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Today in Focus

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Today in Focus
Presentation
Hosted byAnushka Asthana
Genre
  • Investigative journalism
LanguageEnglish
UpdatesDaily
Production
Audio formatPodcast (via streaming or downloadable MP3)
Publication
Original releaseNovember 1, 2018 – present
ProviderThe Guardian
WebsiteToday in Focus

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Today in Focus (TiF) is a daily news podcast hosted by Anushka Asthana launched on November 1, 2018 by the British daily newspaper The Guardian.[1][2]

Anushka Asthana[edit]

Anushka Asthana was appointed joint political editor at The Guardian in 2015. Previously she worked with Sky News as senior political correspondent where she covered the 2015 United Kingdom general election. At The Times, she worked as chief political correspondent and a columnist. At The Observer she was policy editor and deputy news editor. She won the Laurence Stern Fellowship in 2006 and worked at The Washington Post. Her major reports on politics and women were published by Mumsnet and Ipsos MORI.[3]

Episodes[edit]

The British Media Awards (BMA) said that some of TiF "highlights" include "A day of Brexit chaos; Why is Steve Bannon in Europe?" on November 22, 2018,[4] "Is this the end for the Sicilian Mafia?" on December 18, 2018,[5] "Venezuela crisis: can Maduro ride out Guaidó’s challenge?" on January 30, 2018,[6] "A day of Brexit chaos" on November 16, 2018.[7]

In their September 13, 2019 episode, entitled "A 2,000 km journey through the Amazon rainforest", guest Mexico City-based Tom Phillips talks with Asthana about his trip through Rondônia and Amazonas, Brazilian-states that were the most affected by the 2019 Amazon rainforest wildfires. He traveled over 2,000 km investigating the environmental impact of the policies of Brazilian’s president, Jair Bolsonaro.[8] Phillips is The Guardian's Latin America correspondent and who has contributed to The Telegraph, The Sun, Newsweek, Business Insider, and many other publications.[9]

In their October 19, 2019 episode, entitled "Naming and shaming the polluters", guest Jonathan Watts "discusses the Guardian's investigation into the fossil fuel industry."[10]

In the November 1, 2019 episode, against the backdrop of the Essex lorry deaths, Annie Kelly,[11] who is a journalist with The Guardian and Observer, and has years of experience as an investigative reporter, talks about human trafficking in the UK, where there are, at least, "15,000 people trapped in a form of modern slavery". Kelly has worked on stories related to human trafficking and slavery for many years—including reportage on "child trafficking in Uganda", "former child soldiers in Liberia", "corrective rape in South Africa", and the "branding of domestic sex trafficking victims in the US".[12]

Reviews and awards[edit]

According to the 2019 British Media Awards (BMA), The Guardian's' "flagship" news podcast, Today in Focus, was an "immediate success".[13] MBA said that "in three months average daily listens have grown fivefold, with a 30% increase in the last month. The show is consistently in the UK's top ten iTunes news podcast chart, and regularly in the top ten for all UK podcasts. With over 600 reviews it has a 5-star Apple Store rating."[13][14] BMA said that TiF was known for its "accessible, informative and diverse content."[13] The British Media Awards, which was created in 2011, held their awards ceremony on May 22, 2019 at the London Hilton on Park Lane.[13]

Today in Focus was the silver winner in the 2019 The Lovie Awards for the best series.[15] The Lovie Awards—named after Ada Lovelace—who was the first female computer programmer, was established in 2010 to recognize the digital creativity[16] of online sites with resonance and pertinence in Europe.[17] Other winners include BBC Future— awarded the 2019 Lovie Award for best writing.[18]

Podcast Insights placed Today in Focus 21st on the list of "Top 100 UK Podcasts".[19]

See also[edit]

  • List of daily news podcasts

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. "The Guardian launches Today in Focus, its global daily news podcast". The Guardian.
  2. "Today in Focus". The Guardian.
  3. office, GNM press (2015-12-11). "Guardian News & Media appoints joint political editor". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved November 3, 2019.
  4. Asthana, Anushka; Lewis, Paul (November 22, 2018). A day of Brexit chaos; Why is Steve Bannon in Europe?. The Guardian (podcast). Retrieved November 3, 2019. Presented by Anushka Asthana with Paul Lewis and David Conn; produced by Joshua Kelly, Mythili Rao, Rachel Humphreys and Axel Kacoutié ; executive producers Phil Maynard and Nicole Jackson
  5. Asthana, Anushka; Longrigg, Clare (December 18, 2018). Is this the end for the Sicilian Mafia?. The Guardian (podcast). Retrieved November 3, 2019.Presented by Anushka Asthana with Clare Longrigg and Jonathan Watts; produced by Joshua Kelly, India Rakusen and Axel Kacoutié executive producers Nicole Jackson and Phil Maynard
  6. Asthana, Anushka; Lewis, Paul (January 30, 2018). Venezuela crisis: can Maduro ride out Guaidó’s challenge?. The Guardian (podcast). Retrieved November 3, 2019. Presented by Anushka Asthana with Virginia López and Jessica Elgot; produced by Rose de Larrabeiti, Ammar Kalia, Joshua Kelly and Axel Kacoutié; executive producers Nicole Jackson and Phil Maynard
  7. Asthana, Anushka; Lewis, Paul (November 16, 2018). A day of Brexit chaos. The Guardian (podcast). Retrieved November 3, 2019. Presented by Anushka Asthana with Dan Sabbagh and Michelle Obama; produced by Rachel Humphreys, Elizabeth Cassin, Joshua Kelly , Axel Kacoutié, Mythili Rao; executive producers Nicole Jackson and Phil Maynard
  8. Asthana, Anushka; Phillips, Tom (2019-10-18). A 2,000km journey through the Amazon rainforest. The Guardian (podcast). Retrieved November 3, 2019. Presented by Anushka Asthana with Tom Phillips and Rhik Samadder; produced by India Rakusen, Cheeka Eyers, Gary Marshall, Iain Chambers and Axel Kacoutié; executive producers Nicole Jackson and Phil Maynard
  9. "Articles by Tom Phillips: The Guardian Journalist". Muck Rack. Retrieved 2019-11-03.
  10. Asthana, Anushka; Watts, Jonathan; Younge, Gary; Rao, Mythili; Yusuf, Courtney; Jackson, Axel; Kacoutié, Nicole; Maynard, Phil (2019-10-18). Naming and shaming the polluters. The Guardian (podcast). ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved November 3, 2019.
  11. Asthana, Anushka; Kelly, Annie (November 1, 2019). Cannabis farms and nail bars: the hidden world of human trafficking. The Guardian (podcast). Retrieved November 3, 2019.
  12. "Annie Kelly". Battle of Ideas 2019. Retrieved November 3, 2019.
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 "Today in Focus: the Guardian's daily news podcast". Campaign British Publishing Awards. Guardian News & Media. May 22, 2019. Retrieved November 3, 2019.
  14. "Today in Focus on Apple Podcasts". Apple Podcasts. Retrieved 2019-11-03.
  15. "The Lovie Awards Winners Gallery". The Lovie Awards. Retrieved November 3, 2019.
  16. "Nik Roope: Make work for people - not bots". The Drum. Retrieved November 3, 2019.
  17. office, GNM press (2019-10-08). "Guardian wins three Lovies Awards". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved November 3, 2019.
  18. Ruggeri, Amanda. "Letter from the editor: Welcome to the new BBC Future". Retrieved November 3, 2019.
  19. "Top 100 UK Podcasts (Apple Podcasts Top Charts)". Podcast Insights®. 2018-12-17. Retrieved 2019-11-03.


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