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The UK’s flagship daily news podcast from the BBC, Newscast dives into the day’s big stories so you’re never out of your depth.

Newscast picks the brains of BBC News experts so you’re ready if someone picks yours, covering the latest developments in politics in Westminster and beyond, what the cost of living means for the money in your pocket and the impact of climate change.

Can Rishi Sunak bring down inflation? Will Sir Keir Starmer and the Labour Party win the next general election? What will be uncovered in the Covid inquiry and what's happening at the COP28 climate change conference? Newscast will give you all the best insights from BBC News so you’re across all the day’s top stories.

Newscast is hosted by trusted journalists including Adam Fleming, BBC Political Editor Chris Mason, Laura Kuenssberg and Paddy O’Connell. Joined by special guests, including Lyse Doucet, Katya Adler, Marianna Spring, John Simpson and Victoria Derbyshire among others.

With potentially just under a year until the general election, Newscast will track all the developments from Westminster - as well as following all the big developments around the world, from Israel-Gaza, Ukraine to the United States.

Catch Newscast seven-days a week and watch on BBC One at 23:40 on Thursday night or later on BBC iPlayer

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Today we look at the chaotic scenes in Westminster over Gaza ceasefire votes. A row erupted after the Commons Speaker allowed MPs to vote on a Labour motion on the Israel-Hamas conflict. The SNP and Conservatives accused Sir Lindsay Hoyle of breaking with precedent for allowing the votes - and chaos ensued. Plus a row over who said what about government delays in payments to sub-postmasters.Adam is joined by the BBC’s business editor, Simon Jack and Newsnight’s political editor, Nick Watt to go through both stories.And a Trident missile has failed during a test for the second time in a row. Adam speaks to the man who revealed the news to the world, the Sun’s defence editor, Jerome Starkey. You can join our Newscast online community here: https://tinyurl.com/newscastcommunityhereNewscast brings you daily analysis of the latest political news stories from the BBC. It was presented by Adam Fleming. It was made by Chris Flynn with Sam McLaren and Joe Wilkinson. The technical producer was Mike Regaard. The assistant editor is Chris Gray. The senior news editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.
Today, we look at Prince William’s calls to end the fighting in Israel and Gaza, as the US warn Israel not to invade the city of Rafah. The US has vetoed a resolution at the UN demanding an immediate ceasefire in Gaza after proposing its own draft urging a temporary ceasefire. Plus Labour change their stance as they call for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire for the first time. To find out why, Adam and Chris speak to international editor Jeremy Bowen.And Rishi Sunak announces support for farmers as he describes the industry as “in crisis”. Adam is joined by the president of the National Farmers Union, Minette Batters.You can join our Newscast online community here: https://tinyurl.com/newscastcommunityhere Newscast brings you daily analysis of the latest political news stories from the BBC. It was presented by Adam Fleming. It was made by Jack Maclaren with Sam McLaren and Joe Wilkinson. The technical producer was Hannah Montgomery. The assistant editor is Chris Gray. The senior news editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.
Today, we look at new guidance given to schools on mobile phones + whether citizens’ assemblies could help solve some of the big issues in our democracy.The government has announced new advice for schools in England to try to stop mobile phone use. To explain what difference it will make, Adam is joined in the studio by the BBC’s education editor, Branwen Jeffreys, former children’s commissioner, Anne Longfield and headteacher Becky Arnold. And Labour could implement citizens’ assemblies to propose new laws if they win the election. Shadow health secretary Wes Streeting has suggested they may be used to tackle sensitive issues like assisted dying. Adam is joined in the studio by the CEO of Demos, Polly Curtis.You can join our Newscast online community here: https://tinyurl.com/newscastcommunityhere Newscast brings you daily analysis of the latest political news stories from the BBC. It was presented by Adam Fleming. It was made by Jack Maclaren with Sam McLaren and Joe Wilkinson. The technical producer was Johnny Baker. The assistant editor is Chris Gray. The senior news editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.
