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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 tell us about the leads, the dead-ends and of course… read more

72 Episodes | 2017 - 2022

Introducing... Silenced

June 16th, 2022


We're between series of The Tip Off now - and planning lots more great episodes for you, but while we do, why not take a listen to Silenced.

A new podcast from human rights organisation ARTICLE 19 Silenced tell the …

Ep. 64 In the pipeline

June 2nd, 2022


Rob Cribb had an idea for an investigation, an idea so big it was almost impossible to envisage how the work could be done. But then, it came to …

Ep. 63 Listen

May 19th, 2022


Who gets to tell the stories we hear? On this episode we hear from citizen journalists - two women with lived experience of homelessness and surrounding issues, as they talk us through a ground-breaking project.


Ep. 62 Butternutters

April 29th, 2022


How do you investigate a group that is shrouded in secrecy by its very nature? 

This is the story of how two journalists - Patrick Lohmann and Marnie Eisenstadt tracked down dozens of people, to reveal the concerning …

Ep. 61 Beyond the Horizon

April 14th, 2022


Where do you start in unravelling one of the biggest miscarriages of justice in the UK system? For Nick Wallis it all began with a tweet.

This is the story of how Nick’s tenacity, with over a decade of reporting, exposed …

Ep. 60 From the archive: Web of death - part 1

April 7th, 2022


Hi Tip Off Listeners - We are working hard on new episodes for you, and have some more great stories coming up this series. But this week we are taking a dip into our archive.

As the Russian regime is accused of …

Ep. 59 Unidentified flying objects

March 24th, 2022


One December day, Samira Shackle found herself in the midst of an unfolding, global story. Drones had been spotted flying around Gatwick Airport. But …

Ep. 58: Where justice ends

March 14th, 2022


Annabel Hennessy was reporting on another case when she heard a name that would change everything. A lawyer, expert in First Nations’ rights, told …

Ep. 57 Evicted in a pandemic

February 26th, 2022


What do you do if the data you need doesn’t exist? 

When the pandemic hit I couldn’t stop wondering about how the impact of lockdown, sickness or …

Ep. 56 Exposing Savile - Part Two

February 17th, 2022


Liz MacKean and Meirion Jones think they have everything they need to finally expose Jimmy Savile’s abhorrent crimes. But as their transmission date …

Ep. 55 Exposing Savile - Part One

February 10th, 2022


Meirion Jones has had a strange feeling about Jimmy Savile for some time and he thinks he may have a way to probe further. When Savile dies, Meirion teams up with Liz MacKean to try and get to the truth.

This is how Liz …

Ep. 54 How it gets built

January 27th, 2022


Zak Garner-Purkis is sat in a fastfood restaurant - his attention laser-focused on the men gathering across the road. He is trying to work out who these man are, how they have come to be there, and whether this is what …

Coming soon - Series 9 of The Tip Off

December 31st, 2021


Stay tuned - we will be back very soon with more stories behind the headlines.

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OUT NOW: Maeve's book - No Fixed Abode - in paperback

June 24th, 2021


Creator and host of The Tip Off, Maeve McClenaghan has written a book, and it is now out in paperback.

No Fixed Abode: Life and Death Among the UK’s Forgotten Homeless tells highly personal, human and sometimes …


June 1st, 2021


Cheats: we love to hate them. But in this climate of fast news, short attention spans, 280 characters, do we ever get the full picture? Cheat!, a new …

Ep. 53 Black and white data

May 13th, 2021


Sarah Turnnidge started her journalism career at local papers so it was there she first encountered press releases from police forces. But over time …

Ep. 52 The Exorcist

April 29th, 2021


Andrew Gold, a freelance journalist, is feeling out of his depth. He is in a church hall on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, and the priest he is there …

Ep.51 Baby snatchers

April 15th, 2021


Pete Murimi has stumbled upon a horrifying hypothesis - that people are snatching children from the streets of Nairobi, Kenya. Now he is working for BBC Africa Eye and is on the trail. Working with Njeri Mwangi Marc …

Ep. 50 What happened next?

April 1st, 2021


To commemorate getting to our 50th episode we look back at what happened next after some big stories went out. 

Jane Bradley, Samir Jeraj, Natalie Bloomer and Aliaume Leroy broke some great investigative scoops, but the …

Ep.49 Making them count

December 12th, 2020


In late winter 2017 I was struck with what I thought was a simple question… how many people were dying while homeless? It turned out nobody knew the …

Ep. 48 Sharing data

October 8th, 2020


Samir Jeraj and Natalie Bloomer have decided to team on to take on an investigation… they want to know if and how police forces are sharing …

Ep. 47 Omar

September 15th, 2020


Omar Radi is working in dangerous circumstances. His journalism is exposing how tribal lands are being snatched away from inhabitants in Morocco, …

Ep. 46 Dark Money

September 11th, 2020


Peter Geoghegan is standing on a train station platform when he sees it - a large advert in a free-sheet newspaper that will set him off on an investigation into the dark world of campaign spending.

