The News Agents

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  • 37 minutes
    Is Netanyahu heading to The Hague for war crimes?

    The International Criminal Court is seeking arrest warrants for Israel's Prime Minister and Defence minister and three Hamas leaders - accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

    The Israeli cabinet has already hit back - calling it 'moral blindness'. But this means the country's leaders could face arrest in over 120 countries (the signatories to the ICC) if they travel abroad.

    Why has the prosecutor sought the warrants now - and what impact could this have on the war in Gaza and on Israel's relationships with the international community? Could Netanyahu really end up in the Hague?

    Later, as the infected blood scandal finally acnkowledges decades of failure and cover up we ask why these slow burn scandals that wreck so many lives are such a familiar story in the UK.

    And we talk to Omid Djalili about the death of Iran's PM in a helicopter crash.

    Editor: Tom Hughes

    Producer: Laura FitzPatrick

    Social Media Editor: Georgia Foxwell

    Video Production: Shane Fennelly& Arvind Badewal

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    20 May 2024, 3:26 pm
  • 48 minutes 43 seconds
    SPECIAL REPORT: Is Putin coming for Georgia?

    We are on the ground in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, where Europe and Asia meet. For weeks hundreds of thousands of (overwhelmingly) Gen Zs have taken to the streets to protest against their government. The gates of Parliament have been stormed, tear gas repeatedly deployed, protesters beaten up and with even a fist fight among MPs thrown in.

    The clash has centred on the governing Georgian Dream Party’s “Foreign Agent” law, which opponents fear will be a tool to suppress political opponents. But the divisions being exposed in Georgia are far more fundamental and go much beyond than that. At the beating heart of it all is the influence of Russia, Vladimir Putin and a question which haunts many of the Soviet successor states- are we the next Ukraine?

    Lewis reports from Georgia in this special extended episode, where he tells a tale of geopolitical intrigue, of misinformation and conspiracy, and of a generation yearning for a different future.

    Field Producer: Gabriel Radus

    Video Producer: Rory Symon

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    17 May 2024, 6:22 pm
  • 10 minutes 44 seconds
    Weekend Edition - The Sports Agents

    This week on The Sports Agents former England defender Rio Ferdinand joined us to discuss the stigma around mental health in football and whether teams are now better equipped to work with players who are struggling.

    We were also joined by Jadon Sancho's former youth coach and mentor Sayce Lewis-Holmes to find out more about the level of pressure on aspiring footballers today.

    Plus, with a huge final couple of days in the Premier League and WSL seasons this weekend, football writer Henry Winter talked us through a whole host of topics including the 115 charges for Manchester City over alleged breaches of financial fair play.

    New episodes every Tuesday and Thursday

    17 May 2024, 3:30 pm
  • 36 minutes 21 seconds
    Keir Starmer's 6 pledges - Blair, Blair, Blair or blah, blah, blah

    Keir Starmer has rolled up his sleeves, taken off his tie and headed to Essex to unveil his six first steps for government.

    Is Starmer looking for Blairite comparisons? Is there the same enthusiasm for change as there was in 1997? And what are the hard questions Labour still needs to answer, but won’t?

    Later we speak with Lewis in Tblisi ahead of another critical day of protests by those fighting the Russification of democracy in Georgia.

    And the big reveal today comes from Jon. Right at the end. Don’t miss it!

    Editor: Tom Hughes

    Producer: Laura FitzPatrick

    Field Producer: Gabriel Radus

    Social Media Editor: Georgia Foxwell

    Video Production: Shane Fennelly, Rory Symon & Arvind Badewal

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    Jon’s brand-new book, Strangeland: How Britain Stopped Making Sense, will be available on 26th September 2024. To pre-order a copy or buy a ticket to Jon’s tour, please click this link: lnk.to/StrangelandsBook.

    Unlock priority booking for Jon’s tour with the presale code NEWSPRIORITY. General sale booking opens at midday on 17th May.

    16 May 2024, 3:40 pm
  • 33 minutes 52 seconds
    Do we need to crack down on 'extreme' protest groups?

    In an exclusive early interview we speak to the Government's Independent Advisor on Political Violence.

    John Woodcock, a cross party peer, has spent the last four years putting together recommendations to make public life safer by cracking down on extreme protest.

    He'll present his findings to parliament next week. Why do we need this? And which groups is he talking about banning? Is this a clampdown on democratic norms or a necessary precaution to protect those in public life.

    Later, why are the Labour MPs making scary 'whooooooo' noises in Prime Minister's Questions? All will be revealed....

    Editor: Tom Hughes

    Producer: Laura FitzPatrick

    Social Media Editor: Georgia Foxwell

    Video Production: Shane Fennelly & Arvind Badewal

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    15 May 2024, 3:20 pm
  • 35 minutes 29 seconds
    The government minister who thinks the Tories are still winning

    We have a real live government Secretary of State with us in News Agents HQ today - David TC Davies insists the election still winnable for the Conservatives  - and says if you want to see what Labour would do in power, then look at the mess unfolding in Wales. Is he missing something or are we?

