The chancellor drops four Es.


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The chancellor drops four Es.





Newsnight's economics editor Ben Chu discusses Chancellor Jeremy Hunt's strategy, and what all those Es stand for. Chris Packham also joins from Ken Hill Farm in Norfolk, where he's been filming a special Winterwatch in which he interviews Sir David Attenborough. And Josh Widdicombe tells Adam what it was like reporting for local papers across the UK with his friend Nish Kumar for a new TV show. Today's episode was presented by Adam Fleming and made by Chris Flynn with Miranda Slade and Amy...



As a HMRC boss says there are “no penalties for innocent errors”, Adam and Chris talk through the latest with Nadhim Zahawi’s tax affairs. They’re joined by shadow foreign secretary David Lammy, who sets out Labour’s view on the UK’s relationship with Europe. And Dame Arlene Foster, former first minister of Northern Ireland, talks about breaking the Brexit stalemate in Northern Ireland, and the state of the the Good Friday Agreement. This episode of Newscast was presented by Adam Fleming and...



Is the West’s supply of tanks to Ukraine a game-changer? Adam is joined by Ukrainecast’s Vitaly Shevchenko and BBC Europe editor Katya Adler to discuss whether the delivery of battle tanks from Washington and Berlin to Kyiv will make any kind of difference in the war against Russia. And we perform a check-up on the health service with Chris Hopson, chief strategy officer for NHS England. Today’s episode was presented by Adam Fleming and made by Tim Walklate with Rufus Gray, Daniel Wittenberg...


Together in Electric Schemes

A million people have signed up to a scheme with the National Grid which rewards them with discounts if they reduce how much energy they use. Adam finds out how one customer has already saved £35 after signing up to the scheme and Newsnight’s economics editor Ben Chu explains how it works and why it was introduced. The BBC’s Home Affairs correspondent, June Kelly looks at the future of the probation service, after a report highlighted a catalogue of failings that left a serial offender free...



Newsreader Huw Edwards is in the Newscast studio to discuss addressing the nation following the Queen's death, the annual BBC Young Reporter Competition and why podcasts maybe aren't his thing. Also, Adam and Chris are joined by tax expert Rebecca Benneyworth to crunch the numbers on Conservative party chairman Nadhim Zahawi's tax headache. Today's episode was presented by Adam Fleming and was made by Tim Walklate with George Dabby, Madeleine Drury, Annabel Dry, and Daniel Wittenberg. The...


Fasten Your Seatbelts For Greg James and Roisin Hastie

The BBC Radio 1 Breakfast duo takeover Newscast. They chat to Laura Kuenssberg about strikes, Sunak’s seatbelt, and unpopular opinions. The BBC’s chief international correspondent, Lyse Doucet, speaks from Kabul after interviewing Amina Mohammed, who's leading the United Nations visit to Afghanistan. And Newscast adopts "Animal News" from Radio 1 , with reports of a giant toads, shouting dolphins, and busy beavers. Today’s episode was presented by Greg James and Roisin Hastie and was made by...


The Gender Say Gap

With Conservative Business Secretary Grant Shapps, Labour's Bridget Phillipson and the SNP's Mhairi Black. Three of the country’s leading politicians are on the podcast talking through some of the biggest political issues right now, including the UK government blocking a Scottish bill for the first time ever. This episode of Newscast was presented by Chris Mason and James Cook and was made by Chris Flynn with Danny Wittenberg. The senior news editor was Sam Bonham.


Economy Class

Why is UK inflation dropping... while some food prices are still rising? Newsnight's Sima Kotecha is in the hotseat for today’s episode, and she’s joined by the BBC’s Evan Davis and Claer Barrett from the FT, to chew over the latest economic trends. Also, after the head of the food watchdog suggested that it’s unwise to bring cake into the office, The Great British Bake Off winner and Today programme host, Martha Kearney, tells us whether she’ll be taking on that advice. Today’s episode was...


Ken Brucecast

As the Radio 2 legend announces he’s hanging up his BBC boots, Adam challenges Chris Mason to Newscast’s version of ‘Popmaster’. Chris discusses the ongoing row over Scotland's gender reforms. And, with China facing an historic population decline, the BBC’s Jeremy and Cindy Yu from the Spectator join Adam to analyse what this could mean for the world's most populous nation. Today’s episode was presented by Adam Fleming and made by Tim Walklate with Josh Jenkins, George Dabby, and Rufus Gray....


School's Out (for Teachers)

What could the teachers' strikes in England and Wales mean for parents? Adam is joined by Mary Bousted from the National Education Union and the BBC’s Branwen Jeffreys to discuss the upcoming industrial action. Also, former police watchdog Zoë Billingham joins the BBC’s Helena Wilkinson to explore police reform after an officer pleaded guilty to 49 offences, including dozens of rapes. Today’s episode was presented by Adam Fleming and made by Tim Walklate with Chris Flynn, George Dabby,...


