The Report

The Report

Uncovering the real stories behind the news. Simon Cox and fellow reporters delve beneath the headlines. The Report airs every Thursday evening at 8pm on Radio 4 for 38 weeks a year. The programme lasts 28 minutes.

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Recent episodes (10)

  • Virgin Galactic 27 Nov 14

    Thu, 27 Nov 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Medium The fatal explosion of a Virgin Galactic craft has highlighted the risks of space tourism. Lesley Curwen reports on whether it has consequences for Sir Richard Branson's brand too.

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  • Right to Buy 20 Nov 2014

    Thu, 20 Nov 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Right to Buy was one of the landmark successes of Margaret Thatcher's government, enabling over 2 million tenants to buy council homes at a discounted price. Since coming to power, David Cameron has reinvigorated the policy by introducing discounts of up to £102,700 off the price of a home. The Report asks what’s the impact of selling off yet more social housing in this way; investigates claims the policy is being abused; and reveals how one council has devised a scheme to opt out of Right to Buy altogether.

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  • Tesco: Trouble at the Top 13 Nov 14

    Thu, 13 Nov 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Tesco is under investigation by the Serious Fraud Office over an alleged black hole in its accounts. Simon Cox tells the story of Tesco's biggest crisis to date.

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  • Paramedics Under Pressure 09 Oct 2014

    Thu, 9 Oct 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    A rising number of paramedics are quitting ambulance services across the UK. Adrian Goldberg reveals how unprecedented levels of 999 calls combined with a growing culture of target-chasing has increased pressure on the remaining front-line staff, leading some services to look overseas for new recruits.

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  • Francis: The Pope's Calling 02 Oct 2014

    Thu, 2 Oct 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    As the leaders of the Catholic Church gather to debate teaching on the family, is Pope Francis really the "revolutionary" Pope that his admirers hope for and his critics fear?

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  • Stirling Decides 25 Sept 2014

    Thu, 25 Sep 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Sharmini Selvarajah spends the week in the run up to the vote on Scottish independence in Stirling following local people as they decided which way to cast their ballots.

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  • The Right to be Forgotten 18 Sept 2014

    Thu, 18 Sep 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Simon Cox asks why people want to have some results wiped from Google searches and if the new EU law is just the start of more privacy for EU citizens.

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  • Racism in Northern Ireland 11 Sep 14

    Thu, 11 Sep 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    In Belfast, racist crimes are being recorded more and more frequently. But who is behind them? Helen Grady investigates.

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  • Afghan Sikhs 04 Sep 14

    Thu, 4 Sep 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    After 35 Afghan Sikhs were found in a container at Tilbury docks, Melanie Abbott asks why they were so desperate to get to the UK, and meets the community they were to join.

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  • Publishing Wars 28 Aug 14

    Thu, 28 Aug 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Amazon, the online retailer, and large publishers are fighting over prices again. Adam Fleming reports on why this latest book war is so serious and who will be the winners and losers.

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