    Later, Peter Conradi - author of Who Lost Russia - takes us gently through all that is unfolding right now in Russia, Ukraine and Georgia, and why - despite the Western sanctions - it all speaks to a resurgent Putin.

    Editor: Tom Hughes

    Senior Producer: Gabriel Radus

    Producer: Laura FitzPatrick

    Social Media Editor: Georgia Foxwell

    Video Production: Shane Fennelly & Arvind Badewal

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    14 May 2024, 3:50 pm
  • 26 minutes 17 seconds
    Can Rishi scare people into voting Tory?

    If it had been a speech about defence, it might have made more sense. But Rishi Sunak had no new policy offerings in todays pronouncement - he warned of a scary future under Starmer - then started talking about football shirts, ozempic, civic duty, literacy, and optimism.

    It was, in essence, an electioneering speech - criticising labour for blaming the Tories for the last 14 years.

    Meanwhile his Common Sense Minister Esther McVey has gone to war on the office lanyard.

    Later, will former lawyer and indeed felon Michael Cohen make or break Trump when he appears in court this week?

    Editor: Tom Hughes

    Senior Producer: Gabriel Radus

    Producer: Laura FitzPatrick

    Social Media Editor: Georgia Foxwell

    Video Production: Shane Fennelly & Arvind Badewal

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    13 May 2024, 3:55 pm
  • 22 minutes 36 seconds
    SPECIAL REPORT: Could Net Zero destroy a whole community?

    Lewis Goodall hosts a special report from Port Talbot, South Wales, where thousands of jobs are about to be lost at Tata Steel.

    Port Talbot is Britain's last great steelworks, and a community has been built around it for generations. But Tata has announced 2,800 job losses across the UK as part of the closure of the site's blast furnaces and a transition to greener steelmaking.

    We visited the site and the town itself, to assess the impact it could have on an economy already battered by the de-industrialisation of the 1980s.

    Editor: Tom Hughes

    Field Producer: Rory Symon

    Senior Producer: Gabriel Radus

    Producer: Alex Barnett

    Social Media Editor: Georgia Foxwell

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

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    10 May 2024, 3:30 pm
  • 13 minutes 33 seconds
    Weekend Edition - The Sports Agents

    This week on The Sports Agents, Gabby & Mark took a closer look at a controversial new rule in cricket - the impact player in the IPL - and whether it's introduction became a threat to the fabric of the sport.

    The Telegraph's Nick Hoult joined us in the studio to discuss it's impact on the game and whether the current domestic schedule demands too much from players.

    And with the 'fight of the century' a week away between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk, just how big is the latest drug scandal to hit boxing?

    Two-weight world champion Carl Frampton and broadcaster Adam Catterall explore how sensation Ryan Garcia is making headlines.

    Catch up with full episodes for more on how much Declan Rice's West Ham depature impacted David Moyes and his final season at the club, and just how do Real Madrid always find a way in the Champions League?

    New episodes every Tuesday and Thursday.

    10 May 2024, 3:00 pm
  • 37 minutes 59 seconds
    Will Starmer now have to let Diane Abbott and Jeremy Corbyn back into the Labour Party?

    Did the Labour Party screw up in welcoming Natalie Elphicke into its party?

    One former frontbencher tells us Keir Stamer got this wrong.

    They're calling on him to now re-admit Dianne Abbott and Jeremy Corbyn into the Labour fold.

    Has Keir just made his life much harder in search of onesexy headline?

    Later, Is Biden about to stop arms sales to Israel - and why doesn't the Speaker of the House know about this?

    And what's happening to Israel's Eurovision entry. Can we remove politics from the cultural stage?

    Editor: Tom Hughes

    Senior Producer: Gabriel Radus

    Social Media Editor: Georgia Foxwell

    Video Production: 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 UK - https://www.hsbc.co.uk/

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    9 May 2024, 4:20 pm
  • 35 minutes 24 seconds
    Why has Labour welcomed a right wing Tory defector?

    Very little political news is truly jaw dropping. But this morning's was. Natalie Elphicke, on the Conservative right of the party, and MP for Dover, has defected to Labour.

    She crossed the floor before Prime Minister's Questions and was warmly welcomed by Keir Starmer. It was not so long ago that Rachel Reeves was telling Elphicke to "fuck off", after her comments about Marcus Rashford. And it was not so long ago Elphicke herself was defending her convicted sex offender husband as being the 'victim of dirty politics'. Is this really the new face of Labour?

    Later, why has Astra Zeneca pulled it's Covid vaccine from the shelf. Is this about legal woes? Or commercial ones? And where is this country now on vaccine hesitancy?

    Editor: Tom Hughes

    Senior Producer: Gabriel Radus

    Producer: Alex Barnett

    Social Media Editor: Georgia Foxwell

    Video Production: 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 UK - https://www.hsbc.co.uk/

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    8 May 2024, 3:15 pm
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