At The Herald, deputy news editor Holly Evans is tasked with giving Wendy Bolt - a controversial right-wing commentator - a tour of the office, but she is itching to get back to a hit-and-run story she is following. However, in doing so, she is in danger of getting on the bad side of editor Duncan Allen. Over at The Post, Oxford graduate Ed Washburn is tasked with speaking to the parents of a footballer who has committed suicide - only for things to get tricky when the couple withdraw the interview.
Holly helps Leona investigate a lead at a hospital. Ed struggles with his conscience after a night working on the Post's showbiz desk.
When The Herald uncovers a sex scandal, Holly makes a powerful enemy. Ed travels to Warwick to interview Geoff Newman, a man the media suspect of being involved in a local boy's hug. Duncan proposes a deal that could make waves in the political world.
Amina feels defeated in the immediate wake of the Joshua West scandal. Holly ignores Amina's request to write a front-page apology. Duncan is shocked to learn that The Post has been banned from the daily press conference at Downing Street. Leona is approached by a surprising source who has a particular interest in James. Peter's support proves valuable to Amina as she suffers a personal crisis.
Holly is accused of losing her professional integrity when she mishandles a source. Leona finds an opportunity to impress her colleagues. Peter and Amina clear the way to make a big announcement about the future of The Herald. Ed's pride in his soaring professional achievements is marred by the arrival of a surprise new colleague.
Duncan attempts to spend quality time with his son Fred, but finds it difficult in the face of Sarah's open hostility, and she informs Duncan that she and her boyfriend Max intend for him never to see Fred again.
Holly struggles to separate her personal grievances from her professional ambitions. She adds to Duncan's troubles by threatening to publicly expose his relationship with Kristina, the sex worker with whom he has a longstanding arrangement. In anticipation of the splash, Duncan is forced to explain to Fred that he has been paying for sex, while Kristina has questions of her own for Holly.
James reopens communication with Jon Brooks, an MI5 source who is ready to blow the whistle on the government's Resonance programme. When Amina and Holly learn what the programme entails, they are convinced that the story will be the most important The Herald will ever run.
Emmerson presents Duncan with a seemingly impossible task, and Ed is forced to examine his own journalistic ethics, while Holly and Duncan go head to head.