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The Tip Off

The Tip Off

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Welcome to The Tip Off- the podcast where we take you behind the scenes of some of the best investigative journalism from recent years. Each episode we’ll be digging into an investigative scoop- hearing from the journalists behind the work as they te...Show More

34:16 | Apr 11th

Madlen Davies has been reporting on a concerning topic for years: the rise of antibiotic resistance and superbugs. Her reporting started in the UK but she soon realised she would need to travel further to get the real story. Here she talks about o...Show More

33:55 | May 31st, 2018

Madison Marriage broke a story that ricocheted around the world. The sleazy goings on of the President’s Club fundraising dinner provoked shock and outrage from all camps. But where did it all begin…. ? This is the story of how Madison and a team o...Show More
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23:24 | Jan 11th, 2018

When you set out on an investigation you usually start with a hypothesis- an idea that you will test and challenge as you go. But not Paul Myles… Working for On Our Radar, Paul set out to tell the story of dementia in the UK. Hours spent on trains...Show More

32:43 | Aug 29th

Amelia Gentleman’s work exposing the Windrush Scandal is some of the most impactful and well-renowned journalism of recent years. But where did it all begin? Amelia explains how a simple email she received while on holiday, set off a chain of event...Show More

23:49 | Aug 15th

A video of an extrajudicial killing haunts Aliaume Leroy - but how do you get to the truth from a short film posted on social media?  Aliaume found himself banding together with open source investigators across the world in a race to uncover the tr...Show More

36:48 | Aug 1st

Back in 2000 Jim DeRogatis received a fax that would change the course of his career forever.  This is the story of how one journalist stayed on a story for decades, continuing to report allegations of abuse while the rest of the world covered its ...Show More

44:27 | Apr 25th

Brexit. It is all anyone is talking about. But while politicians argue and wring their hands, what is going on behind the scenes? Alice Ross and Lawrence Carter, part of Greenpeace's Unearthed team, set out to find out and discovered one way that l...Show More

29:25 | Mar 21st

Ashley Fantz often covers police press conferences as part of her day job at CNN. But a few years ago she would attend one that would set her on a months long journey, forensically piecing together the evidence to reveal the systematic destruction of...Show More

18:55 | Mar 7th

Ep.28 W1G What connects a wide-screen TV in the toilet, a faked blockbuster film and an elaborate Las Vegas heist? Turns out... it's one address in central London. This is the story of how Oliver Bullough followed a tangle of financial crimes back ...Show More

31:40 | Feb 21st

Ep.27 Mother Lorna Tucker doesn’t think of herself as a journalist, more of a collector of stories. So years ago, when she stumbled on a story that needed to be told, she knew she wouldn’t stop until the truth came out. This is how she helped to do...Show More

30:49 | Feb 7th

Shiv Malik thought he was onto something special. He’d been working with a source who was offering incredible insights into the UK terrorist scene. And now, this same source was saying he was ready to turn his back on his past life and he wanted Shiv...Show More

02:14 | Dec 16th, 2018

Just a quick one to say thanks for all your support in 2018 and to update on plans for what comes next...... oh and to announce Maeve's part in a charity Christmas single.... yes you read that right! We don't ask for much at The Tip Off but we'd be...Show More

35:50 | Oct 7th, 2018

A court case, a mysterious witness and an envelope at the Post Office... this is the story of how Sam Bungey and Jennifer Ford unravelled a decade old murder case. Recorded in front of a live audience as part of Audible's Spoken Worlds Festival- Ma...Show More

33:48 | Aug 23rd, 2018

In The Dark, the US podcast team, finished their acclaimed first series with a request: they wanted to hear what their audience thought they should be investigating next. And there, buried in the hundreds of responses they got was a simple, short ema...Show More

35:58 | Aug 2nd, 2018

Three continents, 80 interviews and an investigation that took more than a decade. This is the story of how Cam Simpson uncovered one of the great David vs. Goliath stories of our time. In this episode, Cam wrestles with duplicitous sources, flies ...Show More

22:02 | Jul 19th, 2018

New Yorker writer Alexis Okeowo wants to tell stories differently. Her new book A Moonless Starless Sky, tells the stories of people affected by extremism in Africa. In this episode, Alexis tells us how she came to find two of the main characters o...Show More

32:01 | Jul 5th, 2018

BBC File on Four's Alys Harte explores a shocking case of a sexually abused teenager who was failed by the authorities. From speed-reading in-depth reports, to casting famous actors- this is the behind-the-scenes of how a team of journalists told a...Show More

23:26 | Jun 21st, 2018

Ben Bryant was having fun, mingling with friends at a house party when inspiration struck in the most unusual way. This is the story of how one moment of piqued interest turned into a year of investigation. From trawling the dark web to making cont...Show More

