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The Coronavirus Newscast

The Coronavirus Newscast

With Adam Fleming, Laura Kuenssberg, Fergus Walsh and Chris Mason.

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Sunak?s summer statement

Chancellor Rishi Sunak outlined the government?s plan for rebuilding the economy today. But will it be enough? Adam and Laura are joined by the economist Stephanie Flanders. And we speak to the chief executives of Burger King and the house-building company Taylor Wimpey about what they think of the announcements. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Frankie Tobi, Natalie Ktena, Ben Weisz Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
2020-07-08
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Huawei explained

Vicki Young and Frank Gardner join Adam to discuss the Chinese technology firm, Huawei. Who are they and why is everyone talking about them? And also Lizo Mzimba explains what it is like in a socially distanced courtroom watching the start of Johnny Depp?s libel action. Producers: Ben Weisz, Frankie Tobi, Jo Deahl Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos Studio Director: Emma Crowe
2020-07-07
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Trimdependence Day

Will the government's emergency arts funding save live music? And how super was "Super Saturday" for the hospitality industry? In other news, Chris Mason, gets a trim! Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Harriet Noble, Frankie Tobi and Jo Deahl Editor: Dino Sofos
2020-07-06
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Saturday

Boris Johnson warns the nation to be responsible when pubs reopen this Saturday, but Radio 1?s Arielle Free tells us why she won?t be one of those going to her local this weekend. We explain the changes in quarantine rules for people arriving back in England after travelling abroad and what that could mean for holidays. And James Gallagher explains some of the context behind new care home death statistics. Studio Director: Tom Burchell Producers: Harriet Noble, Seren Jones and Natalie Ktena Output Editor: Frankie Tobi Assistant Editor: Emma Close Editor: Dino Sofos
2020-07-03
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last minute dot com

As the UK government delays its announcement on 'travel corridors', we speak to the boss of lastminute.com. He's not happy. And neither is the headteacher of St Bede?s R C Comprehensive School in County Durham, who will have to bring all her pupils back in September. Producers: Ben Weisz, Natalie Ktena Editor: Dino Sofos
2020-07-02
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Meet the Disease Detective

What data do Local Councils use to help stop a coronavirus outbreak? And (more importantly) what information do they need? Adam and Laura are joined by "Disease Detective" Professor Kate Adern, who is Wigan Council?s Director of Public Health. Producers: Frankie Tobi, Natalie Ktena Studio Director: Emma Crowe Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
2020-07-01
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Corona on the Brain

Laura, Chris and Adam pick through the prime minister?s ?Build, Build, Build? speech with former communities secretary, Lord Pickles. And how does Covid-19 affect the brain? Fergus brings us up to speed on what we know six months on. Producers: Frankie Tobi, Jo Deahl, Natalie Ktena Studio Manager: Emma Crowe Assistant Editor: Emma Close Editor: Dino Sofos
2020-06-30
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Getting married in a pandemic

Adam is joined by the Reverend Martin Poole to discuss the government?s latest guidelines on how to have a wedding. And why is Boris Johnson comparing himself to Franklin D Roosevelt? Producers: Harriet Noble, Jo Deahl, Natalie Ktena Studio Director: Emma Crowe Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
2020-06-29
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Annie Mac

DJ and Radio 1 broadcaster Annie Mac joins Adam to talk rave culture and Glastonbury Festival. And Fergus brings us up to date on the race for a vaccine. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Natalie Ktena, Ben Weisz, Harriet Noble Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
2020-06-26
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Dame Judi Dench and David Tennant

Dame Judi Dench and David Tennant share their thoughts on the future of the theatre industry and give their verdicts on the drama of the daily coronavirus briefings. And Sir Keir Starmer makes his first shadow cabinet sacking. Studio director: William Allott Producers: Natalie Ktena and Nick Rotherham Editor: Dino Sofos
2020-06-25
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Dame Louise Casey on Homelessness

