says he’ll quit if he’s fined for breaking lockdown rules… Adam chews over the Labour leader’s predicament with Chris, who’s having a busy first day in the job as BBC political editor. They also discuss the news that the Queen won’t be at the State Opening of Parliament – the first time she’s missed it since 1963. Also… the BBC’s Chris Page joins us from Belfast to give us the latest on the stalemate in Stormont. And… Professor Gulnaz Sharafutdinova, author of The Red Mirror: Putin's Leadership and Russia's Insecure Identity, tells us why Victory Day is such a big deal in Russia. Today’s Newscast was made by Tim Walklate with Cordelia Hemming and Alix Pickles. The technical producer was Michael Regaard. The assistant editor was Alison Gee.
09/05/2236m 48s

Electioncast 2022 Part 2

Boris Johnson admits it was a tough night for the Tories as they lost hundreds of seats. Chris Curtis, the head of political polling at Opinium Research, joins Adam and Laura to run through the results and what it all means. Also, Durham police are investigating whether Sir Keir Starmer broke lockdown rules when he drank beer in an MP's office last year. They originally said no offence had occurred but they’ve now received "significant new information". And the convenience store chain McColls has gone into administration, putting 16,000 jobs at risk. Dr Sarah Montano from the University of Birmingham Business School explains what’s gone wrong. This edition of Newscast was made by Alison Gee, Chris Flynn and Cordelia Hemming. The editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.
06/05/2228m 8s

Electioncast 2022

We stayed up all night so you didn't have to... Adam, Laura and Chris get together first thing in the morning to figure out what happened in the election results overnight and what it all means. This morning's Newscast was made by Sam Bonham. Emma Crowe was the technical director. Jonathan Aspinwall was the editor.
06/05/2222m 8s

Inflation Nation

Interest rates rise as the Bank of England warns we’re facing a “sharp economic slowdown”... Adam is joined by Paul Johnson, director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, to discuss the state of the UK economy and the Bank’s attempts to stem the pace of rising prices. Also… as the World Health Organization estimates that the Covid pandemic caused the deaths of nearly 15 million people around the world, Fergus Walsh and Natasha Loder from the Economist unpack the data. Today’s Newscast was made by Tim Walklate, with Alix Pickles and Cordelia Hemming. The Technical producer was Emma Crowe. The assistant editor was Alison Gee.
05/05/2229m 37s

They Think it’s Oil Over

The EU has proposed some of its toughest measures yet against Russia, including a total ban on oil imports. Adam is joined by Katya and energy expert (and friend of the podcast) Daniel Yergin, to explore how united member states are over the plan. Also… as promised, we preview the local elections in Scotland and Wales with BBC political editors Glenn Campbell and Felicity Evans. And the much-delayed and over-budget Crossrail project will finally open later this month. We speak to a man who has had a sneak preview of the new line, Philip Sherratt, editor of Modern Railways magazine. Today’s Newscast was made by Tim Walklate, with Alix Pickles and Cordelia Hemming. The technical producer was Emma Crowe. The assistant editor was Alison Gee.
04/05/2234m 31s

"Who’s Lorraine?"

Boris Johnson asks, Newscast answers... by profiling the ITV "legend" Lorraine Kelly. Also, a leak from the US Supreme Court suggests the national right to abortion could be overturned. North America Editor, Sarah Smith, joins Adam from the protests in Washington to discuss what the end of Roe v Wade could mean. And… we preview elections taking place across England and Northern Ireland on Thursday with Alex Forsyth, the BBC’s Chris Page and Kelly Beaver, Chief Executive of Ipsos (Wales and Scotland elections preview coming tomorrow). Today’s Newscast was made by Tim Walklate, with Cordelia Hemming and Alix Pickles. The technical producer was Emma Crowe. The assistant editor was Sam Bonham.
03/05/2234m 43s

Grand Slammed

Former tennis champion Boris Becker has been jailed over his bankruptcy. The BBC’s tennis correspondent, Russell Fuller, joins Adam to discuss the ruling and the German star’s fall from grace. Also…. businesswoman and Dragons’ Den star, Deborah Meaden, tells us why she’s campaigning to make the upcoming Jubilee bank holiday a permanent fixture. And… Jimmy Wales, co-founder of Wikipedia, gives Adam advice on how to edit his own wiki page, and discusses Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter. Today’s Newscast was made by Tim Walklate, with Cordelia Hemming, Miranda Slade and Ben Cooper. The technical producer was Emma Crowe. The assistant editor was Alison Gee.
29/04/2229m 56s

Chelsea Blues

The Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries tells Adam and Chris that Chelsea FC are on "borrowed time" and must be sold within weeks. She also says that the culture in Westminster is getting worse. And speaking on the day the government's broadcasting white paper was published, she denied accusations that the privatisation of Channel 4 was politically motivated. Today’s episode of Newscast was made by Chris Flynn and Danny Wittenberg. The assistant editor was Alison Gee.
28/04/2229m 34s

Porn in Parliament

The Conservative Party is investigating claims that an MP watched pornography on his mobile phone in the Commons. Adam and Vicki Young discuss the latest following another busy day in Westminster. Also… the High Court has ruled that government policies on discharging untested patients to care homes in England during the pandemic were unlawful. Newsnight’s Sima Kotecha and Nadra Ahmed from the National Care Association chew over the details. And Dr Rowan Williams, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, joins Adam to talk about the Church’s role in Ukraine and what he thinks about the UK’s plans to send some asylum seekers to Rwanda. Today’s Newscast was made by Tim Walklate with Miranda Slade, Ben Cooper, Alix Pickles and Lauren Stanley. The technical producer was Emma Crowe and the assistant editor was Alison Gee.
27/04/2234m 40s

A Musk Buy

Why is Elon Musk taking over Twitter? Adam is joined by Jill Lepore, presenter of the Podcast Elon Musk: The Evening Rocket, and Tim Higgins of the Wall Street Journal, to discuss the man, the myth and the $44bn deal. Also… as the cost of living continues to rise, we get an update on our basket of goods with Fraser McKevitt at Kantar, who tells us that the price of dog food is starting to bite. Today’s Newscast was made by Tim Walklate with Alix Pickles, Lauren Stanley and Cordelia Hemming. The technical producer was Hannah Montgomery and the assistant editor was Alison Gee.
26/04/2230m 15s

Misogyny in Parliament

MPs have condemned claims made about Labour's deputy leader, Angela Rayner, as misogynistic. MP Kim Leadbeater tells Adam why stories like this put women off politics and she shares her own experiences of Parliament. Also, millions of people in Beijing are being tested for Covid after a spike in cases. The BBC’s Kerry Allen explains why China is imposing strict lockdowns in lots of cities and how people are panic buying food in response. And the government has said it wants to create an independent regulator to oversee football in England. Kieran Maguire, sports finance specialist, explains what difference it could make to fans and the way clubs are run. Today’s Newscast was made by Alison Gee with Alix Pickles, Lauren Stanley and Cordelia Hemming. The technical producer was Gareth Jones and the editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.
25/04/2233m 7s

L’électioncast: the result

Emmanuel Macron wins five more years as French president after beating Marine Le Pen… Adam is joined by our Europe Editor Katya Adler and the BBC's Jessica Parker, as well as French pollster Edouard Lecerf, to chew over the election results. This bonus episode of Newscast was made by Tim Walklate and Danny Wittenberg. The technical producer was Rohan Madison and the assistant editor was Sam Bonham. The editor was Jonathan Aspinwall.
24/04/2228m 50s

L'Électioncast part deux

France gears up for Sunday’s presidential run-off… In true Brexitcast style, Katya Adler updates Adam from the back of a taxi in Paris as the Macron and Le Pen campaigns draw to a close. Also… With more details emerging around Elon Musk’s plan to buy Twitter, Vivian Schiller, a former Twitter executive, explains what the billionaire’s possible takeover could mean. And Robin Porter, chief executive of Luton Council, tells us what makes Luton Airport Parkway an inspirational destination. Today’s Newscast was made by Tim Walklate with Ben Cooper, Michele Theil and Cordelia Hemming. The technical producer was Cassie Galpin and the editor was Jonathan Aspinwall.
22/04/2229m 21s

Partygate Probelem

With Boris Johnson thousands of miles away in India, MPs have approved an investigation into whether he misled Parliament over lockdown parties. Adam is joined by fellow BBC presenters Alex Forsyth and Jo Coburn to talk through how we got here. Also in the studio is Labour’s Shadow Minister for Health and Social Care, Wes Streeting, who gives his thoughts on what all this means for the PM’s position, and he reflects on life nearly a year after receiving treatment for kidney cancer. This edition of Newscast was made by Danny Wittenberg, Chris Flynn and Miranda Slade. The assistant editor was Alison Gee. The editor was Jonathan Aspinwall.
21/04/2231m 46s

Netflixodus

As Netflix loses 200,000 subscribers, has the bubble burst for the streaming giant? Adam is joined by director, producer and filmmaker Alastair Fothergill, and Brian Steinberg, TV editor at Variety, to get their take on the platform’s future. Also… Vicki Young gives us the latest on Partygate. And… Cricket broadcasting legend, Jonathan Agnew, compares the PM’s fixed penalty notice and a batsman getting ‘out’ via DRS in cricket. Today’s Newscast was made by Tim Walklate with Cordelia Hemming and Ben Cooper. The technical producer was Emma Crowe and the assistant editor was Sam Bonham.
20/04/2230m 6s

After-Partygate

The PM again apologises for lockdown fines - but could backbench Tory MPs turn on him in the coming days and weeks? Adam is joined by the BBC’s Vicki Young to chew over another day of high drama in the Commons. Also… It’s thought that Downing Street and Foreign Office computer systems have been infected with spyware. We speak to the BBC’s Gordon Corera and cyber security expert Robert Pritchard about the spyware ‘Pegasus’ which is believed to have been used to carry out surveillance through infecting phones with malicious software. Today’s Newscast was made by Tim Walklate with Ben Cooper, Miranda Slade and Cordelia Hemming. The technical producer was Emma Crowe and the editor was Jonathan Aspinwall.
19/04/2232m 18s

Ticket to Rwanda

The UK government has been criticised over plans to send some asylum seekers to Rwanda… Adam is joined by the BBC’s Mark Easton who’s in the capital Kigali, and Camille Le Coz from the Migration Policy Institute to chew over the plans and explore whether they’ll ever take off. Also… as trains, planes, cars and boats look set to be hit by travel disruption over the Easter weekend, we speak to John Irving, CEO of Liverpool John Lennon Airport, to see how he’s preparing for one of the busiest bank holidays since the start of the pandemic. Today’s Newscast was made by Tim Walklate with Cordelia Hemming and Miranda Slade. The technical producer was Emma Crowe and the assistant editor was Alison Gee.
14/04/2227m 51s

The Sneeze and the Squeeze

Going viral without a sniffle, soaring inflation, the life of a Russian journalist... With the cost of goods and services rising at their fastest rate for 30 years, Marianna Spring (who’s sitting in for Adam) is joined by Louise Cooper, financial analyst and presenter of Radio 4’s Money Box Live, to discuss what this means for us all. BBC presenter Shaun Ley gives his tips on how to sneeze - or not sneeze - gracefully on air. And independent Russian broadcaster, Sergei Buntman, tells us what life is like for a journalist in Moscow. Today’s Newscast was made by Tim Walklate, with Cordelia Hemming and Ben Cooper. Emma Crowe was the technical producer. The assistant editor was Sam Bonham.
13/04/2229m 47s

Partygate Fine for PM

Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak have been fined and are facing calls to resign for breaking lockdown rules... Adam is joined by the BBC’s Vicki Young and former Downing Street director of communications, Sir Craig Oliver, to discuss what next for the prime minister and the chancellor. Also… as the US and Britain say they are looking into reports that chemical weapons have been used by Russian forces in Ukraine, former weapons inspector Jerry Smith explains the challenges when it comes to verifying claims like these. Today’s Newscast was made by Tim Walklate with Ben Cooper and Osman Iqbal. Emma Crowe was the technical producer. The assistant editor was Alison Gee.
12/04/2232m 52s

L'électioncast

Macron and Le Pen set to face-off again... Following Sunday’s results from the first-round of the French presidential elections, incumbent Emmanuel Macron will take on challenger Marine Le Pen in a repeat of the 2017 contest. Philippe Marlière, Professor of French and European Politics at University College London, runs us through the possible outcomes. And on another busy day in Westminster, Adam is joined by the BBC’s Vicki Young and Dominic Casciani to discuss the guilty verdict in the murder of Sir David Amess MP, the conviction of Wakefield MP, Imran Ahmad Khan, for sexual assault, and the ongoing row over the Chancellor’s tax affairs. Today’s Newscast was made by Tim Walklate, with Cordelia Hemming and Ben Cooper. The studio director was Emma Crowe. The assistant editor was Sam Bonham.
11/04/2232m 43s

Sunflower TurmOil

Sima Kotecha is sitting in for Adam while he’s on his holiday… and where Sima goes, her mum often follows. She’s realised that the war in Ukraine is having an impact on supply chains, in particular sunflower oil. Gary Lewis, the president of the National Edible Oil Distributors’ Association explains what’s happening. Actor Siobhán McSweeney, also known as Sister Michael from Channel 4’s Derry Girls, speaks about the government’s intentions to privatise the channel. And we talk to a woman in Devon who’s trying to provide a home for a family that’s fled Ukraine, but they’ve been dogged by bureaucracy and delays. The BBC’s home editor Mark Easton is also on the programme, having interviewed Home Secretary Priti Patel about government schemes to help refugees. Today's Newscast was made by Alison Gee, Chris Flynn, Cordelia Hemming and Miranda Slade. The assistant editor was Sam Bonham.
08/04/2230m 24s

Watt Strategy?

Government launches its nuclear and wind energy plans... Secunder Kermani hosts today's Newscast. He's joined by the BBC's Alex Forsyth and Emma Pinchbeck, boss of the energy industry’s trade body, to pore over the details.   Meanwhile, there's political chaos in Pakistan (where Secunder is based right now). The Wall Street Journal’s Saeed Shah explains what's been going on. Today’s Newscast was made by Cordelia Hemming, Ben Cooper and Miranda Slade. The studio director was Emma Crowe. The assistant editor was Sam Bonham.
07/04/2233m 21s

Sheer-an Relief

Ed Sheeran wins Shape of You copyright case... Sinéad Garvan, entertainment reporter, and Dr Hayleigh Bosher, an intellectual property expert, chat it all through with Alex Forsyth. What could the judgement mean for the music industry? And, from today employers and employees will start paying more National Insurance to help fund the NHS and social care. We're joined by the director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, Paul Johnson, to examine the impact on people's budgets.   Today’s Newscast was made by Ben Cooper and Cordelia Hemming. The studio director was Emma Crowe. The assistant editor was Sam Bonham.
06/04/2227m 47s

DespAirports

Covid causes more travel chaos... With Easter getaways disrupted for people up and down the country, Steffan Powell (who's sitting in for Adam on today's episode) and medical editor, Fergus Walsh, talk through the latest Covid developments.   And, as the Environment Agency teams up with the makers of the video game Minecraft, Miles Jacobson, creator of the Football Manager game, explains the roles that video games can play in the real world.   Today’s Newscast was made by Cordelia Hemming, Ben Cooper and Miranda Slade. The studio director was Emma Crowe. The assistant editor was Sam Bonham.
05/04/2226m 48s

Goodbye Dot Cotton

We mark the death of EastEnders legend June Brown, who played Dot Cotton. She was 95. In its latest report, the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says we need to cut emissions immediately and use technology to suck CO2 from the atmosphere. One of the authors, Gregory Nemet, tells Lewis Goodall that there’s reason to be optimistic. And, as the cost of living continues to rise, we hear from one woman who’s been unable to heat her home for more than three weeks. Today’s Newscast was made by Alison Gee, Cordelia Hemming, Chris Flynn and Miranda Slade. The technical producer was Emma Crowe. The assistant editor was Sam Bonham.
04/04/2230m 8s

Newscastround

Celebrating 50 years of Newsround... Adam chats through some of the highs (and lows) of the programme with his fellow ex-presenters, Julie Etchingham and Krishnan Guru-Murthy, as well as current presenter, De’Graft Mensah. And we talk energy bills with the BBC's Simon Jack and Claer Barrett, Consumer Editor at the Financial Times... Today’s Newscast was made by Cordelia Hemming, Chris Flynn and Ben Cooper. The technical producer was Emma Crowe. The assistant editor was Sam Bonham.
01/04/2233m 3s

The Fresh Prince of Excheq-Air

The Chancellor Rishi Sunak talks inflation, energy prices, taxes… and Will Smith. In Laura's last interview as the BBC's political editor, the chancellor defends his Spring Statement and says being popular is not his priority. He also likens his difficult week to Hollywood star Will Smith's after his wife received unwanted attention. This edition of Newscast was made by Danny Wittenberg, John Murphy and Chris Flynn. The editor was Alison Gee.
31/03/2229m 14s

Shropshire Maternity Scandal

A review into the maternity practices at Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust by senior midwife, Donna Ockenden, has found that catastrophic failures may have led to the deaths of more than 200 babies, nine mothers and left other infants with life-changing injuries. Adam discusses the report and its consequences with Newsnight’s Sima Kotecha and Shaun Lintern, health editor at the Sunday Times. Also, Jamie Wallis, the Conservative MP for Bridgend, has become the first MP to come out as trans. The BBC’s Gareth Lewis explains the significance. Today’s Newscast was made by Tim Walklate, with John Murphy and Ben Cooper. The technical producer was Emma Crowe. The assistant editor was Alison Gee.
30/03/2232m 13s

Wined and Fined

Police say they’re issuing 20 fines over No 10 lockdown parties, but will this put the PM under renewed political pressure? Adam is joined by Laura and the BBC’s Daniel Sandford to chew over what we know so far. Also… Will Smith’s Oscars slap apology is deconstructed by Lux Alptraum, who has studied the art of saying sorry. And a report says Jackie Weaver did NOT actually have the authority. We get her reaction. This edition of Newscast was made by Tim Walklate with John Murphy and Ben Cooper. The technical producer was Emma Crowe.
29/03/2232m 49s

The Punchline

Controversy at the Oscars as Will Smith hits Chris Rock… Adam is joined by the BBC’s Culture Editor Katie Razzall and LA-based entertainment reporter KJ Matthews to discuss the background to the slap - and the possible repercussions. Also… the UK ambassador to Ukraine Melinda Simmons – currently in Warsaw - talks Biden, getting out of Kyiv and her own Ukrainian background. This edition of Newscast was made by Tim Walklate, John Murphy and Chris Flynn. Emma Crowe was the technical producer. Sam Bonham is the assistant editor.
28/03/2230m 46s

Biden Joe’s Time

The US President wraps up his trip to Europe, but is he taking the lead on Ukraine? The BBC’s North America editor, Sarah Smith, who has been travelling with the US Commander-in-Chief on Air Force One, and Europe Editor, Katya Adler, drop by to chew over the transatlantic approach to the crisis. Also… amid a growing feeling of global instability, Adam speaks to historian, philosopher, and best-selling author of 'Sapiens', Yuval Noah Harari, about the consequences – some unintended and overlooked – of the conflict in Ukraine. Today’s Newscast was made by Tim Walklate, with Chris Flynn and Ben Cooper. The studio director was Hannah Montgomery. The editor was Jonathan Aspinwall.
25/03/2231m 41s

Permacrisis Chancellor

Rishi Sunak has been accused of doing too little to help people struggling to feed their families and heat their homes, following Wednesday’s Spring Statement. Laura and Chris are joined by economists Miatta Fahnbulleh, who has advised three prime ministers, and Rupert Harrison, who was George Osborne’s chief of staff, to chew over the chancellor’s announcement. Could he have done more? Should he have done more? This edition of Newscast was made by Danny Wittenberg, John Murphy and Alix Pickles. The assistant editor was Alison Gee.
24/03/2230m 42s

Making a Spring Statement

Spring is in the air… along with inflation and a rise in the cost of living. The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, unveiled his Spring Statement today against a backdrop of rising inflation at home, and economic uncertainty abroad amid the Ukraine crisis. To help pore over the pennies, percentages and decimal points in the Chancellor’s plans, Adam is joined by Laura, the BBC’s Evan Davis and Gareth McNab from debt counselling charity Christians Against Poverty. Also… Phil McCann is at a petrol station in Chester to discuss the fuel duty cut. Today’s Newscast was made by Tim Walklate, with John Murphy and Ben Cooper. The studio director was Mike Regaard. The assistant editor was Alison Gee.
23/03/2231m 54s

The Thaw that Counts

There’s a heatwave in the North Pole (and the South Pole)… Adam chats to the BBC’s Climate Editor, Justin Rowlatt, and Dr Bethan Davies, a glacial geologist, about what it all means. Simon Shuster, from TIME Magazine, tells us what it's like interviewing the Putin-critic, Alexei Navalny, after he was given nine years in a penal colony in Russia. On “Spring Statement Eve” Chris pops on the pod to explain what we should all be looking out for from the Chancellor on Wednesday. And Prof Al Edwards opens up about why Adam (who is still broadcasting from his cupboard at home because he's got Covid) is still getting two thick lines on his lateral flow test! This edition of Newscast was made by Tim Walklate, John Murphy and Miranda Slade. The technical producer was Emma Crowe. The assistant editor was Sam Bonham.
22/03/2232m 46s

Mr and Mrs

As the crisis deepens in Ukraine and the West seeks to wean itself off Russian oil and gas, Adam takes a deep dive with Russia analyst Angela Stent, and her husband Daniel Yergin, a global energy expert. The couple are also put through Newscast’s Mr and Mrs quiz. Nazanin Zaghari-Radcliffe has spoken publicly for the first time, saying her case could have been resolved six years ago. And Jonathan Van-Tam takes Chris Whitty to the football. This edition of Newscast was made by Tim Walklate with John Murphy and Alix Pickles. The technical producer was Emma Crowe. The assistant editor was Sam Bonham.
21/03/2231m 32s

Ferry Angry

Did P&O break the law when they sacked 800 staff? We chat to Kathryn Evans, an employment lawyer, to find out...   The US and Chinese Presidents have been talking about Ukraine. North America editor, Sarah Smith, makes her Newscast debut and explains what's what...   And the BBC's Fergal Keane is in Lviv in Ukraine, where a factory has been hit by an airstrike. We get the latest. This edition of Newscast was made by Chris Flynn, Miranda Slade and Ben Cooper. The technical producer was Emma Crowe. The assistant editor was Sam Bonham.
18/03/2234m 1s

The Shipping News

P&O Ferries has caused outrage after sacking 800 workers via a recorded video message. The company plans to replace them with cheaper agency workers. Chris gets the latest from the BBC’s Danny Savage in Hull, where a P&O crew had been refusing to leave their ship. Covid infection rates have been increasing rapidly across the UK – one of the people to catch the virus is Adam. GP Ellie Cannon worries about the long-term mental health fallout of the pandemic. And Chris asks Britain’s chief Brexit negotiator, Lord Frost, if Boris Johnson is governing as a Conservative. His answer: “Up to a point.” This edition of Newscast was made by Danny Wittenberg and John Murphy. The assistant editor was Alison Gee.
17/03/2229m 28s

TWOS-cast

As the daily pod turns two, we’re still wrestling with Covid. Self-isolating at home following a positive lateral flow test, Adam - along with the BBC’s James Gallagher in the studio - reflects on that televised Downing Street briefing two years ago to the day, when it became clear that our lives would never be the same again. Also, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, the British-Iranian aid worker detained for six years in Iran on charges of spying, has finally been released by Tehran. Adam discusses the news with Ceri Thomas, host of the podcast Nazanin, and journalist Jason Rezaian, who spent 18 months in an Iranian prison. Today’s Newscast was made by Tim Walklate, with John Murphy and Ben Cooper. The studio director was Hannah Montgomery. The assistant editor was Alison Gee.
16/03/2232m 34s

Arabian Flights

Boris Johnson heads to Saudi to talk oil supply... Adam is joined by Laura and oil-expert, Prof Karen Turner, to discuss the trip and unpick the government’s energy strategy. The BBC’s correspondent in Moscow, Carrie Davies, is outside the court where Russian journalist, Marina Ovsyannikova, was fined and released after protesting against the invasion of Ukraine on TV. And, as concern in China grows over rapidly-rising Covid cases, Natasha Loder, the Economist’s health policy editor, explains what the implications could be for the rest of the world. Today’s Newscast was made by Tim Walklate with John Murphy and Ben Cooper. The studio director was Emma Crowe. The assistant editor was Sam Bonham.
15/03/2231m 46s

Home Service

Levelling Up Secretary, Michael Gove, has unveiled the government’s new “Homes for Ukraine” refugee scheme. Adam is joined by the BBC’s Mark Easton and prospective host, hotel manager Charlie Green to chew over how it will work. We ask the UK’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Dame Barbara Woodward, what it’s like facing the Russians at the Security Council and what role China has to play in the Ukraine conflict. And with food prices predicted to rise by 15% this year, we officially launch Newscast’s basket of goods. Today’s Newscast was made by Tim Walklate, with John Murphy and Ben Cooper. The studio directors were Gareth Jones and Emma Crowe. The assistant editor was Sam Bonham.
14/03/2233m 39s

Platform 5

Taking the next train out of Ukraine... We speak to the BBC’s Fergal Keane in Lviv, where he’s been speaking to Ukrainians fleeing to Poland. Writer and podcaster, Jon Ronson, joins Adam and the BBC’s Marianna Spring to talk about culture wars and misinformation in Ukraine And broadcasting (and election-graphics) legend, Jeremy Vine, gives us his verdict on South Korea’s presidential election coverage (which includes a faceless bear and presidential candidates enjoying a seaside sunset)! Today’s Newscast was made by Alix Pickles. The studio manager was Emma Crowe and the assistant editor was Sam Bonham.
11/03/2230m 35s

