The News Agents

The News Agents

By Global

Emily Maitlis, Jon Sopel and Lewis Goodall – three of the UK’s top journalists – host a brand-new daily news podcast: The News Agents. They’re not just here to tell you what's happening, but why. Expect astute analysis and explanation of the day's news – and a healthy dose of scepticism and the ability to laugh at it all when needed! Episodes are available every weekday afternoon. The News Agents is a Global Player Original podcast and a Persephonica production. The News Agent podcast is brought to you by BT. BT means business - visit business.bt.com to find out how we can help you with your business today.

Episodes

Is Liz Truss doomed?

It’s been a chaotic week in British politics. The slide of sterling, Bank of England interventions and a record poll showing a 33-point lead for Labour. Prime Minister Liz Truss is just three weeks into the job, and next week she'll have to face the party, and nation, at Conservative Party Conference. Can she survive this? Lewis is joined by former Conservative MP David Gauke and former advisor to Tony Blair, Baroness Sally Morgan. And, across the Atlantic, a left-wing politician is vying to oust an unabashedly conservative, populist president. But this isn’t North America, it’s in Brazil. What’s the mood in the country as it prepares to go to the polls on Sunday? Producers: Gabriel Radus & Ellie Clifford Video Engineer: Ioana Barbu For exclusive daily videos from The News Agents visit Global Player: https://www.globalplayer.com/videos/brands/news-agents/the-news-agents/ The News Agents is a Global Player Original and a Persephonica Production.
30/09/2235m 6s

Radio Gaga

The prime minister crashes the airwaves after crashing the economy. We take stock of how bad this morning's regional morning round was for Liz Truss, and what this says of her ability to communicate to the public on a local and national level. Between The News Agents, they have interviewed every prime minister since and including Margaret Thatcher- discuss the quirks of the trade - and whether Truss' style will bode well, or ill, for the rest of her premiership. All this comes just before the Conservative Party Conference - which this year is being avoided like the plague by many of the MPs who would normally go. We hear from two Number 10 insiders about how to navigate these choppy waters - one gives us the curious inside track on what Keir Starmer was really like at school... Producer: Gabriel Radus Planning: Melissa Tutesigensi Video Engineer: Ioana Barbu Deputy Editor: Tom Hughes Executive Producer: Dino Sofos For exclusive daily videos from The News Agents visit Global Player: https://www.globalplayer.com/videos/brands/news-agents/the-news-agents/ The News Agents is a Global Player Original and a Persephonica Production.
29/09/2236m 10s

IMF, BoE, wtf?

Make no mistake - the UK economy is crumbling. And this is not at the hands of a crisis beyond these shores. The Prime Minister and her Chancellor's decisions last Friday have sent the British economy into total freefall. In the last 24 hours, the IMF, a monetary body that only ever springs into action for countries in crisis have issued stark warnings against 'Trussonomics', and the Bank of England have made emergency interventions. What now? We try and make sense of it all. Later on in the podcast, we talk to Seb Payne, Whitehall Editor at the Financial Times about the lobbying groups behind the school of thought that is tangible impacting the course of modern Britain. Producer: Gabriel Radus Planning: Melissa Tutesigensi Video Engineer: Ioana Barbu Deputy Editor: Tom Hughes Executive Producer: Dino Sofos For exclusive daily videos from The News Agents visit Global Player: https://www.globalplayer.com/videos/brands/news-agents/the-news-agents/ The News Agents is a Global Player Original and a Persephonica Production.
28/09/2233m 56s

Our Next Prime Minister?

Keir Starmer has just made his bid to be the next UK prime minister - against a backdrop of severe economic chaos. It was a speech heavy on patriotism, green policy and the promise to fix Britain. And he even mentioned the B word - Brexit - looking to pull in leave voters lost to the Conservatives at the last election. It landed well in the hall (of course), but how will it land outside the conference bubble? And is the public ready for PM Starmer? We analyse the speech and talk to a former Labour Leader who knows what it’s like to be in that conference spotlight - Ed Miliband. Production: Ellie Clifford Planning: Melissa Tutesigensi Deputy Editor: Tom Hughes Executive Producer: Dino Sofos For exclusive daily videos from The News Agents visit Global Player: https://www.globalplayer.com/videos/brands/news-agents/the-news-agents/ The News Agents is a Global Player Original and a Persephonica Production.
27/09/2233m 58s

