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31/01/2014

Duration:
3 hours
First broadcast:
Friday 31 January 2014

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

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    Insight, analysis and expert debate as key policy makers are challenged on the latest news stories.

Friday's running order

With Sarah Montague and John Humphrys.

  • 31 Jan 2014 11:35:50

    Programme highlights


    Sima Kotecha and Dave Thompson look at how London gangs are spreading across the UK.

  • 31 Jan 2014 06:11:12


    Today's running order

    Subject to change


    0612

    The Welsh government is funding the first drug testing service where members of the public can send substances, even if they are illegal, to find out what is in them. The BBC’s Steve Holden discovers more.

     

    0615

    The paper review.

     

    0618

    Business news with Simon Jack.

    -       Erik Britton, a director at Fathom Financial Consulting, looks at “shadow banking”.

    -       Prof Tim Congdon, an economic adviser to the last Conservative government, assesses claims from entrepreneur Lawrence Tomlinson that RBS has been acting like a "vampire" that sucks cash out of businesses.

    -       Russell Clark, managing director of Wolf Minerals, discusses how the company is set to produce around 4% of the world’s tungsten by exploiting deposits under Devon moorland.

     

    0632

    The Metropolitan police has told the Today programme that they are increasingly seeing London gangs setting up 'franchises' in other parts of the country. The BBC’s Sima Kotecha reports.

     

    0634

    Prime Minister David Cameron is expected to press French President Francois Hollande to back European Union reform as he hosts a UK-France summit. The BBC’s Chris Mason updates us.

     

    0637

    New figures show wide variations in the way police record and classify rape allegations across the 43 police forces in England and Wales. The BBC’s Danny Shaw investigates.

     

    0640

    The paper review.

     

    0645

    Alicia McCarthy looks at Yesterday in Parliament.

     

    0650

    Andrew Morris discusses his "20 miles more" campaign, which aims to get HS2 to stretch to Liverpool.

     

    0654

    Can you turn information into music? So instead of looking at a spreadsheet or graph you could listen to it what it sounds like? Domenico Vicinanza from the Delivery of Advanced Network Technology to Europe (DANTE) discusses.

     

    0657

    The environment secretary is warning of further flooding for parts of the UK, with those in affected areas urged to heed Environment Agency advice. The BBC’s Anna Holligan brings us the latest.

     

    0710

    US student Amanda Knox says she is "frightened and saddened" after a court in Italy reinstated her guilty verdict for the 2007 murder of her British flatmate Meredith Kercher. The BBC’s Alan Johnston reports.

     

    0715

    Business news with Simon Jack. Paula Vennells, chief executive of the Post Office Ltd, discusses its future.


    0720

    Some 100,000 high-earning parents still have not submitted a self-assessment tax return, with the deadline at midnight tonight. Ruth Owen, director general of personal tax at HMRC, analyses.

     

    0725

    There are so many French people living in Britain these days that London counts as France's sixth biggest city. Today’s Tom Bateman has been talking to some of the 400,000 French citizens living in the city, finding out why they have decided to stay.

     

    0732

    Founder of Glastonbury music festival, Michael Eavis, discusses the impact and reasons behind recent flooding in Somerset.

     

    0735

    The paper review.

     

    0740

    20% of the music on the streaming site Spotify has never been listened to by any of its users. BBC Radio 1 presenter Gemma Cairney looks at a new service that aims to change that, called Forgetify.

     

    0745

    Thought for the Day with Catherine Pepinster, editor of The Tablet.

     

    0750

    Nadege Alezine, editor-in-chief at Be A Londoner, and Aurore Hochard, co-founder of Taskhub, debate the current economic differences between France and the UK.

     

    0810

    The Metropolitan police has told the Today programme that they are increasingly seeing London gangs setting up 'franchises' in other parts of the country. The BBC’s Sima Kotecha reports, plus Dave Thompson, lead for gangs at the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), speaks to John Humphrys.


    0820

    France has decided this week that in future all married women will be addressed by their maiden name in official correspondence unless they specifically request otherwise. Dr Rachel Thwaites, from the Centre for Women's Studies at the University of York, and journalist Daisy McAndrew discuss.

     

    0831

    Prof David Bewley-Taylor, director of the Global Drug Policy Observatory at Swansea University, and Xenia Dormandy, US foreign policy expert, debate what has become of the United States’ tough stance on drugs.

     

    0837

    Business with Simon Jack. Microsoft's board is said to be preparing to make Satya Nadella, the company's enterprise and cloud chief, its chief executive officer. Larry Magid, technology analyst for the website CNET, analyses.

     

    0843

    Actress Scarlett Johansson has quit as an ambassador for Oxfam amid a row over her support for an Israeli company that operates in the occupied West Bank. The BBC’s Kevin Connolly discovers more.

     

    0849

    What does masculinity look like in the 21st century? Rapper Akala and Martin Daubney, former editor of Loaded magazine, debate.

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