Newscast + Ukrainecast

As talks between Russia and Ukraine fail again, the human toll of the war is escalating. Laura, Chris and Adam are joined by Gabriel Gatehouse of Ukrainecast, to discuss the latest developments in both countries, and try to work out what President Putin and his small circle of “strongmen” are thinking. The BBC’s diplomatic correspondent James Landale is in Turkey, where that meeting between Russia’s Sergei Lavrov and Ukraine’s Dmitry Kuleba ended without any meaningful discussion even beginning. Labour’s Lisa Nandy reacts to the latest changes to the government’s refugee policy for Ukrainians and argues that much more bureaucracy needs to be stripped away immediately. This edition of Newscast was made by Danny Wittenberg and John Murphy. The assistant editor was Alison Gee.
10/03/2231m 59s

From Russia with Steve

Ordinary Russians are beginning to notice a difference in their daily lives as Western companies halt business in the country following the invasion of Ukraine. BBC Moscow correspondent Steve Rosenberg tells Adam what life is like in the city as sanctions begin to bite. Meanwhile… with the foreign ministers of Russia and Ukraine set to meet in Turkey, the BBC’s James Landale analyses what’s at stake and the prospects for success. And… TV historian Dan Snow joins us from the Southern Ocean to explain how he helped to discover Shackleton's lost ship The Endurance. Today’s Newscast was made by Tim Walklate, with Ben Cooper and John Murphy. The studio director was Ash Taylor. The assistant editor was Alison Gee.
09/03/2233m 10s

McClosures

McDonald’s joins the growing list of companies halting business in Russia, as Boris Johnson announces that the UK will phase out Russian oil imports. Adam discusses the ramifications with Bloomberg’s Stephanie Flanders and the BBC’s James Landale. And on the day that Ukrainian President Zelensky gives an historic address to the House of Commons, a report brands former speaker John Bercow “a serial bully.” Chris Cook of the Financial Times gives his assessment. This edition of Newscast was made by Tim Walklate with John Murphy and Alix Pickles. The studio manager was Gareth Jones. The Assistant Editor was Alison Gee.
08/03/2232m 28s

Crude Awakenings

As oil and gas prices soar, can European countries wean themselves off Russian energy supplies? Boris Johnson has been meeting the Canadian and Dutch prime ministers to talk about more sanctions against Russia and what to do about many European nations’ dependence on Russian hydrocarbons. Adam, Laura and the BBC’s Simon Jack discuss the difficult politics and economics facing western leaders. Also… A new scientific study has found that even a mild infection of Covid could cause your brain to shrink. The BBC’s Rebecca Morelle explains what might be happening. This edition of Newscast was made by Tim Walklate with John Murphy and Natasha Fernandes. The studio manager was Jonathan Greer. The assistant editor was Sam Bonham.
07/03/2232m 25s

One million refugees

At least a million people have fled Ukraine in the space of a week, according to the UN. Adam is joined by David Miliband from the International Rescue Committee to examine the humanitarian crisis unfolding in eastern Europe. The BBC’s Jessica Parker tells us what it’s like on board a NATO surveillance plane monitoring activity around Ukraine. And sports broadcaster Isabelle Westbury reflects on the life of Australian cricketing superstar Shane Warne, following his death at the age of 52. Today’s Newscast was made by Danny Wittenberg with Tim Walklate, Ben Cooper and Alix Pickles. The studio director was Mike Regaard. The assistant editor was Alison Gee.
04/03/2230m 19s

A week of war

It’s been seven days since Russia invaded Ukraine. Adam and Laura are joined by former International Development Secretary Rory Stewart to discuss how the crisis is playing out, both worldwide and in Westminster. Also… A Ukrainian journalist explains why he’s ditched his day job to fight on the front line. And… Arise, Sir Gav! Why is former Education Secretary Gavin Williamson getting a knighthood? Today’s Newscast was made by Tim Walklate and Chris Flynn. The assistant editor was Alison Gee.
03/03/2228m 0s

Chelsea for sale

As Russian attacks intensify in Ukraine, the owner of Chelsea FC, Roman Abramovich, says he plans to sell the club. BBC 5 Live’s chief football correspondent John Murray steps away from the commentary box to examine why the Russian billionaire is selling up. Also… Adam talks to the BBC’s Lyse Doucet about reporting from the front line in Kyiv, and chews over the latest developments in the crisis with Laura and security correspondent Frank Gardner. And… BBC health and science correspondent James Gallagher on a potential breakthrough in the fight against cervical cancer. Today’s Newscast was made by Tim Walklate with Alix Pickles and Chris Flynn. The studio director was Ash Taylor. The assistant editor is Alison Gee.
02/03/2236m 28s

‘Barbaric and indiscriminate’ tactics

Deadly blasts hit Ukraine’s biggest cities as Russia’s armoured convoy advances on Kyiv… Adam is joined by the BBC’s diplomatic correspondent James Landale and political correspondent Alex Forsyth to discuss Britain’s role in the crisis and whether diplomacy still has a part to play. And just four months on from the COP26 conference in Glasgow, a new United Nations report says that many of the effects of climate change are now ‘irreversible’. But Professor Richard Betts, lead author of the IPCC report, tells us there’s still a small window to prevent even worse outcomes for the planet. Today’s Newscast was made by Tim Walklate with Ben Cooper and Alix Pickles. The studio director was Mike Regaard. The assistant editor was Alison Gee.
01/03/2232m 11s

Ukrainecast: What is Putin thinking?

As fighting continues in Ukraine, Victoria Derbyshire and Gabriel Gatehouse look at how the crisis is being reflected in Russia. They’re joined by Angus Roxburgh, who spent three years as a consultant to the Kremlin, to discuss whether the people closest to Putin will stay loyal to him though this conflict. And the BBC’s Liza Fokht in Moscow has been asking Russians what they think about the invasion. Back in Ukraine, we catch up with Max, whose son and wife were injured when a missile hit their home in Kyiv last week. This episode of Ukrainecast was made by Estelle Doyle with Natalie Ktena, Phil Marzouk and Alix Pickles. The studio director is Emma Crowe. The assistant editor is Alison Gee and the editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.
28/02/2244m 29s

Ukrainecast: Nuclear Reaction

Putin moves Russia's nuclear forces to "special alert”, in response to what he described as “aggression” from Nato countries. Meanwhile as fighting continues in the streets across Ukraine’s biggest cities, President Zelensky says his delegation will meet with Russia at the Belarus border for talks. Is President Putin using his nuclear arsenal as a conflict deterrent or as a threat to the West? Victoria and Gabriel are joined by the former director of the UN Institute for Disarmament Research, Dr Patricia Lewis. And as hundreds of thousands flee Ukraine, we hear from Newsnight’s Lewis Goodall from the border in Poland, where he’s been speaking to families trying to make their way to safety. This episode of Ukrainecast was made by Daniel Wittenberg with Phil Marzouk and Caitlin Hanrahan. The studio manager was Stephen Bailey. The editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.
27/02/2239m 7s

Ukrainecast: The Resistance

Ukrainians, from Kyiv to the UK, answer calls to defend their country. The capital has come under attack, but the residents and their president remain defiant, and Russian forces have so far failed to break through their resistance. Maxim Karaush was at home with family when their apartment building in Kyiv was hit by a missile. He tells Victoria and Gabriel why, after his wife and son were injured and his home destroyed, he asked to speak to us. We aim to explain a fast-moving conflict and answer your questions about the war. Vitaly is with us again too, and he's been following a group of Ukrainian men in England as they prepare to return to fight for their homeland. This episode of Ukrainecast was made by Estelle Doyle with Daniel Wittenberg and Phil Marzouk. The editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.
26/02/2236m 42s

Ukrainecast: The Battle for Kyiv

Ukraine government gives out guns as Russian forces approach... Victoria, Gabriel and Vitaliy talk through how the conflict has unfolded. Olga Malchevska, from the BBC Ukrainian Service in London, tells of how her family home was targeted, and Newsnight’s diplomatic editor Mark Urban joins us to explain what's going on with Putin's military strategy.   Today's Ukrainecast was produced by Estelle Doyle, Natalie Ktena, Tim Walklate and Molly Lynch. Emma Crowe was the technical producer. Sam Bonham was the assistant editor and Jonathan Aspinwall was the editor.
25/02/2234m 34s

Ukrainecast

Russian forces launch a full-scale assault and 100,000 people try to flee... This episode is a special Ukrainecast hosted by BBC's Victoria Derbyshire and Newsnight's Gabriel Gatehouse, alongside Vitaliy Shevchenko, the Russia editor at BBC Monitoring. Today's podcast was produced by Danny Wittenberg and Natalie Ktena. Emma Crowe was the technical producer. Sam Bonham was the assistant editor and Jonathan Aspinwall was the editor.
24/02/2237m 46s

"Full tonto"

The UK Defence Secretary says Putin has made a mistake... Simon Smith, former British Ambassador to Ukraine (when Russia annexed Crimea and Russian-backed rebels took over parts of the Donbas region), and the BBC’s Carrie Davies in Rostov-on-Don (near the Ukrainian border) join Adam to discuss the twisting of history, sanctions and the latest in Ukraine.   And.. What is the Metaverse? Bloomberg’s Naomi Nix envisions a life in virtual reality...   Today’s Newscast was made by John Murphy with Tim Walklate, Natalie Ktena, Molly Lynch and Alix Pickles. The studio director was Ash Taylor and the assistant editor was Sam Bonham.
23/02/2228m 32s

Putin Russia Under Pressure

But does Moscow care about Western sanctions? Adam, Laura and the BBC's Lyse Doucet (in Ukraine) discuss the escalating crisis... Alok Sharma (the president of COP26) and film director Adam McKay talk climate and a bit of Hollywood... Also, why does the filmmaker want to have a pint with Andrew Marr? Today’s Newscast was made by John Murphy with Molly Lynch, Natalie Ktena and Tim Walklate. The studio director was Emma Crowe and the assistant editor was Sam Bonham.
22/02/2234m 3s

Rule Intentions

Boris Johnson announces an end to all coronavirus restrictions in England... Chris and Fergus talk it through. Vladimir Putin has gone on TV to order troops into Eastern Ukraine. The BBC's James Landale explains what's been going on... And we hear a bizarre tale about a glamorous design company that tricked its own staff into believing it was real (even though it wasn’t). The BBC's Catrin Nye tells all...   Today’s episode of Newscast was made by Tim Walklate, Alix Pickles and Sally Abrahams. The technical producer was Emma Crowe. The assistant editor was Sam Bonham.
21/02/2233m 38s

Storm Eunice batters the UK

People have been hurt and buildings have been destroyed across the country today… Adam gets the latest on Storm Eunice from BBC broadcast meteorologist, Matt Taylor. And we catch up with what's been happening at the Winter Olympics... Aimee Fuller (host of The Winter Olympic Mile podcast) and Stephen McDonell (BBC China correspondent) know the score. Today’s Newscast was made by John Murphy, Georgia Coan and Ben Cooper. The studio director was Emma Crowe. The assistant editor was Sam Bonham.
18/02/2230m 50s

Rare Red Warning

A rare red weather warning has been issued across parts of the UK, and millions of people are being urged to stay at home as Storm Eunice approaches. Meteorologist Matt Taylor joins Adam, Alex Forsyth and Lewis Goodall, to explain what’s going on and how to stay safe. Also, West Yorkshire’s mayor, Tracy Brabin, gives us her take on the government’s levelling up plan, emergency funding for buses and why she’d like to take Michael Gove disco dancing. Today’s Newscast was made by Alison Gee with Danny Wittenberg, John Murphy and Alix Pickles. The editor was Jonathan Aspinwall.
17/02/2230m 44s

Princely sums

Prince Charles' Foundation will be investigated… The Metropolitan Police has announced it will investigate claims Prince Charles' charity offered honours help to a Saudi citizen. Royal Correspondent, Nicholas Witchell, talks us through the latest, as well as the reaction to Prince Andrew’s settlement and his future in public life. And Fergus Walsh joins Adam to chat through the news that the four UK nations will be offering covid jabs to children aged 5 to 11. Today’s Newscast was made by John Murphy with Georgia Coan and Alix Pickles. The studio director was Michael Regaard. The assistant editor was Sam Bonham.
16/02/2235m 48s

Prince Andrew settles

The duke has reached an agreement in a US civil sex assault case… Prince Andrew will pay an undisclosed sum to Virginia Giuffre as part of the agreement. Jonny Dymond, Dominic Casciani and Emily Maitlis join Adam to talk through what it all means. And tennis player Novak Djokovic says he’d miss out on tournaments rather than get vaccinated. We find out more from the man who's been speaking to him, the BBC’s Media Editor, Amol Rajan. Today’s Newscast was made by John Murphy with Georgia Coan and Alix Pickles. The studio director was Emma Crowe. The assistant editor was Sam Bonham.
15/02/2236m 18s

The Post Office scandal

Why were hundreds of sub-postmasters wrongfully convicted and what will happen next? Adam is back on Newscast and starts the week by chatting with Nick Wallis, author of the book, The Great Post Office Scandal, about why it's called the most widespread miscarriage of justice in British legal history. And, is Russia still preparing to invade Ukraine? We discuss everything there is to know about the Ukraine crisis, with Newsnight's Mark Urban (in Kyiv) and the BBC's Steve Rosenberg (in Moscow). This episode of Newscast was made by Alix Pickles and Georgia Coan. The studio director was Hannah Montgomery. The assistant editor was Sam Bonham.
14/02/2233m 53s

Top of the Cops

Newscast talks policing culture with the Culture Editor, Katie Razzall, who's sitting in for Adam. She chats to the BBC's Tom Symonds about what's happened since Dame Cressida Dick resigned. We hear from Rufus Norris (at the National Theatre) and Erica Whyman (at the Royal Shakespeare Company) about what the industry has been through over the last few years, as well as their hopes for the future. Louis Theroux is back to talk about his new doc series. And Gogglebox's Scarlett Moffatt makes an appearance too! This episode of Newscast was made by John Murphy, Georgia Coan, Ben Cooper and Danny Wittenberg. The studio director was Emma Crowe. The assistant editor was Sam Bonham.
11/02/2232m 46s

Cressida Khan’t Carry On

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick is stepping down after Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, said he no longer has confidence in her leadership. On the day of the PM’s diplomatic trip to Nato, Laura’s in Brussels joining Chris and Politics Live’s Jo Coburn to tell us how the talks on Ukraine and Russia are going. And Shadow Foreign Secretary David Lammy tells us what it was like being with the Labour leader, Sir Keir Starmer, when they were mobbed by protesters. Today’s Newscast was made by Daniel Wittenberg with Sally Abrahams and Alix Pickles. The editor was Jonathan Aspinwall.
10/02/2233m 41s

WhatsApp Wagatha?

Vardy’s "nasty" messages were not about Rooney, apparently... Victoria Derbyshire sits in for Adam and chats to the Guardian Media Editor, Jim Waterson, about all things "Wagatha Christie". Prof Peter Openshaw (who advises the Government on Covid) tells us what he thinks about Boris Johnson’s surprise plan to scrap all the Covid rules very soon. LBC radio host and West Ham fan, Iain Dale, takes us through what happened since the Kurt Zouma cat video was posted online. And... Laura is on the move, again, talking partygate.... Today’s Newscast was made by John Murphy with Alix Pickles and Georgia Coan. The studio director was Mike Regaard and the assistant editor was Sam Bonham.
09/02/2229m 35s

Minister of Opportunities Knocks

Jacob Rees-Mogg gets a new role in government... Chris sits in for Adam and chats through the latest cabinet reshuffle with the BBC's Alex Forsyth. On the day that the Health Secretary announces plans to reduce NHS waiting lists, Natasha Loder (who's making a Radio 4 doc all about the NHS backlog) puts the problem into perspective. And diplomacy continues in Russia and Ukraine... We chat to Carrie Davies in Moscow and Fergal Keane in Kiev. Today’s Newscast was made by John Murphy with Alix Pickles and Georgia Coan. The studio director was Emma Crowe and the assistant editor was Sam Bonham.
08/02/2230m 29s

Protesters surround Starmer

Police have to protect the Labour leader... Arrests have been made after clashes between protesters and police protecting Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer. Naga (sitting in for Adam) gets the latest from Laura. And broadcasting legend, BBC World Affairs Editor, John Simpson, talks about what it was like going to Afghanistan after the Taliban takeover. Today’s Newscast was made by Sam Bonham with John Murphy, Georgia Coan and Alix Pickles. The studio director was Emma Crowe.
07/02/2233m 29s

Aaron Bellwether

Another Conservative MP submits letter of no confidence in the PM... Victoria Derbyshire sits in for Adam. She invites Newsnight’s Lewis Goodall and Craig Oliver (ex Comms Director for David Cameron) on the pod to try and understand what's going on at 10 Downing Street. After the Chancellor unveiled £billions worth of support in a bid to tackle the cost of living crisis yesterday, friend of the pod Claer Barrett (Consumer Editor at the Financial Times) jumps on to talk energy, taxes and wages. And, which of the Bafta noms should we all watch this weekend? Radio 1 film critic, Ali Plumb, knows a good film when he sees it! Today’s Newscast was made by Sam Bonham with Alix Pickles, Georgia Coan and Sally Abrahams. The studio director was Emma Crowe.
04/02/2239m 56s

Resignation Street

Four of the prime minister’s close aides have resigned in one day. Adam, Laura and Chris chew over the implications of the latest departures for Boris Johnson. Energy prices are soaring – so, what’s the government doing? Ofgem says millions of people will pay 54% more for their energy from April, or almost £700 on an average bill. The Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak explains what he’s doing to lessen the shock for households. Northern Ireland’s First Minister Paul Givan has announced his resignation, in protest against the Northern Ireland protocol... Chris is in Belfast. Today’s Newscast was made by Alison Gee with Danny Wittenberg and John Murphy. The editor was Jonathan Aspinwall.
03/02/2228m 48s

Levelling Shake-Up

Government's plan to tackle regional inequality is published... Adam talks through what it means with the BBC’s Alex Forsyth and Sheffield filmmaker, Mark Herbert.   More Tory MPs say they want Johnson out of Downing Street. Laura's got the latest...   And the BBC's Jon Kay tells us about his new pod, Fairy Meadow, all about the disappearance of a girl from a beach in Australia. 50 years on, can the mystery be solved?   Today’s Newscast was made by Sam Bonham with John Murphy, Georgia Coan and Alex Partridge. The studio director was Emma Crowe.
02/02/2232m 29s

Talks in Kyiv

Boris Johnson has arrived in Ukraine to talk to the country’s president as fears rise about a war with Russia. The BBC’s James Landale explains what's been going on today and what it might mean for the UK (and the rest of the world). And, it’s ANOTHER day of Sue Gray... Laura and Adam talk through the fallout from yesterday’s report, including that Jimmy Savile remark from the PM in Parliament. Richard Scorer, a lawyer who represented the Savile victims, explains why the comments have caused so much anger. Today’s Newscast was made by Sam Bonham with Georgia Coan and John Murphy. The studio director was Michael Regaard and the editor was Jon Aspinwall.
01/02/2234m 17s

Sue Gray’s verdict

Sue Gray has found “failures of leadership and judgement” at No 10 and the Cabinet Office, and behaviour that is “difficult to justify” in her investigation into Covid-19 gatherings. Adam, Laura and Chris explain what she has said, what she can’t say and what others are saying. Newscast was made by Alison Gee, John Murphy and Georgia Coan. The studio director is Emma Crowe. The editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.
31/01/2232m 41s

Gray Ja Vu

Another day, still no sign of Sue Gray... There’s confusion over when Sue Gray’s report will be published (and whether it will be as detailed as people first thought) after the Met Police asked for “minimal reference” to the events they are investigating. BBC Political Correspondent Nick Eardley helps us make sense of the latest Gray delay. And all the partygate developments mean it’s been a while since we've chatted about Covid. The BBC's Clive Myrie (who’s been reporting from inside an intensive care unit in London) and our Health Editor, Hugh Pym, talk through how hospitals are coping and look at the latest data. Today’s Newscast was made by Daniel Wittenberg with Georgia Coan and Ben Cooper. The studio director was Emma Crowe. The assistant editor was Sam Bonham.
28/01/2231m 58s

Taxing Times

Just how big is the upcoming rise in National Insurance? It may be more than you think. Stephanie Flanders of Bloomberg Economics and Claer Barrett of the Financial Times run through some scary numbers. And despite rumours that Sue Gray’s report into Downing St parties would have been published by now, we’re still waiting. Will it be released next week? Adam, Chris and Laura mull over what the delay is. Today’s Newscast was made by Danny Wittenberg, John Murphy and Sally Abrahams. The assistant editor was Alison Gee.
27/01/2231m 8s

Gray Expectations

We're all waiting for Sue Gray's inquiry, which had been expected to be made public on Wednesday. Adam, Laura and Guto Harri (ex Director of External Affairs for Boris Johnson whilst he was Mayor of London) talk through the latest from Westminster... Today’s Newscast was made by Sam Bonham with Georgia Coan. Michael Regaard was the studio director.
26/01/2233m 45s

The Met investigates

The announcement that the Metropolitan Police will now investigate gatherings in Downing Street during lockdown has added to pressure on the prime minister. It comes just as the government prepares for the publication Sue Gray’s report. Adam and Laura are joined by the BBC’s home affairs correspondent, Dominic Casciani, to discuss the latest twists in the story and explain what happens next. Also, after the financial crisis of 2008, the government pumped hundreds of billions of pounds into the economy through quantitative easing, and it’s done something similar during the pandemic. But a new BBC TV documentary says all this extra money has benefitted the rich and led to huge inequality. Former trader Gary Stevenson explains how and why this happened. Today’s Newscast was made by Alison Gee, with John Murphy, Georgia Coan and Alix Pickles. Emma Crowe was the studio director.
25/01/2234m 43s

The Birthday Blues

During lockdown Downing Street staff got together inside to celebrate the PM's big day. The rules at the time meant that most indoor gatherings of more than two people were banned. Laura and Adam react to the latest... Is war imminent in Ukraine? The BBC's Gabriel Gatehouse is in a hotel in Kyiv... And the BBC’s Jean Mackenzie has been looking into the trafficking of young girls from Romania to the UK, in order to be pimped out for sex. She tells us about her worrying findings. Today’s Newscast was made by Sam Bonham with John Murphy, Georgia Coan and Ben Cooper. The studio director was Emma Crowe.
24/01/2236m 2s

Tannoyed

The US and Russia have held high-level talks over the tension in Ukraine, aimed at lowering the chances of war. The BBC’s Diplomatic Correspondent, James Landale, and Steve Rosenberg, our Moscow Correspondent, join Adam to try and figure out what both sides are thinking. Armando Iannucci, creator of satires like ‘The Thick of It’ and ‘The Death of Stalin’, gives us his take on the political turbulence, at Westminster in particular, as well as his reasons for campaigning to protect the BBC’s long-term funding.   There were two big music stories today too: Adele’s Las Vegas postponement and the death of the rocker Meat Loaf. Entertainment reporter Sinéad Garvan drops by to tell us more. First stop: we hear from a pretty recognisable voice on the government’s plan to limit the number of “spam” tannoy announcements on English trains.   Today’s Newscast was made by Daniel Wittenberg with Ben Cooper and Georgia Coan. The studio director was Emma Crowe and the assistant editor was Sam Bonham.
21/01/2232m 57s

'Intimidation and Blackmail'

A senior Tory accuses Number 10 of using blackmail to keep rebellious MPs in line. Adam, Chris and Laura chew the fat over the latest serious claims and they are joined by the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Simon Clarke, to discuss an apology, a defection and strong-arm tactics. Today's Newscast was made by Danny Wittenberg, John Murphy and Sally Abrahams. The assistant editor was Ali Gee.
21/01/2231m 11s

'WHAT A Day!'

Will they / won’t they?   All eyes are on Boris Johnson, still... as more MPs call for him to stand down. Laura K and Craig Oliver (ex Director of Comms for David Cameron) pick through the pieces.   And, what is really happening in Ukraine right now? The US say that the Russians could attack at any moment. We catch-up with Americast's Anthony Zurcher, as well as Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the former Nato Secretary General...   Newscast was made by Sam Bonham with John Murphy, Alix Pickles and Ben Cooper. The studio director Hannah Montgomery.
19/01/2234m 51s

The Pork Pie Plot

Is it a serious threat for the PM? The BBC has been told that a group of around 20 MPs (all of whom were first elected in 2019) have met to talk about whether they should try to get rid of Boris Johnson. Laura explains the latest in Westminster... Malakai Fekitoa, the Wasps rugby player, hasn’t been able to speak to his family in Tonga since a volcanic eruption wiped out communication lines to the country. He is joined by the BBC's Michael Bristow to discuss the damage caused and how rescue efforts are being co-ordinated. And James G pops back into the studio with a strange warning for us all: prepare for the end of the pandemic because it could be coming very soon. Today’s Newscast was made by Sam Bonham with Alix Pickles, Ben Cooper and John Murphy. The studio director was Emma Crowe and the assistant editor was Alison Gee.
18/01/2231m 31s

Licence Free?

