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The Sky News Daily podcast with Niall Paterson brings a deeper look at the big stories - with Sky News correspondents and expert guests.


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The Sky News Daily podcast with Niall Paterson brings a deeper look at the big stories - with Sky News correspondents and expert guests.




Boris Johnson at the COVID Inquiry: part one

The former prime minister, Boris Johnson, has given almost five hours of evidence to the COVID inquiry today. He began by apologising for the pain and suffering of victims and their families during the pandemic and admitted that "unquestionably" mistakes were made by his government. But the King’s Counsel’s attempt to get square answers from him about vanished WhatsApp messages, the ‘toxic’ culture inside cabinet and the government’s stalled reaction time wasn’t so straight forward. Today, Sky’s political editor Beth Rigby joins Niall Paterson to unpack the first of two days of questioning in the search for answers about Boris Johnson’s leadership during the pandemic. Podcast producer: Alex Edden Interviews producer: Melissa Tutesigensi Promotion producer: David Chipakupaku Editor: Philly Beaumont


Will the Tories' latest plans to cut legal migration work?

Home Secretary James Cleverly is having a busy third week in his new job, just as his approval ratings among Tory supporters collapse, according to polling by ConservativeHome. He's announced new rules intended to bring down legal migration to the UK, including raising the salary needed to qualify for a skilled worker visa to £38,700, and overseas care workers will no longer be allowed to bring their partners and children. British people will also no longer be able to bring over their foreign-born spouses unless they earn £38,700. On the Sky News Daily with Niall Paterson, our political editor Beth Rigby and business correspondent Paul Kelso unpick the latest migration announcements. Plus, Nadra Ahmed, executive co-chairman of the National Care Association, joins Niall to discuss the potential impact on the care sector. Podcast producer: Soila Apparicio Interviews producer: Melissa Tutesigensi Promotion producer: David Chipakupaku Editor: Wendy Parker


What happens to the families of sex offenders?

Police forces make more than 850 arrests a month for online child sex offences in England and Wales. The majority of suspects are men who can have families living with them at the time of the offence. Thousands of children every year now have to deal with the vicarious shame and stigma that's associated with such a crime. Families have to move, and leave schools and jobs - the trauma of which can cause warzone equivalent post-traumatic stress. On the Sky News Daily, Sarah-Jane Mee speaks to our correspondent Katerina Vittozzi, who has spent time with Lincolnshire Police's paedophile online investigation team, exploring what is being done to support families of offenders. And Sarah-Jane is joined by Heather, not her real name, whose partner was convicted of online child sex offences and has now gone on to campaign for more support for non-offending family members. Producers: Emma Rae Woodhouse and Alex Edden Promotions producer: Jada-Kai Meosa John Editor: Philly Beaumont


Bonus: ClimateCast - COP28: Breakthrough at Dubai climate conference

The King has urged world leaders assembled in Dubai to make the COP28 climate summit a "critical turning point" in the fight to tackle global warming. And there has already been a breakthrough with wealthy nations contributing nearly $300m to a 'loss and damage' fund compensating poorer countries for the effects of climate change. It has taken 32 years to agree so while it is an achievement, the real issue remains cutting fossil fuels. In oil-rich Dubai that is a thorny issue. It and other petrostates are still arguing that the world needs fossil fuels while it transitions to greener energy sources. Climatecast host Tom Heap is in Dubai finding out what COP28 might achieve. For more from CimateCast, click here to subscribe. Producers: Emma Rae Woodhouse & Luke Denne Editor: Wendy Parker


Israel-Hamas war: What happens now the ceasefire is over?