Thousands of homeless people were moved into hotels at the start of the pandemic. Today the government announced £105 million for councils to help rough sleepers stay off the streets as lockdown eases and those hotels reopen for business. Homelessness ?Czar? Dame Louise Casey tells us how this policy worked and the lessons we could learn from it. And, what will pubs really be like when they reopen in July? Studio director: Emma Crowe Producers: Ben Weiz, Natalie Ktena and Harriet Noble Assistant editors: Emma Close and Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
2020-06-24
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The 39 steps

Pubs, restaurants and hairdressers... Adam is joined by Laura, Fergus and Chris to discuss the easing of the social distancing rules from 4th July in England. Producers: Harriet Noble, Ben Weisz, Natalie Ktena Studio Director: Emma Crowe Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
2020-06-23
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Evan Davis

The PM and Dragon?s Den presenter, Evan Davis, takes the temperature of the coronavirus economy. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Natalie Ktena and Harriet Noble Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
2020-06-22
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Henry Holland: what's happened to fashion?

Adam is joined by the British fashion designer Henry Holland and writer Aja Barber to discuss how the industry has changed during the pandemic. Producers: Frankie Tobi, Harriet Noble, Natalie Ktena Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos Studio Director: Emma Crowe
2020-06-19
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Levelling Down

Three is the magic number... Adam and James discuss the news that the UK's Covid-19 alert level has been reduced from four to three, which means there could be a "gradual relaxation of restrictions". Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producer: Harriet Noble Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
2020-06-19
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Andrew Neil and David Ginola

The French President Emmanuel Macron visits the UK today, to mark 80 years since Charles de Gaulle?s famous wartime broadcast. We get football legend David Ginola to read it to us. And, Andrew Neil moonlights as our French correspondent to tell us how Macron has handled the Coronavirus crisis. Also, Carol Vorderman tells us her concerns about the growing divide between children not attending school. And gives us an impromptu maths lesson. Producers: Frankie Tobi, Ben Weisz, Harriet Noble, Lucy Boast and James Mallet. Editor: Dino Sofos
2020-06-18
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Back to Wuhan

Adam chats to our China correspondent, John Sudworth, who?s just returned from Wuhan. We?re also joined by friend of the podcast, Professor Clare Wenham, to talk about social distancing in Panama, where men and women are allowed out on different days! Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Sam Bonham, Kathy Long and Natalie Ktena Editor: Dino Sofos
2020-06-17
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A Rashford decision

Laura and Chris join Adam to discuss the government?s free school meal voucher U-turn. And Fergus has the latest on a ?cheap as chips? drug that can help save the lives of seriously ill coronavirus patients. Producers: Frankie Tobi, Nat Ktena, Georgia Coan Assistant Editors: Sam Bonham and Emma Close Studio Director: Emma Crowe
2020-06-16
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Back to the Binders

Brexitcast is back! Adam, Laura, Chris and Dr Adler are back to chat through all the latest Brexit shenanigans. And with more people on the move, we hear how regions are trying to prepare for a more localised lockdown in future. Producers: Frankie Tobi, Jo Deahl, Nat Ktena, Georgia Coan Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
2020-06-15
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Defunding the police

What does it mean and what could it look like? Adam Fleming and Emily Maitlis get views from the US and UK. Producers: Frankie Tobi, Harriet Noble, Nat Ktena Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Studio Director: Tom Burchell
2020-06-12
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Gok Wan Styles Chris Mason

Shops will be able to reopen in England from Monday. But how different will our high streets look with social distancing measures in place? Adam, Laura, Chris and Fergus hear from the stylist and retail expert Gok Wan, and the head of Waterstones James Daunt on how we?ll adapt. Of course, we also get Gok?s verdict on Chris Mason's 'look'. And the comedian Munya Chawawa tells us where he draws the line when it comes to comedy. PRODUCERS: Frankie Tobi, Seren Jones, Harriet Noble, Ben Weisz Studio Director: Andy Mills Editor: Dino Sofos
2020-06-11
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Where to Wee

?Professor Lockdown?, makes a return to the fray to tell MPs that locking down sooner would have saved a lot of lives. And the prime minister has good news for people living on their own. Producers: Harriet Noble, Frankie Tobi, Georgia Coan and Natalie Ktena. Assistant Editor: Emma Close Editor: Dino Sofos Studio Director: Emma Crowe
2020-06-10
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Rhodes Rage

