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12/12/2013

Duration:
3 hours
First broadcast:
Thursday 12 December 2013

News and current affairs. Including Sports Desk, Yesterday in Parliament, Weather, Thought for the Day.

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With Justin Webb and Evan Davis.

  • 12 Dec 2013 11:03:54

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    Papers

    Here's a round-up of this morning's newspaper headlines:

  • 12 Dec 2013 06:56:34

    Today's running order

    Subject to change

    0615

    Business news with Simon Jack.

    -          The Royal Bank of Scotland has been fined $100m (£61m) by US regulators, while Lloyds Banking Group has also been fined £28m by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Hugo Dixon, editor-at-large for Reuters, examines.

    -          Luke Johnson, the former chairman of Pizza Express, discusses the increasing importance for businesses to have an IT strategy.


    0710

    According to a group of academics, educational outcome can be explained by the differences in children rather than the differences in their teaching or school. Prof Robert Plomin, a professor at King’s College London's Institute of Psychiatry, joins presenter Evan Davis.

     

    0713

    The United States and Britain are suspending what they call "non-lethal assistance" to rebel groups in Northern Syria. George Jabbour Netto, who speaks for the Syrian National Council, discusses.

     

    0717

    The Office for National Statistics (ONS) have released information showing that the median income for retired households in the UK has grown by 5.1% between 2007/8 and 2011/12. The BBC’s home editor Mark Easton reports.

     

    0720

    Business news with Simon Jack. European finance ministers have been meeting in Brussels. Philippe Bodereau, managing director at Pimco’s London office, analyses the results.

     

    0723

    Following the announcement on yesterday’s show that The History Boys has been voted as the UK’s favourite play in a survey by the English Touring Theatre company, its writer Alan Bennett talks to presenter Justin Webb about why he believes the play is so popular.

     

    0733

    The Sentencing Council has published new sentencing guidelines for sexual offences, with the focus now reflecting the offender's behaviour and motivation to a greater degree. The chairman of the Sentencing Council, Lord Justice Treacy, discusses the changes.

     

    0738

    The paper review.

     

    0741

    The National Cathedral in Washington is holding a memorial service for the victims of gun violence, just before the anniversary of the murder of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook School in Connecticut. The BBC’s North America editor, Mark Mardell, reports.

     

    0746

    Thought for the Day, with the Reverend Dr Michael Banner; dean and fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge.

     

    0750

    The first inspections of hundreds of GP surgeries in England have uncovered basic failings in cleanliness and the handling of medicines and records. Prof Steve Field, chief inspector of general practice at the Care Quality Commission (CQC), and Chaand Nagpaul, chairman of the BMA General Practitioners Committee (GPC), discuss.

     

    0810

    As reported on the Today programme, on 11 December, Universities UK has issued guidance on whether it is right for religious speakers to segregate male and female students. Nicola Dandridge, chief executive of Universities UK, speaks to Justin Webb.

     

    0817

    RBS has been fined $100m (£61m) by US regulators for violating US sanctions against Iran, Sudan, Myanmar and Cuba between 2005 and 2009. The BBC’s business editor, Robert Peston, reports.

     

    0821

    Next week, the government is expected to announce its ambition to eventually move most big radio stations off the FM dial and make them digital only. The BBC’s media and arts correspondent, David Sillito, discovers more.

     

    0830

    Australia's High Court has overturned legislation allowing gay marriage in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). Some 27 couples who married since the law came into effect will now have their unions declared invalid, including Stephen Dawson – an MP in the parliament of West Australia – who speaks to presenter Evan Davis.

     

    0834

    The Sentencing Council has published new sentencing guidelines for sexual offences, with the focus now reflecting the offender's behaviour and motivation to a greater degree. Vera Baird QC, police and crime commissioner for Northumbria, and Joy Merriam, solicitor advocate at McCormacks Law, reflect.

     

    0840

    Ukrainian protest leaders have said they would not hold talks with President Viktor Yanukovych until their demands, including that he resign, are met. The BBC’s Moscow correspondent Steve Rosenberg reports; plus Lesya Orobets, a Ukrainian opposition MP, discusses.

     

    0846

    Business news with Simon Jack. The Royal Bank of Scotland has been fined $100m (£61m) by US regulators, while Lloyds Banking Group has also been fined £28m by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Tracey McDermott, director of enforcement and financial crime at the FCA, analyses.

     

    0852

    The Institute of Philosophy will launch the Human Mind Project on 12 December, creating an international effort to define the major intellectual challenges in understanding the nature and significance of the human mind. Prof Colin Blakemore, from the School of Advanced Study at the University of London, and Prof Marina Warner, from the University of Essex, discuss.

     

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