30:31 | Jun 7th, 2018

Gary Younge explains how he set out on a year long project to record the number of children and teenagers killed by knife violence. Funerals, heartbreaking interviews and a tenacious hunt for data. This is the story of how a team of journalists pro...Show More

01:56 | May 14th, 2018

A sneak peek at what's coming in series 3.... and a quick ask! We've been shortlisted for TWO British Podcast Awards- yippee! (Best New Podcast and Smartest Podcast). But we're up against some big names! If you want to help us out, you can vote for...Show More

31:35 | Mar 8th, 2018

A journalist is on the trail of a big story, unravelling how an 18 year-old rape victim came to be, not only disbelieved, but charged with false reporting after being attacked by a serial rapist. He is putting all the pieces together when he gets an ...Show More

25:38 | Feb 15th, 2018

After months of digging the end is in sight for Heidi Blake and the Buzzfeed team. They are piecing together a puzzle of mysterious deaths on British soil, and all the signs are pointing to Russian influence…. Then one night… a shady figure appears...Show More

26:02 | Feb 8th, 2018

In the corner room of Buzzfeed’s office is a wall is covered with photographs. Photographs that are linked up in a web of connections. Photographs of dead men.These are the people Heidi Blake suspects were killed with impunity on British soil. This...Show More

29:20 | Jan 25th, 2018

Tip offs for a story can come in many forms, but for Alistair one investigation he worked on started in the worst way imaginable: with the death of a loved one. From a hospital car-park in the Midlands to a meeting with the Health Secretary, the BB...Show More

26:36 | Dec 28th, 2017

Leah Borromeo sees journalism differently to most. Or rather she hears it. Leah and colleagues are working on a project to tell investigative journalism through music. So Maeve went along to the studio, to hear just exactly what that means. Read...Show More

22:46 | Dec 14th, 2017

Billy Kenber set out to look into one story and ended up finding another. Hidden within open datasets was proof of a practice that was costing the NHS hundreds of millions of pounds a year. Battling to put the pieces together in a quagmire of compl...Show More

24:57 | Nov 30th, 2017

Jennifer Williams, of the Manchester Evening News, was hearing horrible stories coming from two hospitals in her patch. Rumour had it, there was a damning report out there... but getting hold of it would be easier said than done. Sources, FOI battl...Show More

36:16 | Oct 26th, 2017

Ep.9 When the roof came down In late July I read a Facebook post that would send me on a three month journey- from town council steps, to bland hotels to dirty council flats- I followed the stories of women fleeing domestic violence only to be let do...Show More

31:20 | Jul 27th, 2017

Ep.8 The stories untold It’s one thing breaking a story- but how do you keep reporting a story that unfurls over years and not days? Rebecca Omonira-Oyekanmi explains how she travelled to the vast refugee camps of Ethiopia before Rossalyn Warren tak...Show More

29:41 | Jul 20th, 2017

Ep. 7 Codename: Prometheus Everyone’s heard of the Panama Papers- the stories from the biggest data lead in history rocked the world. But how did it happen? Where did the data appear from? How do you sift through 11.5m files? And how on earth do yo...Show More

34:11 | Jul 13th, 2017

Ep. 6 Caught offside? A two year investigation took reporters undercover as they met with top football managers and agents. Claire Newell explains how the Daily Telegraph’s investigation team exposed the murky world of British football, ending in th...Show More

28:17 | Jul 6th, 2017

Ep. 5 It started with a body It started with a body and ended up in a months long investigation exploring the scale of homelessness in a London borough. We follow Emma Youle as one simple story grows and morphs into an award-winning campaign. Read...Show More

25:05 | Jun 29th, 2017

Ep.4 Knock knock Jane Bradley is stood on doorstep in West London. She is about to knock and tell a mother that she suspects her son is one of the world’s most wanted terrorists. We follow Jane’s progress as she tracks down not one but two of the Bea...Show More

30:45 | Jun 22nd, 2017

Ep.3 Back to the source The Bureau of Investigative Journalism’s Abigail Fielding-Smith finds a vital source, who lets her into the world of the Pentagon’s top-secret propaganda machine. With: Abigail Fielding-Smith Read all about it: http://lab...Show More

21:58 | Jun 14th, 2017

Ep. 2 The stuff of horror movies Piece by piece the Washington Post’s Louisa Loveluck puts together the picture of a horrifying Syrian torture facility, in a setting you wouldn’t expect. WARNING: This episode includes descriptions of violence and ...Show More

27:50 | Jun 14th, 2017

Ep.1 Follow the money Wigs, car chases and rucksacks stuffed with cash. Buzzfeed’s Heidi Blake explains how she exposed the questionable financial practices of one of the Conservative Party’s largest donors. With: Heidi Blake Read all about it: ...Show More

01:39 | Jun 11th, 2017

Welcome to The Tip Off, a new weekly podcast that delves into the stories behind some of the biggest headlines in British journalism.