Today, we look at where the Conservatives go now after big byelection losses in the week, and how the West might respond to the death of the Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.Laura and Paddy are joined by BBC chief political correspondent Henry Zeffman to discuss the challenges the Conservatives face from Reform and Labour’s divisions over a ceasefire in the Israel-Gaza conflict.We also hear from the wives of two politicians in prison. The exiled Belrusian opposition politician Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya’s husband Sergei is being held in Belarus, and Evgenia Kara-Murza’s husband Vladimir Kara-Murza's husband is being held in Russia. You can join our Newscast online community here: https://tinyurl.com/newscastcommunityhere Newscast brings you daily analysis of the latest political news stories from the BBC. It was presented by Laura Kuenssberg and Paddy O’Connell. It was made by Chris Flynn with Gemma Roper. The technical producer was Mike Regaard. The assistant editor is Chris Gray and the senior news editors are Sam Bonham and Jonathan Aspinwall.
Today, we look at the death of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and speak to the youngest peer ever to be appointed to the House of Lords.Laura and Paddy are joined by Marina Litvinenko, the wife of Alexander Litvinenko whose killing in London is suspected to have been carried out by Russian agents in 2006. She discusses how Alexei Navalny’s death reminds her of the murder of her husband.When asked about how he died, Dmitry Peskov, Mr Putin's spokesman, said "medics must somehow figure this out".And Carmen Smith, soon to become the country’s youngest peer at 27 talks about her joining the House of Lords, and how she wants to see it abolished. You can join our Newscast online community here: https://tinyurl.com/newscastcommunityhere Newscast brings you daily analysis of the latest political news stories from the BBC. It was presented by Laura Kuenssberg and Paddy O’Connell. It was made by Chris Flynn with Gemma Roper and Joe Wilkinson. The technical producer was Mike Regaard. The assistant editor is Chris Gray and the senior news editors are Sam Bonham and Jonathan Aspinwall.
Putin’s main rival, opposition politician Alexei Navalny, is dead according to the Russian prison service. This is today's Ukrainecast episode, and we thought you might want to listen to it. BBC correspondent Sarah Rainsford, who was herself expelled from Russia, explains what we know so far - and if the Kremlin could face any consequences. And Georgian-Russian writer Boris Akunin, a long-standing critic of Putin and personal friend of Navalny, gives his reaction to the news.
Today, we look at the results from a double by-election day in a special live version of Newscast. Labour has won two by-elections in Wellingborough and Kingswood, overturning big Conservative majorities in the process. Where does this leave the government? How well did Reform do?Adam and Paddy are in the studio, Chris is in a messy bedroom, and they are joined by pollster, Scarlett Maguire, Shadow Secretary of State for Science, Peter Kyle. Plus chief political correspondent, Henry Zeffman and political correspondent Iain Watson drop in from Wellingborough and Kingswood.You can join our Newscast online community here: https://tinyurl.com/newscastcommunityhere Newscast brings you daily analysis of the latest political news stories from the BBC. It was presented by Adam Fleming. It was made by Jack Maclaren with Joe Wilkinson, Natasha Mayo, Gemma Roper and Sam McLaren. The technical producer was Dafydd Evans. The assistant editor is Chris Gray and the senior news editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.
Today, we look at whether the UK could have been prevented from falling into a recession? Official figures show people spending less, doctors' strikes and a fall in school attendance dragged the UK into recession at the end of last year. The figures raise questions over whether Rishi Sunak has met his pledge made last January to grow the economy. Adam and Chris speak to BBC Chief Economics Correspondent Dharshini David and Chief Executive of the Resolution Foundation Torsten Bell.Plus, after taking centre stage at the Superbowl (kind of) is Taylor Swift the most influential person on the planet? Adam and Chris are joined by Vice Editor in chief Zing Tsjeng and Conservative MP & Swiftie Dehenna Davison. You can join our Newscast online community here: https://tinyurl.com/newscastcommunityhere Newscast brings you daily analysis of the latest political news stories from the BBC. It was presented by Adam Fleming. It was made by Jack Maclaren with Gemma Roper. The assistant editor is Chris Gray and the senior news editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.
