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Wednesday 2 December 2009 - the plan so far

Verity Murphy | 12:02 UK time, Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Here is what we are planning for tonight's programme:

Half of the programme will be coming from Washington DC tonight as we take a closer look at President Barack Obama's speech in which he announced that a further 30,000 US troops will be sent to Afghanistan.

Gavin Esler is in DC and will be speaking to Senator John McCain - among others. It is Mr McCain's first in-depth interview with the BBC since his failed presidential bid.

Presenting the London bit of the programme will be Jon Sopel, who is doing another stint on Newsnight. Up for discussion tonight, google's decision to limit free news access.

More details later.


  • Comment number 1.

    Jo Coburn would also be good for Newsnight in my view. She has a fast assertive 'attacking' voice to her. Very sharp and is always on top of the debate for The Daily Politics.

    Now Sopal is a bang on professional - he can do Newsnight with ease technically, but you always get the feeling his just going through the motions.

  • Comment number 2.


    Then (if he is not threatened too heavily by the Edgy Brigate) we might see how incisive questioning of devious, disingenuous, dodgy politicians, can be effective without histrionics.

    As a viewer of The Politics show, I was moved on several occasions to compliment Jon an a job well done. I am rarely so moved in these Son et Lumiere, edgy times.

  • Comment number 3.

    Obama has just turned into George...what a shame

  • Comment number 4.

    given the storyville programme about the equatorial guinea plot isn't that just white man terrorism? given the evidence so why hasn't thatcher been prosecuted?

  • Comment number 5.

    # Streetphotobeing

    In some ways I share your view on Jon Sopel with a pleasant enough presence coming off the screen and a 'safe pair of hands' for all the interviewees but lacking somewhat in the ability or willingness perhaps to challenge people or their 'ideas'.


  • Comment number 6.

    rbs are claiming they made profits.

    lets withdraw the taxpayer money from the system, mark their 'assets' to market and then see how much 'profit' these banks have made.

    if all the banks are making massive profit and so need massive bonuses why do they need taxpayer money?

    psychologically it doesn't feel like the bankers are rowing on the oars with the rest of us?

  • Comment number 7.

    Nos 5 - Mim

    Yes indeed, may be he will listen up and change his tactics.

  • Comment number 8.

    "Up for discussion tonight, Google's decision to limit free news access".

    If you are going to be covering that element of our digital future perhaps you could tag onto the end a discussion about the letter which Google, Facebook, Yahoo and e-Bay have co-signed and sent to Lord Mandelson?

    Those companies want the removal of Clause 17 from Lord Mandelson's 'Digital Economy' Bill which refers to changes in copyright.

    Ron Taylor.



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