15 episodes

Get the insider’s account of Edinburgh's news beat from Conor Matchett and the team at the Edinburgh Evening News. Every week we will delve into the issues that you've been talking about, whether it’s a controversial council decision or a major new venue. We'll also answer your burning questions about life in the Scottish capital.

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Get the insider’s account of Edinburgh's news beat from Conor Matchett and the team at the Edinburgh Evening News. Every week we will delve into the issues that you've been talking about, whether it’s a controversial council decision or a major new venue. We'll also answer your burning questions about life in the Scottish capital.

    The Times Square of Edinburgh

    The Times Square of Edinburgh

    Festival square in Edinburgh has always been noticeably redundant.But new plans have been announced to build a cinema complex in a 121 ft building.This week Conor Matchett is joined by Edinburgh Evening news reporter Caitlin Dewar and The Scotsman Arts Correspondent Brian Ferguson to discuss the 'Times square of Edinburgh'.
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    • 26 min
    Why the Forth Bridge is so iconic

    Why the Forth Bridge is so iconic

    It's a symbol of Scottish innovation, but one that we often take for granted as we travel across it on the train.This week, host Conor Matchett quizzes Edinburgh Evening News reporter Elsa Maishman about her "favourite topic", the Forth Bridge. To mark its 130 year anniversary they look at some amazing facts and figures, discuss the human cost of its construction, and look ahead to the proposed Forth Bridge Experience.But let's not forget the Forth Road Bridge and Queensferry Crossing, and how they impact the towns of North and South Queensferry. Being an adopted Fifer, Elsa discusses the playful rivalry between the towns.
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    • 27 min
    Does Edinburgh have too many hotels?

    Does Edinburgh have too many hotels?

    You won't be short for a place to stay in Edinburgh with hotels and Airbnbs on the rise. A report from the council estimated there were 61 new hotels in the construction pipeline, representing 6,338 rooms. But what does this mean for the city and its residents?Host Conor Matchett and Edinburgh Evening News Reporter Elsa Maishman discuss how this rise in tourist accommodation is affecting the capital and of course the over-tourism debate that is rumbling on.
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    • 24 min
    Edinburgh's Christmas Market scandal unwrapped

    Edinburgh's Christmas Market scandal unwrapped

    What went on between events company Underbelly and Edinburgh City Council in the run-up to the Christmas market and Hogmanay fiasco?After breaking the story of heated exchanges between Underbelly and the council in a tranche of emails released under Freedom of Information laws, host Conor Matchett is joined by The Scotsman's arts correspondent Brian Ferguson to discuss the so-called 'Christmas files'.
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    • 30 min
    A continental vision for Princes Street

    A continental vision for Princes Street

    Have you wondered how and why Princes Street is changing, and what the future holds for the famous thoroughfare?Host Conor Matchett is joined by Edinburgh Evening News reporter Elsa Maishman to talk about the changing face of Princes Street.Elsa discusses her annual audit of Princes Street, revealing that 6% of the high street is 'tartan tat' and more cafes and bars will open to align with council plans.They also discuss the W Hotel and how it resembles a 'walnut whip.'
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    • 23 min
    The battle to keep Edinburgh building

    The battle to keep Edinburgh building

    Do you want to influence how Edinburgh might look in 10 years? That's the subject of this week's show.Conor is joined in the studio by Neil Gardiner, planning convenor and SNP councillor, and Jo Mowat, Conservative councillor and planning spokesperson, to discuss the issues that coincide with the city mobility plan.The guests debate how carbon neutrality will be at the heart of the plans, and how Leith and Granton will be prime areas for housing developments. Conor also takes the opportunity to ask Neil what went wrong with the planning permission for the Edinburgh Christmas Market.
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    • 35 min

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