Today, we look at whether Nato can survive another Trump presidency, and an investigation into the deepfake of London Mayor Sadiq Khan.Nato defence spending has hit a record, as members of the defensive alliance are faced with rising Russian aggression and the potential election of Donald Trump. At a rally in South Carolina, Mr Trump said he would "encourage" Russia to attack any Nato member that did not meet its defence spending quota. Can Nato survive a Trump presidency? To find out, Adam speaks to former Commanding General of US Army Europe Ben Hodges.Plus, Adam is joined by the BBC’s Disinformation and Social Media Correspondent Marianna Spring to discuss how AI could affect our next election. Marianna tells us about her investigation into the deepfake that circulated of London Mayor Sadiq Khan for her new podcast Why Do You Hate Me. You can join our Newscast online community here: https://tinyurl.com/newscastcommunityhere Newscast brings you daily analysis of the latest political news stories from the BBC. It was presented by Adam Fleming. It was made by Jack Maclaren with Josh Jenkins, Natasha Mayo and Sam McLaren. The technical producer was Mike Regaard. The assistant editor is Chris Gray and the senior news editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.
Today, we hear tributes to the DJ Steve Wright. We also look Labour’s suspension of a second parliamentary candidate after allegations he made comments about Israel. Steve Wright, who presented programmes for BBC Radio 1 and Radio 2 for more than four decades, has died at the age of 69. We hear from his friends and former colleagues: fellow DJ Tony Blackburn and presenter Nicky Campbell.Also Labour withdraws support for their candidate in the upcoming Rochdale by-election, Azhar Ali who claimed Israel had allowed the October 7th attacks by Hamas to happen. Mr Ali apologised, saying his comments were “"deeply offensive, ignorant, and false". A second Labour parliamentary candidate has also been suspended for comments he made about Israel. Adam speaks to Professor of Politics at University of Strathclyde, Sir John Curtice, and Times Radio Presenter, Ayesha Hazarika.You can join our Newscast online community here: https://tinyurl.scom/newscastcommunityhere Newscast brings you daily analysis of the latest political news stories from the BBC. It was presented by Adam Fleming. It was made by Jack Maclaren with Joe Wilkinson, Natasha Mayo and Sam McLaren. The technical producer was Dave O'Neil. The assistant editor is Chris Gray and the senior news editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.
Adam is back from his holiday and in classic Newscast fashion, there's some breaking news just before we hit publish. But earlier, we looked at warnings the NHS is unprepared to offer two breakthrough Alzheimer’s drugs. Medical editor Fergus Walsh and Dr Susan Kohlhaas from Alzheimer's Research UK join Adam to discuss whether medical science could be overtaking the health system. And, Israel’s military focus has turned to the southern Gazan city of Rafah. International editor Jeremy Bowen explains what’s happening, and how the rest of the world is reacting.You can join our Newscast online community here: https://tinyurl.com/newscastcommunityhere Today's Newscast was presented by Adam Fleming. It was made by Chris Flynn with Joe Wilkinson, Natasha Mayo, and Clare Williamson. The technical producer was Ben Andrews. The assistant editor is Chris Gray and the editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.
The Conservatives first promised to end the right of landlords to evict tenants without a reason in 2019.Now, five years later, the Housing Secretary reveals on Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg that it’ll become law in time for this year’s election. Paddy has been speaking to Post Office campaigner Alan Bates after it was revealed that Fujitsu UK paid its top executives more than £26m in the 25 years since the controversial Horizon contract with the Post Office started.And, we hear from Ralph Fiennes who spoke to Laura about why he isn’t a fan of trigger warnings in the theatre. Today's Newscast was presented by Laura Kuenssberg and Paddy O’Connell. It was made by George Dabby with Josh Jenkins. The technical producer was Ricardo McCarthy. The senior news editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.
Today we look at why Labour has U-turned on £28 billion of green spending ahead of the next general election and how attitudes towards climate policies have shifted in recent years.Paddy and Laura also discuss the upcoming by-elections in Kingswood and Wellingborough and what voters in both constituencies are most concerned about. And, why has Labour leader Keir Starmer appeared on the cover of Vogue?You can join our Newscast online community here: https://tinyurl.com/newscastcommunityhere Today's Newscast was presented by Laura Kuenssberg and Paddy O’Connell. It was made by George Dabby with Madeleine Drury. The technical producer was Gareth Jones. The senior news editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.
Is Biden Too Old?

