Episodes

  • Today, we look at how a BBC report could lead to a change in the law around paedophiles' access to their own children.

    Adam is joined by Sanchia Berg, the BBC reporter who covered the story of a mother who paid £30,000 in legal fees to remove her ex-husband's parental rights to their daughter after he was convicted for child sexual abuse.

    Labour MP Harriet Harman is also in the studio to talk about how it prompted her to introduce a law change after hearing Sanchia’s report in November last year.

    And Lucy Reed KC, barrister and chair of The Transparency Project, shares her view from the family courts - as well as the difficulties for journalists to cover family justice proceedings.

    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 Chris Flynn with Sam McLaren. The technical producers were Michael Regaard and Dafydd Evans. The editor is Sam Bonham.

  • Today, we look at the reaction to the Newscast interview with Former Prime Minister Liz Truss, and the commons vote to ban anyone born after 2009 from buying cigarettes.

    After yesterday’s interview with Liz Truss, we put your questions to Chris Mason, and get his reaction to what the former Prime Minister said.

    And MPs have voted to ban the sale of tobacco products to people born after 2009. A number of leading Tories opposed the bill, including Liz Truss and Kemi Badenoch, but with Labour’s support it made it through the Commons. James and Chris speak to Wes Streeting, Shadow Secretary of State for Health. 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 and Chris Mason. It was made by Jack Maclaren with Miranda Slade and Sam McLaren. The technical producer was Daffyd Evans. The senior news editor is Sam Bonham.

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  • Today, the 49-day Prime Minister Liz Truss sits down for an extended chat with Chris Mason.

    Truss speaks to Chris about how she looks back on her time in Downing Street, why she wouldn’t call her experience ‘humiliating’ and the institutions she blames for their part in her downfall.

    She shares her fears for the West, as well as her support for Donald Trump and… her favourite Taylor Swift song. 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 Chris Mason. It was made by Jack Maclaren with Miranda Slade, Joe Wilkinson and Sam Mclaren. The technical producer was Hannah Montgomery. The assistant editor is Chris Gray. The senior news editor is Sam Bonham.

  • Today, we look at what might happen next after Iran attacked Israel overnight.

    More than 300 drones and missiles were fired but nearly all were shot down, according to Israel.

    Iran says it was retaliation for a strike on its consulate in Syria two weeks ago which killed seven of its officers.

    BBC international editor Jeremy Bowen is in the studio to take Laura and Paddy through what we know, the context, and what could come next.

    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 Chris Flynn with Cordelia Hemming. The technical producer was Hannah Montgomery. The assistant editor is Chris Gray. The editor is Sam Bonham.

  • Today, we look at new revelations about the former PM’s 49 days in office.

    Details from her soon-to-be-released book Ten Years to Save the West include her thoughts of "why me, why now?" when she was told that Queen Elizabeth II had died.

    Comedian and Liz Truss impressionist Nerine Skinner brings the words to life.

    Laura and Paddy also discuss Labour’s strategy around allegations that the party’s deputy leader Angela Rayner broke electoral law. She denies any wrongdoing.

    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 Chris Flynn with Cordelia Hemming. The technical producer was Hannah Montgomery. The assistant editor is Chris Gray. The editor is Sam Bonham.

  • Today, we look at the police launching an investigation into Angela Rayner over the accusation she broke electoral law.

    The deputy leader of the Labour Party is accused of giving false information about her main residence in a row about who lived in her former council house. In a statement, she said she was "completely confident I've followed the rules at all times". Newsnight political editor Nick Watt joins Adam to discuss.

    And after a week where we have heard from some former Post Office bosses. News and special projects reporter for The Times Tom Witherow brings us up to date on what’s been happening. Plus we hear from a former sub-postmistress, Seema Misra, after she gets a personal apology from a former managing director of the Post Office.

    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 Sam Bonham.

  • Today, we look at President Joe Biden’s warning that Iran is threatening to launch a “significant attack” on Israel.

    Tensions have risen following what is believed to be an Israeli attack on an embassy in Syria, which killed senior Iranians. America has promised “ironclad” support for Israel. Will this be enough to deter the Iranian leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, or are we about to see the US enter into another conflict in the Middle East?

    Adam is joined by chief international correspondent, Lyse Doucett, and Dr Kenneth Katzman, a former Iran expert for the US Congress and Senior Fellow at the Soufan Centre.