It took just minutes for Israeli airstrikes to resume on Gaza after a week-long truce between Israel and Hamas ended. Israel's military resumed combat operations after accusing Hamas of violating the temporary ceasefire. Despite an overnight effort from Egypt and Qatar to mediate a third extension of the truce, the deal fell apart with both warring sides blaming each other. Hamas accused Israel of rejecting the group's offers to release more hostages, while Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Hamas did not agree to free them. As the fighting resumes host Sally Lockwood discusses the next phase of the war with Middle East correspondent Alistair Bunkall and speaks to UNICEF spokesperson James Elder about the catastrophic impact continued fighting is having on Gaza's children. Senior podcast producer: Annie Joyce Podcast producer: Sydney Pead Interviews producer: Melissa Tutesigensi Promotion producer: David Chipakupaku Editor: Philly Beaumont


‘Wish I’d acted earlier’: Matt Hancock’s defence at the COVID inquiry

Matt Hancock took the stand at the COVID inquiry for the first of two days of giving evidence on Thursday. In 2021, the then health secretary was forced to resign after he admitted he broke the government's own coronavirus guidance to pursue an affair with an aide. On the Sky News Daily, Niall Paterson analyses what Mr Hancock said and the key questions he answered, with our political editor Beth Rigby. Producer: Soila Apparicio Promotions producer: David Chipakupaku Editor: Philly Beaumont


Royal race 'revelation': PR stunt or genuine mistake?

The sale of a new book about the Royal Family has been halted in the Netherlands after publishers of the Dutch translation of Omid Scobie's Endgame appeared to name a member of the Royal Family who allegedly questioned what colour skin the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's son would be born with. In the aftermath of Harry and Meghan's Oprah Winfrey interview in March 2021, where Meghan claimed a member of the family raised "concerns" about Archie's skin colour, Mr Scobie's book claims that Meghan wrote a letter to the King expressing concern about unconscious bias in the Royal Family. On the Sky News Daily, Niall Paterson and our royal correspondent Laura Bundock unpick some of the book's claims and the error behind the book's recall in the Netherlands. Producer: Alex Edden Editor: Philly Beaumont


Is war fatigue Ukraine's new enemy?

The world's attention has been turned to the Israel-Hamas conflict, resulting in the war in Ukraine falling further down the news agenda. Not only does this impact keeping pressure on Putin but in Ukraine, momentum for the war is also running low. Independent reporting suggests the country is facing a recruitment crisis, with just 1 in 4 men joining the army voluntarily. On the Sky News Daily, Niall Paterson explores what this means for Ukraine’s defence against Russia with Dr Alexandra Walmsley, defence analyst at RUSI, and Sir David Manning, former UK permanent representative to NATO. Producer: Emma Rae Woodhouse Interviews producer: Melissa Tutesigensi Editor: Wendy Parker


The team helping the victims of revenge porn

The Revenge Porn Helpline has seen the number of phone calls it receives rise by nearly a third. It was set up when revenge porn was made a crime in 2015 – and this year alone, has handled more than 10,000 calls or reports online. The team in Devon has allowed our news cameras inside for the first time to see the work they do. On the Sky News Daily, Sally Lockwood speaks to our home news correspondent Dan Whitehead about the scale of the problem, and Sophie Mortimer, Revenge Porn Helpline manager, gives us an insight into what her team is doing to support victims. If you have been a victim of revenge porn, you can contact the helpline on 0345 6000 459 or click here. Podcast producer: Soila Apparicio Interviews producer: Melissa Tutesigensi Promotion producer: Jada-Kai Meosa John Editor: Philly Beaumont


Is the COVID inquiry missing the point?

The COVID inquiry is now into its second round of public hearings – examining how key decisions were made in Westminster as the coronavirus began to take hold around the world in early 2020. The evidence from those at the heart of Downing Street has certainly provided plenty of bombshell headlines but does the inquiry need to move quicker to make recommendations on how the country could be better prepared for the next pandemic? There is no specific timescale for how long the inquiry could last and it could be years before its final report is published. On this episode of the Sky News Daily, Niall Paterson speaks to our health correspondent Ashish Joshi about the lessons we've learned so far. Plus, what does it take to lead a public inquiry? Hugh Pennington, an emeritus professor of bacteriology at Aberdeen University, chaired a public inquiry about an E. coli outbreak in South Wales. He tells Niall what he makes of the COVID inquiry. Producer: Alex Edden Promotion producer: David Chipakupaku Editor: Wendy Parker


‘Curious not furious’: How to negotiate with hostage takers

Qatar has announced key details of the planned pause in fighting and release of Israeli hostages held in Gaza by Hamas. In the first phase of the agreement, Hamas is due to release 50 hostages from Gaza and Israel will free 150 Palestinian prisoners. On today’s episode of the Sky News Daily, Niall Paterson sits down with James Alvarez, a hostage negotiator who’s worked in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Gaza itself, to talk about what it takes to negotiate with hostage takers. Plus, we hear from our Middle East correspondent, Alistair Bunkall, about the events that led up to this temporary truce. Producer: Sydney Pead Interviews producer: Melissa Tutesigensi Promotions producer: David Chipakupaku Editor: Philly Beaumont


Autumn statement: What does it mean for you?