Government freezes the BBC licence fee for two years. We get the BBC's culture editor, Katie Razzall, to explain what's happening... And, what happened during the Texas synagogue siege? The BBC's Frank Gardner has all the details (or, at least all the details we know right now). Today’s Newscast was made by Sam Bonham with Georgia Coan, John Murphy and Alix Pickles. The studio director was Ash Taylor and the assistant editor was Alison Gee.
17/01/2231m 52s

A Suitcaseful of News

Two more boozy get-togethers in No 10 during lockdown have come to light, this time on the night before the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral. We speak to the reporter who got the scoop, The Telegraph’s Tony Diver, and Lord Gavin Barwell, former Chief of Staff to Theresa May. Australia has detained Novak Djokovic and cancelled his visa for a second time. But is it game, set and vax for the tennis star? The BBC's Russell Fuller is in Melbourne. And following the BBC drama about the Met Police's handling of the deaths of three gay men murdered by Stephen Port, we hear from Sarah Sak, whose son Anthony Walgate was Port's first victim. Today’s Newscast was made by Daniel Wittenberg with Alix Pickles and Ben Cooper. The studio director was Emma Crowe and the editor was Jonathan Aspinwall.
14/01/2235m 36s

Waiting for Sue

Education Secretary, Nadhim Zahawi, tells Adam and Chris to wait for Sue Gray’s report into whether the PM and others broke Covid rules. Shelagh Fogarty and Kaye Adams say people calling their phone-in shows are full of rage, grief and pain over the saga. Conservative MP, Tobias Ellwood, tells us Boris Johnson needs to change the way he’s running things. And he says he welcomes the fact that Prince Andrew’s military titles have been removed. The Duke of York is fighting claims that he sexually assaulted a woman when she was 17 – the prince denies the allegations. Today’s Newscast was made by Danny Wittenberg and Sally Abrahams. The assistant editor was Alison Gee.
14/01/2235m 35s

Party Politics

What next for Boris Johnson after his apology? Adam, Laura and the BBC's Nick Watt talk through what he said, what he didn't say, and what the reaction has been. We also hear from broadcaster, Simon Thomas, who was sleeping in a camper van on his sister's drive to be closer to his dad in hospital around the time of the Downing Street Party. And, there's been a huge development in the Prince Andrew sexual assault case. The BBC’s Dominic Casciani has the latest... Today’s Newscast was made by Sam Bonham with Georgia Coan and Alix Pickles. The studio director was Michael Regaard and the editor was Jonathan Aspinwall.
12/01/2246m 14s

Bring Your Own Boozecast

Leaked email reveals a BYOB party at No 10... It’s been reported more than 100 staff at No 10 were invited, including the prime minister himself, all the while Government were telling the public they could only leave home for work, exercise or essential supplies. The BBC’s Vicki Young and Craig Oliver (former Downing Street director of comms when David Cameron was the prime minister) talk it all through with Adam... Today’s Newscast was made by Sam Bonham with Georgia Coan and Alix Pickles. The studio director was Emma Crowe and the assistant editor was Alison Gee.
11/01/2229m 31s

Lift Goving Down

Michael Gove should have taken the stairs today... as he got stuck in the lift at the BBC. He was meant to be on Radio 4 announcing his plans to fix dangerous cladding. The BBC's Lewis Goodall has the latest... Also, we're still playing our game of "Where in the world is Novak Djokovic?" on the podcast. The BBC's Guy De Launey joins us... Today’s Newscast was made by Sam Bonham with Georgia Coan and Alix Pickles. The studio director was Hannah Montgomery.
10/01/2226m 48s

Taking a Kazakhstand

Why's it kicking off in Kazakhstan? Protests over fuel prices have got ugly and the government’s cracking down. So what does it mean for this former Soviet country? Newsnight’s International Editor, Gabriel Gatehouse, is back to explain.   Henry Dyne hasn’t had a great time of late. First, he got Covid and ended up in hospital. Then he got death threats from anti-vaxxers. Henry joins the BBC’s Disinformation Reporter, Marianna Spring, to talk Covid conspiracy theories.   South Korea’s been showing off its new military gear. Laura Bicker, the BBC’s Seoul Correspondent, tells us about her G-force training – and how she just about managed to avoid vomiting over some very expensive equipment.   Today’s Newscast was made by Daniel Wittenberg with Ben Cooper, Georgia Coan, Rosie Blunt and John Murphy. The studio director was Emma Crowe.
07/01/2233m 35s

America's Anniverscary

It’s been one year since the Capitol Hill attack and, as the world remembers, we hear from the BBC's Gabriel Gatehouse about his new podcast, The Coming Storm, investigating some of the conspiracy theories that fuelled the events of January 6th 2021.   With lots of people asking government to act on spiralling fuel bills, Adam chats with the boss of the energy industry’s trade body, Energy UK, about what’s being done (and what's not being done, yet). Also, what's the latest with Novak Djokovic? The BBC's Russell Fuller knows the score...   Today’s Newscast was made by Sam Bonham with Ben Cooper and John Murphy. Emma Crowe is the studio director.
06/01/2236m 18s

Novax Mr Djokovic?

Australia cancels top tennis player's visa... We catch up with the BBC’s tennis guru Russell Fuller to find out what’s really going on.  Boris Johnson has confirmed Plan B rules will continue for three weeks. Vicki Young talks Adam through the latest in Westminster.  And what was the Theranos scandal all about? James Clayton (who's currently at the CES tech conference in the US) explains why it's gone very wrong for Elizabeth Holmes, the world's youngest self-made female billionaire. Today’s Newscast was made by Sam Bonham with John Murphy, Georgia Coan and Rachel Judah. The studio director was Emma Crowe and the assistant editor was Alison Gee.
05/01/2230m 54s

Sugar and Spikes

We’re into a third year of this pandemic and the UK is reporting record numbers of Covid cases. How worried should we be and what do we still not know? Adam hears from the BBC's health editor, Hugh Pym, and the World Health Organization’s Dr Maria Van Kerkhove, who says there’s hope yet for a healthier 2022. Meanwhile, with a decision imminent on whether Virginia Giuffre’s US lawsuit against Prince Andrew will be allowed to continue, what does this ruling mean for the Duke? And Newscast is back with a boss. Lord Alan Sugar is on to tell us about how well British businesses have dealt with Covid, the latest series of The Apprentice, and the death of the Blackberry phone. Today’s Newscast was made by Daniel Wittenberg with Georgia Coan and Rachel Judah. The studio director was Emma Crowe and the assistant editor was Alison Gee. The editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.
04/01/2232m 49s

The Newscast Christmas Party 2021

...and you're invited! Singer Jessie Ware and her mum/podcast co-host Lennie, Radio 1’s Greg James and author Bella Mackie, plus filmmaker Richard Curtis and broadcaster Emma Freud, are the special guests at Newscast's virtual Christmas party this year. A bit of a family affair! It’s been another year of big news, so as a seasonal treat, we talk about the politics… of Christmas food, we review the year in music, and we celebrate the best festive films. The Newscast Christmas special was produced by Daniel Wittenberg with Alix Pickles, Sally Abrahams and Ros Jones. The sound design was by Emma Crowe and the studio manager was Mike Regaard. The assistant editor was Sam Bonham. Thanks to: Twentieth Century Fox and Hughes Entertainment and Chris Columbus for Home Alone 2. BRON Studios, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Scott Free Productions and Ridley Scott for House of Gucci. Gary Sanchez Productions, Project Zeus and Hyperobject Industries and Jesse Armstrong for Succession. New Line Cinema, Guy Walks into a Bar Productions, Gold/Miller Productions and Jon Favreau for Elf.
22/12/2144m 5s

Mingle Bells

There'll be no new restrictions in England before Christmas Day, says Boris Johnson... Adam and Chris chat through the days news. The BBC's Jim Reed explains what we know (and what we still don't know) about the latest Omicron data and Simon Jack runs through what the government's £1bn fund means for businesses around the country. Also, Louise, from the Oxford Playhouse, lifts the curtain on how her industry is coping right now. Newscast was made by Sam Bonham with Ros Jones and Alix Pickles. The studio manager was Emma Crowe
21/12/2128m 56s

Covid Rules Not Ruled Out

How likely are further restrictions over the festive period? Vicki Young, Hugh Pym and Adam pore over the latest covid data and consider what the numbers mean for hospitals and hospitality. And as jigsaw sales soar, Cynthia Yeoh chats through the nation’s favourites in 2021. Newscast was made by Emma Close with Ros Jones and Alix Pickles. The studio manager was Emma Crowe.
20/12/2132m 35s

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Another turbulent week in politics... Andrew Marr, the soon-to-be-ex-Sunday-morning-TV-host, drops by to reflect on his career (and pore over the shock by-election result in Shropshire). Laura makes a late appearance after news breaks that Simon Case (the person currently investigating lockdown Xmas parties at Downing Street) was also at a seasonal office get-together last year. And Adam hears from Dr Maryam Khosravi, an intensive care doctor in London, about how she is preparing for Omicron.   Today’s Newscast was made by Sam Bonham with Ben Cooper, Georgia Coan, Alix Pickles and Danny Wittenberg. Emma Crowe was the studio director. Jonathan Aspinwall was the editor.
17/12/2139m 27s

Disappointing the Archbishop

The Archbishop of Canterbury tells Adam, Laura and Chris that he was disappointed to see a photo of Conservative activists having what looked like a party at Tory headquarters last Christmas. Justin Welby also says leaders need to be honest, admit mistakes and stick to the rules. And he reveals what it was like to do a jigsaw with the Queen at Sandringham. We get the latest on record Covid figures from Fergus Walsh too. Today’s episode of Newscast was made by Danny Wittenberg and Sally Abrahams. The studio director was Emma Crowe and the assistant editor was Alison Gee. Jonathan Aspinwall is the editor.
16/12/2138m 22s

Christmas Prioritrees

Chris Whitty sends clear message on festive parties as Omicron surges: stay at home unless it really matters. Adam, Laura and Fergus reflect on a gloomy No 10 press conference... And, what did the COP26 President really think of what happened in Glasgow? We find out from the man himself, Alok Sharma. Today’s episode of Newscast was made by Sam Bonham with Ros Jones, Georgia Coan, Maia Lowerson and Ben Cooper. The studio manager was Michael Regaard.
15/12/2136m 5s

Plan reBellion

Covid passes pass... despite a huge Tory revolt. MPs have backed the government’s Plan B measures (for England) in a Commons vote, despite nearly 100 Tory MPs rebelling against the plans. The BBC's Vicki Young joins Adam to chat through what went down in Parliament.  And Dr Angelique Coetzee, the South African doctor who first spotted the new Omicron variant, joins Newscast to explain why it’s different from the rest.  Today’s episode of Newscast was made by Sam Bonham with Ben Cooper, Georgia Coan, Sally Abrahams and Ros Jones. The studio manager was Emma Crowe.
14/12/2132m 35s

All I Want for Christmas Is Queue(s)

People have been queuing at vaccine centres and online for hours to get hold of the booster after the PM’s address last night. Even the NHS website crashed! Laura, Fergus and GP Silvana McCaffrey join Adam to chat through the booster roll-out plans, what we know about the Omicron variant so far, and what this all means for the government now. Today’s Newscast was made by Emma Close with Alix Pickles and Georgia Coan. The studio manager was Emma Crowe.
13/12/2133m 48s

'Get Boosted Now'

Boris Johnson offers third jabs for everyone over 18... What do we know about Omicron? Can the NHS cope? Could tighter restrictions be coming soon? Adam, Laura and Fergus get together for an emergency Newscast after the Prime Minister’s Sunday night TV address. Today’s Newscast was made by Sam Bonham with Daniel Wittenberg. The studio manager was Ash Taylor.
12/12/2126m 16s

Plan B Begins

So here it is... Merry Maskmas. As England's new Covid rules start to take effect, the Daily Mirror’s Pippa Crerar, who first broke the news about last year’s Downing Street Christmas gatherings, brings us up to date on the controversy. Meanwhile, the BBC’s Ed Thomas tells Adam about the impact of the pandemic on poverty and mental health in Burnley, where he has been following communities in some of the town’s most deprived areas over the past year. And Brit Awards’ Rising Star winner, Holly Humberstone, talks about becoming famous during lockdown and why she supports mask-wearing at her gigs. Today’s Newscast was made by Daniel Wittenberg with Ben Cooper and Alix Pickles. The studio director was Emma Crowe. The assistant editor was Alison Gee.
10/12/2134m 29s

A smorgasbord of fiascos

It’s been another long day for Boris Johnson. Laura, Adam and Chris chat about all the incoming fire. Just what did he know - and when - about the decorating costs for his Downing Street flat? And what political damage will he suffer over the continuing controversy around alleged Christmas parties last year and the introduction of Plan B. Is this the beginning of the end for the PM? MP and former Justice Secretary Robert Buckland shares his views about all that and talks about his very personal determination to improve the lives of young adults, like his daughter, who have been diagnosed with autism. Newscast was made by Ali Gee, Ros Jones, Danny Wittenberg and Alix Pickles.
09/12/2136m 12s

Plan B

What are the new Covid rules in England? What do we know about the Omicron variant? And what's been the fallout since that No 10 Christmas party video was leaked? Adam, Laura and Fergus talk through one of the busiest days in politics for a while... Newscast was made by Sam Bonham with Ros Jones. Ash Taylor was the studio director.
08/12/2130m 50s

Out of (Foreign) Office

A top UK official says he regrets staying on holiday during Afghan crisis... The BBC's James Landale joins Adam to talk it all through, and we hear from Basira Paigham, who was evacuated from Afghanistan and is on this year’s #BBC100Women 2021 list. Also, Adam digs deep into the pockets of personal finance with Jaidev Janardana, the boss of Zopa, the world's first peer-to-peer lending company (which has just pulled out of peer-to-peer lending). Is it RIP for P2P? Today’s episode of Newscast was made by Sam Bonham with Ben Cooper and Alix Pickles. The studio director was Emma Crowe and the assistant editor was Alison Gee.
07/12/2132m 58s

Dealers or No Dealers

The government announces its new drugs plan. As the government sets out its 10-year plan to help problem drug users and cut drug-related crime, we hear from the medical expert, Dame Carol Black, whose research informed the policy. And, as Germany’s new chancellor, Olaf Scholz, prepares to take office on Wednesday, Dr Katya Adler is back to explain what changes are expected in Europe’s richest and most powerful country. Today’s episode of Newscast was made by Emma Close with Ros Jones and Sally Abrahams. The assistant editor is Alison Gee. Jonathan Aspinwall is the editor.
06/12/2133m 59s

Foul Play

‘Drunken, drugged-up thugs’ could have caused death at the Euro final, a review finds. Two thousand ticketless fans stormed the stadium for one of English football’s biggest matches, and the official report says a “perfect storm” of problems might have turned it into a tragedy. We speak to the BBC’s Sports Correspondent, Natalie Pirks, at Wembley. It’s also time for a COP catch-up. Chris Stark, chief executive of the Committee on Climate Change, rejoins Adam to assess the aftermath of the Glasgow summit. And after footage emerged of an antisemitic attack on a bus in London’s Oxford Street, we hear from British-Jewish BBC journalist Tom Brada, who has just made a documentary investigating a spike in reports of antisemitism in the UK. Today’s Newscast was made by Daniel Wittenberg with producers Alix Pickles, Maia Lowerson and Georgia Coan. The studio director was Emma Crowe. The editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.
03/12/2137m 47s

Intimate Oral Contact

Find out which cabinet minister won’t be snogging under the mistletoe. Adam, Laura and Chris mull over what really happened at a Downing Street gathering last Christmas. Also, the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan says he won’t be cancelling festive events and warns Chris to back off over criticism of the Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square. Today’s Newscast was made by Danny Wittenberg, Ros Jones and Vicky Farncombe. The assistant editor was Alison Gee. The editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.
02/12/2132m 30s

Carry on Christmas

Laura chats to Adam about reports that Christmas parties were held in Downing Street at the height of last year’s lockdown. The BBCs Hugh Pym and Branwen Jeffreys join Adam to discuss whether festivities and school nativities will go ahead this year. We hear views from the picket line as university staff go on a three-day strike over pay, working conditions and pensions. Adam brings you Newscast’s very own – and very brief – version of Radio 4’s ‘The Reith Lectures’. It’s all about AI. And as advent calendars are opened, Adam invents his own version, ‘the badvent calendar’, a collection of the most cringeworthy moments of 2021. Please share yours: newscast@bbc.co.uk This episode of Newscast was made by Ros Jones with Georgia Coan, Ben Cooper, Alix Pickles and Sally Abrahams. The editor was Jonathan Aspinwall. The studio manager was Michael Regaard
01/12/2129m 0s

"C"

The boss of MI6 speaks! His name is Richard Moore and he's said some really interesting things about China, Afghanistan and green ink! Adam talks it through with the BBC's Gordon Corera. And after another Covid press conference from Boris Johnson, Adam and Fergus chat with a pharmacist in Surrey. How will the roll out of the booster jabs really work? This episode of Newscast was made by Sam Bonham with Sally Abrahams and Rosamund Jones. The studio director was Emma Crowe. The assistant editor was Alison Gee.
30/11/2130m 54s

Omicron I Don’t Believe It

Every adult in the UK will be offered a Covid booster jab... Fergus and Laura talk through all the new changes. And as British socialite, Ghislaine Maxwell, goes on trial accused of grooming underage girls for convicted paedophile, Jeffrey Epstein, we hear about his controlling behaviour from a journalist who has interviewed him many times. This episode of Newscast was made by Emma Close with Sally Abrahams, Serena Tarling and Rosamund Jones. Thestudio director was Emma Crowe. The assistant editor was Sam Bonham.
29/11/2137m 3s

The 'Nu' Variant

'Nu' variant, new concern. Scientists are closely watching a new variant of coronavirus circulating in southern Africa, nicknamed the 'nu' variant. The BBC’s Health and Science Correspondent, James Gallagher, tells Adam what the experts are telling him. So how worried should we be? France has uninvited the Home Secretary, Priti Patel, from a meeting set up to deal with the recent surge in dangerous crossings of the Channel. The Economist’s Paris Bureau Chief, Sophie Pedder, explains why relations are so tense. And appendicitis can be extremely painful – and a real pain to diagnose. BBC News Presenter Reeta Chakrabarti shares her experience with appendicitis and tells us why it’s so important that it’s spotted early. Today's Newscast was made by Daniel Wittenberg with producers Rosie Blunt, Georgia Coan and Ben Cooper. The studio manager was Frank McWeeny. The editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.
26/11/2136m 37s

Oh no Boris!

The Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle brings his pet parrot, Boris, into the Newscast studio. He also reveals that he’s been "heavily lobbied" by women MPs not to change the rules on bringing children into parliamentary debates. Labour MP Stella Creasy was told it was against the rules to bring a child to a debate after her three-month-old son accompanied her earlier this week. And Katya talks to Laura and Chris about the political ramifications following the deaths of people trying to cross the Channel in dinghies. Newscast was made by Danny Wittenberg, Ali Gee and Ros Jones. Jonathan Aspinwall is the editor.
25/11/2133m 5s

Migrant tragedy in the Channel

More than 30 people have drowned after their boat sank on the way to the UK… Emily Maitlis (who was en route to Dover as the story was unfolding) takes us through the details. After his exclusive interview with the President of Belarus went viral, the BBC’s Steve Rosenberg and his producer Will Vernon tell all about what it was like meeting “Europe’s last dictator”. And Laura joins Adam from a windy walk in Edinburgh to chat through her interview with Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon. Today’s Newscast was made by Sam Bonham with Rosamund Jones, Ben Cooper, Georgia Coan and Rachel Judah. Hannah Montgomery is the studio director.
24/11/2138m 38s

Twitter Threads

What connects a Chinese tennis star, the new Culture Secretary and a viral karaoke show? Adam explains why the answer is Twitter, with a load of great voices for this bumper Tuesday episode... The BBC's new Culture Editor, Katie Razzall, was watching the Culture Secretary, Nadine Dorries. BBC China's John Sudworth and Kerry Allen have been following the tale of the tennis legend, Peng Shuai. And Jacob McLaughlin, from Manchester, really knows how to host an online karaoke gig! Today's Newscast was made by Sam Bonham with Georgia Coan, Ben Cooper, Rachel Judah and Ros Jones. The studio director was Emma Crowe.
23/11/2134m 31s

The Pig Idea

The PM says Peppa Pig World is his "kind of place" in a pork-ward speech today... Adam, Laura and Chris get together to chew it all through. Also, Dr Katya Adler joins from Brussels (to complete the Brexitcast crew) and explains what's been going on with the protests in Europe. Today’s Newscast was made by Sam Bonham, Rosamund Jones and Georgia Coan. The studio director was Emma Crowe. The assistant editor was Alison Gee.
22/11/2123m 51s

Simon says, Marr goes

As lockdowns are reintroduced in Europe, Katya and Adam discuss soaring infection rates with Professor Hendrik Streeck of the Institute of Virology in Bonn. Plus, as Andrew Marr announces he’s leaving the BBC, we find out what he thinks Adam should be reading. Also, Simon Reeve talks rural poverty, wiggly rivers and curried squirrel in Cumbria. And Newscasters remember Ghostbusters – aka Phantom Breakers (if you get lost in translation). Newscast was made by Ben Cooper, Danny Wittenberg, Sally Abrahams, Serena Tarling, Rosamund Jones, Ali Gee and Emma Crowe.
19/11/2134m 53s

Mind the Gap

There are accusations of betrayal as the HS2 rail extension to Leeds is scrapped. Train enthusiast, David Brewer, who has visited all the railway stations in the UK, shares his thoughts about how the money should be spent. Ireland’s Taoiseach, Micheál Martin, admits to Laura K that he’s frustrated over the situation with trade and Northern Ireland. And Adam, Laura and Chris explain changes to the cap on the cost of social care. Today’s Newscast was made by Danny Wittenberg and Sally Abrahams. The assistant editor was Alison Gee and the editor was Jonathan Aspinwall.
18/11/2130m 25s

MPs’ booster jobs

There's been a heated row in parliament today about MP's taking on second jobs... Adam and Laura chat it through. The BBC's Sima Kotecha and her mum, Hansa, are back! We discuss the huge public reaction to former Yorkshire cricketer, Azeem Rafiq’s, emotional testimony on Tuesday. And the cost of living has surged at its fastest pace in almost 10 years. Another friend of the pod, Bloomberg’s Lizzy Burden, explains how it’s affecting everything from crisps to second-hand cars. Today’s Newscast was made by Sam Bonham with Georgia Coan and Alix Pickles. The studio director was Cassie Galpin. The editor was Jonathan Aspinwall.
17/11/2134m 11s

Fresh Airbnb

Are we going through the biggest change in travel since the invention of the aeroplane? The boss of Airbnb pops in on Newscast... Adam bumps into the absolutely fabulous Joanna Lumley, who is having a very good day. And we find out what’s going on with the Belarus-Poland border crisis (and how the implications are trickling down the political pipeline) with the BBC's Nick Beake. Today’s Newscast was made by Sam Bonham with Georgia Coan, Alix Pickles and Serena Tarling. The studio director was Emma Crowe. The assistant editor was Alison Gee.
16/11/2131m 53s

Louis Theroux

When Adam met… one of his heroes he talked to him about life in lockdown, good interview techniques and how to make a hit podcast! As well as Louis Theroux, in this episode Adam is chatting to Fergus about the latest Covid news (there’s lots today) and also the BBC’s Gordon Corera, who explains what happened at the Liverpool Women's Hospital explosion on Sunday. Today’s Newscast was made by Sam Bonham with Alix Pickles and Sally Abrahams. The studio director was Ash Taylor and the assistant editor was Alison Gee.
15/11/2134m 28s

Coalplay

A global climate deal has been agreed in Glasgow... and here's our episode on how it happened. Adam and Rebecca Morelle talk it all through as the final gavel comes down. Today’s Newscast was made by Sam Bonham. The studio director was Michael Regaard. The editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.
13/11/2120m 42s

COP26: Endgame

We're still assembled in Glasgow as the climate summit reaches its climax. After two weeks of intense talks, negotiations are continuing over a final deal to try and slow temperature rises. Former PM Tony Blair tells us what he believes can be achieved before the conference (finally) comes to an end. Adam also catches up with the BBC’s Science Correspondent, Rebecca Morelle, and rubs shoulders with our broadcasting rival, Robert Peston, as we go through the changes to the draft agreement. Plus, we speak to Newscaster Dr Amanda Edgeworth, who emailed in about the role she played in an extraordinary cave rescue earlier this week. Today’s Newscast was made by Daniel Wittenberg with producers Georgia Coan, Serena Tarling and Sally Abrahams. The studio director was Emma Crowe. The editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.
12/11/2141m 4s

High Drama Sharma?

Alok Sharma needs to turn up the drama to get COP where it needs to be, says Ed Miliband. Instead of ‘No Drama Sharma’, the former Labour leader thinks the president of COP26 should go for ‘High Drama Sharma’. Political sleaze is also on the agenda as Laura K noses around Westminster to check which MPs are in the office. And Adam shares some (unscientific) analysis about whether Newscasters are more likely to listen when they are walking the dog or brushing their teeth. Today’s Newscast was made by Alix Pickles, Georgia Coan, Danny Wittenberg and Ros Jones. The assistant editor is Alison Gee. The editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.
11/11/2129m 46s

Secretary Pete!

We chat with Pete Buttigieg, the US transportation secretary about today's draft COP26 climate change agreement, life as a working parent in the US and the MP sleaze row. Also, a new study suggests that the best time to get to sleep is between 10pm and 11pm. So, when are you meant to listen to Newscast? Dr Nerina, the sleep expert, knows when to put your head down. Zzzzzzzzz.   Today’s Newscast was made by Ben Cooper and Alix Pickles. Michael Regaard is the studio director. Sam Bonham is the assistant editor.
10/11/2133m 0s

A Cox Up?