What are the aims of Black Lives Matter UK? Adam Elliott-Cooper, an activist with Black Lives Matter UK, speaks to Adam and Laura about where the movement goes next. Producers: Frankie Tobi, Jo Deahl, Nat Ktena, Georgia Coan Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Studio Director: Emma Crowe
2020-06-09
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Statues and Liberty

Should we pull down the statues of people with problematic pasts? Adam, Laura, Chris and Fergus speak to 1Xtra's DJ Ace and human rights activist, Sir Geoff Palmer. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producer: Harriet Noble, Jo Deahl, Natalie Ktena and Georgia Coan Editor: Dino Sofos
2020-06-08
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Americast: Protests and the President

On the night of the memorial service for George Floyd, Emily, Jon and Anthony are back to discuss the implications for America and the presidential race. Producers: Harriet Noble, Morgan Gisholt Minard, Nathalie Ktena and Seren Jones Assistant Editor: Emma Close Studio Director: Emma Crowe Editor: Dino Sofos
2020-06-05
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Wallet, keys, face mask

Do you use public transport? From the 15th June, all people travelling in England will be made to wear face coverings. Adam, Chris and Vicki ask why the government has announced this now. And we discuss the latest Madeleine McCann developments with Jim Gamble who investigated the case. Producers: Frankie Tobi, Ben Weisz Editor: Dino Sofos
2020-06-04
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New Madeleine McCann suspect

Police are appealing for more information about a German prisoner they?ve identified as a suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. The government sets out the quarantine rules for those entering the UK, and we hear from the UK Black Lives Matter protest in London. (Credit:John Boyega audio thanks to @HoxtonWestAid / @NaomiJasmin) Producers: Harriet Noble, Frankie Tobi, Georgia Coan and Natalie Ktena Assistant Editor: Emma Close Studio Manager: Emma Crowe Editor: Dino Sofos
2020-06-03
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Blackout Tuesday

People from ethnic minorities are at a higher risk of dying from coronavirus, a report by Public Health England says. And Adam is joined by Jon Sopel, BBC North America Editor, to talk about Trump?s response to the crisis in America. Producers: Nat Ktena, Harriet Noble, Georgia Coan, Jo Deahl Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Output Editor: Frankie Tobi Studio Director: Emma Crowe
2020-06-02
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(Some) Schools Back For Summer

Some kids went back to school today in England. How is it working? Adam talks to pupils and a headteacher about their first day back. In non-coronavirus related news, Adam talks to Eugene Scott from the Washington Post about the protests in the United States sparked by the death of George Floyd, who suffered a cardiac arrest while being restrained by Minneapolis police. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Harriet Noble, Frankie Tobi, Natalie Ktena, Jo Deahl, Georgia Coan Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
2020-06-02
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The great outdoors

Nina Nesbitt and Kelly Cates join Adam to talk about getting back outdoors. And Newscasters do their best David Attenborough impressions. Studio Director: Emma Crowe Producers: Harriet Noble, Seren Jones, Ben Weisz Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham
2020-05-29
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The Joy of Six

The government has confirmed its five tests are being met, and the next phase in reopening society will begin on Monday. As part of this, groups of up to six people will be able to meet outdoors while maintaining social distance. Also on the podcast, Dr Adler joins us for an update on Brexit, and we hear from a charity shop volunteer on how we can donate the stuff from our lockdown spring clean responsibly. Producers: Frankie Tobi, Natalie Ktena, Harriet Noble, Ben Weisz Assistant Editor: Emma Close Editor: Dino Sofos
2020-05-28
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Testing (and tracing) times

Boris Johnson faces challenging questions from MPs and the government announces a test and trace system in England. Also Adam hears a romantic tale from a couple separated by coronavirus and the high seas. Producers: Seren Jones, Nat Ktena, Frankie Tobi, Harriet Noble Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham
2020-05-27
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Is this the way to Barnard Castle?