Blackish Monday

It's a blustery day in Liverpool and the Labour Party, hosting their conference here, is hoping that means winds of change. The pound fell to its lowest level against the dollar this morning. What happens now? And which party can claim to be the one of economic competence? We ask Gary Neville why he wants to pay more tax, speak to business leaders at the labour conference for the first time. And we ask David Lammy, Shadow Foreign Secretary, whether Britain should open its doors to Russian men fleeing Putin's war in Ukraine. Production: Ellie Clifford Planning: Melissa Tutesigensi Deputy Editor: Tom Hughes Executive Producer: Dino Sofos For exclusive daily videos from The News Agents visit Global Player: https://www.globalplayer.com/videos/brands/news-agents/the-news-agents/ The News Agents is a Global Player Original and a Persephonica Production.
26/09/2233m 49s

The Kwasi budget: Have we all just got poorer?

Kwasi Kwarteng announced a not-so-mini budget today, his first as chancellor. In it, he laid out the Truss government's plans for low taxes and big growth. In today's episode Salma Shah, former Conservative Special Adviser and Lord Stewart Wood, former advisor to Gordon Brown join Lewis to ask if this new budget will work, and whether it has made us all a good deal poorer? Producers: Gabriel Radus & Ellie Clifford Planning: Melissa Tutesigensi Social Editor: Rory O'Connor For exclusive daily videos from The News Agents visit Global Player: https://www.globalplayer.com/videos/brands/news-agents/the-news-agents/ The News Agents is a Global Player Original and a Persephonica Production.
23/09/2233m 34s

Why are rich Russians 'falling out' of windows?

“There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen". Emily, Jon and Lewis are back in News Agents HQ to pour over some of the major stories around the world. They talk Iran and the death of a 22 year old woman at the hands of the morality police which has sparked massive protests across the country, Italy being on the brink of their first female (and first 'neo-fascist') prime minister, and Donald Trump and yet another lawsuit. The team also welcome Russian analyst Yuri Goligorsky to HQ, to discuss why on earth so many Putin critics seem to be suspiciously defenestrated at a rate of knots. Producer: Gabriel Radus Planning: Melissa Tutesigensi Video Engineer: Greg James Social Editor: Rory O'Connor Deputy Editor: Tom Hughes Executive Producer: Dino Sofos For exclusive daily videos from The News Agents visit Global Player: https://www.globalplayer.com/videos/brands/news-agents/the-news-agents/ The News Agents is a Global Player Original and a Persephonica Production.
22/09/2233m 55s

Angela Rayner on Starmer, strikes and succession

A big day for the UK, at home and abroad and Deputy Labour Leader Angela Rayner joins us in The News Agents HQ. She talks about her relationship with Labour Leader Keir Starmer, whether Labour is still the party of trade unions and what happened in the House of Commons the moment she found out the Queen was gravely ill. And, reaction to Vladimir Putin's early morning televised address. Did he just threaten the world with nuclear war? Producer: Gabriel Radus Planning: Melissa Tutesigensi Video Engineer: Greg James Social Editor: Rory O'Connor Deputy Editor: Tom Hughes Executive Producer: Dino Sofos For exclusive daily videos from The News Agents visit Global Player: https://www.globalplayer.com/videos/brands/news-agents/the-news-agents/ The News Agents is a Global Player Original and a Persephonica Production.
21/09/2240m 55s

Peter Mandelson on Truss, Starmer and oligarchs

Hours before meeting Liz Truss, Biden tweets that he’s “sick and tired of trickle down economics”. Awkward! We’re joined by Lord Peter Mandelson who tells us why the PM is heading for a car crash. Producer: Gabriel Radus Planning: Melissa Tutesigensi Social Editor: Rory O'Connor Deputy Editor: Tom Hughes Executive Producer: Dino Sofos For exclusive daily videos from The News Agents visit Global Player: https://www.globalplayer.com/videos/brands/news-agents/the-news-agents/ The News Agents is a Global Player Original and a Persephonica Production.
20/09/2238m 34s

Monarchic, Anarchic, Republican or Unmoved?

