The Agenda with Stephen Cole

The Agenda with Stephen Cole

Stephen Cole is an internationally acclaimed television presenter.

He has helped launch four international news channels – Sky News, CNN International, BBC World and Al Jazeera – and has chaired many international events.

He also created the world’s first IT show, Click Online, taking it around the world to 28 countries in seven years.

Stephen took a break from television to return to London, where he was appointed chairman of the Institute of Diplomacy and Business. After his three-year term ended, Stephen joined CGTN as executive producer and host of new talk show, The Agenda.

As well as presiding as a judge at the Royal Television Society News Awards and the BAFTAs, he has chaired discussions at the United Nations, setting the five-year agenda for UNESCO.

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  • Why study in the UK? #TheAgenda

    The number of Chinese students now studying at UK universities has now reached a record high.

    But what exactly is the attraction to the UK? And what about opportunities in the opposite direction for British students to study in China?

    Wang Yan, senior specialist and associate research fellow at...

  • Studying overseas: The Agenda with Stephen Cole (Full Episode)

    As Universities in the UK start their winter term, there will be a rather different look to many campuses across the country. For the first time Chinese students will outnumber those from European Union countries – with a record 13,630 enrolled for classes.

    This week on The Agenda, Stephen Cole ...

  • Preparing to save the planet: The Agenda

    COP15 – the world’s largest and most important biodiversity summit was supposed to have taken place a year ago in Kunming.

    But safety fears over the COVID pandemic delayed it first to May of this year and then to October.

    And even as the world learns to live with COVID, the event will be split ...

  • Saving life on Earth: The Agenda

    The clock is ticking for world wildlife, and yet the largest biodiversity summit, COP15 has been delayed yet again. The conference, which was due to take place September 2020, had been pushed back to May 2021 and now, due to Covid concerns, will take place in October.

    What can we do to curb the...

  • The panda solution: The Agenda

    The latest Red List from the International Union for the Conservation of Nature states that more than a quarter of all known species are currently threatened with extinction – a level unprecedented in human history.

    And yet, in amongst all the genuine worries, there are some recent positives. Gi...

  • Saving life on Earth: The Agenda with Stephen Cole

    The United Nations has declared that nature is declining globally at a rate unprecedented in human history. So never has there been a more urgent need for the world to come together to address the biodiversity crisis.
    And yet the chance to do that - COP15 - has now been delayed for over a year th...

  • The view from Kew: The Agenda

    40 percent of the world’s plant species are now threatened with extinction. Changes in land use, deforestation and climate change have devastated the planet. 🌎

    So, what’s the solution? Stephen Cole went to the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew – which have recently taken the world record for the lar...


    There is some debate over the exact figures - but what is clear is that the majority of the world's poor are women.
    Women are more likely than men to be out of the labour market doing unpaid care work - and when they do have jobs more likely to work for low wages in informal job...

  • EMPOWERING WOMEN - The Agenda with Stephen Cole

    As part of CGTN’s continuing focus on poverty alleviation, this week on The Agenda with Stephen Cole we look at empowering women.

    Women are still more likely than men to live in poverty. They’re more likely to have to live outside the education system and outside the labor force and more likely ...

  • THE TERROR THREAT - The Agenda with Stephen Cole

    The issue which perhaps most still concerns the West now the Taliban are back in power in Afghanistan is that the country will once again become a haven for Islamist terror groups like Al-Qaeda and ISIS-K.
    General David Petraeus – former commander of ISAF forces in Afghanistan, ...

  • TIME FOR DIPLOMACY - The Agenda with Stephen Cole

    The world is slowing getting a better idea of the new Taliban administration. But even if Afghanistan’s new leadership team is not entirely different from that of 20 years ago, there remains hope that we will see a different approach this time around – the much-discussed Taliban...

