Today, 05/06/2013 Live

5 Jun 2013 Last updated at 11:48

Wednesday 5 June

Victims of crime in England and Wales are being given the right to challenge decisions to stop prosecutions or not charge suspects. Pakistan's new Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will be sworn in later today, for an unprecedented third time. And the delicate art of interviewing celebrities.
  • 5 Jun 2013 08:59:58


    Our editors this morning were Sarah Nelson and Lewis James. Next on Radio 4, Cerys Matthews joins Libby Purves for Midweek. Thanks for listening.

  • 5 Jun 2013 08:57:15


    The Times' journalist Janice Turner has written that while interviewing a very irritated Rhys Ifans, told her he was bored and walked out. Sam Delaney, who has some experience of interviewing celebrities as the former editor of Heat among other occupations, and Roy Greenslade, a professor of journalism at City University, discuss whether the conventional celebrity interview is on the way out.

    "No-one is interested in PR-endorsed interviews."
    - Sam Delaney

    "What you end up with is a synthetic article, which is a sham. It's demeaning to everyone."
    - Roy Greenslade
  • 5 Jun 2013 10:58:55


    The cost the US government pays to borrow money - the benchmark for the rest of the world - has risen very sharply in the last month, from 1.6% to 2.1%. Our business editor Simon Jack reports.

  • 5 Jun 2013 08:48:08


    There's news today of a clampdown on anti-social driving - drivers will be fined for hogging middle lanes on the motorway or tailgating. Motoring journalist Quentin Willson and Suzette Davenport, Chief Constable of Gloucester Police, debate the issue.

    Earlier this morning we heard from Edmund King, President of the AA.
    "Motorway discipline is not good, but that's not surprising because we don't teach people how to drive on motorways. It's great in America because the roads are bigger, some freeways are six or seven lanes wide and they're less crowded, whereas here we've got three lanes and they're absolutely choc-a-block."
    - Quentin Willson

    Julia Blatchford
    @BBCr4today Fines are a good idea, but some drivers still believe there's a 'fast', 'middle' & 'slow lane' so are not using them correctly.
    Putting the focus on middle lane hogs is an easy target for the police but not one that is going to make much difference. The inside lanes are frequently rammed with haulage traffic insisting on travelling nose to tail at 56 miles per hour, while the outside (overtaking lane) is similarly stuffed by people who believe it is their right to travel in a way determined to force every other driver out of their way.  
    - Phill

    Dan Kenyon
    @BBCr4today You can't introduce American rules. Undertaking is dangerous. Unnecessarily slow overtaking by lorries is a major problem.
    Having driven in America I absolutely support the idea of a motorway max of say 65mph and change the rules on using lanes - so much better and could help take away the British driving hatred / road rage that we see. Why not seek a trial period on specific stretches of "65 max use any lane"?
    - Chris

    Trevor Lambert
    @BBCr4today I stay in the middle lane. My only reason is if I commit to the slow lane people are too inconsiderate to let me out again.
  • 5 Jun 2013 08:46:57


    Pakistan's new Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will be sworn in later today, for an unprecedented third time. The BBC's Orla Guerin reports from the city of Lahore, to assess his prospects.

  • 5 Jun 2013 08:42:11


    The entrepreneur and Dragons Den star James Caan was hired by the government to be in charge of an effort to persuade us all that we should not help our own sons and daughters get into jobs but it turns out Mr Caan employed not one but two children in firms he runs himself or has an interest in. Fiona Millar, who campaigns for people to use comprehensive schools, Rachel Johnson the journalist and writer, discuss whether it is true that, when it comes to your own children, you do what you can.

    When we spoke to him earlier this morning James Caan defended employing his daughters in firms he's involved with.

  • 5 Jun 2013 08:32:44


    Libby Purves just popped into the studio to tell Evan and Justin about what's coming up on this morning's Midweek. Cerys Matthews is among the guests on this week's programme, which is broadcast on Radio 4 straight after Today.

  • 5 Jun 2013 08:28:34


    There should be a coronation meadow in every county in Britain: that is what Prince Charles wants the charity plant life is going to help make it happen. Victoria Chester, its chief executive, explains what the benefits of a coronation meadow would be.

    dan jackson
    @BBCr4today Our wild flower meadow at turnham green chiswick. Defo worth it.
  • 5 Jun 2013 08:19:48


    Should we intervene in Syria? The argument rages while the people of that nation suffer - and the range of views is wide. We hear from our Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen, and speak to Michael Ignatieff, academic and former leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, and Syrian writer and broadcaster Halla Diyab. 

    BBC Radio 4 Today
    Ignatieff on #Syria: both sides believe they must win because if they lose, they'll die @M_Ignatieff #r4today
    BBC Radio 4 Today
    Here's the author, academic and former Liberal Party of Canada leader, @M_Ignatieff after speaking on Syria #r4today
    "Violence will not bring democracy and freedom that we Syrians aspire for."
    - Halla Diyab

    Halla Diyab
    #Syrian rebels want to drag Lebanon Into conflict #lebanon should not pay the price for Hizbullah policy @BBCr4today
  • 5 Jun 2013 07:59:06


    From today every crime victim in England and Wales will be able to challenge a decision not to charge a suspect or to stop a prosecution. Keir Starmer, Director of Public Prosecutions and Deviser of the new Victims' Right to Review policy outlines the impact that it will have.

    BBC Radio 4 Today
    #Starmer: #Victims' Right to Review about giving them greater confidence in decisions that start the process of prosecution #r4today
    BBC Radio 4 Today
    Starmer: 'Realistic prospect of conviction' test remains, that's a safeguard for suspects #r4today
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