Paddington creator Michael Bond talks to Today
In today's programme
With Justin Webb and Evan Davis.
Good morningToday's presenters are Justin Webb and Evan Davis. You can find this morning's provisional running order below. Our newsreader today is Corrie Corfield, who tweeted this picture of Broadcasting House when she arrived this morning:
Press regulationThe freedom and privacy pressure group English PEN has awarded the fifth Pen Pinter prize to the playwright Sir Tom Stoppard. Sir Tom, as part of the prize, is then asked to choose a journalist who has worked for freedom and he chose Iryna Khalip from Belorussia. Both join us to discuss the award and the freedom of the press.
Today's running orderSubject to change
Business news with Simon Jack on news that banks have begun to unveil mortgages which they will offer under the expanded Help to Buy scheme.
The BBC Newsnight programme says that politicians have 'rejected' the plan for regulation put forward by the press. Brian Cathcart, Professor of Journalism at Kingston University and a founder of the campaign group Hacked Off, and Chris Blackhurst, group content director of the Independent and Evening Standard, debate the grounds for the rejection.
The government's Help to Buy scheme is ready for launch with banks set to unveil mortgages which they will offer to customers who can afford only small deposits to buy a home. Paul Lewis, from BBC Radio 4's Moneybox programme, explains the details.
Amnesty International, which monitors prison camps in the country using satellites, estimates that 200,000 North Koreans are in prison camps - and that these numbers are growing. The BBC's Paul Adams heard from to Kim Young Soon who was imprisoned for almost ten years.
Yesterday the Today programme heard from 83-year-old Sally Lubanov - an elderly woman who receives 15 minutes of care a day - following a report by a that works with disabled people has done research which suggests that the number of such short visits has risen significantly over the past few years. Tracey Currey, from Swindon, was a care worker for two years but left because her employer would not let her do more than the "bare minimum" for clients, outlines the situation from her perspective.
The man put in charge of deciding whether to expand Britain's south east airports, Sir Howard Davies, has just ruled out doing nothing. The Chairman of the Commission Sir Howard Davies explains why he will be recommending building a new runway somewhere in the South East of England.
All three political parties have reshuffled their top teams. BBC Political Editor Nick Robinson explains who is up, who is down and why it matters.
Next year American and British combat troops will leave their posts in Afghanistan. The BBC’s defence correspondent Caroline Wyatt outlines the current situation in the country and Lord Dannatt, a former head of the British Army, gives his analysis on the imminent withdrawal.
Banks have begun to unveil mortgages which they will offer under the expanded Help to Buy scheme. The BBC's reporter Jim Taylor visits Wiltshire, to meet one couple who are considering the scheme and Danny Alexander, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, outlines what the idea is engineered to do.
The freedom and privacy pressure group English PEN has awarded the fifth Pen Pinter prize to the playwright Sir Tom Stoppard. Sir Tom, as part of the prize, is then asked to choose a journalist who has worked for freedom and he chose Iryna Khalip from Belorussia. Both join us to discuss the award.
Results from a large-scale clinical trial, presented today in South Africa, show that the most clinically advanced malaria vaccine to date has is protecting young children and infants from clinical malaria up to 18 months after vaccination. Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust, outlines the importance of the study.
A wide-ranging reshuffle by all parties that has seen a few more women in the coalition government, Norman Baker back to the Home Office, Michael Moore removed from Scotland and Rachel Reeves in as shadow work and pensions. John Rentoul, former chief political commentator for the Independent on Sunday, and Mark Pack, editor of Liberal Democrat Newswire, analyse the changes.
Business news with Simon Jack.
The alleged al-Qaeda leader Anas Al Liby, snatched by the Americans in Libya last Saturday, had once been living openly in Britain. The BBC's security correspondent, Frank Gardener, reports Baroness Neville-Jones, chair of Joint Intelligence Committee, examines whether the UK should be embarrasses about the situation.
Yesterday the Today programme heard from 83-year-old, Sally Lubanov, an elderly woman who receives 15 minutes of care a day - following a report by a that works with disabled people has done research which suggests that the number of such short visits has risen significantly over the past few years. Barbara Booton, from Active Independence, a support group for disabled people, and James Perry, Age UK internet champion this year, who is 92, debate what how the issue of care needs to be addressed.