As a government minister resigns and more Conservative MPs speak out over the prime minister?s top adviser Dominic Cummings, will Boris Johnson carry on standing by his man? We hear from Rev. Martin Poole, whose question over family lockdown fines seemed like it might prompt the government to look again at the issue. And what are immunity passports? The founder of Transferwise and first Skype employee Taavet Hinrikus tells us about his next venture - an app he hopes will let those who have tested positive for Coronavirus antibodies have more freedom. Producers: Frankie Tobi, Natalie Ktena, Seren Jones Studio Director: Emma Crowe Assistant Editor: Emma Close
2020-05-26
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Cummings Up Roses?

Adam, Laura, Fergus and Chris discuss Dominic Cummings?s rose garden moment in Downing Street. Did he do enough to deal with the criticism? Plus, good news for shops (and shoppers?) Producer: Ben Weisz Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos Studio Director: Emma Crowe
2020-05-25
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The Special One

The PM backs Dominic Cummings but this is far from over? Laura, Adam and Fergus discuss the fallout from the row about whether Boris Johnson?s key adviser broke the lockdown rules. Studio Director: Emma Crowe? Producer: Nick Rotherham Editor: Dino Sofos
2020-05-24
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Bastille on the future of the music industry

When can we go to gigs again? How are bands recording new music in lockdown? Can emerging artists get signed through their livestreams? Adam is joined by Dan Smith from Bastille, Beverley Whitrick of the Music Venues Trust, and Will Grant from Domino Records to look at how the coronavirus pandemic is changing the music industry. Producers: Natalie Ktena, Frankie Tobi, Georgia Coan, Seren Jones Studio Director: Weidong Lin Editor: Dino Sofos
2020-05-22
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Inside Sage

Key Sage member Professor Sir Ian Boyd takes your questions. Should the Government have placed the country in lockdown earlier? Sir Ian thinks they should have. He also talks us through how the influential group advises government, and answers your questions. And how is Facebook handling misinformation during the pandemic? Mark Zuckerberg has been speaking to the BBC?s Simon Jack. Producers: Frankie Tobi, Harriet Noble, Georgia Coan Studio Director: William Allott Editor: Dino Sofos
2020-05-21
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Did Andy Gill have coronavirus?

The author Catherine Mayer is investigating whether her late husband and Gang of Four founder, Andy Gill, contracted coronavirus on tour in China last year. She spoke to Adam, Laura and Professor Tom Solomon. Producer: Harriet Noble Studio Manager: Emma Crowe Editor: Dino Sofos
2020-05-20
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Quarantina Fey

The chancellor says we?re facing ?a severe recession, the likes of which we haven?t seen?, and today saw some bleak numbers on jobs and benefits. We talk to two people whose careers have been badly affected by the pandemic, including a drag queen who has become a security guard! Producers: Harriet Noble, Frankie Tobi, Natalie Ktena and Georgia Coan. Studio manager: Emma Crowe Editor: Dino Sofos
2020-05-19
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Greece for the holidays?

The Greek minister for tourism talks to Chris, Laura and Fergus about the ways the country is planning on welcoming tourists this summer. Is it possible to socially distance on the beach? Producers: Georgia Coan, Nat Ktena, Harriet Noble Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
2020-05-18
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Kermode, Mayo and Chris Addison

Will coronavirus permanently change the film industry? And when can we go to the cinema again? In this blockbuster episode, Simon Mayo, Mark Kermode, and actor and director, Chris Addison, join us to talk movies. And 'Brexitcast Strikes Back'! Dr Katya Adler is back for a Brexit update. Studio Manager: Emma Crowe Producers: Harriet Noble, Frankie Tobi and Natalie Ktena Assistant Editor: Emma Close Editor: Dino Sofos
2020-05-15
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Sophie Ellis-Bextor's Kitchen Disco!