Sir Geoffrey Cox MP has been working remotely from the Caribbean... Laura is in the back of a cab (again) to explain what it all means for the Government. Dr Tamsin Edwards from the pod 39 Ways To Save The Planet chats through the latest at COP26. How optimistic is she right now? And former Facebooker, Frances Haugen, stops off at Newscast (after testifying in front of the EU Parliament) as part of her European whistle-stop tour. Today’s episode of Newscast was made by Sally Abrahams, Georgia Coan and Rosamund Jones. The studio director is Emma Crowe. The assistant editor is Sam Bonham.
09/11/2134m 30s

Elonomics

The Tesla billionaire asks the Twittersphere for tax advice. But what’s the real story behind this latest move from Elon Musk? Adam mulls over the latest from COP26, including why the fossil fuel industry has the largest delegation at the conference, with New Zealand’s environment minister, James Shaw and Jennifer Morgan from Greenpeace. And, as the US finally opens for tourists, one couple explains why they are desperately seeking Disney. Today’s Newscast was made by Emma Close with Rosamund Jones, Alix Pickles, Georgia Coan and Serena Tarling. The studio director was Emma Crowe.
08/11/2131m 23s

Forces of Nature

The next generation of climate activists take centre stage… with Greta and co leading the way. Adam chats to climate activist, Mikaela Loach, about how she finds time to fight for the future of the planet (all the while being 5th year medical student).   The BBC’s Laura Scott is outside Yorkshire County Cricket Club to explain the latest in the Azeem Rafiq racism case.   And also, just how do COP’s vegan croissants compare to their full fat counterparts? Adam tucks in... Today’s Newscast was made by Sam Bonham with Rachel Judah and Alix Pickles. The studio director was Emma Crowe. The editor was Jonathan Aspinwall.
05/11/2130m 25s

Amber Warning

Ex-cabinet minister Amber Rudd at COP. The former home secretary – and energy secretary at the time of the last historic climate conference – joins Adam in Glasgow to look at how much progress has been made in the first few days of this summit. And Laura and Chris are in Westminster where the Tory MP Owen Paterson has quit after being found to have broken lobbying rules. The row involved an embarrassing U-turn for the government and brought back questions about trust in politics. Not usually one to go easy on Boris Johnson, Amber Rudd thinks Number 10’s handling of it all was an “epic and baffling” mistake. Today’s Newscast was made by Danny Wittenberg. The assistant editors were Alison Gee and Sam Bonham. The editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.
04/11/2133m 40s

COP Gear

A high speed podcast looking at the day's news... Adam chats to the F1 driver, Nico Rosberg, about whether petrolheads will ever become electroheads. The BBC's Simon Jack explains why UK businesses will need to show how they are intending on hitting climate change targets. And also, what's the latest with the Covid numbers? Fergus knows what's what... Today’s Newscast was made by Sam Bonham with Ros Jones, Georgia Coan and Sally Abrahams. The studio director was Cassie Galpin.
03/11/2130m 3s

Gas-gow

World leaders are talking conifers, cash and cows. But is it all hot air? Laura K and Rebecca M explain all the comings and goings at the COP26 Climate Conference today. The ex-President of the Maldives chats to Adam about whether rich tourists should stop flying to his sun-soaked islands. And also, are croissants a climate catastrophe? What is Boris Johnson's favourite tree? And why won't Leonardo DiCaprio talk to us at the climate conference? Today’s Newscast was made by Sam Bonham with Ros Jones and Georgia Coan. The studio director was Emma Crowe. The assistant editor was Alison Gee.
02/11/2132m 0s

Emissions Impossible?

We're looking for Leonardo Dicoprio at the Glasgow climate conference... Adam and Laura are chatting to Christiana Figueres, who was responsible for overseeing the delivery of the Paris Climate Agreement in 2015. How does she think it's all going so far this time round? Today’s Newscast was made by Sam Bonham with Ros Jones and Georgia Coan. The studio director was Emma Crowe. The assistant editor was Alison Gee.
01/11/2129m 9s

COPs to do

World leaders are arriving at the Glasgow climate conference (including the Prime Minister of Sweden, who's on this special Sunday episode). Adam and Laura chat it all through... And we hear from the boss of Greenpeace International, who's trying to help the COP26 negotiations move along a bit quicker. Today’s Newscast was made by Sam Bonham. The studio director was Tom Ward. The editor was Jonathan Aspinwall
31/10/2128m 27s

Climate Actually

We’re just a podcast, sitting in front of Richard Curtis, asking him some questions. The rom-com hitmaker – famous for Four Weddings, Notting Hill and Love Actually – joins us to talk about the environment and why your choice of pension matters for the planet. The world is gathering in Glasgow this weekend to discuss climate change. Laura checks in from the airport as she boards the PM’s plane to Rome, where the G20 leaders’ summit is taking place first. And with the government looking at cracking down on so-called ‘Buy Now, Pay Later’ companies, Adam speaks to the CEO and co-founder of Klarna, Sebastian Siemiatkowski. Today’s Newscast was made by Danny Wittenberg with producers Ben Cooper, Maz Ebtehaj, Georgia Coan and Sam Bonham. The studio director was Emma Crowe. The editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.
29/10/2137m 54s

Ask Reeves

The shadow chancellor’s take on the Budget The fallout from the Budget and spending review continues, as the IFS today says millions of people will be worse off by 2022. The Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves joins Adam and Chris to explain how Labour would do things differently. And ahead of the UN Climate Change conference, COP26, which kicks off on Sunday, Newscast has enlisted students from Vyners School in west London to ask some questions about the climate crisis. Isabella O’Dowd, the head of climate change at WWF, helps us answer them. Today’s episode of Newscast was made by Maz Ebtehaj and Danny Wittenberg. The assistant editors is Emma Close and Alison Gee. Jonathan Aspinwall is the editor.
28/10/2127m 50s

Spenny Lane

Budgets, booze and The Beatles... Rishi Sunak made some big announcements in his Budget and Spending Review today. His speech included changes to Universal Tax Credit, Business rates and taxation. Adam, Laura and "PJ" from the Institute for Fiscal Studies get into it all. And (because booze is one of the big topics of the day) we hear from the Head Winemaker at The Bolney Wine Estate. How much will a bottle of bubbles set you back now? Today’s Newscast was made by Maz Ebtehaj, with Georgia Coan and Ben Cooper. Hannah Montgomery is the studio director. Sam Bonham is the assistant editor.
27/10/2133m 31s

"Spreadsheet Phil"

Let's play Budget Bingo with the Former Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond... Adam is back and chatting to the man they used to refer to as "Spreadsheet Phil" about what he would do if he was still Chancellor of the Exchequer. We also hear from the BBC's Katie Prescott, who's in a market in Bristol talking to shop owners about how business is going. What are they hoping for in this week's spending review and budget bonanza? Today’s Newscast was made by Sam Bonham, with Georgia Coan, Alix Pickles and Danny Wittenberg. The studio director was Emma Crowe. Alison Gee was the assistant editor.
26/10/2128m 37s

The One With Naga

Could we BE any more across the day's news? On the podcast we're talking about the plans for National Living Wage, greenhouse gases hitting record levels and Gunther's best moments on Friends, after James Michael Tyler (who played the character of Gunther on the sitcom) died. Adam is still "on a break" so Naga Munchetty is our special guest presenter, chatting with Alex Forsyth, Rory Cellan-Jones (for the last time as he's leaving the BBC) and Oksana Tarasova from the World Meteorological Organization. We're really there for you today... Today’s Newscast was made by Sam Bonham, with Georgia Coan and Alix Pickles. The studio director was Emma Crowe and the assistant editor was Alison Gee. Credits (thanks for the clips): Friends/Bright, Kauffman, Crane Productions/Warner
25/10/2133m 10s

I'm A Celeb… Get Me On Newscast

Giovanna Fletcher and Vernon Kay chat with Victoria Derbyshire about life on I'm a Celeb last year, breaking the rules on reality TV, and plans for the new series. We hear from Scotland’s health minister, Humza Yousaf, about his plans for dealing with Covid this winter. And, how did cinematographer Halyna Hutchins end up being shot with a prop gun on a New Mexico film set by the actor Alec Baldwin? We speak to a firearms expert. Today’s Newscast was made by Alison Gee, with Ben Cooper, Georgia Coan and Sam Bonham. The editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.
22/10/2131m 34s

Newscats

Covid cases top 50,000 in the UK The number of new coronavirus cases recorded in the UK reached 52,009 today, going over 50,000 for the first time since July. Former health secretary and chair of the Health and Social Committee Jeremy Hunt tells Laura, Chris and Fergus that we can expect a difficult winter unless the Government encouarges more people to get jabs and boosters. Also the WHO’s technical lead on Covid-19, Maria Van Kerkhove says that countries need to think about the rest of the world before they roll out boosters for their own. Today’s Newscast was made by Rick Kelsey, with Danny Wittenberg and Maz Ebtehaj. The editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.
21/10/2133m 10s

A Call for Arms

Government tells everyone to get their Covid jabs… The Health Secretary says coronavirus is still a threat, but he’s lined up a new antiviral drug that could help speed up recovery time. Fergus talks us through what’s going on… What went wrong in Afghanistan? Former Ambassador to the US and national security advisor, Sir Kim Darroch, explains what happened at today’s committee looking at how we left the country in the summer. And the director of the BBC documentary “Four Hours in the Capitol” explains how he tracked down the people who stormed the US government buildings back in January. It’s a busy one… And we’ve got Chris Mason in the hot seat! Today’s Newscast was made by Maz Ebtehaj, with Georgia Coan and Ben Cooper. Emma Crowe is the studio director. Sam Bonham is the assistant editor.
20/10/2132m 21s

Heat Pump It Up

We’ve got ourselves a net zero plan for greenhouse gases. Victoria Derbyshire is today’s guest presenter… She chats to Chris Stark, who advises government on climate change policy, about what Boris Johnson’s plan is for electric vehicles, houses and heat pumps. Fergus pops in for a Covid catchup. And we hear from the boss of Refuge, a charity providing support for women and children experiencing domestic violence, about the ways in which abusers are using technology to undermine and control people. Today’s Newscast was made by Sam Bonham with producers Ben Cooper, Georgia Coan and Alix Pickles. The studio director was Emma Crowe and the assistant editor was Alison Gee.
19/10/2129m 50s

Remembering Sir David

The Queen agrees to make Southend a city in honour of the Conservative MP, Sir David Amess, who was stabbed to death in his constituency in Essex on Friday. Naga (today's special guest host) talks it through with Laura, as well as the BBC's Frank Gardner. And, on the day that former US secretary of state, Colin Powell, dies, we hear from Sir Christopher Meyer, the former British Ambassador to the United States, who worked with him. Today’s Newscast was made by Caitlin Hanrahan with producers Ben Cooper and Georgia Coan. The studio director was Cassie Galpin and the assistant editor was Sam Bonham.
18/10/2132m 2s

Sir David Amess Killed

The Conservative MP has died after being stabbed at his constituency surgery in Essex. As politicians on all sides pay tribute to one of their colleagues, Laura and Alex Forsyth get together with Adam to reflect on Sir David’s life and death, as well as the issue of MPs’ safety. In this episode you can also hear an interview that we recorded earlier this afternoon, with the environmental activist, Lily Cole. Lily has been at the TED climate conference in Edinburgh, discussing her campaigning on solutions to climate change. Today’s Newscast was made by Danny Wittenberg with producers Georgia Coan and Alix Pickles. The studio director was Emma Crowe and the assistant editor was Sam Bonham.
15/10/2130m 40s

Prince William does Newscast

It’s a Royal Boxset! Adam sits down with Prince William at Kensington Palace to watch his landmark BBC One series about the challenges facing the planet. In his Newscast debut, the Prince talks climate change ahead of the Earthshot Prize Awards, which will be awarded for the first time this weekend. Today’s Newscast was made by Natalie Ktena and Emma Close. The sound engineers were Gabby Tewson and Emma Crowe. The Editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.
14/10/2132m 38s

Another Brexit Deal?!

The EU’s got a new plan for Northern Ireland, getting rid of most checks on British goods... So Katya and Adam are bringing (1/2 of) Brexitcast back! We’re talking about trouble at the ports again, as containers stack up in Felixstowe. Shipping expert, Michelle Bockmann is back aboard to explain what's going on. And former England player, Anton Ferdinand, talks us through why social media companies can’t ignore racism anymore. Today’s Newscast was made by Maz Ebtehaj, with producers Georgia Coan and Alix Pickles. The studio director was Emma Crowe and the assistant editor was Sam Bonham.
13/10/2130m 47s

The Covid Report

A report by MPs says the UK’s early response to Covid-19 was one of the country’s worst public health failures. Professor Sir John Bell joins Adam and James to look back on the momentous decisions made in March 2020. As the financial fallout from the pandemic continues, the number of job vacancies in the UK has hit a record 1.1million. Why aren’t those jobs filled – and what does it mean for the economy? Bloomberg’s Lizzy Burden explains. And what is the EU doing to cut emissions in the run-up to the COP climate summit? Adam reunites with the European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans to find out. Today’s Newscast was made by Danny Wittenberg with producers Georgia Coan and Alix Pickles. The studio director was Emma Crowe and the assistant editor was Alison Gee. The editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.
12/10/2137m 9s

Beam Me Up Bezos

William Shatner, aka Captain Kirk, is going into space for real. He’s swapping the Starship Enterprise for Jeff Bezos’s space travel company, Blue Origin. Fellow Canadian and astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield tells us what he can expect. Also, the latest on gas prices and why the rise is such a problem for British steel companies. Gareth Stace of UK Steel explains what he wants the government to do. And chilled meats are back on the menu as the UK and EU face off over Northern Ireland. Today’s Newscast was made by Alison Gee with producers Alix Pickles and Georgia Coan. The studio manager was Emma Crowe. The editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.
11/10/2129m 50s

The Big Issues

John Bird, co-founder of The Big Issue, warns of the risk of mass homelessness at a time when prices are going up. He tells us he wants the government to spend £1 trillion to fix the problem. First up though, Dr Amir Khan drops by to explain why this year’s flu jab campaign is the biggest ever. Like his boxing namesake, he wants people to get jabbed. And the UK is eating less MEAT but still too much to MEET a key sustainability target, according to scientists at Oxford. We MEET the lead researcher, Cristina Stewart, who says that not all meat is equal… Today’s Newscast was made by Danny Wittenberg with producers Alix Pickles and Ben Cooper. The studio manager was Mike Regaard and the assistant editor was Ali Gee. The editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.
08/10/2135m 40s

Unfriendly Fires

Energy bills could rise further Martin Lewis says for the first time ever, he is telling consumers to do nothing! He explains to Laura, Adam and Chris what is going on with energy prices and gives his advice. And Robert Jenrick, former housing minister, says that parliament cannot buckle over planning reforms. He also admits that the cost of living crisis is going to be challenging for all of us. Today’s episode of Newscast was made by Maz Ebtehaj, with Caitlin Hanrahan and Danny Wittenberg. The editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.
07/10/2131m 0s

What’s Tina’s Turnover?

Music legends are selling off the rights to their music for millions... And with Tina Turner being the latest, music man, Chris Cooke, explains how it all works. And Laura is on a train again... this time breaking down the Prime Minister’s big conference speech. What did he say and, more importantly, what didn't he say? Also, everyone's talking about universal credit, but how does it actually work? The boss of the Resolution Foundation walks us through it. Today’s Newscast was made by Maz Ebtehaj, with Georgia Coan and Alix Pickles. The studio director was Emma Crowe. Sam Bonham is the assistant editor.
06/10/2134m 8s

Sarah Everard: The Inquiry

Police face a moment of reckoning...   The government has announced an inquiry into the "systematic failures" that led to the murder of Sarah Everard by a serving officer. Zoe Billingham, who was recently commissioned by the Home Secretary to write a report on violence against women and girls, talks us through it all.   And, after Facebook, WhatsApp and Insta were hit by the blackout on Monday, Victoria Baines (who's a cyber expert) explains why the internet is not quite as robust as we all thought it was!   Today’s Newscast was made by Ben Cooper and Georgia Coan. The studio director was Emma Crowe. The assistant editors were Sam Bonham and Alison Gee.
05/10/2129m 44s

Opening the Pandora Papers

Exposing £££ secrets of some of the world’s richest people... The Pandora Papers is a leak of almost 12 million documents that reveals hidden wealth, tax avoidance and, in some cases, money laundering by some of the world's rich and powerful. The BBC's Andy Verity takes us through it all.. And Adam is back on the road again! This time he's at the Conservative party conference in Manchester, talking Rishi Sunak, WhatsApp and pigs! Today’s Newscast was made by Caitlin Hanrahan with Danny Wittenberg and Alix Pickles. The studio director was Emma Crowe and the assistant editor was Sam Bonham.
04/10/2134m 39s

Meet Your Greens

The newly-elected Green Party co-leaders, Carla Denyer and Adrian Ramsay, come straight to the Newscast studio to talk about the future of the party and the planet, plus blues dancing and chickpea curry. And before that, Australia is relaxing its strict pandemic border policy. We speak to Newscaster Sharon, who's living in London but is desperate to reunite with her family in Sydney. Today’s Newscast was made by Danny Wittenberg with producers Alix Pickles and Georgia Coan. The studio director was Emma Crowe and the assistant editor was Alison Gee. The editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.
01/10/2133m 33s

Sarah Everard

Met Police chief under pressure to quit. As Sarah Everard’s murderer is given a whole life sentence, the Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick is under pressure to resign. The chair of the Home Affairs select committee Yvette Cooper joins Laura, Adam and Chris to discuss what needs to be done to protect women and girls. Plus former M16 chief Sir Alex Younger talks about the current threats to British security, and how he was scouted to become a spy. And he gives the thumbs up to the latest Bond movie. Today’s Newscast was made by Maz Ebtehaj, with Caitlin Hanrahan, Alix Pickles, Georgia Coan and Danny Wittenberg. The editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.
30/09/2131m 6s

Keir to stay

Labour's leader, Sir Keir Starmer, faced heckles during his first in-person conference speech… Comedian Susie McCabe shares some tips on how to deal with it, and Adam, Laura, and Chris catch up on how it went. Also, criminology professor, James Treadwell, talks us through the history of protesting. It's after climate change activists, Insulate Britain’s, defiance of a court order by blocking part of the M25 today. Today’s Newscast was made by Rick Kelsey, with producers Georgia Coan and Soila Apparicio. The studio director was Emma Crowe. Sam Bonham was the assistant editor.
29/09/2131m 31s

The R Kelly Trial

He could spend the rest of his life behind bars... As R Kelly awaits sentencing, Jim DeRogatis, the music journalist who was one of the first people to break the allegations 20 years ago, talks us through the history and implications of the case.    And as Netflix reveals its viewing figures to much fanfare at an industry conference, technology journalist Stuart Miles sits down with Adam to flick through the most popular offerings.   Today’s Newscast was made by Ben Cooper, Alix Pickles, Georgia Coan and Soila Apparicio. The studio director was Emma Crowe. Sam Bonham and Alison Gee are the assistant editors.   Credits (thanks for letting us use your film trailers): Bridgerton – Shondaland Minecraft - Telltale Games Squid game - Siren Pictures Inc
28/09/2131m 43s

Phil McCann!

Filling up on Labour conference, Germany elections and HGV news. Shadow cabinet minister, Andy McDonald, has quit Labour’s frontbench with a scathing attack on Sir Keir Starmer on the eve of his major speech to the Brighton delegates. He’s accused the Labour leader of making the party “more divided than ever” and breaking promises to members over working conditions. Adam and Laura are on the conference floor to assess how it’s gone down. Plus, Laura stumbles across Newscast superfan Jacob, who wangles his way onto the pod. Also in a Brexitcast-esque crossover, Katya calls in from Berlin, where Germany's centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) have claimed a narrow election victory, telling the party of Angela Merkel it should no longer be in power. But the outgoing chancellor’s retirement is on hold for what could be weeks of coalition negotiations, with conservative Armin Laschet determined to fight on. Today’s Newscast was made by Caitlin Hanrahan with producers Danny Wittenberg, Ben Cooper and Soila Apparicio. The studio director was Emma Crowe and the assistant editor was Sam Bonham. The editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.
27/09/2133m 23s

Petroldread

People are talking about the UK's fuel queues. Driver shortages, an energy crisis and rising inflation... But are we really heading towards a new "Winter of Discontent" (like the one in 1978)? To find out, we’ve got the BBC’s political reporter from back in the day, Nick Jones.   And the killing of 28-year-old primary school teacher, Sabina Nessa, in south-east London, has reignited the conversation about women’s safety on the streets. Adam is joined by Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary Zoë Billingham, and Janey Starling, co-director of the feminist organisation, Level Up, to discuss what more needs to be done to protect women from violence.   Today’s Newscast was made by Rick Kelsey with producers Georgia Coan and Alix Pickles. The studio director was Emma Crowe. Sam Bonham was the assistant editor.
24/09/2134m 31s

What Are Labour Essaying?

Labour’s internal wranglings ahead of party conference John McDonnell talks to Laura, Adam and Chris about Keir Starmer, internal party politics and how to win the next general election, ahead of the Labour party conference. But the big question is, will he be taking his trombone? And Laura spills the beans about her trip across the Atlantic and how Boris Johnson was received by the UN and in particular in meetings with US president Joe Biden Today’s Newscast was made by Maz Ebtehaj, Caitlin Hanrahan and Danny Wittenberg. Jonathan Aspinwall is the Editor.
23/09/2130m 0s

UNGA-standing what’s going on

World leaders look at their climate commitments at the UN General Assembly. As President Xi Jinping announces that China will stop building overseas coal-fired power plants during his address, Nick Mabey, Chief Executive of climate change think-tank E3G, explains how it feeds into the upcoming COP26 conference in Glasgow. With households facing a perfect storm of higher bills at home and at the checkout, Adam speaks to Richard Walker, the MD of supermarket chain Iceland, about what’s being done to tackle the rising cost of living. And as the royal family reflect on the life of Prince Philip in a new BBC documentary, Newscasters share their own memories of the late Duke of Edinburgh. Today’s Newscast was made by Rick Kelsey, with producers Ben Cooper and Georgia Coan. The studio director was Emma Crowe. Emma Close was the Assistant Editor.
22/09/2130m 28s

The PM on the Train

Behind the scenes with Boris Johnson stateside. Laura explains what’s going on at the UN General Assembly in New York City. And, it was 20 years ago that a young African boy was murdered and dumped in the River Thames but the police still haven’t solved the case. The BBC’s Angus Crawford, who has followed the murder mystery since the very start, talks Adam through the investigation. Today’s Newscast was produced by Georgia Coan and Ben Cooper. The studio manager was Emma Crowe and the assistant editors were Sam Bonham and Alison Gee.
21/09/2134m 45s

Pain In The Gas

Energy prices have gone up… but the government says there is no chance that the lights will go out. The BBC's Simon Jack explains what it all might mean for our heating bills this winter. Adam speaks to the Lib Dem leader, Sir Ed Davey, after his party's conference this weekend. How does he think he'll win over voters (the answer is by “knocking down the Blue wall" apparently)? Also, Laura is in New York… and we can all go soon too as the US is opening up to fully vaccinated travellers. Today’s Newscast was propagated by Caitlin Hanrahan with producers Daniel Wittenberg and Ben Cooper. The studio manager was Gareth Jones and the assistant editor was Sam Bonham.
20/09/2132m 13s

Len McCluskey

Len McCluskey, the outgoing Unite union leader, chats to Adam about Labour’s chances at the next general election, and why he still wants Sir Keir Starmer to become prime minister even though he doesn’t trust him. And...Attention travellers: we have some breaking news about changes to the government’s rules on going abroad. Also, Newsnight’s Diplomatic Editor Mark Urban is here to explain why the historic security pact known as AUKUS, between Australia, the UK and the US marks a major shift in diplomatic relations in the Asia-Pacific. Today’s Newscast was made by Caitlin Hanrahan with Danny Wittenberg and Alix Pickles. The studio director was Nick Jones. Emma Close is the Assistant Editor and Jonathan Aspinwall is the Editor.
17/09/2134m 52s

At Whitt’s End

John Whittingdale reflects on losing his job. In his first interview since getting the sack, former Culture Secretary John Whittingdale tells Laura and Adam that he was told to make room for young up-and-coming Tory MPs. And former Education Secretary Justine Greening expresses her concerns about social mobility in the cabinet. Today’s Newscast was made by Maz Ebtehaj and Rick Kelsey. Today’s editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.
16/09/2134m 21s

Promotion, Demotion, Commotion

In… out… shake it all about! On a busy day in Westminster, Laura and Adam discuss the latest moves around the cabinet table as Boris Johnson reshuffles the pack following a feisty PMQs. With inflation rising at the sharpest rate since records began in 1997, Business correspondent Katie Prescott explains what’s going on in the UK economy. And as Shamima Begum makes a renewed appeal to return to the UK, producer of the critically-acclaimed podcast “I’m Not A Monster”, Josh Baker, reveals what happened when he interviewed the former ISIS teen bride at a refugee camp last month for his new podcast series. Today’s Newscast was made by Maz Ebtehaj with Ben Cooper and Alix Pickles. The studio director was Emma Crowe. Jonathan Aspinwall is the Editor.
15/09/2131m 38s

Whitty Minaj

The government announces England's pandemic plans for winter. Fergus and Vicki are here with Adam to go through the ‘Plan A’, which includes booster jabs, and the potentially more dramatic ‘Plan B’. Vaccine passports haven’t been ruled out. And in a surreal turn of events at the announcement, Boris Johnson and Professor Chris Whitty ended up in a spat with rapper Nicki Minaj – and even our very own Laura Kuenssberg was brought into it. Prince Andrew is being sued in New York over allegations of sexual assault by Virginia Giuffre, but his new lawyer says the legal papers haven’t properly been served. Emily Maitlis comes in to break down the details and talk about the possible significance of *that* Newsnight interview. And, hey presto: the Magic Circle has its first female president! We’ve conjured up the pioneering magician herself, Megan Swann, who tells us about her new job and has a special trick for Newscasters. Today’s Newscast was made by Emma Close with Danny Wittenberg and Georgia Coan. The studio director was Emma Crowe. The editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.
14/09/2134m 57s

The Kids Are Alright!

