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20/08/2013

Duration:
3 hours
First broadcast:
Tuesday 20 August 2013

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  • 20 Aug 2013 06:54:48

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    0615

    Business news with Simon Jack on news that one of two of the biggest mining companies, Glencore Xstrata, will publish half year figures later.


    0709

    The Egyptian authorities have detained the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, continuing the round-up of its leaders. The BBC's Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen reports from Cairo, and Amr Moussa, former secretary general of the Arab League; founding member of the National Salvation Front, gives his analysis on Egypt's future.


    0715

    Business news with Simon Jack.


    0718

    Research from University College London suggests how the performers behave during classical recitals might influence the audience's assessment of their music. Dr Chia Jung Tsay, assistant professor in management science and innovation at the university outlines what the study found.


    0722

    According to the latest employment figures, more than eight million people in Britain now work part time, a figure that has been growing steadily since the recession began in 2008. The Today programme's Mike Thomson reports.


    0733

    The debate over fracking has been inflamed by the protests, and arrests, near Balcombe in, Sussex, where Cuadrilla has a test drilling site. The Green MP Caroline Lucas speaks about being arrested by the police on Monday.


    0739

    The paper review.


    0742

    The first official photographs of Prince George have been released. The BBC's royal correspondent Nick Witchell reports, and Fiona Rogers, photographer and cultural and education manager at the international photo agency Magnum Photos, discusses the way the pictures were taken.


    0747

    Thought for the Day with Canon Angela Tilby of Christchurch Cathedral, Oxford.


    0750

    Using the Terrorism Act to detain the partner of a Guardian reporter who wrote about US and UK security services was "legally and procedurally sound," Scotland Yard has said. The BBC's home affairs correspondent Danny Saw outlines the case and Henry Porter, novelist and Observer columnist, gives his analysis.


    0810

    Labour still leads the Conservatives in the polls, although the lead has been shrinking and throughout the summer there's been a steady stream of criticism of Ed Miliband leadership and the state of the party. The Today programme's Zubeida Malik reports and David Blunkett, senior minister throughout the Blair-Brown years, examines what Labour needs to do to rally support.


    0820

    The boy band One Direction will be walking down the red carpet later at the premiere of a documentary about their lives, in Leicester Square. The Today programme's Sima Kotecha reports and Hunter Davies, who wrote the only authorised biography of The Beatles, and Ruth Barnes, music reporter on Amazing Radio and BBC 6 Music, discuss whether it is it too early to assess the band's cultural significance.


    0832

    New figures released by the Chartered Management Institute reveal that female executives are on average given bonuses half the size of those awarded to their male counterparts. Ann Francke, chief executive at the institute, and Louise Peacock, deputy women's editor at the Daily Telegraph discuss the issue.


    0838

    Business news with Simon Jack.


    0841

    The regulator of commercial radio, Ofcom, is considering a request to block a big take-over of a British radio station because the media group which has bought it publishes a controversial magazine in Germany. The BBC's Steve Evans reports from Berlin.


    0846

    The age restrictions on jurors could be lifted under plans announced on Tuesday - with jurors able to serve up to the age of 75. It comes after the retirement age for judges was lowered to 70. Retired Judge John Samuels, and Cheryl Thomas, professor of judicial studies at University College London, debate the efficacy of the change.


    0851

    Foreign Secretary William Hague said on the programme on Monday that: "What is happening now in the Middle East is the most important event so far of the 21st century, even compared to the financial crisis we have been through and its impact on world affairs." Rosemary Hollis, professor of Middle East politics at City University,  and the historian Antony Beevor assess Mr Hague's statement.

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