Today, 15/01/2014 Wednesday's running order

15 Jan 2014 Last updated at 11:25

Wednesday 15 January

With James Naughtie and Mishal Husain.
  • 15 Jan 2014 11:16:37


    Listen to clips from this morning's programme:

    The BBC's Matt Wells looks at the technology behind underwater wifi.

    Chris Leslie, shadow chief secretary to the Treasury, and Conservative MP Mark Garnier discuss the bonuses RBS may seek to give its staff.

  • 15 Jan 2014 06:00:16

    Today's running order

    Subject to change


    The paper review.



    French President Francois Hollande has given his New Year's address, outlining ideas to combat unemployment - a key pledge in his campaign. The BBC’s David Chazan reports.



    Two people were hurt in a shooting overnight in Bangkok as anti-government protesters continued to shut down parts of the Thai capital. The BBC’s Jonathan Head reports.



    Business with Simon Jack.

    -       Lord Sassoon, the former Treasury minister, discusses Britain’s relationship with China.

    -       Simon Feeke, head of workplace at Stonewall, analyses the most accommodating professions for gay employees.



    Labour is urging Chancellor George Osborne to block any attempt by Royal Bank of Scotland to pay bonuses of up to double its bankers' annual salary. The BBC’s Ben Wright reports.



    Vigilantes in Mexico have clashed with soldiers deployed in the western state of Michoacan to disarm the groups, who last week launched an offensive against the Knights Templar drug cartel. The BBC’s Will Grant discovers more.



    The BBC’s Susan Hulme looks at Yesterday in Parliament.



    The paper review.



    The BBC’s Kim Ghattas looks at US Secretary of State John Kerry’s last twelve months in the role.



    Underground networks operating throughout Europe claim to have helped hundreds of parents flee UK social services and start new lives abroad in order to avoid having their children taken from them. John Waite, from Radio 4’s Face The Facts, discusses.



    Labour is urging Chancellor George Osborne to block any attempt by Royal Bank of Scotland to pay bonuses of up to double its bankers' annual salary. The BBC’s business editor Robert Peston reports.



    Western intelligence agencies have visited Damascus for talks on combating radical Islamist groups, Syria's deputy foreign minister has told the BBC. The BBC’s Lyse Doucet reports.



    Business news with Simon Jack. Five UK lenders are to add a mobile payment facility called Zapp to their smartphone and tablet apps to allow customers to pay for goods or services without the need for cash or a credit card. Zapp’s chief executive Peter Keenan discusses.



    A controversial story line on Coronation Street is about to reach its conclusion with a terminally ill character deciding to end her life while she is still able to do so. Stuart Blackman, a producer from the show, and Dr Peter Saunders, from the campaign group Care Not Killing, examine.



    Birmingham landmarks like the NEC could be sold to pay legal claims of more than £1bn, the city council has said. Chris Benson, a partner at the solicitors Leigh Day & Co, and Gisela Stuart, the Labour MP for Birmingham Edgbaston, discuss.



    The paper review.




    French President Francois Hollande has said he is experiencing a "difficult moment" in his private life, following claims of an affair with an actress. George Parker of the Financial Times and Florentin Collomp from Le Figaro discuss.



    Thought for the Day with Akhandadhi Das, Vaishnav Hindu teacher and theologian.



    MPs on the Public Accounts Committee are to begin an investigation into the effectiveness of confiscation orders made by courts to try to recover the process of crime. The Today programme’s Tom Bateman reports, plus Mike Creedon, chief constable of Derbyshire, discusses.



    Labour is urging Chancellor George Osborne to block any attempt by Royal Bank of Scotland to pay bonuses of up to double its bankers' annual salary. The BBC’s political editor Nick Robinson reports; plus Chris Leslie, shadow chief secretary to the Treasury, speaks to presenter Mishal Husain.


    An exhibition in London called The Romanian Disease is showing TB microbes that have had their DNA removed, effectively killing them. Anna Dumitriu, the artist behind it, and Ken Arnold, head of public programmes at the Wellcome Collection, discuss.


    The chancellor George Osborne will say on 15 January that the biggest economic risk facing Europe comes from "a failure to reform and renegotiate" inside the European Union. The Conservative MP John Redwood, and Klaus-Peter Willsch, from Chancellor Merkel's CDU party, discuss.



    The BBC’s Mark Mardell reports from South Sudan, where the government seems to have stopped listening to the United States and President Obama.



    Business with Simon Jack. Housing charity Shelter have revealed research which says 19% of UK rent or mortgage-payers have had to borrow money to make a monthly payment. Campbell Robb, the charity’s chief executive, analyses.



    A young team of international researchers from a university in New York State have created technology that allows a wifi connection to be gained underwater. The BBC’s Matt Wells reports.


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