Top doctors recommend more teens get the jab. Chris Whitty and his fellow Chief Medical Officers say healthy children aged between 12 and 15 should be offered one dose of a Covid vaccine. As Fergus Walsh tells us, it’s now up to ministers to decide. We also hear from a headteacher about whether it could help reduce disruption to education. Meanwhile, North Korea has tested a new long-range cruise missile capable of hitting Japan, according to its state media. The BBC’s Seoul Correspondent Laura Bicker joins us to explain why this one could be significant, as well as why she’s watching Kim Jong-Un’s weight so closely. Today’s Newscast was made by Caitlin Hanrahan with Danny Wittenberg and Georgia Coan. The studio manager was Michael Regaard and the editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.
13/09/2131m 56s

9/11: 20 Years On

Inside the President’s War Room. As we mark a major anniversary of the shocking attacks on the United States, the filmmaker Adam Wishart tells us about his latest documentary. We hear an unprecedented account of how the White House reacted to 9/11 and how the decisions made that day affected the world for the next two decades. Meanwhile, with Emma Raducanu preparing for the US Open singles final, we hear from the legendary tennis player and broadcaster Sue Barker about why this is just the beginning for Britain’s newest star. Plus, we’ve saved a sweet treat for the end of this episode – and it packs a crunch. Today’s Newscast was made by Danny Wittenberg with producers Georgia Coan and Alix Pickles. The studio manager was NicK Jones. The editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.
10/09/2133m 56s

Politics, Polls and Peaches

Are social care plans a vote winner or loser? Boris Johnson’s former friend and colleague Nick Boles joins Laura, Adam and Chris from his holiday in Ibiza, to give his verdict on the government’s new tax for social care. He once proposed a very similar system himself. And Chief Executive of Ipsos Mori Ben Page tells us about the public’s attitude to the government’s new policy and why Labour have a huge challenge if they want to beat the Conservatives at the next election. Today’s Newscast was made by Caitlin Hanrahan with Maz Ebtehaj. Jonathan Aspinwall is the Editor.
09/09/2132m 44s

Hydrogeneration

Is hydrogen on its way to saving the planet? The government is hoping low-carbon hydrogen can make a big difference to how we sustainably generate energy in the UK. Business minister Lord Callanan joins Adam to explain how it could enter our daily lives. And Neil Kermode from the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney pops in to tell us how he’s turning the islands on to hydrogen. Also, a historic trial starts in France which will investigate what happened in the 2015 Paris attacks which left 130 people dead. Paris-based journalist Lisa Louis joins us from outside the specially designed courtroom to tell us what to expect from what will be a long and emotional trial. Newscast was made by Rick Kelsey with producer Alix Pickles. Emma Crowe is the studio manager. Sam Bonham is the assistant editor.
08/09/2132m 46s

Care Tactics

Government announces a new Health and Social Care tax... Adam and Laura break down what the new plans are and who will be affected by them. Also, Norman Lamb, the former care minister, pops in to explain how we got to this point... He was the person who suggested a version of these proposals in the first place! This episode of Newscast was made by Rick Kelsey with producer Danny Wittenberg. The studio director was Emma Crowe and the assistant editor was Sam Bonham.
07/09/2131m 1s

LK Today!

Laura Kuenssberg is back in Westminster as MPs return from their summer breaks. She has a big old catchup with Adam about what's happening in the House of Commons and the growing political storms around social care and vaccinations. And the tech trial of the century kicks off on Tuesday in Silicon Valley... Elizabeth Holmes (who was called "the next Steve Jobs") goes on trial for fraud. Who is she and what is going on? We chat with the technology author, Margaret O’Mara. Today’s Newscast was made by Caitlin Hanrahan and producer Ben Cooper. The studio director was Emma Crowe. Sam Bonham was the Assistant Editor.
06/09/2132m 36s

Winner Takes It All

Abba release 10 new songs and Paralympics GB win more than 100 medals! Adam and Katya reunite with their favourite tribute act, Abalicious! And Channel 4 presenter, Ed Jackson, tells us which Paralympics moments get his gold, silver and bronze medals. Today’s Newscast was made by Caitlin Hanrahan with producers Georgia Coan, Ben Cooper and Natalie Ktena. The studio director is Emma Crowe. The assistant editor is Sam Bonham.
03/09/2138m 51s

Lorry Seems To Be The Hardest Job

It’s been a summer of shortages. First it was chicken, then it was milkshakes and beer. We were also short of Newscast episodes for a while. Now companies are complaining of a lack of lorry drivers. The BBC’s Transport Correspondent Caroline Davies tells us what the problem is and what’s being done. And on Newscast, we’re going to be the home of your climate coverage ahead of the crucial COP26 in Glasgow next month. We start by taking you through the history of previous COP summits with former US Special Envoy for Climate Change Todd Stern. Today’s Newscast was made by Rick Kelsey with producers Danny Wittenberg and Natalie Ktena. The studio director is Emma Crowe. The assistant editor is Sam Bonham.
02/09/2137m 50s

Raabsolute Scenes

Dominic Raab has been questioned by MPs on the UK's withdrawal from Afghanistan, during an appearance at the Foreign Affairs Select Committee. We chat with the head of the committee Tom Tugendhat, the Conservative MP, who served in Afghanistan. Our Chief International Correspondent, Lyse Doucet, joins us from Kabul to share what she’s been hearing from Afghans about their dreams and fears for the future. And remember Piers Morgan? Ofcom has cleared ITV over the now ex-Good Morning Britain host’s comments about Meghan Markle. Stewart Purvis, former Ofcom board member and former chief executive of ITN, helps us understand the media regulator’s thinking. Today’s Newscast was made by Rick Kelsey with producers Danny Wittenberg, Alix Pickles and Ben Cooper. The studio manager was Emma Crowe. The assistant editor is Sam Bonham and the editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.
01/09/2136m 52s

Day Zero

A new chapter begins for Afghanistan. Adam chats with the BBC’s Yalda Hakim and Secunder Kermani, who's in Afghanistan. What's it like on the streets of Kabul as the Taliban take control? And Fergus gives us all the coronavirus catchup we needed... Vaccines, back to school and will the bank holiday festivals cause more spikes in infections? This episode of Newscast was made by Sam Bonham with producers Caitlin Hanrahan and Alix Pickles. The Studio Manager is Nick Jones. The Editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.
31/08/2137m 22s

The Rise of the Taliban

We're back with an emergency episode on Afghanistan. Chris sits in for Adam and chats with the BBC's Yalda Hakim about the situation in Kabul. Who are the Taliban and have they changed like they say they have? And how difficult is it to get those at risk out of the country? Shabnam Nasimi, Director of Conservative Friends of Afghanistan, tell us how she is trying to do just that. This episode of Newscast was made by Rick Kelsey with producer Alix Pickles. The Studio Director is Emma Crowe. Sam Bonham is the Assistant Editor.
18/08/2131m 44s

The SW1 Podcast

The last eight months in Westminster have been wild. It’s worth a recap. We began the year in lockdown, with the NHS on the brink and the economy shrinking. Now, as Newscast heads off on our summer holidays, Adam and Chris take a trip down memory lane to find out where we’ve got to on some of the biggest talking points of this year, whether it’s the health or economic recovery from the coronavirus, international travel or trade in the post-Brexit world. To help us, we listen to some of the headline political interviews we’ve done from our Westminster studios. We talk business with Liz Truss, get geeky with Ed Miliband, bitchy with Sir Alan Duncan and bougie with interior designer Celia Sawyer, and plenty more. But first, we hear from a special guest about some of his most memorable soundbites of 2021 so far… This episode of Newscast was made by Daniel Wittenberg with Caitlin Hanrahan. The studio manager was Emma Crowe. The editor was Emma Close.
13/08/2137m 13s

Teacher, Batman, Sunak, Spy

A case of old-school spying in Berlin? A security guard working for the British Embassy in Germany has been arrested, accused of spying for Russia. Newscast has been to our very own “GCHQ,” aka Gordon Corera HQ… And we send up the bat signal for comic book expert, Susana Polo, and ask why Batman and Robin are revealing new sides to their identity at the moment. Today's Newscast was made by Maz Ebtehaj, with Danny Wittenberg and Alix Pickles. The studio director was Mike Regaard. Sam Bonham is the assistant editor.
12/08/2133m 14s

Behind Taliban Lines

Why is there a war in Afghanistan? With the Taliban making advances in Afghanistan and US-led forces withdrawing after 20 years in the country, the BBC’s Secunder Kermani and government advisor, Professor Michael Semple, explain what’s happening on the ground. And, as singer Rihanna celebrates becoming a billionaire, blogger and podcaster, Charisse Kenion, explains how Fenty Beauty (Rihanna's beauty company) has boomed. Today’s Newscast was made by Maz Ebtehaj, with Ben Cooper and Alix Pickles. The studio director was Emma Crowe. The assistant editor is Sam Bonham
11/08/2131m 0s

COP-portunity Knocks

Alok Sharma on Climate, Carbon and COP acronyms. COP26 President Alok Sharma joins Adam to talk all things Climate, Carbon and COP. He takes us deep into the negotiations, explaining how he’s going to meet the 100 billion climate pledge, what he's doing about NCDs and his plans for Net Zero by 2050. And we give him the ultimate Newscast welcome – with a COP26 acronym quiz! Also, Branwen gives us the run-down of the national picture on A-Level results day and when we can expect exams to return to normal. Today’s Newscast was made by Natalie Ktena with Caitlin Hanrahan and Alix Pickles. The Studio Director is Emma Crowe. The Assistant Editor is Emma Close.
10/08/2138m 9s

IPCC Clearly Now

Climate change report warns of more extreme heat, droughts and flooding. Professor Ed Hawkins, one of the report’s authors, talks us through the findings. Wildfires are spreading in Greece and Turkey. Our reporter, Bethany Bell, is on the Greek island of Evia, where more than 2,000 people have been evacuated. And back home, lockdown rules in Scotland and Wales have mostly been lifted, but there’s confusion over where (and when) to wear masks. Lorna Gordon and Hywel Griffiths help us clear it up. Today’s Newscast was made by Maz Ebtehaj with Alix Pickles and Danny Wittenberg. The Studio Director was Emma Crowe. Sam Bonham is the Assistant Editor.
09/08/2134m 30s

Medicine Cabinet

Whitty, JVT and Maria Van Kerkhove from the WHO Adam and James chat to Professor Neil Ferguson, who's been working with Maria Van Kerkhove from the World Health Organisation, and Jonathan Van-Tam, England's Deputy Chief Medical Officer, for 20 years. And they also speak to Professor David Mabey, who gave a young Chris Whitty one of his first roles in medicine. Today’s Newscast was made by Maz Ebtehaj with Natalie Ktena. The Studio Directors were Emma Crowe and Mike Regaard. Sam Bonham is the Assistant Editor.
06/08/2133m 53s

A Hol New World

New advice on where to go and where it’s a no. Adam is joined by the BBC’s Transport Correspondent Caroline Davies to dissect the government’s latest announcement on foreign travel and what it means for international families and tourists. And we’re on the strip in Ibiza hearing what it’s been like without the Brits. (A sobering thought…) Elsewhere we profile the Tory money man with A-list connections, who’s been in the headlines over an elite donors club that has access to Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak. Today's Newscast was made by Caitlin Hanrahan with Natalie Ktena, Daniel Wittenberg, Georgia Coan and Alix Pickles. The Studio Director was Michael Regaard. The Assistant Editor is Emma Close.
05/08/2132m 4s

Sadiq Khan

"I’m keen to make London the world’s sporting capital.” Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, chats to Adam on today's special Newscast. He says he wants to see police on the tube enforcing the use of face masks, he explains why he's expanded the Low Emission Zone in London and he also chats through how he's been inspired by Olympic bronze medalist, Sky Brown, to take up skateboarding! Also, 16 and 17 year olds will be able to get their jab soon! Is Sadiq supportive? Today’s Newscast episode was made by Maz Ebtehaj with Caitlin Hanrahan, Natalie Ktena, Danny Wittenberg and Alix Pickles. Emma Crowe is the studio director. Sam Bonham and Emma Close are the assistant editors.
04/08/2131m 34s

Lunch, dinner, drinks, dancing

After 18 months of disruption, how is the UK's hospitality industry holding up? Chef and restaurateur, Yotam Ottolenghi, along with Peter Marks, the chief executive of nightclub business, REKOM UK, join Adam to discuss the state of the sector. And with bakery chain Greggs announcing 500 new jobs and 100 new stores, market analyst Susannah Streeter looks at the ingredients driving the their success. Today’s Newscast was made by Emma Close, with Caitlin Hanrahan, Natalie Ktena, Georgia Coan and Ben Cooper. The studio director was Emma Crowe.
03/08/2129m 26s

Hard ROC Life

The Russian Olympic Committee is facing a backlash from fellow competitors who think they shouldn't be at the Games. We hear from the BBC's Sarah Rainsford about what's going on. And, on the day that a Hollywood studio says it's going to invest £700m into a film studio in Hertfordshire, we chat about the future of the UK film industry with the boss of the British Film Commission. This episode of Newscast was made by Ben Cooper and Alix Pickles. Emma Crowe was the studio director. Sam Bonham is the assistant editor.
02/08/2130m 10s

The Mamas and The Jabbers

Vaccine take-up is low among pregnant women. And the number of mothers-to-be in hospital with coronavirus has been going up. Dr Mary Ross-Davie from Royal College of Midwives delivers the advice for pregnant women now. At the Olympics, it’s that time when athletics takes the baton from swimming. We speak to two Team GB legends – marathon queen Paula Radcliffe and Sharron Davies, who’s poolside in Japan – as the medals keep coming. And it’s a blockbuster weekend of new releases back in the cinema. (Wow, it feels good to say that.) Ali Plumb, the BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra Film Critic, offers us his picks. This episode of Newscast was made by Rick Kelsey with producers Danny Whitenberg and Alix Pickles. Emma Crowe was the studio director. Sam Bonham is the assistant editor. Dino Sofos is (for the final time) the editor.
30/07/2137m 36s

Ex-Factor

It’s all over for the X Factor after 17 years, so we thought we’d get 2017 winners Rak Su to reminisce. As the number of self-isolation pings sent by the NHS Covid-19 app in England and Wales rises to a new record, our technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones is here to tell us what else is going on with NHS apps. And we’re talking about the weather, or more importantly, the climate. A new report says recent weather events are caused by ‘disruptive climate change’ so we asked Professor Liz Bentley - head of the Royal Meteorological Society – to explain what it all means. This Newscast was made by Caitlin Hanrahan with producers Rick Kelsey and Alix Pickles. The editor is Dino Sofos.
29/07/2131m 41s

Simone Says

‘I have to focus on my mental health’ Simone Biles, dubbed the greatest gymnast of all time, has withdrawn from two events at the Olympics. We speak to top gymnasts past and present – Team GB legend Beth Tweddle and British-Jamaican gymnast Danusia Francis – about the pressures of performing in front of billions of eyeballs. And a change to quarantine rules for double-jabbed people from the EU or US could finally reunite family and friends in England and Scotland. The BBC’s Transport Correspondent, Caroline Davies, has the details. Today’s Newscast was made by Maz Ebtehaj with Daniel Wittenberg, Ben Cooper and Rick Kelsey. The Studio Director was Emma Crowe. The Assistant Editor is Sam Bonham. The Editor is Dino Sofos
28/07/2127m 23s

The Estate of It

House prices are through the roof. The race for space has caused the cost of the average property to go up by over 7% in the past year, according to Zoopla. Adam asks them if that trend will ever stop. More than 700 children suffered cruelty and sexual abuse at care homes in south London between the 1960s and 1990s. Those are the findings of an inquiry that have led Lambeth Council to offer a full apology. But is that enough for the survivors? And we end with an Olympics update courtesy of BBC Sport presenter Dan Walker, who tells us how Covid and even flat tyres haven’t been enough to stop Team GB from celebrating so far. If you've been affected by any of the issues raised in this episode of Newscast, visit bbc.co.uk/actionline. Today's episode was made by our editor, Dino Sofos with Daniel Wittenberg, Rick Kelsey and Ben Cooper. The studio director was Nick Jones.
27/07/2132m 48s

Magic Monday

The Great British Gold Rush! As Team GB pick up three gold medals on a ‘Magic Monday’, Rachel Burden from 5Live’s Olympic Breakfast gives Adam the lowdown on what’s been happening over in Tokyo. Plus with new COVID cases falling for the sixth day in a row, James is here to assess whether the UK is past the peak of the third wave. And following yet more extreme weather – this time resulting in flooding across the south, Adam is joined by engineer Stephen O’Malley to find out what can be done to mitigate the effects of extreme weather on our cities. Today’s Newscast was made by Emma Close, with Ben Cooper, Georgia Coan and Maz Ebtehaj. The studio director was Ash Taylor. Dino Sofos is the editor.
26/07/2134m 25s

Let the Games Begin

The Opening Ceremony kicks off the Tokyo Olympics Did you watch it? Martin Green CBE, the Head of Ceremonies for 2012 London Olympics joins Adam to give his verdict on Tokyo and reminisce about London. And BBC Breakfast’s Dan Walker brings us the history behind what’s made Team GB the powerhouse they are today. Sir Jeremy Farrar, Director of the Wellcome Trust tells Adam about his new book and advising the government as the pandemic took hold. And Nick Grimshaw tells us about a new series on BBC Sounds about his good friend Amy Winehouse. Today’s Newscast was made by Rick Kelsey, with producers Maz Ebtehaj, Alix Pickles and Ben Cooper. The studio director was Mike Regaard. Emma Close is the assistant editor. Dino Sofos is the editor.
23/07/2137m 43s

Summer Holi-ding

As MPs go on their holidays, to the sounds of NHS apps pinging, we get an end of term report. Adam and Laura have Liz Kendall MP and Gavin Barwell, who used to be Theresa May's chief of staff, to chat through the priorities for the government by the time MPs return. It's also a big goodbye to our editor Dino, who departs for new shores, but don't worry we're not going anywhere! This episode of Newscast was made by Rick Kelsey with producers Joel Massey and Caitlin Hanrahan.The editor is Dino Sofos.
22/07/2137m 28s

Get Brexit Redone

The UK wants to rewrite the 2019 Brexit deal rules on trade for Northern Ireland. Our Ireland correspondent Emma Vardy checks in with Adam and Laura from Belfast and tells us how the main players have reacted. Record numbers of migrants risked their lives crossing the English Channel this week. The BBC’s Home Editor Mark Easton has been in Kent seeing the extent of the strain on the asylum system. And as Liverpool loses its Unesco world heritage status, scouser and Benidorm star Crissy Rock tells us why the city can walk alone. This episode of Newscast was made by Rick Kelsey with producers Daniel Wittenberg and Alix Pickles. The Editor is Dino Sofos.
21/07/2131m 5s

It’s hot

There’s a heat wave, have you heard? Weatherman and iconic pandemic drummer Owain Wyn Evans and James Gallagher join Adam to give us their hot takes. With the numbers of infections climbing and restrictions being lifted, there are calls to encourage more of the pregnant women who are hesitant about taking the vaccine to rethink and opt to get double jabbed. Dr Jo Mountfield, vice-president of the Royal College Gynaecologists, delivers the details. This episode of Newscast was made by Emma Close with Daniel Wittenberg and Alix Pickles. The Editor is Dino Sofos.
20/07/2132m 13s

Panic! At the Disco

Nightclubs had high high hopes for a living. Two jabs will be needed to get in to a nightclub from September. How do venue owners in England feel, on the day they were allowed to reopen? Adam chats it all through with a club owner... and Fergus and Vicki. Also, what's going on with cybersecurity at the moment? Media reports say a load of people have been targeted with phone malware. The BBC’s Security Correspondent Gordon Corera explains all. Today's Newscast was made by Caitlin Hanrahan with Danny Wittenburg and Alix Pickles. Ben Andrews is the Studio Director. Sam Bonham is the Assistant Editor. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
19/07/2131m 37s

Strictly Starmer

Sir Keir Starmer chats to Laura K and a group of ex-Labour voters, all selected by an independent polling company. They talk trust in politicians, employment and education, among other subjects. Will the Labour Leader be able to reconnect with voters? Today's Newscast was made by Sam Bonham with Georgia Coan. The Editor is Dino Sofos.
16/07/2133m 29s

A Chain of Mayors

Local leaders respond to the PM’s plan to “level up” the country. On the day Boris Johnson set out his plan to “level up” the UK by spreading power and opportunity more evenly, a collective noun of mayors from some of the key English regions give us their chain reactions. First, the Conservative West Midlands Mayor, Andy Street, and then Tracy Brabin, Labour’s new Mayor of West Yorkshire. But we start by speaking to the MP Bim Afolami about the week’s news from Westminster to Wembley – and hear his take on the government’s response to racism and some of his colleagues’ criticism of England players taking the knee. Today's Newscast was made by Caitlin Hanrahan with Daniel Wittenberg. Emma Crowe is the Studio Director. The Assistant Editor is Emma Close. The Editor is Dino Sofos.
15/07/2131m 3s

Vaccine Queens

The Oxford-AstraZeneca story, told by two of the scientists who made it possible. Fergus and James host the Newscast Vaccine Special and chat to Professor Dame Sarah Gilbert, who led the Oxford vaccine project, and Dr Catherine Green OBE, who led on the distribution of the vaccine. Today's Newscast was made by Caitlin Hanrahan, Georgia Coan, Danny Wittenburg, Ben Cooper and Alix Pickles. Nick Jones is the Studio Director. Sam Bonham is the Assistant Editor. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
14/07/2130m 9s

Political Football

Another footballer tackles the government. A tweet from Aston Villa footballer Tyrone Mings criticising the home secretary Priti Patel has turned attention to politicians’ responses to racism in sport. We speak to his club-mate and England Women veteran Anita Asante about the structural barriers faced by black sportspeople. Meanwhile, US and Nato troops are finally withdrawing from Afghanistan after 20 years of war triggered by the 9/11 attacks. The BBC’s Chief International Correspondent, Lyse Doucet captures the mood in the capital Kabul and tells us what’s changed in that period, as well as where it feels like history is repeating itself. Today's Newscast was made by Emma Close with Danny Wittenberg and Georgia Coan. Emma Crowe is the Studio Director. Sam Bonham is the Assistant Editor. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
13/07/2134m 56s

They Think Covid’s Not Over

England’s lockdown rules will end next week but Boris Johnson says people must be cautious. He's also spoken out against the racist abuse received by the England players after last night's game. Chris Mason sits in for Adam and speaks to David James, England’s first black goalkeeper, who was at Wembley on Sunday night. And, as concern builds up about a new wave of long Covid, Professor Danny Altmann explains why it's important to create a test for the little-understood condition. Today’s Newscast was made by Daniel Wittenberg and Georgia Coan. The Studio Director was Emma Crowe. Sam Bonham is the Assistant Editor. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
12/07/2131m 50s

Pingdemic

Are lots of people deleting the NHS Covid app? The BBC's Technology Correspondent, Rory Cellan-Jones, knows what's what. And, as England prepares for the big final this weekend, we try to figure out what fans really mean when they sing "Football's Coming Home"... Adam chats to Dr Alex, from the National Football Museum, and Richard Tims, Chairman of Sheffield FC (the world’s oldest official football club).   Today’s Newscast was made by Ben Cooper, Georgia Coan and Alix Pickles. The Studio Director was Emma Crowe. Sam Bonham is the Assistant Editor. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
09/07/2129m 5s

Vax Me Up Before You Go-Go

Quarantine for holiday-makers will be ditched from 19th July If you are travelling to amber list countries you will not have to quarantine on your return as long as you are fully vaccinated and you had your vaccine in the UK. But what does this mean for expats? And is this good news for the travel industry? Andrea Bertoli CEO of lastminute.com joins Adam, Laura and Chris to explain. Also the Italian tells us what he thinks about England’s hopes for Sunday. Today’s Newscast was made by Maz Ebtehaj with Natalie Ktena and Cristina Criddle. The Editor is Dino Sofos.
08/07/2129m 27s

Now Den

The history of England and Denmark. Tonight’s Euro 2020 semi-final is just the latest chapter in a long shared history between England and Denmark. The Rest Is History Podcast team take Adam back in time to explain the biggest moments these two nations have shared (and what these moments tell us about tonight’s match). Also, the BBC’s Deputy Political Editor, Vicky Young, jumps in the studio to pick through today’s PMQs and the fallout from the planned easing of COVID restrictions. Today’s Newscast was made by Maz Ebtehaj with Alix Pickles and Ben Cooper. The Studio Director was Emma Crowe. Sam Bonham is the Assistant Editor. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
07/07/2133m 21s

Mask Wars

And… news if you’re double-jabbed. Self-isolation is going to be scrapped for the double-jabbed in England and school bubbles are being axed too. Vicki and Hugh are in with Adam to chat it all through, as well as our correspondent in Los Angeles, James Clayton, who knows all about the Mask Wars over the pond. But even as restrictions ease, concerns about the economy are here to stay. That’s according to Richard Hughes, boss of the Office for Budget Responsibility, who tells us why the government will have to fill a financial black hole as a legacy of Covid. Today's Newscast was made by Danny Wittenberg and Alix Pickles. The Studio Manager was Emma Crowe. Sam Bonham is the Assistant Editor. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
06/07/2131m 24s

The Final Lockdown?

