Today, 03/10/2013 In today's programme

3 Oct 2013 Last updated at 09:01

Thursday 3 October

With James Naughtie and Justin Webb.
  • 3 Oct 2013 09:23:51


    Our editors this morning were Laura Cooper and Lewis James. Coming up next on Radio 4, Melvyn Bragg presents In Our Time. Have a good morning.

  • 3 Oct 2013 08:58:40


    Prince Charles reads one of his favourite poems, Fern Hill by Dylan Thomas, to celebrate National Poetry Day. 

  • 3 Oct 2013 08:47:47


    The Gambian government has announced it is withdrawing from the Commonwealth, 48 years after joining. Bakary Dabo, former vice president of the Gambia, and now chair of the Campaign for Democratic Change in Gambia in the UK, speaks to James Naughtie.

  • 3 Oct 2013 08:33:56


    Jonathan Franzen, one of America's most celebrated contemporary novelists, has released a non-fiction work, The Kraus Project. Mr Franzen describes his first encounter with Kraus.

    BBC Radio 4 Today
    Jonathan Franzen: "It's alarming agents now tell young writers they won't look at their manuscript if they don't have 250 Twitter followers"
    Adam Wagner
    Jonathan Franzen is brilliant but I think he needs to get on twitter... @bbcr4today
  • 3 Oct 2013 08:21:33


    The new City regulator is expected to announce tougher controls on payday lenders this morning, aimed at protecting vulnerable people from falling into a spiral of debt. Russell Hamblin Boone, of the Consumer Finance Association which represents many payday loan companies, and Stella Creasy MP, who campaigns against pay day loans, to discuss the new regime.

    BBC Radio 4 Today
    "People aren't borrowing for luxury. It's not that they have options, it's that people need to pay their rent." - Stella Creasy MP #r4today
    BBC Radio 4 Today
    "If we don't act now to change this, I'm convinced this is going to be the next PPI scandal," says Stella Creasy #r4today
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    Russell Hamblin-Boone adds: "The majority of people do pay back, and customer satisfaction surveys are always very high." #r4today
  • 3 Oct 2013 08:13:23


    National Lottery Lotto tickets are doubling in price on Thursday, ahead of changes in the game coming in on Saturday which will see the bottom prize go up from £10 to £25 and the jackpot increase - at the expense of the prizes in the middle. Andy Duncan, managing director of Camelot, explains the theory behind the changes, and Professor Ian Walker, an economist at Lancaster University, with a particular interest in lotteries, gauges whether the shake-up will boost the number of people that buy lottery tickets.

    BBC Radio 4 Today
    "National Lottery as a whole is very healthy... Lotto itself is in need of a refresh." - Andy Duncan, Managing Director of Camelot #r4today
  • 3 Oct 2013 08:11:37


    The writer Tom Clancy has died at the age of 66, a storyteller whose thrillers sold millions and spawned many a movie. Deborah Grosvenor, the publisher who saw his first manuscript of his 17th book that will be published in December, The Hunt for Red October, reflects on his career as a writer.

    BBC Radio 4 Today
    "Tom Clancy wrote with a confidence, he had witty dialogue, and you could just tell he was a storyteller," says Deborah Grosvenor #r4today
  • 3 Oct 2013 08:09:19


    The FBI has announced the arrest of the suspected operator of the Silk Road - a clandestine online marketplace for drugs and other illegal items. Kate Bevan, a  technology writer and broadcaster, explains how Silk Road works, how it evades detection.

    BBC Radio 4 Today
    Kate Bevan on Silk Road: "Nowadays, everywhere you go, you leave a digital footprint. And sometimes people don't want to be that traceable."
  • 3 Oct 2013 08:07:01


    A two-day meeting of international football body FIFA begins in Zurich later. David Davies, former executive director of the Football Association, explains that one of the issues on the agenda is the moving of Qatar's world cup tournament in 2022 from Summer, to the Winter months, because of concerns about the effect of heat on players and spectators.

    BBC Radio 4 Today
    "I think this is the biggest dilemma that has faced FIFA in modern times," says David Davies #r4today
  • 3 Oct 2013 08:03:17


    The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is publishing new rules on payday lending later, ahead of taking over regulation of consumer credit in April next year. The Today programme's Tom Bateman reports and Martin Wheatley, chief executive of the FCA, outlines the new rules.

    BBC Radio 4 Today
    "The fact you can get a loan in 10 minutes means the person lending to you isn't doing proper affordability checking." - Martin Wheatley
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    Martin Wheatley adds: "It'll now be a lengthier process, but it should mean people aren't pushed into a spiral of debt." #r4today
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