    Plus, close advisers to former Labour Prime Minister Harold Wilson have revealed that the PM had an affair with his deputy press secretary during his time in No 10. Why has this come to light now? And why is it significant? Adam speaks to Patrick Maguire, the journalist who broke the story for The Times. 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 and Sam McLaren. The technical producer was Emma Crowe and Mike Regaard. The assistant editor is Chris Gray. The senior news editor is Sam Bonham.

  • Today, we look at the Cass Review: a report by paediatrician Dr Hilary Cass which found that children had been let down by “remarkably weak” evidence on medical interventions in gender care.

    Adam is joined by Health Editor Hugh Pym, and together they talk to Dr Cass in more detail about her review, her recommendations for the future of gender care and the response to today’s publication. 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 Miranda Slade with Gemma Roper and Sam McLaren. The assistant editor is Chris Gray. The technical producer was Jonny Hall. The senior news editor is Sam Bonham.

  • Today, we look at Lord Cameron’s trip to the US - including his meeting with Donald Trump in Mar-a-Lago.

    Adam is joined by Lord Kim Darroch, Former British Ambassador to the United States, to discuss what Lord Cameron is up to in the US and how he’s getting on as Foreign Secretary.

    And, research finds only 3 in 10 working age autistic people are in employment, when the vast majority want to be in work. Adam is joined by, author of a recent government review on autism and employment, Sir Robert Buckland MP and Dr Sarah Lister, Clinical Director for the National Autistic Society. 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, Joe Wilkinson and Miranda Slade. The technical producer was Michael Regaard. The assistant editor is Chris Gray. The editor is Sam Bonham.

  • Today, we look at the phishing plot targeting people who work in and around Westminster. Journalists, including Newscast’s own Henry Zeffman, and MPs have received flirtatious messages and explicit pictures from unfamiliar WhatsApp profiles. No one yet knows who are behind the WhatsApp accounts - or how they are choosing who to target.

    Henry speaks to Adam about his experience of receiving suggestive messages from the unknown WhatsAppers. And Dr Luke Evans, Conservative MP for Bosworth, talks about his experience of being sent unsolicited explicit images, and why he’s chosen to speak out after reporting the WhatsApp communications to the police.

    Henry Zeffman has written more about his experience here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-68761113 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 Miranda Slade and Joe Wilkinson. The technical producer was Michael Regaard. The assistant editor is Chris Gray. The editor is Sam Bonham.

  • Today, six months after the Hamas attacks on Israel, we look at the obstacles to peace in the region.

    International editor Jeremy Bowen joins Laura and Paddy, and tells them about visiting the homes of people caught up in the attacks, as well as warnings of famine in Gaza.

    He also gives his view on the response from the international community after Laura questioned the Deputy PM this morning on whether Israel is acting in accordance with the law.

    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. The technical producer was Hannah Montgomery. The assistant editor is Chris Gray. The editor is Sam Bonham.

  • Today, we look at an intervention from the ex-PM over UK arms sales to Israel.

    Boris Johnson has said it’s "shameful" to call for the UK to stop sending weapons, and called out Foreign Secretary David Cameron for not being more outspoken on the subject.

    And, Laura’s been talking to the outgoing head of Nato, Jens Stoltenberg, who's said the West is facing an "alliance of authoritarian powers".

    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. The technical producer was Hannah Montgomery. The assistant editor is Chris Gray. The editor is Sam Bonham.

  • Today, we look at why it has been raining in England and Wales so much recently - and how UK infrastructure copes during unusually wet periods.

    Why is this happening? What effect does heavy rainfall have on our industries and environment? And how can we adapt buildings and transport to better suit the UK’s changing climate?

    Adam is joined by Countryfile and Farming Today presenter, Charlotte Smith, BBC weather presenter, Simon King and Chief Executive at the UK Green Building Council, Smith Mordak.

    And Chris Packham tells us how animals are getting on in this wet weather. 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 Miranda Slade with Gemma Roper and Joe Wilkinson. The technical producer was Michael Regaard. The assistant editor is Chris Gray. The editor is Sam Bonham.

  • Today, we look at a new report which says the NHS cannot meet “avalanche” of demand for autism and ADHD services.

    Why has there been a five-fold rise in people waiting to see an autism specialist? Why has there been a 51% increase in prescriptions for ADHD medication? Adam is joined by Access All presenter, Emma Tracey, Chief Executive of the Nuffield Trust, Thea Stein and autistic and ADHD creator, writer and consultant, Ellie Middleton.

