Emily unia

Emily Unia

Journalist & Broadcaster

Location icon United Kingdom

I have more than ten years' experience as a reporter and currently work for BBC GNS News in London, where I deliver live reports on major breaking news stories to the BBC's network of Local and National radio stations. I travel abroad at short notice to report on stories of global significance, including terror attacks and natural disasters. I also appear on Radio 4, 5Live the World Service and BBC News Channel.

BBC Radio 4 - From Our Home Correspondent, 26/05/2020

Foster carers become accustomed to all types of placements. Emily Unia's parents have decades of experience but even so it's been special for them to share the last several weeks with a young boy and his baby sister who arrived just days before lockdown. She reveals how they've all been coping.

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North Korean defector

Interview with a woman who escaped from North Korea during visit to Seoul at the time of the Kim Jong Un - Donald Trump summit.

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Korea Summit

BBC radio piece including interview with an 86-year-old displaced man who left North Korea in 1950 and hasn't been home since.

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A year of Trump

One year on from Donald Trump's inauguration as US President.

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British POWs sank on this WW2 ship - should it be raised?

A Chinese film-maker wants to raise a Japanese ship that was sunk in 1942 with hundreds of British prisoners of war on board. Some of the victims' families back the idea, but one of the survivors says it's a war grave, and should be left where it lies.

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Death-registering delays 'rise by 70%' - BBC News

Bereaved families in England and Wales are struggling to register relatives' deaths within official time limits, figures reveal. In 2015/16, 187,605 deaths were registered after the five-day legal limit, a 70% rise on 2011/12, General Register Council (GRC) figures show. Cuts to council budgets are among the reasons, the National Association of Funeral Directors (NAFD) said.

BBC News - Timeline | Facebook

We were #LIVE in Sousse in Tunisia. British holidaymakers have been shunning the country this year, along with Turkey and Egypt, following recent terror attacks. Last June, a gunman opened fire on a beach in Sousse, killing 38 tourists, including 30 Britons and the UK Foreign Office is still advising against all but essential travel.

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Cost of public cremation rises by a third - BBC News

The average cost of a cremation at a public crematorium has risen by a third since 2010, the BBC can reveal. An adult cremation costs an average of £640, according to Freedom of Information responses from local authorities that run crematoria in the UK. The cost of new anti-pollution equipment and larger coffins have been blamed.

Race against time in Nepal

@Oxfam says clean water and sanitation vital to prevent disease spreading in coming monsoon. #NepalQuake

Gurkhas in Nepal

I travelled with British Gurkha soldiers to Sindhupalchok District, to see how aid is finally reaching some of the worst affected villages. #Shelterbox #NepalQuake

Emily Unia (@BBCEmilyUnia) | Twitter

The latest Tweets from Emily Unia (@BBCEmilyUnia). UK & Foreign Affairs Reporter for BBC Nations & Regions. Formerly of BBC Radio Cumbria

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Subsidy cut 'threatens rural buses'

Subsidies supporting 70 loss-making bus services across Cumbria could be axed by the county council. The move would affect buses in towns and rural areas, but the authority said it would help it save £1.9m per year. Forty-three daytime services, 17 evening services and 10 Sunday services receive subsidies - about 5% of the total services across the county.

Landfill site becomes nature reserve

A huge landfill site in Essex that has been transformed into a 120-acre nature reserve has been officially opened by Sir David Attenborough.

Health care reforms scrutinised

Cumbria has been piloting the GP commissioning element of the government's controversial Health and Social Care Bill, and opinion is divided.

Airport row costs council £440,000

Nearly half a million pounds has been spent by a council on legal advice in a five-year planning row over an airport. Carlisle City Council revealed the £441,000 figure, which represents legal costs alone, after a Freedom of Information request from the BBC.

MP's plea for disabled rail access

An MP has called for "urgent action" to make railway stations fully accessible to disabled people. Rory Stewart said that at some stations in his Cumbrian constituency passengers in wheelchairs have to be pushed across the West Coast Mainline. The Conservative MP for Penrith and the Border described the situation as "unacceptable".

BBC - Meet the new Cumbrian politicians at Westminster

Following last month's General Election, 226 new MPs entered Parliament; the largest intake of newcomers since 1997. Two of Cumbria's new MPs, Rory Stewart, the Conservative member for Penrith and the Border and John Woodcock, the Labour MP for Barrow and Furness, took the time to record audio diaries of their thoughts and feelings during their first days in the job.

Copeland voters get ready to decide

Do people care whether their local town hall is led by an elected mayor or a council leader? Politicians and activists in Copeland, Cumbria, will find out on Thursday. A referendum offering voters the opportunity to convert to the mayoral system will take place on the same day as the European Parliament election.

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