Sky News to debate how the world will change after COVID-19

Friday 29 May 2020

Sky News has announced a new series of debate programmes titled After The Pandemic: Our New World, the first ‘’The World At Large’ will air on Monday 1 June at 8pm.

Disrupting the usual news schedule for four consecutive days, the one-off series will look at what the world could look like post COVID-19. The debate format will involve experts from around the world and Sky News viewers asking questions about how the pandemic could change their environment.

Hosted by Dermot Murnaghan, After The Pandemic: Our New World seeks to analyse the lasting COVID-19 legacy as well as trying to find solutions that might improve our lives in the future. Guest contributors will include Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz, Sir Jeremy Farrer the Director of the Welcome Trust and leading member of SAGE, Chinese Ambassador to the UK Liu Xiaoming, and the former UK Foreign Secretary, David Miliband.

Sky News’ specialist correspondents and editors will also offer their insight, including: Sam Coates (Life & Society), Thomas Moore (Science & Medicine), Ed Conway (Work & The Economy) and Deborah Haynes (The World At Large).

John Ryley, Head of Sky News said: “Today the world finds itself in a unique position, we have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to forge a bright new future for humanity. This series will provide an open forum for discussion with some of the most influential and forward-thinking minds of our generation. The world as we know it has changed and Sky News will look at the transformation it leaves behind and how we’ll all need to adapt in the future.”

There will be a live virtual studio audience, asking questions via video link. They'll be drawn from around the world. Anyone wanting to take part can email

The project will also feature the results of an exclusive poll about how life might be changed by the pandemic.

After The Pandemic: Our New World will cover the following topics:

THE WORLD AT LARGE – How will our new world work?

Monday 1 June, 8pm

This programme will look at how the world will look post COVID19. Has the post-war order collapsed? How should the world - shown by the virus to be so interconnected and interdependent - work? What are the roles of the USA and China? What are the attitudes towards the developing world? And will climate change now be seen as even more important or will it be relegated behind the more immediate concerns of public health?

THE ECONOMY & WORK – What should we value in future?

Tuesday 2 June, 8pm

What has this period done for our value of key workers, the NHS as well as the risks of unemployment and debt? Does this herald the end of global capitalism and consumerism and what should replace them? Will working from home now be the new normal and what will be the implications of that?

SCIENCE & MEDICINE – How can we stop this happening again?

Wednesday 3 June, 8pm

How do we stop this happening again? Will a vaccine ever be found? What is the role of the World Health Organisation, medical research and big pharmaceutical companies? Do the biggest opportunities from this pandemic come in scientific enterprise and do we now have a chance to improve healthcare globally and in the UK?

LIFE & SOCIETY – Will life as we knew it ever return and what will our new lives look like?

Thursday 4 June, 8pm

Under the microscope for the panel will be relationships. What has this period of lockdown and social distancing from family and friends done for our relationships? What culture will be born out of the crisis and how should we enjoy it in future? Has life changed forever?

Sky News is available free of charge via Sky TV, Freeview, and our live streaming service on Sky News mobile and website as well as 24-hour breaking news coverage and analysis across our social channels.

The debates will also be heavily featured on the followings day’s ‘Daily with Dermot Murnaghan’ podcast.

After The Pandemic: Our New World will be a discussion and debate that will seek to answer the questions covid-19 will leave us. What will our new world look like?

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