About this podcast
The world leaders are on the beach and the footballers are finally on the pitch.
About this podcast
The world leaders are on the beach and the footballers are finally on the pitch.
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.
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.
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.
Songs To Get Vaccinated To
Which song would you chose 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, say 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 is here to tell 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 and Caitlin Hanrahan. The Studio Director is Richard Townsend. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
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.
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.
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 culture 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.
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.
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.
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 and Alix Pickles. Emma Close is the Assistant Editor. Dino Sofos is the Editor.
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.
Lockdown restrictions are getting looser... but is the Indian variant is getting bolder? Millions of us can now socialise indoors (in small groups), hug loved ones (cautiously) and go inside a pub again… But Chris Mason is still stuck in his socially-distanced booth of news. He and Adam chat lockdown-politics, flights to Portugal and BINGO! Meanwhile, with more calls for a ceasefire in Israel, we hear from a former foreign affairs adviser to three British prime ministers about how 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.
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.