The Headliner podcast: Consumers aren’t spending, the Beeb is investing and coffee is the elixir for a long life

13th July 2017

Consumers aren’t spending, the Beeb is investing and coffee is the elixir for a long life


Consumer spending in the UK has fallen to its lowest levels for four years according to a report by Visa. Experts have been quick to theorise on this worrying trend. But, with inflation outstripping wage growth and Brexit uncertainty abound, can it be any wonder consumers aren’t flashing their cash?

The BBC has announced a whopping investment of £34 million into children’s programming. The money is targeted at its online offering with new forms of content and interactivity. Do we need more children’s programming? Or should we be encouraging them to turn off the telly and get outside?

Summer box office takings are around 8 per cent lower than last year. So is this the end of the traditional summer glut of films? And what of the latest Spiderman film? Will it bring home the bacon or is it just a flash in the pan?

Drinking coffee ‘could make you live longer,’ say researchers in Europe and the US who found that coffee drinkers had a reduced risk of death. But before you bin the tea bags and reach for a triple espresso, experts say it is still unclear if the health boost is caused by coffee or other factors.

Are Wimbledon organisers serving up gender bias? Yes, according to tennis fan Mark Leyland, who declared that the All England Club employed a 4:2 formula—two men’s matches and one women’s match on each of the two show courts at Wimbledon. Is tennis still a man’s game? Or is it just a case of some unfortunate scheduling?