The James Norton Show

Happy Valley star James Norton talks about the success of the show, helping Ukrainian friends caught up in the war, and how a health breakthrough could improve his life. Plus, the government’s net zero strategy is put under the spotlight by Chris Stark, Chief Executive of the UK's Climate Change Committee and Sophie Eastaugh from the BBC’s The Climate Question podcast. This episode of Newscast was presented by Adam Fleming and was made by Chris Flynn with Ivana Davidovic, Miranda Slade,...


Gender Politics

The Culture Secretary Michelle Donelan tells Adam and Chris that she’s disappointed with Scotland’s Gender Recognition Bill. She also says she’s "not ruling out" the idea of sending social media bosses to prison if they fail to protect children from damaging content online. The head of the TUC Paul Nowak says the unions still have public support as we face more strikes. Plus, stick around for a taste of his musical talent. This episode of Newscast was presented by Adam Fleming and Chris...


The Influence of Andrew Tate

Who is the self-proclaimed misogynist and why are people worried about his influence over young boys’ behaviour? Adam talks to the BBC’s Marianna Spring and Michael Conroy, founder of Men at Work, about the controversial British-American influencer who is in custody in Romania. And Josh Baker from the new podcast, The Shamima Begum Story, tells us about his interviews with Shamima Begum. Today’s episode was presented by Adam Fleming and made by Tim Walklate with Madeleine Drury, Chris Flynn,...


Blue Lights Out

Talking strikes, pay negotiations and GPs with Labour’s Wes Streeting. Adam and Chris sit down with the shadow health secretary to discuss what Labour would be doing differently if they were in government. Plus, Tim Harford from More or Less brings his spreadsheet for some NHS number crunching. Today’s episode was presented by Adam Fleming and made by Tim Walklate with Madeleine Drury, Danny Wittenberg and Ivana Davidovic. The technical producer was Michael Regaard. The assistant editor was...


Prince Harry: Spare On Air

What did we learn from Prince Harry’s round of interviews? Before shoppers queue up to buy his new book, BBC royal correspondent Jonny Dymond, and culture editor Katy Razzall join Adam to discuss the Duke’s relationship with his brother, allegations about the Queen Consort, and his facial hair. Also, 5 Live’s Nicky Campbell and Radio 4’s Alex Renton discuss their experiences of child abuse. Today’s episode was presented by Adam Fleming and made by Tim Walklate with Verity Wilde, Chris Flynn,...


New Year, New Covid Sub-Variant

How worried should we be about the spread of coronavirus abroad? Restrictions are about to ease in China and there’s a new strain of Coronavirus in the USA. James Gallagher, presenter of Radio 4’s Inside Health and Kerry Allen, the BBC’s China media analyst put Covid back on the agenda. How to Fail podcast presenter Elizabeth Day also joins Adam to talk about New Year’s resolutions, and Radio 4’s Just One Thing host Dr Michael Mosley shares his top tips for sticking with them. Today’s...


Prince Harry: Royality Check

Duke of Sussex accuses his brother William of physically attacking him. Royal Correspondent Jonny Dymond reveals details of a stream of sensational claims and accusations from Prince Harry's new memoir, Spare. And Lord Mandelson, Labour’s election campaign director under Tony Blair, joins Adam and Chris to give his assessment of Sir Keir Starmer’s speech today, and of the state of the party as a whole. Today’s episode was presented by Adam Fleming and made by Tim Walklate with Chris Flynn,...


The Rish List: Sunak’s New Year’s Resolutions

The Prime Minister sets out plans in his first major speech of 2023. Former speech writer to David Cameron and Theresa May, Jessica Cunniffe, joins Adam and Chris to go through Rishi Sunak’s first speech of the year, in which he set out his five pledges for the public to judge him on. And with train services disrupted again this week due to ongoing strikes, the boss of Network Rail, Andrew Haines, tells us how close he thinks he is to a deal with the unions. Today’s episode was presented by...


NHS Under Pressure

As the government admits the NHS is facing an “unprecedented challenge”, A&E consultant Dr Maya Naravi tells us that in 25 years of working in emergency medicine, this is “the worst I have ever seen it”. BBC health editor Hugh Pym joins us to explain what’s behind the problems and what’s being done to try to relieve them. And amid widespread walkouts, Alan Jones, the PA’s industrial correspondent, talks us through what disruption we should expect as a result of strike action this year....


Best of Castfest

Reliving the first live Castfest from the BBC Radio Theatre. On 18th October 2022, Newscast and all of our sister podcasts came together in front of a studio audience to mark 100 years of the BBC. For the first time, and for our final episode of this year, here are some highlights from the event, which was hosted by Adam and Ukrainecast’s Victoria Derbyshire. As you’ll hear, it came at a key time in 2022: in the run-up to the US mid-term elections, at a potential turning point in the war in...