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has revealed his autumn statement. Among the proposals National Insurance is to be cut by two percentage points, and NI payments for the self-employed have been abolished. There have also been increases to Universal Credit and the state pension. But the chancellor also announced new tougher measures for job seekers, saying those who fail to find work after 18 months of "intensive support" will be given mandatory work placements. Those who do not engage with the process for six months will lose their benefits altogether. On the Sky News Daily, host Niall Paterson sits down with Ed Conway, our economics and data editor, and Sam Coates, our deputy political editor, to analyse the chancellor’s statement and what it means. Producer: Emma Rae Woodhouse Promotions producer: David Chipakupaku Editor: Philly Beaumont


Nicola Bulley: What did the police get wrong?

Police who investigated the disappearance of Nicola Bulley from beside a riverbank have been heavily criticised in a damning report. Lancashire Police's decision to reveal the mother-of-two's mental health issues was condemned as "avoidable and unnecessary". The College of Policing's chief executive officer Andy Marsh said there was "substantial learning" for the Lancashire force. On the Sky News Daily, host Niall Paterson is joined by former chief constable of Northumbria Police Sue Sim, who was the top officer at the force when gunman Raoul Moat shot his ex-girlfriend and killed her new lover, before shooting a police officer. She explains the criticisms and the difficulties when dealing with high-profile cases. Plus, Martin Brunt, our crime correspondent, details what the report says about Lancashire Police's investigation. Producer: Emma Rae Woodhouse Interview producer: Melissa Tutesigensi Promotions producer: David Chipakupaku Editor: Philly Beaumont


Understanding what's happening at Gaza's al Shifa hospital

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has described al Shifa hospital in Gaza City as a "death zone" - it said there was a mass grave at the entrance and a "desperate situation" inside. A joint UN team led by the WHO assessed the hospital for one hour following its occupation by the Israeli military and as some patients and those seeking shelter there began to evacuate it. The team said they saw evidence of shelling and gunfire and observed a mass grave at the hospital's entrance. On the Sky News Daily, host Sarah-Jane Mee talks to our international affairs editor Dominic Waghorn and OSINT (Open Source Intelligence) editor Adam Parker to understand more about what's happening on the ground at the hospital and the challenges in reporting it. Producer: Emma Rae Woodhouse Promotions producer: Jada-Kai Meosa John Editor: Wendy Parker


‘Feels like barbed wire’. Endometriosis: the condition with no cure

Endometriosis is a disease in which tissue similar to the lining of the uterus grows outside the uterus, causing pain and affecting fertility. It is estimated to cost the UK economy £8.2bn a year in treatment, loss of work and healthcare costs. Up to 30% of women who have surgery for endometriosis experience a recurrence within five years, according to the National Institutes of Health. There is still no cure for the condition. On the Sky News Daily, host Sally Lockwood is joined by Charline Bou Mansour, a Sky News reporter who has endometriosis, and Andrew Horne, Professor of Gynaecology and Reproductive Sciences at Edinburgh University, to explore the search for a way to relieve, or even cure, endometriosis. Producers: Emma Rae Woodhouse, Alex Edden and Soila Apparicio Promotions Producer: Jada-Kai Meosa John Editor: Wendy Parker


Deported killer: 'I'll help you find your mother's body'

On 29 December 1969, Alick McKay returned home from work to his house in Wimbledon, southwest London, to discover that his wife, Muriel, was not at home. The lights were on and the contents of her handbag strewn all around the stairs. Then he received a phone call. "We are Mafia M3. We are from America. We tried to get Rupert Murdoch's wife. We couldn't get her so we took yours instead. You have a million by Wednesday night or we will kill her." Muriel was never found, her body never recovered. Now, after more than fifty years, the man guilty of Muriel's murder tells her daughter he will lead her family to where her body was buried. In this episode of the Sky News Daily, Niall Paterson sits down with our crime correspondent Martin Brunt to discuss the extraordinary bond killer Nizamodeen Hosein has formed with Muriel McKay's family in a final attempt to uncover her remains. Producer: Soila Apparicio Podcast promotions producer: Jada-Kai Meosa John Editor: Wendy Parker


