Wednesday, 4 March, 2009
At the time of writing, Gordon Brown is addressing both houses of Congress. It's being billed as the speech of his career. So far there has been a lot of clapping but Mark Urban will be here at 10.30 to unpick whether the prime minister has sold them his vision for a global solution to the economic downturn. For the moment, if you can decipher this, here's his speech as a tag cloud.
Matt Prodger writes:
"Doncaster hasn't had much luck with local government. A decade ago 21 councillors were convicted of fraud in the "Donnygate Scandal", the biggest local government corruption case since Poulson in the 1970s. Now Donny is at the heart of another crisis, this time over the deaths of vulnerable children who should have been protected by social services. In a chilling echo of the recent Baby P case, one of those who died was a baby murdered by her father when he snapped her spine. Over the course of a month-long investigation I've discovered that senior managers in Doncaster council were warned four years ago that child protection services were in chaos, yet our whistleblower - a former child protection manager there - says the warnings were ignored. I'll also lift the lid on a local authority at war with itself - an elected mayor at loggerheads with an elected council - and ask if the roots of the child protection crisis lie in a bold experiment in local democracy." You can read more on Matt's investigation, and see a clip of the out whistleblower here.
ITV has announced 600 job losses after reporting a loss of £2.7bn for 2008. Is this the consequence of the multi-channel, multi-format age or just bad business management?
And we hear from the founder of CNN, Ted Turner, on the economy, the environment and the future of television.