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The Edinburgh Briefing

Get the insider’s account of Edinburgh's news beat from Conor Matchett and the team at the Edinburgh Evening News. Every week we will delve into the issues that you've been talking about, whether it’s a controversial council decision or a major new venue. We'll also answer your burning questions about life in the Scottish capital.

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The future of transport in Edinburgh - with Lesley Macinnes

Edinburgh City Council has just published its 10 year vision for mobility and transport in the capital, with headline-grabbing proposals like extending the tram network, improving public transport and pedestrianising George Street.But without any firm details on costing and funding, how realistic is the strategy?This week Conor Matchett is joined by Lesley Macinnes, the council's Transport and Environment Convener, and David Bol, Edinburgh Evening News Local Democracy Reporter, to discuss the plans and the reaction to them.


17 Jan 2020

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Is Edinburgh's Hogmanay a victim of its own success?

Underbelly, the company that operates Edinburgh's Hogmanay festivities (as well as the Christmas Market and multiple Fringe venues), has been subject to a barrage of criticism this year, with some claiming that the NYE party has become too large and too commercial.This week Conor is joined by Scotsman arts correspondent Brian Ferguson, and the Edinburgh Evening News what's on reporter Caitlyn Dewar, to discuss whether the controversy is justified.


10 Jan 2020

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A look back at Edinburgh's biggest stories in 2019

Happy New Year to all of our listeners! To kick off 2020 we take a look back at 2019 and the Edinburgh stories that stood out over the past 12 months.Host Conor Matchett chats to Euan McGrory, editor of the Edinburgh Evening News, and digital editor Joe Cawthorn about their most memorable Edinburgh stories from 2019.They also pick through the most popular stories from the website, and discover that a surprising number are heart-warming rather than negative.


3 Jan 2020

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Boxing Day special: the future of Scottish politics

This boxing day we have a great panel of guests, as Conor is joined by Labour MSP Daniel Johnson, Conservative councillor John McLellan and former SNP leader in the House of Commons Angus Robertson.They discuss the future for Scotland, Boris Johnson in Downing Street, and whether the SNP now has a mandate for another indyref.


26 Dec 2019

Rank #4

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The Election Reflection

The dust has settled on one of the most unpredictable elections in living memory. But what does it mean from an Edinburgh and Scottish perspective?Conor Matchett is joined by Ian Swanson, political editor of the Edinburgh Evening News, and The Scotsman's deputy political editor Gina Davidson, to dissect the results.We also hear the word on the street about what Edinburgh voters thought of it all.


18 Dec 2019

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