The News Agents

The News Agents

Emily Maitlis, Jon Sopel and Lewis Goodall – three of the UK’s top journalists – host an award-winning 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. You can listen to The News Agents on Alexa, just say "Alexa ask Global Player to play The News Agents" The News Agents is a Global Player Original podcast. For advertising opportunities on this podcast email: dax@global.com

Episodes

July 12, 2024 29 mins

A week on from a Labour landslide in the 2024 General Election, Lewis and Emily answer the questions that have been bugging you over the past seven days.

They're asked why Tories are giving speeches in America, whether Reform are now getting too much media attention, and when the next General Election be held. That and much more.

Editor: Tom Hughes

Senior Producer: Gabriel Radus

Producer: Natalie Indge

Social Media Editor: Georgia Foxwe...

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Last night, the pressure on Joe Biden ramped up a notch - George Clooney called on the President not to stand in November, through a piece in the New York Times.

It's being reported today he ran the op-ed past Barack Obama - who didnt try and dissuade him.

Nancy Pelosi - arguably the Dem's most formidably woman -suggested Biden should 'make his decision...as time was running out'.

And two senators spelled out the words the White Ho...

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July 10, 2024 36 mins

PM Starmer has just arrived in Washington to meet President Biden for the first time.

Arguably at a time when Biden needs Starmer more than Starmer needs the US president.

He’s there to talk NATO - and our commitment to Ukraine. But questions about our own defence spending will pursue him.

We’ll talk to the shadow foreign secretary Andrew Mitchell about Sir Keir's first week and the Tories last (in government for now). What lessons ...

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A tale of two thinktanks - you lucky things.

Jon has spent the day at the Tony Blair Institute and Emily has been with the Popular Conservatives (PopCons), Liz Truss' former parish.

After the worst result in their history, how does the Conservative party rebuild?

And what lessons are those on the right of the party taking away from Thursday night's defeat? Lewis talks to former party treasurer and donor, Lord Michael Spencer, about...

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July 8, 2024 36 mins

Last night the final exit polls of the French election were revealed to a collective stunned gasp.

The far-right RN party of Marine Le Pen - and Jordan Bardella - is in third place.

Macron's centrist grouping is in second place - but the dominant bloc emerging is a collective of radical left parties - with the controversial figurehead of Jean-Luc Melenchon at its helm. Macron's PM has stayed on -for now - as caretaker.

But there i...

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Now that PM Sir Keir Starmer has assembled his first cabinet, the first Labour cabinet in 14 years - who are the people now running the country? What will they do?

Just hours after becoming the Official Opposition, the Tories turn to their next task - who will be their next leader? Contenders have already started to hit the airwaves.

And the second round in France as the far-right National Rally edge closer to parliamentary power.

Ed...

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July 7, 2024 16 mins

This week on The Sports Agents,

As the French public head to the polls on Sunday for the final round of voting in their own National Election, Gabby and Mark reflect on the significance of France's Euros campaign after Kylian Mbappe and co. urged young voters to resist the rise of the far-right.

Gabby & Mark caught up with French football writer Tom Williams and our own Jon Sopel to explore a complicated history between the coun...

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Labour are the new government. Sir Keir Starmer is our new Prime Minister.

He's in Downing Street, and he's about to appoint his cabinet...what next?

Plus, we recap on the likes of Liz Truss losing her seat. Yes, LIZ TRUSS.

Editor: Tom Hughes

Senior Producer: Gabriel Radus

Video Production: Rory Symon, Shane Fennelly, Arvind Badewal

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The...

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July 5, 2024 30 mins

Keir Starmer’s Labour has won a landslide.

Rishi Sunak’s Tories have had their worst defeat in history.

Beneath the bonnet of that is perhaps the weirdest election of the modern era.

Bleary-eyed and caffeine-fuelled after a night of live broadcasting Jon, Emily and Lewis bring you the results of the 2024 general election and analyse what this decision we’ve all made will mean now.