Have the monarchy and the media got this last week right? And how are we all left feeling now, a week or so on? The last seven days have seen the country divided on how to respond to The Queen's death. Emily, Jon, and Lewis reflect on how they felt when they heard the news, and whether the media coverage has changed their feelings about the monarchy. And who will North Korea sit next to at the state funeral on Monday? Former top Foreign Office civil servant Sir Simon Fraser joins us in the studio to get under the skin of the diplomatic conundrums the UK Government faces when the world's leaders come to town. Producers: Gabriel Radus & Ellie Clifford Planning: Melissa Tutesigensi Video Engineer: Ioana Barbu Social Editor: Rory O'Connor Deputy Editor: Tom Hughes Executive Producer: Dino Sofos For exclusive daily videos from The News Agents visit Global Player: https://www.globalplayer.com/videos/brands/news-agents/the-news-agents/ The News Agents is a Global Player Original and a Persephonica Production.
16/09/2241m 33s

Should bankers get unlimited bonuses?

Is it a good idea to end the cap on bankers' bonuses? The new chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng seems to think so - why? Would it be grossly unfair when so many face such hardship? Or is it the best way to energise the economy? We discuss. And Lewis is back after days glued to Swedish TV. He catches us up on what's happened since Monday in the fallout of the tightest of general elections. He also explains why, unusually, young Swedes rebel to the right-wing, not the left-wing. Producer: Gabriel Radus Planning: Melissa Tutesigensi Video Engineer: Ioana Barbu Deputy Editor: Tom Hughes Executive Producer: Dino Sofos For exclusive daily videos from The News Agents visit Global Player: https://www.globalplayer.com/videos/brands/news-agents/the-news-agents/ The News Agents is a Global Player Original and a Persephonica Production.
15/09/2230m 29s

Abortion in America

Have the Republicans scored a massive own goal in their attempts to limit women's rights to abortions in the United States? And will this fatally damage their chances of success in November's midterm elections. Producer: Gabriel Radus Planning: Melissa Tutesigensi Video Engineer: Ioana Barbu Deputy Editor: Tom Hughes Executive Producer: Dino Sofos For exclusive daily videos from The News Agents visit Global Player: https://www.globalplayer.com/videos/brands/news-agents/the-news-agents/ The News Agents is a Global Player Original and a Persephonica Production.
14/09/2224m 22s

Police, Power and Protest

The police have been cracking down on anti-monarchists protesting across the UK. Why? And what does this have to do with Priti Patel's highly controversial Policing and Crime Act when she was Home Secretary? We talk about the links between the police, the policed and the powerful with civil liberties expert Adam Wagner. Producer: Gabriel Radus Planning: Melissa Tutesigensi Video Engineer: Will Batchelor Deputy Editor: Tom Hughes Executive Producer: Dino Sofos For exclusive daily videos from The News Agents visit Global Player: https://www.globalplayer.com/videos/brands/news-agents/the-news-agents/ The News Agents is a Global Player Original and a Persephonica Production.
13/09/2222m 31s

Is Ukraine winning?

Is Ukraine about to win a war no-one thought they could? And, consequently, are Vladimir Putin's days numbered? The tide seems to be turning Europe's most significant war in eight decades. Ukrainian forces moved at lightning pace over the weekend to recapture their towns from a beleaguered Russian army in the north-east of the country. But are we sure this is really all that significant? We speak to broadcaster and journalist Gabriel Gatehouse. And, we look across the North Sea to Sweden, and their nail-biting election result on Sunday night. It's so close, we may not know the final picture until Wednesday. But by the end of this week, a former Neo-Nazi party could be one of the major governing parties in a country known for its left-wing socialist politics. Producer: Gabriel Radus Planning: Melissa Tutesigensi Sound Engineer: Ioana Barbu Deputy Editor: Tom Hughes Executive Producer: Dino Sofos For exclusive daily videos from The News Agents visit Global Player: https://www.globalplayer.com/videos/brands/news-agents/the-news-agents/ The News Agents is a Global Player Original and a Persephonica Production.
12/09/2227m 55s

