108 episodes

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.

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    • 4.4 • 1.5K Ratings

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.

    Nicola Sturgeon on Gender, Starmer and Prince Harry

    Nicola Sturgeon on Gender, Starmer and Prince Harry

    We travel to Edinburgh and Holyrood, the home of the Scottish Parliament, and sit down in a meeting room in the belly of the building housing Scottish power.
    In walks one of the most formidable people on this sceptred isle. Nicola Sturgeon. She gamely gives us nearly an hour of her time.
    She’s the great survivor of British politics. She’s on her fifth Tory Prime Minister. She’s bestrode Scottish politics for a decade. And in the last weeks she’s found herself central to the British political conversation once again. Lewis talks to Scotland’s First Minister about her controversial Gender Recognition Reform Bill, about the coming battle (or deal?) with Labour and Keir Starmer, about the strengths and weaknesses of the prime ministers who have come and gone and who she’s observed, and even a bit on Prince Harry.
    And, after finding out pre-interview that she's a regular listener of the podcast(!), who does she prefer: Emily or Jon?
    Socials: Georgia Foxwell
    Video: Rory Symon
    Planning: Alex Barnett
    Production: Gabriel Radus
    Editor: Ellie Clifford
    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/
    You can watch our interviews in full at https://www.globalplayer.com/videos/brands/news-agents/the-news-agents/
    The News Agents is a Global Player Original and a Persephonica Production.

    • 40 min
    Is Britain becoming irrelevant?

    Is Britain becoming irrelevant?

    The News Agents are on Nadhim-watch. Alas there have been no actual sightings of him this week, but he’s been talked about plenty.
    And now, the head of HMRC has been speaking about tax penalties, and not helpfully for the Tory party chairman, who appears to be edging ever closer to the brink.
    There was further bad news for the government this morning as the latest car production figures show production is now down to its lowest level for over 60 years. Why? Is it another stark illustration of Britain's shrinking manufacturing industries?
    And Donald Trump has got his Facebook account back, but he’s very much on probation.
    Socials: Georgia Foxwell
    Video: Will Gibson-Smith
    Planning: Alex Barnett
    Production: Gabriel Radus
    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/
    You can watch our interviews in full at https://www.globalplayer.com/videos/brands/news-agents/the-news-agents/
    The News Agents is a Global Player Original and a Persephonica Production.

    • 29 min
    Is the job too big for Rishi Sunak?

    Is the job too big for Rishi Sunak?

    In Prime Minister's Questions this afternoon, Leader of the Opposition Keir Starmer landed the blow that seems to have thus far defined political discourse since PM Rishi Sunak took office. Is he too weak to sack ministers when he needs to? Is the job just too big for him? We discuss.
    And, Germany and the US have agreed to send tanks to Ukraine to help ward off Russia's invasion. Are tanks useful in modern warfare? What does this mean for the Ukrainian war effort? And will this shift the dial in a war that appears to be stagnating? We ask the former Commanding Officer of one of Britain's tank regiments, Hamish de Bretton-Gordon.
    Socials: Georgia Foxwell
    Video: Will Gibson-Smith
    Planning: Alex Barnett
    Production: Gabriel Radus
    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/
    You can watch our interviews in full at https://www.globalplayer.com/videos/brands/news-agents/the-news-agents/
    The News Agents is a Global Player Original and a Persephonica Production.

    • 28 min
    Is Sunak too weak to sack Zahawi?

    Is Sunak too weak to sack Zahawi?

    Nadhim Zahawi’s tax affairs are now becoming a problem for Rishi Sunak. The PM has asked for a full acount of what happened - a change of tune from last week when he said there was nothing to see. Does the PM show resilience from holding on to a colleague under-fire? Or weakness by refusing to face the awkward facts?
    And we speak to YouTube megastar Nas Daily about Chat GPT and replacing creatives with AI, artificial intelligence.
    Socials: Georgia Foxwell
    Video: Will Gibson-Smith
    Planning: Alex Barnett
    Production: Gabriel Radus
    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/
    You can watch our interviews in full at https://www.globalplayer.com/videos/brands/news-agents/the-news-agents/
    The News Agents is a Global Player Original and a Persephonica Production.

    • 31 min
    Are the Tories running the BBC?

    Are the Tories running the BBC?

    The BBC's mantra is that impartiality - and the perception of impartiality - must be at its core.
    Yet following revelations in The Sunday Times we are coming to understand the nature of the relationship between the former Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson, his financial needs, and the current Chairman of the BBC - an old friend of his, Richard Sharp.
    Today, we ask why the Chairman failed to declare details that might have compromised that impartiality. And we speak to former Chair of the BBC Board Diane Coyle, who is horrified at what has emerged.
    We approached the BBC for comment before publishing this episode.
    Video: Will Gibson-Smith
    Planning: Alex Barnett
    Production: Gabriel Radus
    Editor: Tom Hughes
    For exclusive daily videos from The News Agents visit Global Player: https://www.globalplayer.com/videos/brands/news-agents/the-news-agents/
    You can watch our interviews in full at https://www.globalplayer.com/videos/brands/news-agents/the-news-agents/
    The News Agents is a Global Player Original and a Persephonica Production.
    The News Agents is executive produced by Dino Sofos.

    • 31 min
    Degrees, Debt, Despair: uni students in 2023

    Degrees, Debt, Despair: uni students in 2023

    In our 100th episode, are students the forgotten part of our society? They're facing the cost of living crisis, a now near-permanent graduate tax, and many complain about the quality of their courses.
    On this episode Lewis spends time with a group of Manchester students whose halls have vermin, and for which they're paying a pretty penny. And we take you through one of the biggest misunderstandings of modern British politics- how the student loan system, has stopped really working as a loans system, and is now, for all intents and purposes, a stealth tax.
    Socials: Georgia Foxwell
    Video: Will Gibson-Smith
    Production: Gabriel Radus
    Editor: Ellie Clifford
    For exclusive daily videos from The News Agents visit Global Player: https://www.globalplayer.com/videos/brands/news-agents/the-news-agents/
    You can watch our interviews in full at https://www.globalplayer.com/videos/brands/news-agents/the-news-agents/
    The News Agents is a Global Player Original and a Persephonica Production.
    The News Agents is executive produced by Dino Sofos.

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
1.5K Ratings

1.5K Ratings

jackdavison ,

Clearly left leaning, will the novelty wear off?

I find that part of the attraction of this pod is two very BBC people being a bit more normal - swearing, having a laugh etc. Once that novelty wears off, I wonder if this pod will begin to decline.
I find Goodall’s scripted monologues a bit tedious and the political leanings of the pod (clearly slightly to the left) acceptable - but Goodall sometimes goes a bit over the top.
I very much hope the (likely) incoming Labour govt is put under as much scrutiny and overt criticism. I tend to skip Friday’s as only Goodall appears.

patrickfirstad ,

Grateful

So very grateful for this awesome podcast. Always interesting and refreshingly opinionated. Thank goodness they all decided to leave the BBC 🙏🏼🔮

PeterMD1954 ,

Excellent analysis

Recent reporting on Government scandals has been excellent..keep up the good work…

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