Today, 03/06/2013 Live

3 Jun 2013 Last updated at 12:39

Monday 3 June

Members of the House of Lords have been accused of using their positions to make money out of lobbying, breaking rules in the process. New research suggests children of richer parents have a better chance of a good education than poorer children. And who will be the next Doctor Who?
  • 3 Jun 2013 08:58:34


    Our editors this morning were Adam Cumiskey and Sareen Bains. Coming up next on Radio 4, Allan Little presents Start the Week. Good morning.

  • 3 Jun 2013 08:55:57


    If you are raped and you go to the police, how are you treated? What happens as they try to establish what happened?  Dr Catherine White, clinical director a Sexual Assault Referral Centre called St Mary's in Manchester, and Juliet, who was referred there after she was raped, discuss the case and treatment that people who have been raped receive. 

  • 3 Jun 2013 08:51:32


    Fraudsters have found a way of getting hold of your bank details by skimming them from the new so-called contactless debit cards. Martin Emms, research associate at Newcastle University, and Richard Koch, a former management consultant and entrepreneur, discuss the level of the threat.

  • 3 Jun 2013 08:40:49


    The Hollywood actor Michael Douglas has said in the Guardian this morning that the throat cancer which nearly killed him was caused by giving oral sex. Dr Kat Arney, developmental biologist from Cambridge University, and Susan Quilliam, an agony aunt and author noted for bringing systemic psychology to a mass audience, discuss the claims.

    READ the Guardian's interview with Michael Douglas:

    "Without wanting to get too specific, this particular cancer is caused by HPV [human papillomavirus], which actually comes about from cunnilingus. I mean, I did worry if the stress caused by my son's incarceration didn't help trigger it. But yeah, it's a sexually transmitted disease that causes cancer."

    - Michael Douglas

    The Guardian have published more information and advice on this from the NHS:

    BBC Radio 4 Today
    Dr Kat Arney, Cancer Research UK says, "there's lots we don't know, we wouldn't want to scare people off from enjoying themselves." #r4today
    My husband had an HPV-related cancer in his mouth. He was very setiously ill. I have three sons and am having to pay over £300 each to have them vaccinated against HPV. Boys should be offered HPV vaccine especially those that have a history in their family. 
    - Victoria

    Liz Purslow
    #r4today Actually HPV association with mouth/throat cancers is old news. Perhaps this publicity will lead to giving boys the vaccine as well
  • 3 Jun 2013 08:27:29


    Hundreds of protesters returned to the streets of Istanbul and Ankara yesterday (Sunday) after two days of unrest that have seen more than 1,700 arrests. Dr Gül Berna Özcan, reader in international business and entrepreneurship, at Royal Holloway University of London, and Sinan Ulgen, chairman of the Centre for Economics and Foreign Policy Studies, an independent think tank in Istanbul, discuss the significance of the riots.

  • 3 Jun 2013 08:32:25

    Coming up

    Straight after the Today programme this morning, Allan Little presents Start The Week.

  • 3 Jun 2013 08:18:13


    There will be a new Doctor Who at Christmas - the 12th incarnation of the Time Lord. Jenny Colgan, writer and author of the Dr Who novel Dark Horizons, and Dr Matthew Sweet, historian and Dr Who fan, discuss whether the doctor could return as a woman.

    BBC Radio 4 Today
    On a female Dr Who Dr Matthew Sweet says: "This is a conversation we have been having since Tom Baker left the part." #r4today

    Matt Smith, the current Doctor, and Steven Moffat, lead writer and executive producer, have been speaking about Matt's departure on the BBC's official Doctor Who blog:

    "Doctor Who has been the most brilliant experience for me as an actor and a bloke, and that largely is down to the cast, crew and fans of the show. I'm incredibly grateful to all the cast and crew who work tirelessly every day, to realise all the elements of the show and deliver Doctor Who to the audience.
    - Matt Smith

    Great actors always know when it's time for the curtain call, so this Christmas prepare for your hearts to break, as we say goodbye to number Eleven. Thank you Matt - bow ties were never cooler.
    - Steven Moffat

    Samira Ahmed
    Thx to @jennycolgan @DrMatthewSweet for informing the Today audience that the Doctor is knitted & doesn't read the Daily Mail.
    Vincenzo Rampulla
    "There's one thing that we know, the Doctor doesn't read the Daily Mail" - Genius. @BBCr4today
  • 3 Jun 2013 08:05:07


    The Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, has insisted that the coalition is determined to push through new measures to fight sleaze in parliament, after the latest revelations to hit Westminster. The BBC's political editor, Nick Robinson provides analysis, Robert Buckland MP, member of the parliamentary select committee on standards, and Lord Oakeshott, Liberal Democrat peer, discuss news that three peers have been accused of agreeing to carry out parliamentary work for payment.

    Robert Buckland MP, member of the parliamentary select committee on standards, says a register will help. "MPs are left to exercise their good judgement and moral rectitude and sadly there will always be people in every walk of life who fail that," he said.

    BBC Radio 4 Today
    On sleaze reforms @oakeshottm says: "we have got to clean out the stinking swamp which is the House of Lords". #r4today
  • 3 Jun 2013 07:50:39


    Thank you for all of your feedback on this morning's programme so far. Still to come before 0900, we'll be asking what impact the lobbying scandal could have on politics.

    matthew oakeshott
    "@BBCr4today: Coming up: #Lobbying accusations (0810) #r4today"I'm talking Lords and lobbying.All parties back Statutory Register-so do it!

    We'll also look at who the next Doctor might be, after it was announced over the weekend that Matt Smith was leaving the BBC One show:

    Send us your suggestions now and we might add your tweet to the live page...

    kevin thorpe
    @BBCr4today Next Doctor Who should be Rachael Stirling: she'd be great to play an austere Hartnell-esque Doctor.
    BBC Radio 4 Today
    Coming up: Anti-sleaze reforms ‘going ahead’ (0810) #Turkey protests discussed (0830) & how are #rape victims treated? #r4today

    If you missed this morning's Tweet of the Day, which came from the Nightjar, you can listen to it online via BBC iPlayer:

    Myleene Klass was just spotted walking through the Today programme's office in Broadcasting House. She's appearing on BBC Radio 5 Live later this morning.

    Sarah Bell
    Sarah Bell @bellesy tweeted:
    Celeb spot of the day so far - a very glamorous Myleene Klass wandering past my desk in @BBCr4today land.
    Myleene Klass
    On @bbc5live in 15 mins to talk about #BigIF. Next Sat, Hyde Park, 2-5pm. Come join me and Bill. (Gates that is!)
    Sarah Bell
    Sarah Bell @bellesy tweeted:
    Oh and now the surprisingly handsome Tim Henman passing the desk. I like my @BBCr4today shift.
  • 3 Jun 2013 07:46:17


    The shadow chancellor Ed Balls will say today that a Labour government would cut winter fuel payments for the country's richest elderly people. Our political editor Nick Robinson reports.

    BBC political editor Nick Robinson says it may only affect 6,000 pensioners, but the symbolically important thing is Labour breaking the link with universality - that everyone gets the same regardless of income.

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