The Big Story: Retrenchments rise, job vacancies fall in Q1 and safety in the spotlight after security guard fell to his death

SINGAPORE - Catch up with the hottest topics on The Straits Times' new weekday talk show.

The Big Story, broadcast every weekday at 5.30pm on Facebook and YouTube, has reporters and senior editors discussing the top stories of the day, in the heart of the newsroom.

In Friday's (June 14) episode, business correspondent Seow Bei Yi shares more on the Ministry of Manpower's latest labour market report that finds retrenchments rose while job vacancies fell in the first quarter of the year, and the economic forecast for the coming months.

Additionally, journalist Toh Ting Wei gives an update on the tragedy involving a security guard at 1-Altitude who fell to his death and talks about safety precautions and regulations for ongoing works which involve safety hazards.

Topics covered in previous episodes include the scandal in Malaysia over gay sex videos that allegedly involve a government minister, SMRT's trial of metal barriers at Woodlands MRT station to get users of personal mobility devices to dismount, the protests in Hong Kong against a proposed extradition law that would allow suspects to be sent to mainland China, and the Committee of Inquiry's findings into the death of actor Aloysius Pang.

Helmed by multimedia journalist Hairianto Diman, the episode airs live from ST's new digital studio.