How many people in the UK have had coronavirus? Adam, Laura, Chris and Fergus chat everything we do and don?t know about antibody tests, immunity, and the rate of infection with Professor Tom Solomon from The University of Liverpool. And as the UK looks to expand on its ?Test Track and Trace? policy, we hear about the Seoul club night that sparked a search for 32,000 people. Also on the programme, the singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor tells us about the home discos she?s been hosting every Friday night, live from her kitchen. Producers: Frankie Tobi, Harriet Noble, Seren Jones, Natalie Ktena Editor: Dino Sofos
2020-05-14
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Caring for care homes

Why has coronavirus hit care homes so hard? Adam, Laura and Fergus talk through the issues affecting care homes. The government?s strategy, the lack of personal protective equipment and the high numbers of coronavirus deaths. Producers: Nick Rotherham, Frankie Tobi, Seren Jones Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
2020-05-13
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Furlough For How Long?

The Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced today that the government?s furlough support scheme that pays the wages of workers on leave due to coronavirus would be extended across all sectors until October. But, with employers being asked to contribute to the scheme from August onwards, questions remain. We hear Laura?s interview with the Chancellor, and ask how businesses that have no current date in sight of reopening will be able to pay. Also on the programme, Emma Vardy talks us through Northern Ireland?s five-step plan to ease the lockdown. And, the Game of Thrones actor Michael Condron tells us about his new role as a supermarket delivery driver. Producers: Frankie Tobi, Harriet Noble, Natalie Ktena Assistant Editor: Emma Close Editor: Dino Sofos Studio Manager: Tom Burchell
2020-05-12
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More questions than answers?

Do I need to wear a face mask? When can I get the childminder back? Can I move into my new student house? Laura, Adam, Chris and Fergus try their best to answer your questions about the new lockdown measures. Sounds Engineer: Simon Nunn Producers: Harriet Noble, Nick Rotherham and Natalie Ktena Editor: Dino Sofos
2020-05-12
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Ifs and Buts...

Long: The PM unveils his ?conditional plan? to reopen society. People who can?t work from home should return to work and a new Covid Alert System will decide how lockdown restrictions will be eased in future. But there were a lot of ?ifs? and ?buts? in Boris Johnson?s speech. Adam, Laura, Chris and Fergus explain what we learnt and what we still don?t know. Sound Engineer: William Allott Producer: Frankie Tobi Editor: Dino Sofos
2020-05-10
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Brian May and Gavin Barwell

The Queen guitarist tells us bands need to "rethink" whether touring and playing to large crowds is appropriate in a post-corona world. We're joined by Theresa May's former chief of staff, Lord Gavin Barwell, to discuss lifting lockdown. And Stephanie Flanders from Bloomberg tells us how worried we should be about the economy. Producers: Frankie Tobi, Harriet Noble, Natalie Ktena and Seren Jones Editor: Dino Sofos
2020-05-07
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When Can We Fly Again?

Is it realistic to start thinking about a summer holiday abroad? Even if the airports reopen, will it be safe to travel? John Holland-Kaye, the chief executive of London Heathrow Airport joins the pod to talk about temperature tests and travel plans. And the prime minister Boris Johnson faces Labour leader Sir Kier Starmer for the very first time at Prime Minister?s Questions. Producers: Jo Deahl, Nick Rotherham, Frankie Tobi, Harriet Noble and Seren Jones. Assistant Editor: Emma Close Editor Dino Sofos
2020-05-06
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?Professor Lockdown? Steps Down

Professor Neil Ferguson?s advice played a big part in the government imposed lockdown. But he?s now quit after the Daily Telegraph reported he allowed a woman to visit his home. Also, as Scotland considers introducing social bubbles, the stars of the TikTok house tell us what it?s like to live in one. And football legend, John Barnes and Radio 1 legend, Chris Stark, on when the football season should return. Sound Engineer: Emma Crowe Producers: Harriet Noble, Nick Rotheram, Ben Weisz and Natalie Ktena Editor: Dino Sofos
2020-05-05
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Test, track and trace

How will government?s new test, track and trace strategy work? BBC Technology Correspondent, Rory Cellen-Jones, joins Adam, Laura and co to talk about the new NHS mobile app trial, the ins and outs of manual contract-tracing and the wonder that is the Isle of Wight. Producers: Nick Rotherham, Jo Deahl, Ben Weisz, Natalie Ktena Assistant Editor: Sam Bonham Editor: Dino Sofos
2020-05-04
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