    And US President Joe Biden tells Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that US support for Israel depends on 'steps to address civilian harm and suffering' after seven aid workers were killed in Gaza. But what more pressure are the US and UK willing, and able, to put on Israel? BBC US special correspondent, Katty Kay and diplomatic correspondent, James Landale, bring us up to date. 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 and Joe Wilkinson. The technical producer was Michael Regaard. The assistant editor is Chris Gray. The senior news editor is Sam Bonham.

  • Today, foreign ministers are gathering at NATO HQ in Brussels to mark 75 years of the military alliance and discuss how the member states will continue to support Ukraine and deter Russia.

    James Cook is joined by the Polish Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski to discuss efforts to support Ukraine, whether NATO members need to step up their spending and what he thinks about a potential return of President Trump.

    And BBC diplomatic correspondent James Landale and head of foreign policy at Policy Exchange Sophia Gaston discuss the global challenges facing NATO, as well as its role in ending the conflict in Ukraine.

    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 Miranda Slade with Gemma Roper, Joe Wilkinson and Hanna Ward. The technical producer was Michael Regaard. The assistant editor is Chris Gray. The senior news editor is Sam Bonham.

  • Today, we look at the new hate crime law in Scotland and the killing of three British aid workers in Gaza.

    Police Scotland say that comments made on X by JK Rowling about Scotland’s new hate crime law are not being treated as criminal. The author described several transgender women as men in a challenge to the new crime of "stirring up hatred" against protected characteristics such as transgender identity. But what does the new law actually mean?

    James Cook is joined by political correspondent, David Wallace Lockhart, senior lecturer in law, Dr Andrew Tickell and Susan Smith from For Women Scotland.

    And three British aid workers have been killed in Israeli strikes in Gaza. Foreign secretary, David Cameron has called for Israel to explain how this happened. The BBC’s Middle East correspondent, Lucy Williamson tells us what we know so far about the strikes. 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 Gemma Roper and Joe Wilkinson. The technical producers were Ricardo McCarthy and Mike Regaard. The assistant editor is Chris Gray. The senior news editor is Sam Bonham.

  • Today, four of the BBC’s top political brains preview the local elections coming up on May 2.

    Adam and Chris are joined by Alex Forsyth and Henry Zeffman to chat about what they will be looking out for in the lead-up to the local elections, how the results could shape the political landscape for the general election and nerd out about a weekend of “rolling psephological fun”.

    Newscast brings you daily analysis of the latest political news stories from the BBC. It was presented by Adam Fleming. It was made by Chris Gray with Miranda Slade. The assistant editor is Chris Gray. The senior news editor is Sam Bonham.

  • Today we look at the price of chocolate and why it has increased so much this year.

    Earlier this week the price of Cocoa hit $10000 per metric ton - the highest level ever. This is being felt in the price of Easter eggs, with some products going up in price by over 50%.

    Adam is joined by the BBC’s Faisal Islam alongside Professor Elizabeth Robinson, Director of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and the Associate Director for Responsible Business at the Fairtrade Foundation, Anna Mann to explore what’s behind these price increases and what they tell us about the climate crisis and food security,

    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 Chris Gray with Gemma Roper and Joe Wilkinson. The technical producer was Frank McWeeny. The assistant editor is Chris Gray. The senior news editor is Sam Bonham

  • Today we look at the increase in sewage spills into England’s waterways and how the Competition and Markets Authority is trying to prevent ‘greenwashing’ by fashion companies.

    Adam is joined by BBC climate reporter Esme Stallard to help explore these two stories.

    BBC Panorama and Countryfile journalist Joe Crowley speaks to Adam and Esme about the amount of sewage in Britain’s rivers and seas. And BBC Newsbeat’s Pria Rai, explains why fashion companies are promising to change the way they present the environmental impact of their clothes.

    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 Chris Flynn with Miranda Slade and Gemma Roper. The technical producer was Hannah Montgomery. The assistant editor is Chris Gray. The senior news editor is Sam Bonham.

  • Today, Adam discusses the news that 3.8 million smart meters in Great Britain are not working properly.

    BBC Breakfast Business presenter Nina Warhurst and CEO of Energy UK Emma Pinchbeck join Adam to talk about the customers who’ve received wrong readings, how suppliers should respond and how far the UK’s energy infrastructure is from being truly ‘smart’.

    And International Editor Jeremy Bowen is in Jerusalem and speaks to Adam about diplomatic relations between the US and Israel, following the US abstaining from the UN Security Council ceasefire vote, and how this will affect Qatari negotiations between Israel and Hamas.

    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 Miranda Slade with Gemma Roper and Joe Wilkinson. The technical producer was Sam Dickinson. The assistant editor is Chris Gray. The senior news editor is Sam Bonham.