The King’s Challenge

For the first time in over 70 years, the United Kingdom's head of state is a King, not a Queen. Charles III begins his reign as a monarch already well known to his public. His long held views have been aired, his life documented by television and tabloids, his relationships picked over through fifty years of adult life. How will this change the type of monarchy we have and the connection the king and his country share? We hear from eminent historians, civil servants, thinkers about the challenges this could pose. Historians Simon Schama and Dan Snow, former Cabinet Secretary Gus O'Donnell, journalist Ash Sarkar and former Supreme Court Lord Jonathan Sumption join us on the podcast. Producers: Gabriel Radus & Ellie Clifford Planning: Melissa Tutesigensi Sound Engineer: Greg James Deputy Editor: Tom Hughes Executive Producer: Dino Sofos For exclusive daily videos from The News Agents visit Global Player: https://www.globalplayer.com/videos/brands/news-agents/the-news-agents/ The News Agents is a Global Player Original and a Persephonica Production.
09/09/2231m 30s

The End of an Era

We reflect on Queen Elizabeth II’s reign and discuss King Charles III’s accession to the throne. Producer: Gabriel Radus Executive Producer: Dino Sofos For exclusive daily videos from The News Agents visit Global Player: https://www.globalplayer.com/videos/brands/news-agents/the-news-agents/ The News Agents is a Global Player Original and a Persephonica Production.
08/09/2225m 9s

The Queen

The Queen is under close medical attention and with family in Balmoral. We're joined by Andrew Marr, LBC Presenter and the author of The Diamond Queen - the definitive book on the life of Her Majesty. And later in the show, we discuss Liz Truss' energy price plans announced in Parliament this morning. Producer: Gabriel Radus Planning: Melissa Tutesigensi Deputy Editor: Tom Hughes Executive Producer: Dino Sofos For exclusive daily videos from The News Agents visit Global Player: https://www.globalplayer.com/videos/brands/news-agents/the-news-agents/ The News Agents is a Global Player Original and a Persephonica Production.
08/09/2223m 49s

Truss v Starmer: the first showdown

Liz Truss faces Keir Starmer in Parliament for the first time, and there’s a notable shift in tone at Prime Minister's Questions. Gone is the bluff and bluster of the Johnson era - arguments over policy and ideology are back. We analyse that, and discuss diversity on the Tory frontbench. And we need to talk Donald Trump again - classified details of foreign nuclear weapons have been found in the FBI raid of Mar-a-Lago. Producer: Gabriel Radus Planning: Melissa Tutesigensi Sound Engineer: Ioana Barbu Deputy Editor: Tom Hughes Executive Producer: Dino Sofos For exclusive daily videos from The News Agents visit Global Player: https://www.globalplayer.com/videos/brands/news-agents/the-news-agents/ The News Agents is a Global Player Original and a Persephonica Production. Clip Credits: Pienaar’s Politics, BBC University Challenge BBC
07/09/2231m 58s

Liz Truss in Downing Street

A drought ends in a downpour, and Prime Minister Truss emerges outside Number 10 to deliver a dry economic message. Lewis is in Downing Street, and we discuss her early pledges and what we know of her so far. Producer: Gabriel Radus Planning: Melissa Tutesigensi Sound Engineer: Ioana Barbu Deputy Editor: Tom Hughes Executive Producer: Dino Sofos For exclusive daily videos from The News Agents visit Global Player: https://www.globalplayer.com/videos/brands/news-agents/the-news-agents/ The News Agents is a Global Player Original and a Persephonica Production.
06/09/2228m 30s

Can Liz Truss keep the country warm?

Liz Truss becomes UK Prime Minister with just 81,326 votes of Conservative party members. Has any leader ever come to power with such an array of problems? What will her first government look like? And can she solve Britain’s energy crisis? We’re joined by the former Tory Chancellor and "frenemy" of Boris Johnson, George Osborne, who knows Liz Truss well. He also has some thoughts on what the former PM might do next. Producer: Gabriel Radus Planning: Melissa Tutesigensi Sound Engineer: Ioana Barbu Deputy Editor: Tom Hughes Executive Producer: Dino Sofos For exclusive daily videos from The News Agents visit Global Player: https://www.globalplayer.com/videos/brands/news-agents/the-news-agents/ The News Agents is a Global Player Original and a Persephonica Production.
05/09/2233m 58s

The Energy Crisis: Who's to blame?