In this episode we …

Ep. 45 Strings attached

June 11th, 2020


BBC journalist Ellie Flynn is nervous, she is about to go undercover to meet a man who is offering a bed in his flat, but there is a catch… 

For weeks Ellie travelled the country meeting men who were advertising rent in …

Ep. 44 Under our noses

May 21st, 2020


HuffPost UK's Nadine White is onto a story- following allegations of fraud and wrong-doing in a well-publicised British church. But why has no-one …

Ep. 43 Canned tomatoes

May 7th, 2020


Ayo Awokoya had an idea and she couldn’t let it go. This is how a talented and tenacious freelancer followed her instincts to uncover a shocking …

Ep. 42 Justice served cold

April 22nd, 2020


For years Alon Aviram and Adam Cantwell-Corn followed a story - a story that took them to dingy warehouses, stake-outs in cars, and undercover work …

Introducing: The Immaculate Deception

April 1st, 2020


This week we offer you a taste of something new... enjoy an extract from new podcast series The Immaculate Deception.

Fertility doctor Jan Karbaat was …

Ep. 41 Behind closed doors

March 26th, 2020


Journalist Louise Tickle is one of a handful of reporters who covers a secretive and little known area of UK life… the family courts. In this episode …

Ep. 40 O Sister Where Art Thou?

March 12th, 2020


While researching the effects of the One Child Policy in China, LA Times journalist Barbara Demick stumbles upon an extraordinary story: twin …

Ep.39 Fragments

February 27th, 2020


Hundreds of miles apart, journalists Jessica Purkiss and JD are working to get answers. They are looking for accountability and justice for an Afghan man named Masih. Masih’s entire family was wiped out in an airstrike, …

Ep.38 Holding hands to jump

February 13th, 2020


Jodi Kantor was given a beat and had been pointed at a tweet - a single tweet, without any names included that would set her on a months-long …

Ep. 37 Latitude Live - Anatomy of a conspiracy theory

October 10th, 2019


In a crowded tent at Latitude Festival, journalist Charlie Mole explains how he tracked back how a conspiracy theory had grown and developed, finally …

Ep. 36 What does justice look like? Part 2

September 26th, 2019


After working for years to put together the pieces of how a massacre had gone unsolved, Barry and his team publish their findings. But that is far …

Ep. 35 What does justice look like? Part 1

September 19th, 2019


The violent, protracted conflict known as The Troubles claimed many innocent victims in Northern Ireland. But one atrocity stood out for journalist …

Ep. 34 The start of a scandal

August 29th, 2019


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 …

Ep. 33 Clues of a killing

August 15th, 2019


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 …

Ep.32 "Brother needs help"

August 1st, 2019


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 …

Ep.31 Chicken

April 25th, 2019


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 …

Ep.30 A Post Antibiotic Era

April 11th, 2019


Madlen Davies has been reporting on a concerning topic for years: the rise of antibiotic resistance and superbugs.

Her reporting started in the UK …

Ep.29 Proof

March 21st, 2019


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 …

Ep.28 W1G

March 7th, 2019


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 …

Ep. 27 Mother

February 21st, 2019


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 …

Ep. 26 Burnt

February 7th, 2019


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 …

A festive message from The Tip Off

December 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 …

Ep.25 The Tip Off LIVE - Tales from West Cork

October 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 …

Ep.24 Shining a Light

August 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 …

Ep.23 Many miles from home

August 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 …

Ep.22 Resolution

July 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 …

Ep. 21 Ready to talk

July 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 …

Ep.20 Chill Pill

June 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 …

Ep. 19 Lives cut short

June 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, …

Ep.18 All the President's Club Men

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 …

Hot off the press: The Tip Off Series 3 coming soon

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 …

Ep.17 Two sides to the story

March 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 …

Ep.16 Web of death- part 2

February 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 …

Ep.15 Web of death- part 1

February 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 …

Ep.14 Hoping to be wrong

January 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 …

Ep.13 Voices in the ether

January 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…

Ep. 12 The sound of news

December 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 …

Ep.11 Putting a price on health

December 14th, 2017


Ep. 11 Putting a price on health

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 …

Ep. 10 Brown paper envelopes

November 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 …

Ep.9 When the roof came down

October 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 …

Ep.8 The stories untold

July 27th, 2017


Ep.8 The stories untoldIt’s one thing breaking a story- but how do you keep reporting a story that unfurls over years and not days?Rebecca …

Ep.7 Codename Prometheus

July 20th, 2017


Ep. 7 Codename: PrometheusEveryone’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 …

Ep.6 Caught offside?

July 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 …

Ep.5 It started with a body

July 6th, 2017


Ep. 5 It started with a bodyIt started with a body and ended up in a months long investigation exploring the scale of homelessness in a London …

Ep.4 Knock Knock

June 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 …

Ep.3 Back to the source

June 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 …

Ep.2 The stuff of horror movies

June 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 …

Ep.1 Follow the money

June 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 …

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