Most of England's Covid laws are likely to end in two weeks... So Fergus and Vicki join Adam and answer some of the day's biggest questions, following government's announcement: Do I need to keep wearing a face covering on the train? Will nightclubs open later this summer? And why is government announcing all this today? Today's Newscast was made by Danny Wittenberg and Alix Pickles. The Studio Manager was Russ Newlove. Sam Bonham is the Assistant Editor. Dino Sofos is the Editor. Got a question about the Covid restrictions? Email us on newscast@bbc.co.uk...
05/07/2131m 35s

The Wurst is Over?

Angela Merkel bids farewell to the UK On her last official visit before stepping down as Germany’s chancellor, Angela Merkel discusses travel after lockdown and trade after Brexit with Boris Johnson, who can’t resist making a sausage joke. Dr Adler is back to give us a profile one of Europe’s most influential politicians. And talking of German cuisine, we hear how Haribo might be used in the fight against covid. England’s football fans are meanwhile turning their attention from Germany to Ukraine. Management guru Sir Michael Barber, who has interviewed Gareth Southgate in depth, gives us an insight into how the Three Lions will be preparing for their Euros quarter-final and the possibility of penalties. Today's Newscast was made by Maz Ebtehaj with Danny Wittenberg, Natalie Ktena and Alix Pickles. The Studio Manager was Ash Taylor. Emma Close is the Assistant Editor. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
02/07/2131m 39s

Labour wins Batley and Spen

What does the Batley and Spen election reveal about Labour? Kim Leadbeater, the sister of Jo Cox is the new MP. Jo was murdereed by a right-wing extremist in 2016. Shadow International Trade Secretary Emily Thornberry tells Adam, Laura and Chris about what this means for Labour, potential leadership challenges and the need to protect UK steel. Meanwhile, Nissan has announced a major expansion of electric vehicle production at its car plant in Sunderland which will create 1,650 new jobs. Today’s Newscast was made by Maz Ebtehaj with Producers Cristina Cridland and Rick Kelsey. Emma Close is the Assistant Editor. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
02/07/2133m 15s

Match of the Deadline Day

24 hours of change... Furlough, stamp duty and the footy. 24 hours of change... Furlough, stamp duty, British meat sales in Northern Ireland, settled status and (or course) the footy. How will the country cope? Adam chats it all through with the BBC's Deputy Political Editor, Vicki Young, and 5 Live commentator, John Murray. Today’s Newscast was made by Rick Kelsey with Producers Ben Cooper and Georgia Coan and Alix Pickles. The Studio Director was Nick Jones. Sam Bonham is the Assistant Editor. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
30/06/2132m 35s

"The Andrew Marr Show"

…featuring Megan Barton-Hanson! Now it’s really starting to feel like summer! We have the mood around the England v Germany game in the Euros from Harry Kane’s old school in Essex. The BBC’s Andrew Marr gives his take on a scandalous week in UK politics and tells Adam how he’s fully vaccinated but still got Covid. Fergus joins them with more – and much-anticipated – vaccine news. And as the new series of Love Island starts, we speak to Instagram influencer and ex-islander Megan Barton-Hanson and ad regulation expert Jessica Tye about the perils of posting sponsored content on social media, plus whether the reality show is still up-to-date. Today's Newscast was made by Emma Close with Danny Wittenberg and Georgia Coan. The editor is Dino Sofos.
29/06/2133m 53s

Javid v Covid

Who is the new health secretary and what's his plan? Sajid Javid is back at the top of government after a weekend of change in the cabinet. His task? To help get the country out of this pandemic... Adam and Laura talk to his former aide about whether Sajid will be up to/for the job. And also, we hear from our diplomatic correspondent, Paul Adams, about some classified military documents that were found at a bus stop in Kent. Today's Newscast was made by Sam Bonham and Danny Wittenberg. Emma Crowe is the studio director and Dino Sofos is the editor.
28/06/2133m 12s

Hands, Face, Embrace

Matt Hancock says he's "let people down" after getting caught kissing his aide. Will he survive the affair claims? Adam and Vicki discuss what the long-term ramifications might be. As Britney Spears speaks out about her 'abusive' conservatorship, we are joined by filmmaker Mobeen Azhar and a Britney superfan to discuss her shocking court statement. And the green list has grown! We discuss everything you need to know about the latest foreign travel changes with Caroline Davies and Julia Lo Bue-Said, CEO of Advantage Travel Partnership. Today's Newscast was made by Rick Kelsey with producers Cristina Cridland, Natalie Ktena, Ben Cooper, Georgia Coen and Alix Pickles. Sam Bonham is assistant editor. Dino Sofos is the editor.
25/06/2135m 34s

Brexitcast Reunion

Five years since the vote! Laura, Adam, Chris and Katya are back again to look back at the moments that shaped the Brexit process and how they’ve got us to where we are now. Joining them are David Gauke, one of Theresa May’s Remain supporting cabinet ministers, and Paul Stephenson, Vote Leave’s Director of Communications as they lift the lid on some of their most surprising moments, as well as where they see the UK going. Today's Newscast was made by Caitlin Hanrahan with Maz Ebtehaj, Rick Kelsey and Danny Wittenberg. Lucy Boast is the Assistant Editor. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
24/06/2134m 24s

What's All The Fuss Aboat?

It's all happening aboard a British warship in the Black Sea. There‘s been a bit of a showdown between Russia’s defence forces and a British warship, and it just so happened that our defence correspondent is on the warship! In a very different kind of European confrontation, ex-England pro, Dion Dublin, and BBC Wales' Jason Mohammad, kick around how it feels to be through to the next round of the Euros. And also, are UFOs really flying around up there? There's a big report coming out soon in the US. Today’s Newscast was made by Alix Pickles, Daniel Wittenberg, Georgia Coan and Ben Cooper. The studio manager was Michael Regaard. Sam Bonham is the Assistant Editor and the Editor is Dino Sofos.
23/06/2134m 44s

Work Out To Help Out

Newscast is on a bit of a health kick today... We’re talking about changes in how government is planning on using medical records with the BBC’s Technology Correspondent, Rory Cellan-Jones. We’re talking “Bumble burnout”, after the dating app gives its staff the rest of the week off. And, as the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, reveals his morning routine, we’re talking #wfh exercise routines with spinning instructor Jess McDonald. Today’s Newscast was made by Rick Kelsey with producers Danny Wittenberg, Cristina Criddle and Ben Cooper. The studio manager was Michael Regaard. The assistant editor is Sam Bonham. The editor is Dino Sofos.
22/06/2130m 50s

Location, Location, Frustration

Why are house prices rising so fast? Adam talks gazumping with Molly in Bristol (who’s been trying to buy her dream house) and Tom the estate agent (who knows a thing or two about how to sell dream houses to people like Molly). The BBC’s Vicki Young takes us through what’s been going on between Scotland’s first minister and the mayor of Greater Manchester. And Hugh Pym explains why he’s been hearing from ex-students at a school where dozens of pupils died in the 70s and 80s. Today’s Newscast was made by Maz Ebtehaj with Cristina Criddle and Alix Pickles. The Studio Manager was Russell Newlove. The Assistant Editor is Sam Bonham. The Editor is Dino Sofos.
21/06/2130m 16s

Blue Wall v Orange Mallet

The Lib Dems' shock by-election win. Does the party now genuinely pose a threat to the Conservative blue wall in the south? Leader Ed Davey thinks so and Vicki Young is here to give her assessment of how significant the victory is. With chaos unfolding in Northern Ireland politics, Dan Johnson unpicks what led to Edwin Poots' resignation as DUP leader. And, our second Dan of the day, Dan Walker, gives us a potted history of the England v Scotland football rivalry. #YesSirICanBoogie. Today's Newscast was made by Rick Kelsey with producers Natalie Ktena and Alix Pickles. The studio director is Emma Crowe. Emma Close is the deputy editor. Dino Sofos is the editor.
18/06/2134m 48s

Manchester Arena Inquiry

Manchester Arena inquiry says victims were failed by security. BBC’s North of England correspondent Judith Moritz explains what the first of three reports from the inquiry into the Manchester Arena Attack has found. And Jeremy Hunt spills the beans on what it was like to quiz Matt Hancock and Dominic Cummings. Today's Newscast was made by Maz Ebtehaj with Rick Kelsey and Alix Pickles. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
17/06/2125m 57s

"Totally f***ing hopeless"

PM brands Matt Hancock 'hopeless' in texts revealed by Dominic Cummings. "Wtf do we do?" might have been the question the Prime Minister was asking himself this morning when Dominic Cummings decided to leak their private Whatsapp messages. Laura and Adam chat about that blog post. As inflation rises across the UK to 2.1%, above what was predicted, the BBC's Colletta Smith explains what the numbers mean, and why it matters. Plus, is it better for the environment to cycle or take the tube? On the day that the Committee on Climate Change releases another damning report into the government’s response to climate change, Chief Executive of the CCC Chris Stark tells Adam how we can change our behaviour to support the environment. Today’s Newscast was made by Maz Ebtehaj with Danny Wittenberg, Georgia Coan and Ben Cooper. The Studio Director was NicK Jones. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
16/06/2132m 53s

Aussie Rules

The UK has agreed a trade deal with Australia. The UK- Australia deal is the first trade deal the UK has agreed since it officially left the EU. What’s in it? And what will it mean for consumers and producers – both here and down under? Chris and Adam get into the detail with Anna Isaac, UK Trade & Economics Correspondent for POLITICO Europe. And there’s been a report published on the death of private investigator Daniel Morgan back in 1987 and the cover-up by the Metropolitan Police. The BBC’s Home Affairs Correspondent Tom Symonds looks at the findings. Today’s Newscast was made by Emma Close with Danny Wittenberg, Georgia Coan and Ben Cooper. The Studio Director was Emma Crowe. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
15/06/2134m 33s

D(elay) Day

England's lockdown easing has been delayed in England until the middle of July. What will it mean for weddings? And gigs? And why has government pushed things back in the first place? Laura, Fergus and Adam talk it all through... And also, this weekend, Israel got a new prime minister for the first time in 12 years! The BBC's Jeremy Bowen explains why the new government is such an unusual coalition and why we might not have seen the last of the unseated Benjamin Netanyahu. Today’s Newscast was made by Sam Bonham with Danny Wittenberg and Georgia Coan. The Studio Director was Danny Cox. Sam Bonham is the Assistant Editor. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
14/06/2134m 17s

NewsAmeriBrexitcast

Our G7 Special. Adam, Laura and Jon Sopel talk through the ins and outs of the G7 in Cornwall. It’s all sausage wars, seagulls and summit sun... Also, what do people think Boris Johnson will say about the June 21st easing? Today’s Newscast was made by Maz Ebtehaj. The Studio Director was Danny Cox. Sam Bonham is the Assistant Editor. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
13/06/2126m 33s

A Podcast Of Two Halves

The world leaders are on the beach and the footballers are finally on the pitch. The BBC’s voice of football, John Murray, talks through who could be in with a chance at the Euros. And Laura joins Adam in Cornwall to chat through what’s happening at the G7 (as well as what might happen on Monday with Government’s opening up announcement). Today’s Newscast was made by Rick Kelsey with producers Georgia Coan and Natalie Ktena. Sam Bonham is the Assistant Editor, Dino Sofos is the Editor.
11/06/2131m 50s

Biden's Big'un

Joe Biden and Boris Johnson meet face to face for the G7. Cornish pasties ahoy! Boris Johnson welcomes President Joe Biden to misty Cornwall as the pair meet for the first time IRL. Former British Ambassador to the US Lord Kim Darroch joins Adam, Laura and Chris to tell us what a new Atlantic charter between the two countries could include. Plus Matt Hancock gets his moment in the spotlight to defend himself against accusations made by Dominic Cummings weeks ago, but is this the end of that political drama? Today’s Newscast was made by Maz Ebtehaj and Rick Kelsey. Emma Close is the Assistant Editor, Dino Sofos is the Editor.
10/06/2130m 47s

The Wuhan Lab-Leak Theory Of Everything

Will we ever find out how the pandemic started? In the past few months, the theory that Covid-19 actually came from a lab in Wuhan (instead of jumping from a bat to a human in a food market) has been back in the spotlight. But is all this chat being led by science or politics? Can the two even be separated anymore? For this special Newscast, Adam is joined by Newsnight’s Mark Urban, the BBC China correspondent, John Sudworth alongside his producer Kathy Long, and BBC science correspondent, Victoria Gill. Today’s Newscast was made by Maz Ebtehaj with Alix Pickles and Ben Cooper. The Studio Director was Micheal Regaard. Sam Bonham is the Assistant Editor. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
09/06/2129m 23s

Songs To Get Vaccinated To

Which song would you choose to be vaccinated to? Radio 1 DJ Arielle Free gives us the verdict on the Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden’s new vaccine-themed music playlist, created just in time for all adults aged 25 and over to get their vaccine. NHS and care staff in England are so burnt out that it has become an "emergency" and risks the future of the health service, according to a group of MPs. We hear from an intensive care nurse, a GP and our health editor Hugh Pym. And, were you hit by the internet outage that affected websites like Amazon, The Guardian and Reddit? BBC tech expert Zoe Kleinman tells us what happened and – crucially – whether it will happen again. Today's Newscast was made by Emma Close with Georgia Coan, Rick Kelsey, Alix Pickles and Ben Cooper. The Editor is Dino Sofos.
08/06/2127m 37s

You Jabbed Me At Hello

Would you reveal your vaccine status on a dating app? UK dating app users can now display a badge on their profile to show they’ve been vaccinated against coronavirus. Jane Garvey sits in for Adam today, and chats to Fergus about the first new treatment for Alzheimer's disease in nearly 20 years. And Seyi Akiwowo, who works for a charity raising awareness about online abuse, explains why it's important to educate people on using social media, after the England and Wales Cricket Board suspended bowler, Ollie Robinson, for historical racist and sexist tweets. Today’s Newscast was made by Sam Bonham with Georgia Coan and Alix Pickles. The Studio Director was Ash Taylor. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
07/06/2133m 0s

Just a little jab

The UK regulator has just approved the use of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid vaccine in children aged 12 to 15. Fergus Walsh tells us how the news could lead to a vaccination drive for schoolchildren, just as cases of the new variant rise in the school playgrounds. Travel guru Simon Calder has just arrived back from a trip to Gibraltar so he can explain what's happening to our holidays. And we’re joined by BBC business correspondent Katie Prescott, and tax economist and author Nick Shaxson to help us get our heads around the talk of big changes to global corporation tax policy. Today’s Newscast was made by Maz Ebtehaj with Georgia Coan and Ben Cooper. Emma Close is the assistant editor. The studio director was Emma Crowe. The editor is Dino Sofos.
04/06/2130m 6s

Life’s a Beach

Portugal is coming off the green list for foreign travel from Tuesday. So, if you want to go abroad anytime soon (without having to quarantine when you're back) your options are pretty limited. The BBC’s Caroline Davies and Nick Beake explain what’s going on. And if we can’t go to Portugal so easily, at least one Portuguese person can come to us! Yes, we’ve rolled out the red carpet for our first ever in-person guest on Newscast… The EU’s ambassador to the UK, Joao Vale de Almeida. Today’s Newscast was made by Sam Bonham with Daniel Wittenberg, Ben Cooper and Rick Kelsey. The studio director was Emma Crowe. The editor is Dino Sofos.
03/06/2131m 47s

School Tsar Drop Out

Government promises schools in England more money to make up for lost learning, but the school catch-up tsar, Sir Kevan Collins, quits anyway. What's going on? The BBC's Branwen Jeffreys tells all. And, after our chat with Seb Coe yesterday, the BBC's Rupert Wingfield-Hayes reports from Japan on how people are really feeling about the Olympic Games in 50 days time. Today’s Newscast was made by Maz Ebtehaj with Georgia Coan and Ben Cooper. The Studio Director is Michael Regaard. Sam Bonham is the Assistant Editor. Dino Sofos is the Editor
02/06/2132m 53s

Oh-lympics

Let the games begin… As the Tokyo Olympics are set to go ahead, double Olympic champion Lord Coe gives us the latest on how the games will happen under restrictions, and why the mental health of our future sports stars is important. And Adam finds out from Justin Rowlatt and Client Earth lawyer Katie Nield how the Clean Air Zone (CAZ) will work in Birmingham and why they are needed in other cities, too. Today’s Newscast was made by Emma Close with Ben Cooper and Georgia Coan. The Studio Director is Emma Crowe. Sam Bonham is Assistant Editor. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
01/06/2134m 48s

Shoot your shot

A single-shot vaccine by Johnson & Johnson has been approved for use in the UK. Fergus Walsh gives us the latest on when it will be rolled out. The leader of Belarus meets Russia’s Vladimir Putin today in a show of strength after Belarus diverted a plane with an opposition journalist in it earlier this week. We talk to Lord Ricketts about how those actions affect security across Europe. And we speak to Northern Ireland commentator Amanda Ferguson about last night’s dramatic DUP meeting. Today's Newscast was made by Maz Ebtehaj with Cristina Criddle and Georgia Coan. The Studio Director was Mike Regaard. Emma Close is the Assistant Editor. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
28/05/2136m 14s

Arlene Foster

The First Minister of Northern Ireland says goodbye. She tells us about her vow to make tackling online trolls part of her life's work after leaving front-line politics. Today’s Newscast was made by Rick Kelsey with Producer Caitlin Hanrahan. The Studio Director is Richard Townsend. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
27/05/2132m 11s

Armageddom

Dominic Cummings didn’t hold back in an extraordinary seven hour committee today. He said Boris Johnson wanted to be injected with coronavirus live on TV, that he thought the Prime Minister was unfit for the job, and he revealed more information about that infamous trip to Barnard Castle. Adam, Laura and former civil servant, Sam Freedman, talk it through. Today’s Newscast was made by Sam Bonham with Maz Ebtehaj and Alix Pickles. The Studio Director is Emma Crowe. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
26/05/2136m 38s

Silver Linings

Here comes the sun (and here comes more confusion over the Covid guidelines). Adam and Chris try to figure out what’s been going on today with the coronavirus regs, with Labour MP, Liz Kendall, who says she found out about it all on Twitter! Friend of the podcast and BBC weatherman, Owain Wyn Evans, gives us his (hopefully soon-to-be-hot) take on why we've had such a rain-drenched May. And, a year on from George Floyd’s murder, Roshan Roberts and De-Graft Mensah, from the If You Don’t Know podcast, talk coping strategies in 2020. Today’s Newscast was made by Emma Close with Georgia Coan and Alix Pickles. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
25/05/2134m 19s

Bashir and the BBC

On the day that the BBC announces an investigation into how the journalist, Martin Bashir, was rehired, Adam chats to John Whittingdale, the media minister, about the future of the organisation. And, the BBC's Sarah Rainsford explains what's going on with the detained Belarus journalist. Today’s Newscast was made by Sam Bonham with Georgia Coan and Alix Pickles. The Studio Director was Emma Crowe. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
24/05/2135m 53s

Whitty Banter

Has the Chief Medical Officer inspired a generation of medics? Hannah Gafa (who’s studying medicine) thinks so... And, what next for the BBC? Adam chats with Stewart Purvis, former boss at ITN, about the inquiry into the BBC’s interview with Diana. Today’s Newscast was made by Rick Kelsey with Producers Alix Pickles and Ben Cooper. The Studio Director was Emma Crowe. Sam Bonham is the Assistant Editor. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
21/05/2138m 47s

Oh, Mandy

Lord Mandelson of Newscast titles fame gives his reaction to being in the credits and gives us a personal rendition. He defends Keir Starmer as a principled politician who just needs better support. And Amol Rajan talks about the Princess Diana controversy at the BBC. Today’s Newscast was made by Maz Ebtehaj with Cristina Criddle and Joel Massey. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
20/05/2131m 6s

Amber Gambler

Should I stay or should I go? The government’s traffic light system is still causing confusion for holidaymakers. Adam tries to clear it up with Laura. Meanwhile Spain’s Foreign Minister says other EU countries are worried about Brits bringing the so-called Indian variant to the continent. And Home Affairs Correspondent Tom Symonds talks us through one of the most complex cases in history, the murder of Daniel Morgan. Today’s Newscast was made by Maz Ebtehaj, with Georgia Coan, Alix Pickles and Danny Wittenberg. Emma Close is the Assistant Editor. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
19/05/2132m 12s

Plastic (not so) Fantastic

A closer look at the UK’s single-use plastic problem We dive into the UK’s use of single-use plastics. Where’s it coming from? Where’s it ending up? And what needs to change? We speak to our Science Editor, David Shukman and TV presenter Julia Bradbury, who wants us to dump the plastic… just not in Turkey. And Boris Johnson is continuing to urge caution when it comes to the Indian variant and says the government is keeping close tabs on cases in areas like Bolton and Bedford. We speak to Professor Anthony Harnden, Deputy Chair of the JCVI about vaccine hesitancy and if we’re still on track to for the next stage of lockdown easing. This episode of Newscast was made by Emma Close with Alix Pickles, Georgia Coan, Maz Ebtehaj, Emma Crowe and Rick Kelsey. The editor is Dino Sofos.
18/05/2134m 57s

Independence May?

Lockdown restrictions are getting looser but there's nerves about the Indian variant. Millions of us can now socialise indoors (in small groups), hug loved ones (cautiously) and go inside a pub again. Our Chris Mason is in his socially-distanced booth of news to chat lockdown-politics, flights to Portugal and BINGO with Adam! Meanwhile, with more calls for a ceasefire in Israel, we hear from a former foreign affairs adviser to three British prime ministers about how the conflict could end. Today’s Newscast was made by Sam Bonham with Daniel Wittenberg, Georgia Coan and Ben Cooper. Emma Crowe was the Studio Director and Dino Sofos is the Editor.
17/05/2130m 48s

A Fork in the Roadmap

England’s lockdown easing could be disrupted. As Boris Johnson announces new measures to speed up second vaccine doses, Adam and James talk about how the Indian variant could disrupt plans to lift lockdown on June 21st. We speak to David Shor, the US political strategist Dominic Cummings reckons could rescue Labour from another election loss. And, in a(nother) case of mistaken identity, one Newscaster tells us how hiring the wrong Brian Cox almost ended in disaster!   Today’s Newscast was made by Rick Kelsey with Producers Natalie Ktena and Georgia Coen. The Studio Director was Emma Crowe. Sam Bonham is the Assistant Editor. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
14/05/2125m 11s

Love, DC

Talking, stalking and elbow bumps. David Cameron’s cringe-worthy texts popped up again today when MPs grilled him on how he lobbied ministers for Lex Greensill. Former Chief of Staff to Theresa May, Gavin Barwell, reveals exactly how David Cameron used to end messages to him. And Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham says we should vaccinate 16 years olds if cases of coronavirus keep rising in Bolton. Today’s Newscast was made by Maz Ebtehaj, with Cristina Criddle, Jack Fenwick, Joel Massey and Alix Pickles. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
13/05/2132m 58s

The Covid Inquiry

A public inquiry is coming, but not until the spring of 2022. Boris Johnson promises lessons will be learnt, but what should the scope of the inquiry be? We speak to Professor Sir Ian Kennedy who has chaired public inquiries and Newsnight’s Nick Watt on the political fallout. The nurse who was given a shout-out by Dua Lipa at the BRITS tells us how she found out about the honour. And the government announces beefed up measures to regulate social media companies to protect us from online harm. The BBC’s tech correspondent Jane Wakefield guides us through them. Today’s Newscast was made by Maz Ebtehaj with Danny Wittenberg and Alix Pickles. The Studio Director was Ben Andrews. Assistant Editor was Emma Close. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
12/05/2133m 4s

A Bit of Blue

Blur drummer Dave Rowntree tells us about the day that boy band Blue were mistakenly booked to play at Versace’s fashion week show instead of his band. Our Middle East Editor, Jeremy Bowen, explains what is happening in Jerusalem as violence escalates between the Israeli Defence Force and Palestinian militants. On the day of the Queen’s Speech, Laura tells us what was in and out. And the king of stats, economist Tim Harford, on why numbers can often mean both everything and nothing. Today’s Newscast was made by Rick Kelsey with producers Danny Wittenberg and Alix Pickles. The Studio Director was Emma Crowe. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
11/05/2135m 6s

Hug Lyfe

A big step back to normal is coming for England. People will be able to hug their loved ones and enjoy a pint INSIDE the pub from next Monday. Our Health Editor, Hugh Pym, has all the latest details. Newsnight’s Kirsty Wark joins us from Edinburgh, as the fallout from the Scottish Parliament elections continues. And Professor Ciaran Martin, who was involved in the Scottish independence referendum in 2014, as a senior civil servant, helps us map out some of the SNP’s potential paths to independence. Today’s Newscast was made by Sam Bonham with Danny Wittenberg, Alix Pickles and Maz Ebtehaj. The Studio Director was Emma Crowe. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
10/05/2132m 57s

Once Upon a Time... In Holyrood

What does the SNP’s win mean for Scottish independence? And why has Keir Starmer sacked deputy leader Angela Rayner from her job as chair of the party? SOUND THE KLAXON! It's an emergency Electioncast / Newscast with a stellar Scottish line up of Adam, Laura K, Nick Eardley and Iain Watson. Studio Director was Raj Narayanasamy Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
08/05/2124m 16s

Alice Levine & Matt Forde

A day of election results and travel announcements. As the results roll in (or at least start to roll in), Laura explains what it all means. We explore the travel green list with our very own travel agent. And podcasting superstars, Alice Levine and Matt Forde, share some of their podcasting wisdom. Today’s Newscast was made by Rick Kelsey with producers Natalie Ktena and Alix Pickles. The Studio Director was Emma Crowe. Sam Bonham is the Assistant Editor. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
07/05/2138m 31s

