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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 emai...

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Recent Episodes of The News Agents


Sunak v Starmer: Round 2

Sunak v Starmer: Round 2

Emily, Jon and Lewis stayed up late to analyse the latest TV battle between Rishi Sunak and Keir Starmer.

Who came out on top this time around on Sky News?

Editor: Tom Hughes

Social Media Editor: Georgia Foxwell

Video Production: Shane Fennelly & Arvind Badewal

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Episode 12 June 2024 24m and 20s


Are the Conservatives now admitting defeat?

Are the Conservatives now admitting defeat?

Tory frontbencher Grant Shapps has appeared to concede the Tories are now heading for defeat at the election and warned voters against allowing Labour a 'supermajority'. Does scaring people work as a campaign strategy? And is a supermajority a big problem for voters?

We also hear from Lewis, who is on the campaign trail with Lib Dem leader Ed Davey.

And later in the show we talk privilege, class, and pesky questions, after Rishi Sunak was asked what he had to go without when he was growing up.

Editor: Tom Hughes

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Episode 12 June 2024 47m and 16s


Rishi Sunak launches his manifesto. Is Britain still listening?

Rishi Sunak launches his manifesto. Is Britain still listening?

Rishi Sunak launched the Conservative manifesto today at Silverstone. We’ve been trying to swerve the racing metaphors but the odd one crept in. He talked a LOT about tax cuts - doubling down on his disproven claim of Labour tax rises, but offered few new policies.

The performance was polished. But has the public stopped listening? We talk to Home Secretary James cleverly and Deputy Foreign Secretary Andrew Mitchell.

Later WE HAVE THE QUIZ RESULTS. And A WINNER is crowned.

Editor: Tom Hughes

Senior Producer: Gabriel Radus

Producer: Ze...

Episode 11 June 2024 29m and 58s


Macron, Angela Rayner, Misogyny and Class

Macron, Angela Rayner, Misogyny and Class

Angela Rayner has told Lewis she carries the weight of working class women on her shoulders, and doesn't ever want to be the Labour Leader.

Meanwhile in Paris, President Macron has thrown caution to the wind and 'done a Rishi'. He's called a snap parliamentary election to take on the party of Marine Le Pen. How should centrist leaders tackle their Far right parties? By bringing their policies into the fold - or defeating them and shutting them down? Does either really work?

And in London, Lib Dem Leader Ed Davey pledges to put social...

Episode 10 June 2024 49m and 41s


D-day misstep: is it all over for Sunak?

D-day misstep: is it all over for Sunak?

It's manifesto week - Lib Dems announce theirs on Monday. Tories Tuesday. And Labour Thursday.

But the cloud of Sunak's speedy D Day departure still hangs over him. Will this be terminal for Sunak?

Later Lewis is in Leigh with North West voters there.

And we have a QUIZ for you. Stay to the end.

Editor: Tom Hughes

Senior Producer: Gabriel Radus

Social Media Editor: Georgia Foxwell

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

You can listen to this episode on Alexa...

Episode 9 June 2024 53m and 11s


Q&A general election special

Q&A general election special

In this week's general election Q&A special Emily, Jon and Lewis answer your questions on safe seats, compulsory voting, and the constituency they'd choose to stand in if they were running for parliament. All that and more.

Editor: Tom Hughes

Senior Producer: Gabriel Radus

Social Media Editor: Georgia Foxwell

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"!

The News Agents is brought to you by HSBC...

Episode 7 June 2024 33m and 42s


Weekend Edition - The Sports Agents

Weekend Edition - The Sports Agents

This week on The Sports Agents,

The extraordinary story of Khalida Popal - the first ever captain of the Afghanistan Women's National Football Team - hounded out of her country by those who believed women have no right to play and who orchestrated her team's daring escape from Afghanistan, when the Taliban returned.

Then, as Manchester City announced legal action against the Premier League, Gabby & Mark found out if this new legal action could influence the outcome of their long-awaited hearing into 115 alleged breaches of the Premier League's financial rules - Sports lawyer Daniel Geey...

Episode 7 June 2024 11m and 53s


EXCLUSIVE: Nadine Dorries on the 'disgusting' Tory Party chair

EXCLUSIVE: Nadine Dorries on the 'disgusting' Tory Party chair

Overnight, Richard Holden, The Tory Party chair parachuted himself into the safe seat of Basildon & Billericay. Which is 280 miles away from his former seat - North West Durham.

Today, his former colleague and former Tory cabinet minister tells us why he's 'disgusting', and what she thinks will happen to Rishi's Tory party now. Does she accept that the rot set in with the lies, hypocrisy and calumny of Boris Johnson?

You'll find out.

Editor: Tom Hughes

Senior Producer: Gabriel Radus

Producer: Zeynel Can Yuce

Social Media Editor...

Episode 6 June 2024 32m and 59s


Why are Labour calling Sunak a liar?

Why are Labour calling Sunak a liar?

Rishi Sunak accused Keir Starmer of planning to put people's taxes up by £2,000 if he got into power - sums he said had been independently verified. This morning we learned they werent, after a top civil servant put the record straight.

Labour are calling the PM a liar (he repeated his claim 11 times), but the Tories are standing by their figure - and say all's fair in love and campaign war.

We discuss what TV debates do for viewers' understanding of policy, and find out what voters in Leigh took away from the TV clash. L...

Episode 5 June 2024 34m and 38s


The Sunak vs. Starmer TV debate: who won?

The Sunak vs. Starmer TV debate: who won?

The first election debate is done. Sunak and Starmer had it out live, on television, for an hour. Did we learn anything? Jon and Emily watched from home and give their analysis. Meanwhile Lewis has been in the dreaded “spin room” in Salford, trying to parse through the politicians’ bluster. At the end of it all- will any of it make a difference?

Editor: Tom Hughes

Senior Producer: Gabriel Radus

Social Media Editor & Video Production: : Rory Symon

You can listen to this episode on Alexa - just say "Alexa, ask Global Player...

Episode 5 June 2024 29m and

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