Is Biden Too Old?

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Today, we look at whether Joe Biden is too old to run for President again?Biden’s competency is under scrutiny after an investigation into the handling of classified documents found him to be ‘a well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory’. In fiery exchanges with reporters last night the President said “My memory is fine. Take a look at what I’ve done since I’ve become President”. James is joined by the editor in chief of the Wall Street Journal Emma Tucker and North American Correspondent John Sudworth. Emma also brings us an update on jailed Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich.And comedian and podcast host Matt Forde talks to Chris and James about being diagnosed with cancer and facing up to his treatment with laughter and optimism. You can join our Newscast online community here: https://tinyurl.com/newscastcommunityhere Newscast brings you daily analysis of the latest political news stories from the BBC. It was presented by James Cook. It was made by Jack Maclaren with Joe Wilkinson, Natasaha Mayo, and Clare Williamson. The technical producer was Mike Regaard. The assistant editor is Chris Gray. The senior news editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.
Today, we look at Labour ditching it’s £28bn green investment pledge.The spending, announced in 2021, had been a key part of the party's plans to reach climate targets and secure green jobs. The U-turn has already faced criticism from within Labour. Chris has been speaking to Keir Starmer, who's blaming the Conservatives. James and Chris are also joined by the Scottish Labour Leader Anas Sarwar.You can join our Newscast online community here: https://tinyurl.com/newscastcommunityhere Newscast brings you daily analysis of the latest political news stories from the BBC. Today's Newscast was presented by James Cook. It was made by Jack Maclaren with Gemma Roper. The assistant editor is Chris Gray. The editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.
Today, we look at calls for the PM to apologise after joking about Labour's position on trans people when the mum of murdered teenager Brianna Ghey - who was transgender - was in Parliament.Brianna’s father has told Sky News the comments were “degrading”.Chris talks James through the controversy.And, the government has announced a package aimed at sorting problems in dentistry. Health correspondent Dominic Hughes explains the measures. Dentist Brenda Macmillan explains the problems. Patient Stephen Davies explains what it’s like being on the receiving end.You can join our Newscast online community here: https://tinyurl.com/newscastcommunityhere Newscast brings you daily analysis of the latest political news stories from the BBC. Today's Newscast was presented by James Cook. It was made by Chris Flynn with Sam Maclaren, Josh Jenkins and Natasha Mayo. The technical producer was Mike Regaard. The editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.
Liz Truss & The Pop Cons