Jersey Buoys

As two Royal Navy ships are deployed to protect Jersey from a protest by French fishermen, Adam speaks to our reporters on both sides of the short-lived cod war. Our second catch of the day is the head of HR at AVIVA and our Business Editor, Simon Jack, to discuss “hybrid working” and what it means for our 9 to 5s. Today’s Newscast was made by our Editor, Dino Sofos, with Danny Wittenberg, Alix Pickles and Rick Kelsey. The Studio Director was Emma Crowe.
06/05/2134m 22s

Mr Ice Guy

Iceland boss spills the beans on shopping habits and why they’re threatening to boycott Brazilian food. And what is going on in the races to become mayor? The BBC’s Kathryn Stanczyszyn and James Vincent take us through this week’s local elections around the country. Today’s Newscast was made by Maz Ebtehaj with Danny Wittenberg and Georgia Coan. The Studio Director was Emma Crowe. Sam Bonham is the Assistant Editor. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
05/05/2129m 42s

Jabbing Adam

An injection of news. After many many months of reporting on Covid-19, Adam has only gone and got the vaccine himself! Our newly immunised presenter celebrates by asking Professor Sir John Bell – the first person to predict life could be more normal by the spring – whether the UK is still on track. And election week is here, so we catch up with the campaigns in Hartlepool and Wales. Today’s Newscast was made by Sam Bonham with Danny Wittenberg and Alix Pickles. The Studio Director was Nick Jones. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
04/05/2136m 6s

Bandemic

Will festivals be back this summer? It could all depend on how the trial goes in Liverpool this weekend. We speak to festival boss, Melvin Benn, and the band Blossoms, who are performing on Sunday. And also, John Culshaw (from the programme Dead Ringers) reimagines what Boris Johnson’s voicemail could sound like. Today's Newscast was made by Sam Bonham and Maz Ebtehaj, with Cristina Criddle and Georgia Coan. The Studio Director was Emma Crowe. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
30/04/2135m 46s

Farrago & Ball

As the row over Boris Johnson's flat continues, celebrity interior designer Celia Sawyer says her vision for Downing Street would be "much smarter" than the "chaotic" designs shown in news reports. And Professor Sir John Curtice joins us for an election briefing. Today's Newscast was made by Editor Dino Sofos, with Cristina Criddle, Maz Ebtehaj, Ben Cooper, Jack Fenwick and Georgia Coan.
29/04/2133m 13s

Flat Denial

Boris Johnson still has questions to answer about how the Downing Street refurbishments were paid for, after another investigation into possible spending offences was launched today. Laura and Adam talk it through. And, it’s bye bye Arlene... Stephen Nolan explains why Northern Ireland’s First Minister, Arlene Foster, says she is resigning. Oh, and we’ve got the Secretary of State for Tourism in Portugal on to talk about how foreign travel could work this year. Today’s Newscast was made by Sam Bonham with Daniel Wittenberg, Alix Pickles and Ben Cooper. The Studio Director was Emma Crowe and the Editor is Dino Sofos.
28/04/2133m 15s

India Needs Help

A “perfect storm” of pandemic problems is continuing to devastate India. What can the rest of the world do to help? We hear from our old friend, Dr Clare Wenham, from the London School of Economics. And, in England, it looks like the past year of lockdowns has hurt children’s language skills. Adam chats to a speech therapist, a mum and a five-year-old girl called Esmé. Today’s Newscast was made by Sam Bonham with Danny Wittenberg, Alix Pickles and Ben Cooper. The Studio Director was Emma Crowe. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
27/04/2121m 30s

Leak House

The plot thickens for the PM. Adam, Laura and Chris sketch out the Westminster characters, subplots and potential sequels, as talk of rats and flats continues. Also, how does it feel to pick up Hollywood’s most prestigious award? We speak to our very own Oscar winner! Today’s Newscast was made by Sam Bonham with Danny Wittenberg and Alix Pickles. The Studio Director was Mike Regaard. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
26/04/2129m 59s

India struggles to breathe

As India has recorded the highest one-day Covid-19 tally anywhere in the world, friends of the podcast Sima Kotecha and Rajini Vaidyanathan join Adam to explain the crisis. And top chef Tom Kerridge talks about chicken pie and how his new project with Marcus Rashford will get kids cooking. Today's Newscast was made by Emma Close with Natalie Ktena, Alix Pickles, Danny Wittenberg and Ben Cooper. The studio director was Emma Crowe. Our editor is Dino Sofos.
23/04/2133m 42s

Alan Duncan Dishes the Dirt

Some juicy Westminster office gossip, courtesy of retired Tory minister Sir Alan Duncan and his newly published diaries. And as US President Joe Biden plays virtual host to a major climate summit, we speak to the diplomat behind the game-changing Paris agreement, Christiana Figueres, who tells us why saving the planet doesn’t have to be expensive. Today’s Newscast was made by our editor, Dino Sofos, with Daniel Wittenberg, Ben Cooper and Alix Pickles. The Studio Director was Richard Townsend.
22/04/2133m 17s

News Vacuum

The texts between the prime minister and businessman, Sir James Dyson, have caused a political row. Laura is here to explain why. And now Coronavirus Newscast is nominated for an award, DJ and BAFTA awards ceremony host, Edith Bowman, gives Adam some advice for attending a virtual ceremony. Today’s Newscast was made by Emma Close with Georgia Coan, Alix Pickles and Ben Cooper. The Studio Manager was Emma Crowe. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
21/04/2133m 38s

Own Goal

It looked like a sporting revolution – but the Super League is already on the verge of collapse. After threatening to form a breakaway league that would turn football upside down, some big clubs are backing down. Meanwhile, the Government is pushing ahead with its carbon cutting targets. Its latest commitments will set the UK on course to reduce emissions by 78%, so where will we feel the effects? The BBC’s environment analyst Roger Harrabin and Diane Gilpin, CEO of the Smart Green Shipping Alliance, join Adam to talk through the latest changes and what they mean long-term. Today’s Newscast was made by Emma Close, with Daniel Wittenberg and Georgia Coan. The Studio Director was Emma Crowe. Our editor is Dino Sofos.
20/04/2132m 28s

A League of Their Own

A dozen of the richest clubs in football want to break away from the rest to create a 'European Super League'. Fans, pundits and even politicians are fuming... but is it all over? BBC Sport’s Gabby Logan and the boss of the Football Supporters’ Association talk Adam through a massive day off the pitch. There’s also an update on foreign travel during the pandemic as India goes on the UK’s “red list” while Australia and New Zealand go flying again. Today’s Newscast was made by our editor, Dino Sofos, with Daniel Wittenberg, Georgia Coan, Emma Close and Alix Pickles. The Studio Director was Emma Crowe.
19/04/2135m 37s

Remembering Helen McCrory

After hearing the awful news that Helen McCrory has died from cancer at the age of 52, we wanted to share the interview we recorded with her this time last year. Helen and her husband, Damian Lewis, were on Newscast to tell us about their scheme to provide free meals to frontline NHS workers. They were such good sports when they came on the podcast. Their kindness, warmth, humour and generosity came is so clear to hear in this interview. They even played along with Adam's rubbish quiz! Everyone at Newscast is thinking about her, Damian her friends and family.
16/04/2116m 0s

The Royal Funeral

The BBC's Royal Correspondent Nick Witchell tells us about the funeral arrangements for the Duke of Edinburgh and how the Royals have handled the build-up to the day. And as the US commits to withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, our correspondent Secunder Kermani joins us from Kabul. He's had rare access to the Taliban and tells us what lies ahead in the country’s future. Today’s Newscast was made by our editor, Dino Sofos, with Natalie Ktena and Emma Close. The Studio Director was Emma Crowe.
16/04/2131m 51s

In a bit of a Pickles

The latest developments in the lobbying story. Laura and Adam discuss the latest developments in the lobbying story as Lord Pickles gives evidence to the Commons public administration committee. They speak to Sir Michael Barber, the man tasked with reviewing government delivery about Boris Johnson's priorities. And Health Editor Hugh Pym tells Adam how one hospital’s efforts to keep services running through the second wave of COVID could be the key to tackling the growing NHS waiting lists. Today’s Newscast was made by Emma Close with Ben Cooper, Alix Pickles and Sam Bonham. The Studio Director was Emma Crowe. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
15/04/2133m 25s

The Da Vinci Fraud?

Was the most expensive painting in the world really painted by Leonardo da Vinci? Adam speaks to the person who’s been following the incredible story of the Salvator Mundi all over the world (from a small auction house in America to a huge boat in Saudi Arabia... via France). And Rose Gottemoeller, former Deputy Secretary-General of NATO, gives the odds on how likely it is that Russia will start a nuclear war and what it's like being on phone calls with global leaders. Today’s Newscast was made by Sam Bonham with Danny Wittenberg and Ben Cooper. The Studio Director was Russell Newlove. Dino Sofos is the Editor. Credit: University Challenge / ITV Studios
14/04/2134m 8s

Johnson, Johnson & Johnson

A vaccine gets paused over rare blood clots. Fergus dives into the studio (and dives out of his local indoor pool) to explain what’s going on with the Johnson & Johnson jab. And Adam chats to James May about driving tests, driving programmes and driving out Covid-19! Today’s Newscast was made by Sam Bonham with Danny Wittenberg and Ben Cooper. The Studio Manager was Russell Newlove. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
13/04/2133m 13s

Boozecast

Pub-lic serving broadcasting from Adam’s local. On the day that lockdown eases in England, Adam and Laura recap what the latest measures mean for our daily lives. We also talk to a travel boss who answers our questions about when we might be reunited with our relatives and/or sun loungers overseas. Today’s Newscast was made by Sam Bonham with Danny Wittenberg and Ben Cooper. The Studio Director was Weidong Lin. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
12/04/2130m 46s

The Death of the Duke of Edinburgh.

Buckingham Palace has announced the death of the Queen's "beloved husband". Our royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell look backs on Prince Philip's life and we listen to the tributes paid to him today.
09/04/2113m 6s

Keeping Up With the Kamerons

Kris Mason and ko tell all. We get into a lot of different questions on Newscast today... What were Rishi Sunak and David Cameron texting about? What can the Kardashians tell us about the modern world? And what is really happening in Northern Ireland? Sara Canning, whose partner Lyra McKee was killed in riots in Derry two years ago, explains how she sees things. Today’s Newscast was made by Sam Bonham and Emma Close with Cristina Criddle and Alix Pickles. The Studio Director was Emma Crowe. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
08/04/2132m 1s

Young, wild, AZ free

Looks like under-30s will be offered an alternative to the AstraZeneca jab. But if the risks are so low, should we be worried? Fergus is back with all the answers and (right on cue) the Moderna jab arrives in Wales. Today’s Newscast was made by Sam Bonham with Danny Wittenberg and Ben Cooper. The Studio Director was Emma Crowe. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
07/04/2126m 35s

AZ Good as it Gets?

An AstraZeneca vaccine trial on children gets put on pause while a possible link with rare blood clots is investigated. And former Bank of England governor, Mark Carney, talks climate change, fintech and... should Adam sell his Bitcoin? Today’s Newscast was made by Sam Bonham with Danny Wittenberg and Ben Cooper. The Studio Director was Emma Crowe. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
06/04/2132m 39s

Brexitcast: The Earwax Anniversary

It's been three months since the end of the Brexit transition period - so the gang is back together to wang on about its impact on trade, the Irish border and relations between the UK and the EU. Studio Director: Gerard Sudlow Producer: James Mallet Editor: Dino Sofos
01/04/2132m 42s

Reporting Race

Two stories, one issue. Sima Kotecha speaks to one of the co-authors of a government-commissioned report which says the UK "no longer" has a system rigged against minorities. And we also hear what's happened in the first few days of the George Floyd trial, with the BBC's Lebo Diseko. Today’s Newscast was made by Sam Bonham with Georgia Coan and Ben Cooper. The Studio Director was Emma Crowe. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
31/03/2130m 19s

Dr. Adler’s European Tour

Katya and Fergus go on a (pretend/imaginary/studio-based) tour to hear what's going on in France, Germany, Spain and elsewhere around the continent. It's all planes, trains and staycations... Today’s Newscast was made by Sam Bonham with Natalie Higgins, Danny Wittenberg, Alix Pickles and Ben Cooper. The Studio Director was Emma Crowe. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
30/03/2132m 45s

Tug Life

Jane Garvey is back and, fortunately, the Suez Canal has reopened too! Chris Mason joins Jane for a chat outside Westminster to talk about the easing of lockdown restrictions in England. And we talk through what's happening in UK sex education classes, in light of recent claims of sexual abuse in schools. Today’s Newscast was made by Ben Weisz with Danny Wittenberg, Alix Pickles and Ben Cooper. The Studio Director was Emma Crowe. Sam Bonham was the Assistant Editor and Dino Sofos was the Editor.
29/03/2125m 23s

Gompertz Not Forgotten

Arts Editor Will Gompertz looks back at some big celebrity moments as he leaves the BBC. What will the office look like when we return? Adam speaks to a project designer about the future of the work place. And, as China imposes sanctions on some UK MPs for spreading “misinformation”, China correspondent Robin Brant tells us why it’s happening. Today’s Newscast was made by Rick Kelsey with producers Georgia Coan, Ben Cooper and Ben Weisz. The studio director is Emma Crowe. Dino Sofos is the editor.
26/03/2129m 41s

Move over Mondeo Man

Ford is waving farewell to its Mondeo as Adam and Business Editor Simon Jack remember the good old days. And will you be allowed in a pub without a vaccine passport? Adam and Chris chat to a pub landlord about how she's preparing. Also today, Victoria Derbyshire and producer Frankie Tobi bring us an exclusive investigation into those fleeing domestic violence being housed in unsafe refuges. Today's Newscast was made by Rick Kelsey with producers Cristina Criddle, Ben Cooper and Frankie Tobi. The studio director is Emma Crowe. Emma Close was the assistant editor and Dino Sofos is the editor.
25/03/2133m 15s

Ship Happens

On the day the Suez Canal gets blocked by a massive container ship, Adam decides to call up his favourite shipping expert, Michelle Wiese Bockmann. And Phil Prentice, from the High Streets Task Force, talks through what might happen to the UK hughstreet after John Lewis announces that a load of its shops have permanently closed. Today’s Newscast was made by Sam Bonham with Ben Cooper producing. The Studio Director is Emma Crowe. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
24/03/2132m 26s

The Week That Changed Everything

One year on, the team look back at the week that sent the nation into lockdown. Adam, Laura and Fergus talk through political regrets, and how far from normal things still are. Newscasters share sounds of what they were up to right before lockdown. The sounds of freedom they look forward to hearing again. Today’s Newscast was made by Rick Kelsey with producers Ben Weisz, Georgia Coan and Ben Cooper. The studio director is Emma Crowe. Emma Close was the assistant editor and Dino Sofos is the editor.
23/03/2136m 8s

The Third Wave

Boris Johnson warns that a third wave will “wash up on our shores” from Europe. Adam, Laura and Fergus get together to talk through all the big Covid stories of the day, including, when can we book our summer holidays? Also, Radio 1’s Ali Plumb explains why the most recent superhero blockbuster film is in a (Justice) League of it’s own… Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Ben Cooper, Georgia Coen Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
22/03/2132m 39s

R we there yet?

There are some chunky virus figures out. We look at the effect of the vaccine rollout and the return of schools with our Health Correspondent James Gallagher. We also chat with Jamie L. Manson, the President of Catholics for Choice, and the first LGBTQ person to lead a Catholic organisation in the United States on the Pope’s approach to same-sex marriage – and what she hopes will change. Studio Manager: Emma Crowe Producers: Natalie Ktena, Daniel Wittenberg, Georgia Coan and Ben Weisz Episode Editor: Rick Kelsey Assistant Editor: Emma Close Editor: Dino Sofos
19/03/2124m 58s

Sturgent Update

The Holyrood cross-party committee has said the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon misled the inquiry into complaints against former SNP leader Alex Salmond. And we get to grips with the exciting world of vaccine global supply chains. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Cristina Criddle and Daniel Wittenberg Output Editor: Rick Kelsey Assistant Editor Emma Close Editor: Dino Sofos
18/03/2133m 33s

Cummings Back

The prime minister's former aide is ready to talk... and Laura and Adam are ready to listen. On today's Newscast we unpick some of the “blockbuster” Dominic Cummings moments from the Science and Technology Committee. And James Gallagher explains why people (himself included) are getting side effects after taking the Covid-19 vaccine. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Danny Wittenberg, Georgia Coan Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
17/03/2133m 26s

Trident Tested

The UK sets out its foreign policy plans. Newsnight’s Mark Urban takes us through Britain’s new aims for defence and foreign policy. And Fergus and Katya are back to try and understand why Europe is divided over the AstraZeneca jab. Studio Manager: Emma Crowe Producers: Alix Pickles, Daniel Wittenberg Episode Editor: Rick Kelsey Assistant Editor: Emma Close Editor: Dino Sofos
16/03/2127m 56s

The Bill

What's the best way to tackle violence against women? After a weekend of controversy around how a Sarah Everard vigil was policed, that national conversation continues. Laura and Adam chat to former prosecutor, Nazir Afzal about what difference changing the laws could make. And also, Newscast waits around all episode for someone to discuss the Government's new bus strategy... and then two people come along at once. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Georgia Coan, Alix Pickles, Daniel Wittenberg Episode Editor: Ben Weisz Assistant Editors: Emma Close, Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos If you've been affected by the issues raised, you can find support at https://www.bbc.co.uk/actionline/
15/03/2131m 19s

Census Sensibility

The census 2021 drops on doorsteps. Mathematician Dr Hannah Fry tells us why it’s so important. And it’s Pym’s o’clock on Newscast as our health editor Hugh Pym, and his art teacher brother Will Pym, come together to talk through the first week back at school. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Alix Pickles, Natalie Ktena Episode Editor: Rick Kelsey Deputy Editor: Emma Close Editor: Dino Sofos
12/03/2129m 42s

Small Axe of the law

Looks like the police are going to get more powers to shut down protests. We chat with former police Superintendent Leroy Logan, the real person behind John Boyega’s character, in BBC drama Small Axe. Fergus is also here to let us know about a vaccine production boost. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Alix Pickles, Georgia Coen, Cristina Criddle Episode Editor: Rick Kelsey Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
11/03/2130m 47s

Text Me When You’re Home

How safe do women feel walking alone? The BBC’s Sima Kotecha and Journalist, Helena Wadia, talk through some of reasons why why so many women are speaking out about their personal safety on social media right now. And Adam catches up with BBC Health Editor, Hugh Pym, and Professor Alan McNally about what’s going on with NHS Test and Trace. If you have been affected by any of the issues raised in this episode, please visit the BBC’s Action Line: www.bbc.co.uk/actionline. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Danny Wittenberg, Alix Pickles Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
10/03/2135m 20s

Piers Mor-gone

As the Royal fallout rumbles on, we’ve had a response from the Palace and a strop from a TV presenter. Andrea Thompson, editor-in-chief of Marie Claire UK, talks us through some of the issues raised in Meghan and Harry’s interview. And we find out if it's worth bringing your own pencil to the polling station for May’s elections. Studio Manager: Russell Newlove Producers: Georgia Coan, Daniel Wittenberg, Alix Pickles and Ben Weisz Episode Editor: Rick Kelsey Editor: Dino Sofos
09/03/2128m 52s

A Night at the Oprah

The night after Meghan and Harry’s interview with Oprah Winfrey, the BBC’s Royal Correspondent Jonny Dymond breaks it down. And it’s back to school in England - but all classroom tests involve swabs up your nose... Studio director: Russell Newlove Producers: Georgia Coan, Daniel Wittenberg, Alix Pickles, Louis Coan Episode Editor: Ben Weisz Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos Get in touch: newscast@bbc.co.uk
08/03/2130m 38s

Dram drama

Adam chats to Liz Truss about why it’s such a whisky business being the Secretary of State for International Trade. And the BBC's Orla Guerin talks through what impact Yemen’s ongoing civil war has had on children in the country. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Georgia Coan, Rick Kelsey, Danny Wittenberg Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
05/03/2130m 20s

Ed Miliband

Our podcasting rival (and shadow business secretary) Ed Miliband gives us his take on the Budget and the outlook for Labour. And the latest on the drama of Buckingham Palace vs Meghan and Harry with our Royal Correspondent, Jonny Dymond. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Cristina Criddle, Georgia Coan and Ben Weisz Editor: Dino Sofos
04/03/2134m 39s

Rishi Pickings

On the day the chancellor defends his budget plans, we are joined by Radio 4’s Evan Davis and Laura to help us pick through the detail. And we bring back Sarah Smith and Nick Eardley as Nicola Sturgeon gives evidence at the inquiry into her government's unlawful handling of harassment complaints against Alex Salmond. Producer: Georgia Coan Episode Editor: Rick Kelsey Assistant Editor: Emma Close Editor: Dino Sofos
03/03/2132m 52s

Mexican Coke

We’re getting new details about Rishi Sunak’s Budget – and his personal habits. We ask how long before all cars are electric and speak to Eurovision’s executive supervisor about staging a contest during the pandemic. Studio Manager: Emma Crowe Producers: Alix Pickles and Daniel Wittenberg Episode Editor: Rick Kelsey Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
02/03/2133m 3s

Darth Variant

How strong is the force in the new coronavirus variants? Adam, Laura and Fergus unite to answer some of the biggest questions of the universe (like how worried should we be that Test and Trace can't seem to find a sixth person infected with the Brazilian strain of Covid-19)? And Paul Johnson, from the Institute of Fiscal Studies, tells us what we should be looking out for to seem smarter on budget day later this week. Studio Director: Michael Regaard Producer: Alix Pickles Episode Editor: Ben Weisz Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
01/03/2132m 40s

Salmond Speaks

Former First Minister Alex Salmond gives evidence to the committee investigating the Scottish government's mishandling of complaints against him. It’s a complicated story, but luckily our Scotland editor, Sarah Smith and political correspondent Nick Eardley are on hand to talk us through the events of the day. And James Gallagher explains how the government is deciding who should be vaccinated next. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Rick Kelsey and Alix Pickles Episode Editor: Rick Kelsey Assistant Editor: Emma Close Editor: Dino Sofos
26/02/2134m 21s

'The Aldi Vaccine'?

Even with limited supply, Belgium's biggest vaccine hub can jab 1000 patients a day. So why is it only managing 200? Adam and Fergus chat to Europe Correspondent Jean Mackenzie to discuss how public perceptions of the 'Aldi vaccine' could be hampering the rollout. And Oldham headteacher Glyn Potts drops in to discuss plans for teachers, not algorithms, to grade students this summer. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Ben Weisz, Alix Pickles Editor: Dino Sofos
25/02/2131m 40s

The Jo Whiley Effect

Fergus gives us the latest on the vaccine priority list, with everyone on the GP learning disability register now getting their turn. And Adam talks Tiger Woods with BBC Breakfast presenter – and proper golfer – Naga Munchetty. Studio Manager: Emma Crowe Producers: Alix Pickles, Daniel Wittenberg Episode Editor: Rick Kelsey Assistant Editor: Emma Close Editor: Dino Sofos
24/02/2128m 25s

Baselines & Basslines

The BBC's Scotland Editor Sarah Smith explains the unlocking plan north of the border and we hear from Dr Marc Baguelin, from Imperial College London who worked on the modelling that informed the UK government’s plans. Also, Radio 1's Nick Grimshaw and Newscaster Hannah share the tunes they want to hear in late June, when the clubs might open. Studio Manager: Emma Crowe Producers Georgia Coen and Daniel Wittenburg Senior Producer: Rick Kelsey Deputy Editor: Emma Close Editor: Dino Sofos
23/02/2135m 26s

The Road to Freedom

As Boris Johnson lays out his ‘cautious' and 'irreversible’ plan for lifting England’s lockdown, Adam, Laura, Fergus and Branwen talk you through the steps: from schools to stadia and beyond. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Natalie Ktena and Georgia Coan Episode Editor: Ben Weisz Editor: Dino Sofos
23/02/2129m 27s

MEGXIT II

No return for Harry and Meghan... The BBC's royal correspondent, Jonny Dymond, explains what's going on with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. We also try to figure out how poorer countries are going to get their vaccines, with Dr Robin Nandy, chief of immunisation at UNICEF. And astrophysicist, Dr Maggie Lieu, tells us exactly why landing on Mars is such a big deal. Studio manager: Ashley Taylor Producers: Rick Kelsey, Georgia Coan, Kameron Virk, Jack Suddaby Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
19/02/2129m 9s

"Bond, Recovery Bond"

Keir Starmer wants savers to help pay for the Covid recovery. But will it work? We find out if economist Miatta Fahnbulleh, and former Labour party adviser Ayesha Hazarika, buy the bond idea. Also, our North America technology reporter James Clayton explains why Facebook is blocking news feeds to users in Australia. Studio Director: Emma Crowe. Producers: Rick Kelsey, Kameron Virk and Jack Suddaby Editor: Dino Sofos
18/02/2129m 55s

'Half-truths' at the Grenfell Inquiry

What’s the latest from the Grenfell Tower Inquiry? The BBC's Tom Symonds explains all. Adam chats to global health policy expert (and friend of the pod), Clare Wenham, about the possibility of a worldwide pandemic treaty. And the BBC's Freya Cole explains why Myanmar's biggest city is currently gridlocked. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Georgia Coan, Kameron Virk, Jack Suddaby Assistant Editor: Emma Close Editor: Dino Sofos
17/02/2134m 22s

The 'Hostage' Princess

Princess Latifa, the daughter of Dubai's ruler, goes missing. We hear the incredible story and the diplomatic knock-on, with James Landale and Panorama reporter Nawal Al-Maghafi. Producers: Kameron Virk, Alix Pickles and Jack Suddaby Episode Editor: Rick Kelsey Editor: Dino Sofos
16/02/2129m 14s

The Newscast Vaccination Totaliser

How do you actually pronounce "tocilizumab"? Fergus Walsh has got the secret! Well, that, and all the info on the government's next vaccine rollout sprint. Also, after a video of a large (rule-breaking) Orthodox Jewish wedding in North London was shared last month, Adam is joined by the BBC's Harry Farley to find out how the community has reacted. Studio director: Emma Crowe Producers: Alix Pickles, Kameron Virk, Natalie Ktena, Daniel Wittenberg, Jack Suddaby Episode editor: Ben Weisz Assistant editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
15/02/2127m 38s

David Baddiel

The writer and comedian shares his experiences of anti-semitism on the football stands and on Twitter. Adam is joined by the BBC's James Gallagher and economist Stephanie Flanders to talk healthcare and the health of the economy. And also, the legendary BBC Radio 4 Newsreader, Neil Sleat (who is leaving the BBC), has one final bulletin... just for us! Producers: Alix Pickles, Ben Weisz, Danny Wittenberg, Jack Suddaby Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
12/02/2138m 31s

Meet the Covid Recovery Group...