Russia's invasion of Ukraine has plunged millions into a profound energy crisis. But Russia's war was just the catalyst. What has led us here is a much longer, and more complex story of political failure in Britain and Europe. Today, we dig deeper into why we are where we are. And The News Agents speak to businesses in the North-West, about how that failure is already costing us, leading to business closure and job losses. Producers: Ellie Clifford and Gabriel Radus Planning: Melissa Tutesigensi Deputy Editor: Tom Hughes Executive Producer: Dino Sofos For exclusive daily videos from The News Agents visit Global Player: https://www.globalplayer.com/videos/brands/news-agents/the-news-agents/ The News Agents is a Global Player Original and a Persephonica Production.
02/09/2228m 22s

The Tories - Live at Wembley

It’s the final showdown between Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak. We’re back stage at Wembley for the final Tory leadership hustings, hosted by LBC as this interminable contest finally comes to an end. But what, if anything, have we learnt? When the whole country is worried about paying their bills, can the Tory party really justify the time and money spent on this level of introspection? Producer: Gabriel Radus Planning: Melissa Tutesigensi Sound Engineer: Ioana Barbu Deputy Editor: Tom Hughes Executive Producer: Dino Sofos For exclusive daily videos from The News Agents visit Global Player: https://www.globalplayer.com/videos/brands/news-agents/the-news-agents/ The News Agents is a Global Player Original and a Persephonica Production.
01/09/2227m 18s

Our next PM’s nightmare inheritance

When Liz Truss or Rishi Sunak cross the Downing Street threshold, Britain’s most senior civil servant will take them into the cabinet room to brief them on nuclear codes, critical national security threats and vital economic data. Gus O’Donnell was that civil servant and oversaw the transition from Blair to Brown, and Brown to Cameron. Lord O’Donnell has some candid advice for the next PM on how to rebuild trust with the British people. And following his death, can a line be drawn from Mikhail Gorbachev and what is happening in Ukraine today? We speak to the journalists Allan Little and Anne Applebaum. Producer: Gabriel Radus Planning: Melissa Tutesigensi Deputy Editor: Tom Hughes Executive Producer: Dino Sofos For exclusive daily videos from The News Agents visit Global Player: https://www.globalplayer.com/videos/brands/news-agents/the-news-agents/ The News Agents is a Global Player Original and a Persephonica Production.
31/08/2235m 19s

Trump: Prison or President?

Donald Trump is being investigated by the FBI over a cache of secret documents he squirrelled away at his private residence in Mar-a-Lago. He says he’s cooperating but last night senior Republican Lindsey Graham warned there will be riots on the streets if Trump is charged. So could Trump really go to jail? And if he’s not convicted, could that relaunch him as America’s most likely next President? On our first episode of The News Agents, we hear from two people who know Donald Trump inside out - his former acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, and his former Director of Communications, Anthony Scaramucci. You can get in touch with us via our social platforms. Just search The News Agents. The News Agents is a Global Player Original and a Persephonica Production. Producers: Gabriel Radus and Melissa Tutesigensi Sound Engineer: Ioana Barbu Deputy Editor: Tom Hughes Executive Producer: Dino Sofos
30/08/2232m 10s

The Emily Maitlis MacTaggart Lecture

We’re launching for real on Tuesday 30th, but for now listen to Emily’s keynote lecture at the Edinburgh TV Festival, with some post-match analysis from Emily and Jon. The speech looks at the challenges and solutions for good journalism in the age of populism. Speech Copyright: The Edinburgh International Television Festival
25/08/2251m 32s

Introducing...The News Agents

A sneak peek of what's to come on The News Agents. See you next Tuesday!
22/08/226m 47s

The News Agents - The Trailer

Welcome to The News Agents - a new daily podcast beginning August 30th hosted by journalists Emily Maitlis, Jon Sopel & Lewis Goodall.
22/08/221m 17s
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