Rishi, Rwanda, Suella and the Supreme Court: The fallout

The government's Rwanda plan, devised to tackle illegal migration, has been ruled unlawful by the Supreme Court, ending more than 18 months of legal battles in the UK. The prime minister has said he will introduce emergency legislation to make sure his Rwanda plan will work, and said "flights will be heading off in the spring as planned". On this episode of the Sky News Daily, Jayne Secker sits in for Niall. She’s joined by political editor Beth Rigby to unpick the fallout. Plus, Nicolas Rollason, the head of business immigration at Kingsley Napley, digs into the legal aspects of the case, and Madeleine Sumption, director of the Migration Observatory, joins Jayne to discuss the policy implications. Producer: Sydney Pead Promotions Producer: David Chipakupaku Editor: Paul Stanworth


16 housing ministers in 13 years - has it stopped the job getting done?

There have been 16 housing ministers in the last 13 years of Conservative rule – seven of those in the last two years alone. With Lee Rowley taking over the housing brief after the prime minister’s latest reshuffle, on the Sky News Daily we’ll be exploring why there has been so many, and if any of them managed to make a difference to the housing crisis. Presenter Sally Lockwood is joined by Gurpreet Narwan, our political correspondent, on why there has been so much churn. Plus, Sally speaks to Lord Gavin Barwell, who was housing minister for a year under Theresa May, and Polly Neate, CEO of housing charity Shelter explains the challenges facing renters. Sky News Daily contacted the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities for a response to this episode. A spokesperson said: "We recently laid out an ambitious long-term plan for housing that includes speeding up the planning system, cutting bureaucracy, and reducing delays to ensure we deliver the homes that local communities want and need. "We are already on track to deliver one million homes this Parliament, and we have announced £10 billion investment to deliver more of the right homes in the right places without concreting over the countryside. "Our Renters Reform Bill will deliver a fairer private rented sector, abolishing Section 21 'no fault' evictions so that all tenants have greater security in their homes and are empowered to challenge poor practice without worrying about retaliatory eviction." Producer: Alex Edden Promotions Producer: David Chipakupaku Editors: Wendy Parker and Paul Stanworth


Rishi Sunak and David Cameron: Inspiration or desperation?

David Cameron is back in government as the new Foreign Secretary. Whilst many commentators had predicted that Suella Braverman would be sacked as Home Secretary, none predicted that the former Prime Minister would be walking down Downing Street into a new job and a place in the House of Lords. On this episode of the Sky News Daily, Sally Lockwood looks over Rishi Sunak’s reshuffle with political editor Beth Rigby. She’s also joined by former Tory MP, and cabinet minister during Mr Cameron's government, Anna Soubry, and deputy editor of Conservative Home, Henry Hill – to analyse if Mr Sunak has laid the foundations for his best chance at election victory – or is looking like a leader who might be out of ideas. Producers: Emma Rae Woodhouse, Soila Apparicio Interviews Producer: Melissa Tutesegensi Promotions Producer: David Chipakupaku Editors: Wendy Parker, Paul Stanworth


‘I always felt unsafe’: The alleged abuse at top drama schools

Sky News has spoken to more than 50 people who say they have witnessed or been on the receiving end of sexual misconduct and harassment within leading drama schools across the UK. Students have described their training as being "indoctrinated into this cult-like bubble, and the expectation was to say yes to everything". On the Sky News Daily, Niall Paterson is joined by correspondent Ashna Hurynag, who has been investigating these allegations. She shares more about her reporting, plus intimacy coordinator Robbie Taylor Hunt describes how to properly teach consent and intimacy in acting. This podcast contains descriptions of sexual misconduct and harassment. Podcast producer: Soila Apparicio Additional reporting: Luke Engelen Editor: Wendy Parker