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Wednesday 12 June 2013

Morning news and current affairs with James Naughtie and John Humphrys, including:

The rail regulator wants Network Rail to run its next five year plan for £2bn less than the £23bn it proposed, and for trains operating companies to have to adhere to stricter on-time targets. The BBC's transport correspondent Richard Westcott reports and Anna Walker, who chairs the Office of Rail Regulation, and Anthony Smith, chief executive of Passenger Focus, discuss whether the cuts are feasible.

Turkish riot police clashed with anti-government protesters in Istanbul late into the night, as the authorities tried to retake control of the square which has been at the heart of two weeks of demonstrations. The BBC's Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen, Safak Pavey, a member of the Turkish Grand National Assembly, and Abdul Karagoz examine what will happen next and the action that the government will take.

One of Radio 4's best-loved newsreaders, Rory Morrison, has died at the age of 48. The Today programme reflects on Rory's career.

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Wednesday 12 June

Turkish police have removed protesters from Istanbul's Taksim Square after another night of clashes. The rail regulator wants Network Rail to run its next five year plan for £2 billion less than the £23 billion it proposed. And we'll learn today how e-cigarettes are to be licensed in the UK.

  • 12 Jun 2013 08:57:31


    Our editors this morning were John Shields and Sareen Bains. Coming up next on Radio 4, Mariella Frostrup presents Midweek with guests including Ruby Wax. 

    We're back from 0600 tomorrow - have a good morning.

  • 12 Jun 2013 08:54:49


    The EU says it will demand assurances that Europeans are not having their rights infringed by a massive Internet surveillance programme run by the United States. Major General Jonathan Shaw, former head of cyber security at the Ministry of Defence, and Heath Brooke, author of The Revolution Will Be Digitised, discuss the it is still possible to keep a state secret.

  • 12 Jun 2013 08:51:28


    Fifty years ago the conservationist Rachel Carson imagined a world without birdsong in her book The Silent Spring, which played an important part in establishing the environmental movement in the United States and beyond. The book has inspired the birdsong theme for this year's East Neuk  festival - which takes place in villages near St Andrews in Fife at the beginning of next month. One highlight of the festival will be the UK premiere of a new work - Inuksuit - by the distinguished American composer John Luther Adams. Huw Williams reports.

  • 12 Jun 2013 08:37:40


    The energy regulator Ofgem has set out plans to "break the stranglehold of the big six energy suppliers". The measures require large suppliers and generators to trade fairly with smaller players or face cash penalties. The 'big six' will also have to post the prices at which they will buy and sell electricity up to two years in advance.

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