Editor: Tom Hughes

Senior Producer: Gabriel Radus

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July 4, 2024 30 mins

A special polling day Q&A.

Editor: Tom Hughes

Senior Producer: Gabriel Radus

Video Production: Rory Symon, Shane Fennelly, Arvind Badewal

You can listen to this episode on Alexa - just say "Alexa, ask Global Player to play The News Agents"!

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Fourteen years is a long time for any one party to be in government. Today we reflect on some of the moments of the last five Conservative governments and how things have shifted - societally, economically and in the media.

We also bring you news of George Galloway's big donor - a man accused of human trafficking - and discuss the missing postal vote saga and the impact it might have.

Editor: Tom Hughes

Senior Producer: Gabriel Radus

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We sit down with Boris Johnson's director of communications, Lee Cain.

In the last 48 hours Rishi has accused Starmer of being a threat to national security and a delight for Putin, a work-shy sloth who clocks off at 6pm, and a leader who's going to rig the electoral system forever more.

Is this the sound of a man who thinks his campaign is going to plan?

Perhaps the problem began long long before Rishi Sunak called the election - o...

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Live from Paris, Lewis and Jon react to the news that the far-right have stormed the French parliamentary elections in the first round - putting Macron in severe peril and the radical right, formed decades ago from the embers of Nazism, at the top of power in France.

Editor: Tom Hughes

Senior Producer: Gabriel Radus

Video Production: : Rory Symon

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June 30, 2024 47 mins

Jon and Lewis in France ahead of the first round of the French elections, which could see the far-right of French politics became the main political force in France.

And we report from Birmingham, following round an independent candidate who thinks he has a chance of beating Labour MP Shabana Mahmood. He's pretty controversial, and for good reason.

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June 30, 2024 18 mins

This week on The Sports Agents,

We asked if the media actually has any responsibility to help build the confidence of the England National team, after Harry Kane and other members of the squad responded to recent criticism of their performances at Euro 2024...

Conor Coady - part of Gareth Southgate's last two England squads for major tournaments - joined Gabby & Mark for insight into the 'meticulous' nature of the England manager...

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June 28, 2024 35 mins

With now less than a week to go, we answer your General Election questions.

Editor: Tom Hughes

Senior Producer: Gabriel Radus

Video Production: : Rory Symon, Shane Fennelly & Arvind Badewal

You can listen to this episode on Alexa - just say "Alexa, ask Global Player to play The News Agents"!

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This was a TV debate unlike any other. Excruciating doesn’t even cover it.

Whilst Trump confidently lied his way through the facts, Biden barely reached the end of his sentences without meandering off into a far distant phrase.

It was painful to watch and it will raise serious questions now amongst senior Democrats. Can they, must they replace Joe Biden as their presidential candidate?

And if so who will be the first top figure to s...

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A week today your Twitter feed will be filing up with dogs at polling station memes.

Yes dear listeners the marathon is almost done.

On today's episode we will be looking at two TV debates - last night we saw the prime ministerial candidates on stage for the last time.

Tonight it’s the turn of the US presidential candidates in Atlanta, Georgia. Do these debates ever change minds or just let audiences get things off their chest?

We wi...

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June 26, 2024 28 mins

The latest numbers from More in Common suggest that Nigel Farage may come to regret his comments over Putin and the Ukraine war.

Reform has slipped back in the polls - and one in four voters believe that Farage is sympathetic to Putin.

How will any of this play into the way people vote for his party next week?

But we start with the gambling scandal.

Keir Starmer has become the latest party leader to dispatch a candidate for betting...

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We will be telling the extraordinary story of Julian Assange in this episode - how he gained such legendary status - and whether he was more saint or sinner - as he leaves Belmarsh prison and heads to his new life in Australia.

But we have to start with the latest twist in the gambleshambles as, you’ve guessed it, Rishi Sunak has now bowed to the inevitable pressure and pulled his support from two candidates who admitted to making ...

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