Liz Truss & The Pop Cons

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Today, we look at the return of Liz Truss and talk about online safety with the children’s commissioner for England.Former prime minister Liz Truss launched the Popular Conservatism movement today alongside Tory backbench MPs including Sir Jacob Rees-Mogg and Lee Anderson. James Cook is joined by LBC’s Iain Dale and the political editor of Tortoise, Catherine Neilan, to discuss what the new faction means for Rishi Sunak.And after Laura Kuenssberg’s interview at the weekend with Esther Ghey, mother of murdered teenager Brianna Ghey, we speak to the children’s commissioner for England Dame Rachel De Souza about keeping children safe online. You can join our Newscast online community here: https://tinyurl.com/newscastcommunityhere Newscast brings you daily analysis of the latest political news stories from the BBC. It was presented by James Cook. It was made by Jack Maclaren with George Dabby, Gemma Roper and Sam McLaren. The technical producer was Michael Regaard. The senior news editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.
Today we look at the news that King Charles III has been diagnosed with cancer.Buckingham Palace announced that he began “regular treatments” on Monday.The statement also said that the King “remains wholly positive about his treatment", but has stepped back from public duties.Royal correspondent Daniela Relph talks us through details we know and don’t know about his condition. Political editor Chris Mason explains how this will affect the business of state. Health correspondent Dominic Hughes is on to talk about how the disease is treated.You can join our Newscast online community here: https://tinyurl.com/newscastcommunityhere Today's Newscast was presented by James Cook. It was made by Chris Flynn with Joe Wilkinson and Sam McLaren. The technical producer was Mike Regaard. The assistant editor was Chris Gray. The senior news editor was Jonathan Aspinwall.
In an emotional interview the mother of murdered teenager Brianna Ghey says she is "open" to speaking to the mother of one of her daughter's killers.Esther Ghey has also called for the government to stop children having access to social media apps on smartphones, calling the internet the "Wild West".You can join our Newscast online community here: https://tinyurl.com/newscastcommunityhere
Today, we look at a campaign from the mother of murdered teenage Brianna Ghey to stop children having access to social media apps on smartphones. Speaking for the first time since the killers’ sentencing Ms Ghey called for the government to stop children having access to social media apps on smartphones, calling the internet the "Wild West". Esther Ghey also told Laura Kuenssberg she wanted the mother of Scarlett Jenkinson, one of Brianna’s murderers, to know she did not blame her for what happened.Also, Chris is in Belfast as power sharing has been restored at Stormont. He’s been speaking to Northern Ireland’s first nationalist First Minister, Michelle O’Neill. You can join our Newscast online community here: https://tinyurl.com/newscastcommunityhere Newscast brings you daily analysis of the latest political news stories from the BBC. It was presented by Laura Kuenssberg, Paddy O’Connell with Chris Mason. It was made by Jack Maclaren and Josh Jenkins. The technical producer was Hannah Montgomery. The editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.
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Paul Billington

A "door-step" is also a very thick sandwich.

Jan 22nd
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Audio Girls

you BBC pussies would never have the minerals to report this when it was happening. you fucking establishment cock puppets

Jan 8th
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Audio Girls

typical BBC crap

Jan 8th
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Paul Billington

Lyse Marie Doucet is an Israeli spokeswoman. Her bias towards the suffering of Isreal whilst ignoring the worse suffering of the Palestinians would be laughable if it wasn't so sad.

Dec 27th
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Adrian Lord

Great ofsted podcast ruined by Dan Roan talking about football. let him just do sport and not news or politics.

Dec 11th
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howard mhc

Are Government? 🤔

Sep 24th
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Jack Hunt

mou RCC really jkl the ml .

Jun 19th
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Adrian Lord

This episode has been one of my favourites. Great journalism.

Jun 11th
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Christine Wright

I really enjoyed the 'Three Wise Political Editors' discussion - thank you!

Dec 16th
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Guy Grindlay

Saddam Hussein was committing genocide, harbouring terrorists, trying to build nuclear weapons and invading his neighbours. He had to go even if we hadn’t signed the Geneva Convention.

Oct 3rd
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Valeria Marzullo

this is the most boring Newscast episode ever recorded.

Sep 17th
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Valeria Marzullo

we might have not missed them, had you given any coverage to something other than the queen.

Sep 15th
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Sean Carver

Wall to wall royals, can you broaden your scope please.

Sep 15th
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can't play or download this one...

Sep 5th
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Dean Clark

Going Global? 😜

Aug 31st
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Paul Billington

It is terrible what is happening to these people but what is the objective of this sentimental gush? I havn't heard tge same for all the other refugees trying reach the UK. Why? This is just propganda.

Aug 28th
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Liz Sullivan

Interesting to hear from the striking barrister, not so much Scott Mills. This podcast has gone so far downhill since everyone with substance left it's almost unlistenable.

Aug 27th
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Katia Hinic

why is this man getting any airtime

Jul 15th
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Ralph Allmond

if you have people calling for the different outros, why not do a mash up just like the intro?

Jul 13th
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