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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The Agenda with Stephen Cole
  • 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.

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  • 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

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  • 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...

  • LIFE AFTER LOCKDOWN - The Agenda with Stephen Cole

    We isolated at home, sacrificed time with our friends and family, kept socially distanced in streets and remained masked up, but with vaccinations galore around the globe some countries are beginning to ‘unlock’.

    Dubbed ‘Freedom Day’, England has become one of the first places to ease all restri...

  • Is the world ready to leave lockdown behind? - The Agenda with Stephen Cole

    As some countries proceed with lifting lockdown restrictions - dubbed ‘Freedom Day’ in the UK – many have joyfully rushed back to restaurants and shops.
    But after more than a year of developing new habits to protect ourselves from Covid and becoming accustomed to a precautionary state, not everyo...

  • How lockdowns improved the hospitality industry - The Agenda with Stephen Cole

    Hospitality has by no means escaped the economic hardship caused by the pandemic. In fact, some say it was the sector worst hit. Hotels, restaurants and bars have all had to rethink the way they operate to become compatible with this post-Covid world. So how have they been adapt...

  • RETAIL THERAPY: Saving the high street - The Agenda with Stephen Cole

    The changes forced on the retail industry go far beyond one-way systems and limited capacity in shops. Naturally, the online-shopping boom saw increased convenience through features like digital dressing rooms, as well as extending returns as uncertainty continued.
    Covid has exc...

  • FREEDOM DAY FEARS - The Agenda with Stephen Cole

    The good news is COVID-19 vaccines are working and restrictions across Europe are starting to be lifted. But for the many people who have spent the last year strictly following lockdown rules, the prospect of freedom isn’t as appealing as it once was.
    After much time spent isola...

  • THE ROAD TO TOKYO 2020 - The Agenda with Stephen Cole

    The organizers of the Tokyo Games could well be forgiven for feeling jinxed.

    Back in 2013, when the city was awarded the event, the planning began for an incredible festival of sport, but in early 2020 everything changed with the arrival of COVID-19.

    So just how will the games now function? An...

  • OLYMPIC PREPARATIONS - The Agenda with Stephen Cole

    The stadiums may be empty, but more than 11,000 athletes from over 200 countries are still heading to Tokyo to take part in events marking the very pinnacle of their individual sports.
    So how do you organise getting a national team to a global sporting event in the midst of a pa...

  • AN OLYMPICS LIKE NO OTHER - The Agenda with Stephen Cole

    The Tokyo Olympics are the first in modern history to be postponed or cancelled outside of wartime. But they are no going ahead – even if it does have to be in empty stadiums.
    But what’s the mood amongst the people of Japan, who had been hoping to show off their country on a glo...

  • THE TOKYO OLYMPICS - The Agenda with Stephen Cole

    A year after the flame should have been lit in Tokyo, on Friday the 23rd July the games of the 32nd Olympiad will finally get underway.

    But, in the midst of a global pandemic, this will be an Olympics like no other before it. Athletes will have to fit covid testing into their training plans and ...


    As COVID-19 grounded international travel, commercial airlines knew they would have a turbulent time ahead, and as restrictions continue between the borders of countries, the situation is still up in the air.

    The aviation industry measures its performance by revenues per passe...

  • HOW THE OPIOID CRISIS BEGAN - #TheAgenda explains

    The seeds of the opioid crisis were sown in the mid 1990s, when pharmaceutical companies began promoting prescription opioid medication like OxyContin. But how did the epidemic slide from one of legal painkillers into illicit heroin use? Here Stephen Cole speaks to former addicts and their journe...

  • BIG PHARMA & THE OPIOID CRISIS - #TheAgenda with Stephen Cole

    The opioid crisis has killed nearly 500 thousand people in America in the last 20 years. The misuse of and addiction to opioid painkillers is a serious crisis that affects public health, social and economic welfare in the USA.
    Recently, US prosecutors have started cracking down...

  • PAIN RELIEF WITHOUT ADDICTION - #TheAgenda with Stephen Cole


    Despite its reputation for causing overdoses and suicides - opioid medication is incredibly valuable when prescribed correctly. However there is currently a lack of understanding about different types of pain and how to treat it.
    So why do some people respond well to opioids an...

  • THE OPIOID CRISIS - #TheAgenda with Stephen Cole

    Opioids have improved the lives of millions of people across the United States who are living with serious illnesses like cancer and acute pain. But they have also caused the deadliest drug crisis in American history - and over the past decade - killed nearly 90 Americans every day.

    Although pr...