If you choose not to get a vaccine, the risk is on you and the government shouldn't leave restrictions in place to protect anti-vaxxers. That's what Mark Harper, the Conservative chairman of the 'Covid Recovery Group' thinks. He joins us to tell us why his group is putting pressure on the government to lift lockdown. And you may have noticed that it’s rather chilly outside. So we thought we’d head up to Braemar in The Highlands to find out what it’s like to fix a hydro-electric generator at minus 23C. Chilly! Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Rick Kelsey, Alix Pickles Editor: Dino Sofos
11/02/2131m 40s

Genomics for Dummies

It looks like we're going to have to understand new variants of the virus for a long time. Adam and Laura hear from the Cambridge scientist in charge of tracking them, Professor Sharon Peacock. And as quarantine hotels prepare to open up in the UK, we catch up with Rebecca in New Zealand as she leaves 14 days isolation. Studio manager: Emma Crowe Producers: Danny Wittenberg, Alix Pickles, Kameron Virk, Jack Suddaby Senior Producer: Rick Kelsey Assistant Editor: Emma Close Editor: Dino Sofos
10/02/2133m 52s

Flight club

An app to prove your vaccination status when you fly abroad could be on its way. We hear from Alexandre de Juniac, the head of the international airline trade body IATA, on whether the concept of vaccine passports could become reality. Also Greg James and Bella Mackie tell us how they’re loving going back to school for their new podcast. Studio Manager: Emma Crowe Producers: Natalie Ktena, Alix Pickles, Georgia Coen Senior Producer: Rick Kelsey Deputy Editor: Emma Close Editor: Dino Sofos
09/02/2132m 25s

The Holy Dose

Adam speaks to James Gallagher and Dr Vanessa Apea for the latest on vaccines, variations and how to ensure higher take-up among those in ethnic minorities. And we are joined by Love Island’s Dr Alex, who’s just been appointed the government's youth mental health adviser. Studio Director: Russell Newlove Producers: Cristina Criddle, Georgia Coan, Jack Suddaby, Kameron Virk and Alix Pickles Episode editor: Ben Weisz Editor: Dino Sofos
08/02/2134m 3s

Jackie Weaver, We Salute You

Did you see the Handforth Parish Council virtual meeting? Everyone else did! Adam is joined by Mathamatician, Hannah Fry, and Medical Historian, Mark Honigsbaum, to talk about how pandemics actually end. And Radio 4’s Melvyn Bragg pops in to explain How to... Melvyn Bragg. It’s a bumper podcast for your locked down weekend. Producers: Alix Pickles, Ben Weisz, Danny Wittenberg, Georgia Coan, Kameron Virk, Rick Kelsey Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
05/02/2140m 48s

Viral Vaccine Invites

Teachers have been sent messages inviting them to book appointments for vaccinations, against official priority rules. Our very own Newscast Reporter, Daniel Wittenberg, explains what’s going on. And North America Tech Reporter, James Clayton, walks Adam through the History of Amazon, after Jeff Bezos announces he'll step down as CEO of the e-commerce giant. Producers: Kameron Virk, Georgia Coan, Frankie Tobi Senior Producer: Rick Kelsey Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
04/02/2130m 50s

Matt Hancock’s Movie Night

The Health Secretary talks about Contagion the movie, as hospital admissions and deaths caused by Covid-19 are now on a “downward slope”. Our Health Editor Hugh, goes through the numbers. And elsewhere, Brexit tensions over the Irish border keep bubbling up, Laura and Katya join Adam to explain what’s next. Studio Manager: Michael Regaard Producers: Frankie Tobi, Georgia Coen and Jack Suddaby Output Editor: Rick Kelsey Editor: Dino Sofos
03/02/2130m 44s

England’s Mutant Major Hurdles

How is England clamping down on the new variant? Professor Robin Shattock from Imperial College joins us to tell us about the new variant and how to vaccinate against it. And Sarah Smith gives us the latest lockdown news from Scotland. Also, the Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is jailed. We discuss golden toilet brushes with Sarah Rainsford in Moscow. Studio Director: Russell Newlove Producers: Cristina Criddle, Georgia Coan and Jack Suddaby Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
02/02/2129m 22s

Coups and Cladding

As MPs debate the cladding crisis, Adam and Laura are joined by Sarah Corker and Newscaster Jenni Garratt to discuss how leasholders' woes could destabilise the housing market. And as the military seizes control in Myanmar, Fergal Keane explains how its detained State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi can be seen as both hero and villain. Studio Director: Russell Newlove Producers: Jack Suddaby, Georgia Coan, Natalie Ktena, Rick Kelsey Episode Editor: Ben Weisz Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
01/02/2134m 12s

EU'll be vaccinated

The AstraZeneca vaccine has been signed off by the EU today, but there's still a row about when they'll get their doses. Fergus and Vicki join Adam to make sense of the latest, as the bloc threatens to restrict vaccines crossing the border to Northern Ireland - overriding part of the Brexit deal. Also, are you sleeping well? If not - Dr Guy Meadows has some great advice for you. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Jack Suddaby, Daniel Wittenberg, Kameron Virk, Rick Kelsey, Georgia Coan Episode Editor: Ben Weisz Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
29/01/2134m 47s

JABSOLUTE SCENES

A row erupts between the EU and drugs company AstraZeneca over vaccine shortages. Adam, Laura and Katya talk to German MEP, Dr Peter Liese, who is not happy at all. And we're joined by Tom O'Hara from Janus Henderson Investors to find out why GameStop shares have caused such a frenzy. Studio Director: Michael Regaard Producers: Daniel Wittenberg and Georgia Coan Editor: Dino Sofos
28/01/2134m 26s

Lockdown 3.1

There’s no back to school until at least 8th March in England, on the day we finally hear about hotel quarantine. We hear from Rebecca who's stuck in a one of them in New Zealand. Adam, Laura and Hugh talk about the UK's latest travel restrictions and how we might come out of them. Track listing in the student special: Aya Anne - Better (featuring King Marino) Cole LC - Grip N Slide H33RA - I DON'T MIND Kastro - outside The Mirror Ball Test - Amuse Bouche THEO - Jealous YazMean - AVENUE YourBoyWonder - DIFFERENT Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Jack Suddaby, Kameron Virk, Georgia Coan, Ben Weisz Reporter: De'Graft Mensah Senior Producer: Rick Kelsey Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
27/01/2134m 42s

Euan Blair

The tech entrepreneur talks to us about moving people away from university and his dad's tech skills. It's also the sad day the UK went over 100,000 Covid deaths; Adam, Laura and Fergus process the moment with psychotherapist Julia Samuel. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Alix Pickles, Daniel Wittenberg, Ben Weisz Senior Producer: Rick Kelsey Editor: Dino Sofos
26/01/2129m 50s

Dear Fiona Bruce

What should you do if you find yourself checking the bulletins at bedtime? Fiona Bruce is the subject of the latest “Dear Deidre”. And BBC Scotland’s new Political Editor, Glenn Campbell, joins Adam and Laura to celebrate Burns Night… by talking about the future of the United Kingdom. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Alix Pickles, Daniel Wittenberg Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
25/01/2130m 36s

Ruby Wax

Ruby Wax gives us her thoughts for looking after your mental health in a pandemic. And, we hear from Vicki and Hugh after the government warned that the new coronavirus variant could be more deadly than the last. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Cristina Criddle, Georgia Coan, Rick Kelsey, Alix Pickles Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
22/01/2131m 27s

21 Days Later

The Brexitcast band has come together again and this time they've got Midge Ure from Ultravox with them! Three weeks since the end of the Brexit transition, Adam, Laura, Chris and Katya come together to talk about what the impact of Brexit has been for business owners, lorry drivers and touring musicians. Studio Director: Mike Regaard Producer: Georgia Coan Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
21/01/2139m 22s

Hey Joe

Biden, what you gonna do? Adam and Laura go transatlantic with the BBC’s Nick Bryant in Washington and a former US Deputy Ambassador to the UK, Lewis Luken. What could the impact of a Biden presidency be on life in the UK?   Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Georgia Coen, Rick Kelsey, Ben Weisz Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
20/01/2134m 59s

Court Room Drama

Large backlogs in criminal courts means some crimes from last year, will not go before a jury until 2022. Barrister Alexandra Wilson drops in, to tell us she’s frustrated to see some courts being used to film dramas, rather than hear real cases, that are piling up because of the pandemic. And we ask: how do you make smart motorways smarter? Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Alix Pickles, Georgia Coen Episode Editor: Rick Kelsey Editor: Dino Sofos
19/01/2133m 2s

The Newscast Sea Shanty

Sea shanties are flooding social media, so we wrote our own for Newscast. More than four million people have now had Covid vaccines - but why is the rollout 'lumpy'? Laura Kuenssberg and Hugh Pym give us the latest. We also hear from Moscow, where President Putin's fiercest critic has been arrested. And as influencers come under fire for trips to Dubai, we speak to the man who links them up with advertising opportunities. Studio Manager: Emma Crowe Producers: Georgia Coan and Cristina Criddle Episode Editor: Ben Weisz Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
18/01/2134m 36s

Vaccinating Henry

Two men's journey through the snow. Newscaster Paul describes how he felt walking his 82-year-old neighbour, Henry, through the snow to get vaccinated. And the BBC's Sima Kotecha (with her her mum, Hansa Kotecha) join Adam to talk through why fake news could be causing people from British South Asian communities to reject the vaccine. Producer: Alix Pickles Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
15/01/2132m 21s

Brazilian Axe

How worried should we be about the Brazilian Covid variant? Well, the government is concerned enough to ban travel to the UK from South America and Portugal. But there's some good news on immunity if you’ve had Covid, and evidence that the vaccine may also stop you passing it on to others. And the new boss of Unison, Christina McAnea, drops in for a chat. Studio Director: Michael Regaard Producers: Alix Pickles, Rick Kelsey Editor: Dino Sofos
14/01/2136m 46s

The Covfather

On the day that hundreds of alleged members of Italy's most powerful mafia group go on trial, Adam is joined by documentary filmmaker, Tobias Jones, to explain how the mobsters may be taking advantage of the pandemic. And we talk to Marcel Levi, Chief Executive of University College London Hospitals, about the mental health of NHS workers at the moment. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Alix Pickles, Rick Kelsey, Ben Weisz Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
13/01/2132m 54s

Keeping the faith (online)

Hugh, Vicki and Adam are joined by the charismatic Bishop of Liverpool, Paul Bayes, after many churches close to prevent the transmission of the virus during group worship. And head teacher at St. George’s Community Primary School in Gainsborough, Katie Barry, explains how free school meals are being provided with more children now at home. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Alix Pickles, Georgia Coen Senior Producer: Rick Kelsey Assistant Editor: Emma Close Editor: Dino Sofos
12/01/2134m 5s

The Bez is yet to come

Adam is joined by Happy Mondays star, Bez, who’s planning on launching his own “buzzin’” online fitness classes. Laura and Fergus discuss vaccines, restrictions, and a controversial Boris bike ride. And the BBC’s Zoe Kleinman explains what’s going on with the social media platform, Parler. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producer: Alix Pickles Episode Editor: Ben Weisz Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
11/01/2131m 24s

Bitcoin: Hype or digital gold?

Adam is joined by Nathaniel Popper, author of the book Digital Gold, to explain Bitcoin's latest boom. And on the day the UK reported the biggest daily death toll since the pandemic began, Fergus tells us about the latest vaccine to be approved and we hear how the new "Test and Fly" scheme will work for travellers, with John Holland-Kaye, the Heathrow Airport boss. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producer: Rick Kelsey Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
08/01/2131m 10s

Delivering the vaccine

James and Adam hear dramatic tales from GP Silvana McCaffrey about her part in delivering the Covid-19 vaccine. And after a troubling week for America we speak with Republican Congresswoman Nancy Mace about the future of her party following the Washington riots. Studio Direction: Emma Crowe Producers: Ben Weisz, Rick Kelsey and Georgia Coan Assistant Editor: Emma Close Editor: Dino Sofos
07/01/2135m 36s

NHS on the brink

Fergus takes us inside the intensive care unit at University College Hospital in London for the third time since the pandemic started. With three times as many critically ill patients in the hospital as normal, how much longer can staff keep going like this? And the BBC's Branwen Jeffreys explains why teacher grades are going to be used to replace cancelled GCSEs and A-levels in England this summer. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producer: Georgia Coan Episode Editor: Rick Kelsey Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
06/01/2133m 26s

The Missing Tycoon

As the UK’s Covid cases top 60,000 for the first time, and Professor Whitty says one in 50 people now have the virus, our Health Editor Hugh Pym joins us to go through the latest numbers. Our Business Editor Simon Jack fills us in on the latest business grants announced by the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, and our Asia Correspondent Karishma Vaswani tells us the story of Jack Ma, a Chinese tycoon who has gone missing without a trace. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Georgia Coan, Ben Weisz Editor: Dino Sofos
05/01/2134m 2s

Johnson's No More Tiers

As Boris Johnson announces another national lockdown for England, Laura, Adam and Fergus discuss the latest measures, the impact on schools, and the new vaccine. And we hear from Dr Coralie Carle about the current pressure on NHS hospitals. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Georgia Coan, Alix Pickles Episode Editor: Ben Weisz Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
04/01/2131m 10s

Weighing up the deal

Adam, Chris, Laura and Katya weigh up the UK's post-Brexit trade deal after MPs approve it in a parliamentary vote. And Fergus joins us, on the day the UK approves the vaccine developed by the University of Oxford. Producer: Rick Kelsey Assistant Editor: Emma Close Editor: Dino Sofos
30/12/2034m 55s

2020 Vision

In January this year, Brexitcasters packed out the BBC's Radio Theatre as Britain left the EU. Who'd have thought that eleven months later, we'd all be Newscasters, experts in the R number, PCR testing and Tiers? It's also been the year of Black Lives Matter, long drives to Barnard Castle and Hugh Bonneville dramatically reading out Girls Aloud lyrics. So join Adam, Fergus and Laura as we take one last look - and bid good riddance - to 2020. Thank you for listening, and we wish you all a Happy New Year! Studio Director: Emma Crowe Episode producer: Ben Weisz Newscast production team: Sej Asar, Georgia Coan. Jo Deahl, Rick Kelsey, Natalie Ktena, Harriet Noble, Alix Pickles, Frankie Tobi, Ione Wells Assistant Editors: Sam Bonham and Emma Close Editor: Dino Sofos
28/12/2038m 23s

Cod Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen

1,645 days after the UK voted to leave the EU and 328 days after we actually departed, a post-Brexit trade deal between the UK and EU has finally been agreed. Adam, Laura, Chris and Katya gather on the night before Christmas to talk through how the months of disagreements over fishing rights and future business rules ended. By the way… there’s still so much we don’t know. We’ll be back. Merry Brexmas! Studio Director: Mike Regaard Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
24/12/2036m 32s

Nigella at the Newscast Christmas party

Our studio might be in Tier 4 but no one can stop us having a virtual Newscast Christmas party! Emily Maitlis and Nigella Lawson are here to help with Christmas dinner for one and Radio 1’s Nick Grimshaw joins us to share his favourite Covid-secure party songs of 2020. BYO // Christmas hats compulsory // RSVP to newscast@bbc.co.uk Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producer: Alix Pickles Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
23/12/2050m 55s

Eels in Blankets?

As lorry drivers learn they'll be allowed to cross the Channel into France with a negative Covid test, the gang asks if lateral flow tests are fit for that purpose. Professor Jon Deeks is on hand to explain the evidence. And Dr Adler drops in with an update on Brexit talks - will they ever end? Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producer: Ben Weisz Editor: Dino Sofos
22/12/2033m 24s

The Bleak Midwinter

More than 40 countries have banned flights from the UK as we learn more about the new variant of coronavirus that's spreading. There's disruption at Dover, and yes, somebody mentioned the B-word... Thank goodness for the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg, James Gallagher and Simon Jack who’ve joined Adam to talk it all through. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Alix Pickles, Ben Weisz Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
21/12/2031m 32s

Unpack Your Bags

Christmas rules are tightened in England, Scotland and Wales - and a new tier four will be introduced in areas including London, Kent, Essex and Bedfordshire. Boris Johnson announced the changes for England at a Downing Street briefing as scientists warn that a new coronavirus variant is spreading more rapidly. Chris, Laura and Fergus get together for this emergency episode.
19/12/2025m 12s

DEAD RINGERS RETURN!

On the day new long Covid advice comes out, we talk with Dr. Elizabeth Kendrick, who runs a specialist clinic. As Northern Ireland heads into the strictest UK lockdown yet, Stephen Nolan explains what’s different. And it’s Jon and Jan giving their favourite impressions of 2020. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Georgia Coen, Alix Pickles Output Editor: Rick Kelsey Editor: Dino Sofos
18/12/2030m 6s

Change Your Plans

As the Home Secretary Priti Patel tells us to not to travel for Christmas, Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford joins us for a frank conversation about the difficulties Wales is having getting Coronavirus under control. And of course there's another Brexit update...and no, this one isn't decisive, either. Studio Director: Ged Sudlow Producers: Ben Weisz, Lucy Boast, Frankie Tobi, Georgia Coan Editor: Dino Sofos
17/12/2033m 11s

Have Yourself a Merry LITTLE Christmas

On the day that Boris Johnson called for a shorter and smaller Christmas, Laura and Fergus explain why the government's message is both the same and also different to what they said before. And we dispel some anti-vax myths after one Newscaster got in touch about a leaflet she got through her door. Studio Director: Russell Newlove Producers: Georgia Coan, Rick Kelsey Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
16/12/2030m 55s

China’s Forced Labour Camps

With calls for tighter coronavirus restrictions over Christmas, plans for the UK’s four nations to allow three households to meet are coming under strain. BBC Wales’s political editor Felicity Evans explains why there’s pressure in both directions. Branwen Jeffreys is back to tell us about the row over schools staying open before the holidays. And John Sudworth talks us through his latest investigation, which raises the worrying prospect that clothes in our shops could contain cotton picked by forced labour in China. Studio Director: Jonathan Greer Producers: Ben Weisz, Georgia Coan Output Editor: Rick Kelsey Editor: Dino Sofos
15/12/2030m 4s

London Stalling

Adam is joined by Laura Kuenssberg and Hugh Pym to chat the ins and outs of London's move into England’s highest Covid tier this Wednesday. Dr Naomi Forrester-Soto assures us we probably don't need to worry about the “new variant” of coronavirus. And as blood donation rules for gay and bisexual men are to be relaxed across the UK, Dr Joseph Heskin explains why this is a big moment - both as a doctor, and as a new potential LGBT donor. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Ben Weisz, Georgia Coan Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
14/12/2030m 20s

Griefcast’s Cariad Lloyd

It’s been a year where many of us have lost a loved one. How do you deal with grief, or start to talk about it? Griefcast’s Cariad Lloyd joins Adam to guide us through. Meanwhile, James drops by with new tier rumours, vaccine news, and the truth about whether Russians are being asked to choose their shots. Studio director: Emma Crowe Producers: Georgia Coan, Ben Weisz Output Editor: Rick Kelsey Editor: Dino Sofos
11/12/2027m 38s

Meecro-wah-vey Ready Deal

Boris Johnson says there is now a "strong possibility" of a no-deal. The Brexitcasters are back AGAIN, this time joined by former International Trade Secretary, Dr.Liam Fox. Studio Director: Ged Sudlow Producers: Rick Kelsey and Georgia Coan Editor: Dino Sofos
10/12/2031m 42s

Turbot charged talks

As Boris Johnson's dinner with Ursula von der Leyen risks turning into a Last Supper for UK-EU trade talks, the Brexitcast gang reunite to discuss whether a deal is salvageable. And as the vaccine rollout continues with new warnings for those suffering severe allergies, Sir Bob Geldof drops in to explain why he's an evangelist for the jabs. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Alix Pickles, Ben Weisz and Natalie Ktena Assistant Editor: Emma Close Editor: Dino Sofos
10/12/2035m 59s

Vaccino (with an extra shot)

A great day for science, a bad day for Covid-19. As the first Pfizer vaccines are given to patients in the UK, the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine publishes its data. Adam and Fergus chat to virologist Dr Elisabetta Groppelli about how the rollout might go - and learn some Italian while they're at it. Jenny Hill has the latest from the prosecutors in Berlin trying to build a case against the suspect in the case of Madeleine McCann. And in honour of William Shakespeare, whose namesake got the vaccine today, we've rewritten one of his great monologues for the Covid age. Studio director: Emma Crowe Producers: Rick Kelsey, Ben Weisz, Alix Pickles Editor: Dino Sofos
08/12/2031m 9s

Brexitcast: Bitchy Corners

Boris Johnson will head to Brussels this week to meet European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in a last ditch effort to salvage a post-Brexit trade deal. But is a breakthrough possible? Activate Brexitcast! And could snowy UK winters could become a thing of the past? Justin Rowlatt tells us how the UK’s climate could change where you live. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Harriet Noble and Alix Pickles Editor: Dino Sofos
07/12/2035m 7s

Mask of the Day

The BBC's Dan Roan joins Adam to discuss the return of football fans to professional games in England as well as the Premier League rescue package for clubs in lower divisions. And James Gallagher provides the latest on testing. Where can people get a test and are rapid lateral flow tests all they’re cracked up to be? Producers: Alix Pickles, Ben Weisz Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
04/12/2034m 5s

Brexitcast: Private Party

The chances of a breakthrough in the post-Brexit trade negotiations are “receding” according to Laura’s secret squirrel source - so we’ve sounded the Brexitcast klaxon! And Tony Blair joins us to talk Brexit, vaccines and why he doesn’t watch political dramas on TV - especially ones featuring Tony Blair. Studio Director: William Allott Producers: Rick Kelsey; Ben Weisz, Frankie Tobi Editor: Dino Sofos
03/12/2030m 38s

VA Day

The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine has been judged safe for use in the UK, and will start to be rolled out next week. Adam is joined by BBC Health Editor Hugh Pym, Professor of Immunology Deborah Dunn-Walters and GP Dr Amir Khan to answer Newscasters’ questions. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Sej Asar and Harriet Noble Episode Editor: Rick Kelsey Editor: Dino Sofos
02/12/2024m 8s

New Tiers' Eve

England's national lockdown was, in the end, replaced with the Government's tougher tier system of local restrictions. Restrictions called "stupid" and poorly-targeted by some of its own backbenchers. Vicki and Adam discuss why those rebels spoke up. Some of those politicians have been throwing around bed occupancy figures - but there are better ways to talk about how full a hospital is. Dr Coralie Carle explains. And as the BBC reveals that people in deprived parts of England were almost twice as likely to die during the height of lockdown than people in richer areas, Ed Thomas and Father Alex Frost join us to reflect on how those pressures are being felt in Burnley. If you've been affected by any of what you hear in this edition, help is available. Find out more at bbc.co.uk/actionline Studio director: Emma Crowe Producers: Natalie Ktena, Ben Weisz, Rick Kelsey Editor: Dino Sofos
01/12/2030m 9s

STopshop

On the day that Arcadia, the owner of Topshop and Dorothy Perkins, goes into administration, the BBC's Simon Jack discusses what went wrong. And with SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon addressing her party conference, the BBC's Sarah Smith joins Adam to talk about what 2021 could hold for the prospect of Scottish independence. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Harriet Noble, Ben Weisz Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
30/11/2031m 7s

Guy Garvey’s Glastonbury Taskforce

Elbow frontman Guy Garvey pops in to explain why artists want a fairer slice of the streaming pie - and to discuss whether festivals are back for 2021. After exciting vaccine news earlier this week, some people had questions about the data from the Oxford-AstraZeneca study. Adam and Fergus try to answer some of them with help from Professor Jennifer Rogers. And legendary LGBT venue G-A-Y explains why it’s partnering up with McDonalds to keep its doors open in Tier 2. Studio Manager: Mike Reggard Producers: Rick Kelsey, Ben Weisz, Frankie Tobi Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
27/11/2032m 42s

Tier Drop

More than 23 million people in England will be placed in the highest tier 3 category of coronavirus restrictions, when the national lockdown ends next Wednesday. Adam, Laura and Chris talk through the new tougher tier system, and the government’s methods for choosing which areas move up and down the scale. And, former Conservative Education and International Development Secretary Justine Greening joins tells us why she believes not enough is being done to “level-up” the country, both at home and abroad. Producers: Patrick Baker, Georgia Coan, Frankie Tobi, Ben Weisz Assistant Editor: Emma Close Editor: Dino Sofos
26/11/2032m 7s

We’ve Only Just Begun

The economic battle after the Covid shock has only just begun. Richard Hughes from the Office for Budget Responsibility joins Laura and Adam to discuss the Spending Review. And after the death of Diego Maradona, we mourn the footballing legend with Mark Chapman and ex-England international Trevor Steven. Studio Manager: Emma Close Producers: Rick Kelsey, Ben Weisz, Sej Asar, Jo Deahl Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
25/11/2031m 56s
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