  • AFGHANISTAN: WHAT’S NEXT - The Agenda with Stephen Cole

    September the 11th 2021 marks the 20th Anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, an atrocity which led directly to the US invasion of Afghanistan.

    Twenty years later, the Taliban are back in control of the country.

    But what does this really mean for the future of Afghanistan and its people, polit...

  • CHIP TRADE TENSIONS: Rana Mitter, China Centre, Oxford University - The Agenda

    The current shortage of semiconductors may be largely down to issues caused by the covid pandemic, but of course the existing trade tensions around the world, especially those between China and the United States, are also playing their part.

    And as Professor Rana Mitter, Direc...

  • CHIP SUPPLY CHAIN ISSUES: Malcolm Penn, CEO, Future Horizons - The Agenda

    Whilst the covid-19 pandemic has had a serious impact on the semiconductor industry as with so many others, with major disruptions to global supply chains, the key question here is why this sector seems to have been impacted so harshly.
    As Malcolm Penn, Founder and CEO of Future...

  • SEMICONDUCTOR SUSTAINABITY - Jo Shien Ng, University of Sheffield - The Agenda

    The increase in demand for semiconductors shows few signs of slowing. As the world moves to 5G technology, and concerns about climate change drives the desire for electric vehicles, there has never been higher demand for high powered and high-quality computer chips.
    And as well ...

  • WHAT CAUSED THE CHIP SHORTAGE? - The Agenda explains

    At a time when we’ve never been so reliant on semiconductors, just how did the current global shortage come about?

    Here, Stephen Cole looks at just how the chip industry currently operates – and where it might be heading in the future.

    Watch #TheAgenda in full and find out more at:

  • One X One: Amir Mahmoud Abdulla - The Agenda with Stephen Cole

    As part of CGTN's focus on poverty alleviation around the world, on this episode of The Agenda with Stephen Cole we have an exclusive interview with the Deputy Executive Director of the World Food Programme, Amir Mahmoud Abdulla.
    The WFP has warned that covid-19 means 41 million...

  • The rise of fintech: The Agenda explains

    Financial technology of one kind or another has been with us for decades – but what exactly counts as Fintech? And why has it suddenly become the go-to sector for the world's venture capitalists? #TheAgenda

    Learn more on #TheAgenda at: 📲

    Follow CGTN Eur...

  • Transforming financial services: The Agenda with Stephen Cole

    Financial technology is already an integral part of our lives. At its simplest, it covers everything from the use of a credit or debit card to getting money from an ATM.

    But what's really driving the FinTech sector now – and where might it be heading in the future? Janine Hirt, CEO of Innovate F...

  • Cashless China? Lessons learnt from a digital currency revolution

    For the strongest example of a shift away from traditional transactions, we need look no further than China. The country is constantly developing new cashless innovations and is fast becoming one of the world's leaders in financial technology.

    So how has it achieved that? What lessons should the...

  • Applying FinTech: Experts explain how the technology can be of use

    The FinTech sector is now worth billions, if not trillions of dollars. It's also becoming one of the most attractive sectors in the world for investors.

    So what exactly is driving that growth? And exactly what kind of applications are out there to improve all of our financial futures? To answer ...


    Before the pandemic, University College London published a study which showed that 14 year old girls are twice as likely to show depressive symptoms linked to social media use compared to boys of the same age.
    Although apps like Instagram and TikTok require users to be at least...

  • Anti-Social Media - The Agenda with Stephen Cole

    During lockdown over half a billion people joined social media for the first time in an effort to stay in touch with friends and loved ones across the globe.
    But the use of sites like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter has also been linked to signs of depression and anxiety. In this episode of The ...

  • SEBASTIAN COE, President of World Athletics - The Agenda with Stephen Cole

    There was much deliberation over whether this year’s Tokyo Olympics would – or should - go ahead during this pandemic. The year-long delay made people doubt it would ever happen, with the head of its organising committee Toshiro Muto even refusing to rule out cancelling the Game...