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11/03/2014

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

2 hours, 31 minutes

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  • 11 Mar 2014 11:23:37

    Programme Highlights


    Elephants 'distinguish between languages'

    Karen McComb from Sussex University says that elephants can distinguish between languages

  • 11 Mar 2014 06:06:57


    Provisional running order

    Subject to change

    0615

    Business news with Simon Jack.

    -          Bank of England governor Mark Carney is to be quizzed by MPs over claims some of the bank's officials knew about alleged foreign exchange rate fixing. Chris Wheeler, banking analyst at Mediobanca, discusses.

    -          For the first time since 2008, every sector of UK industry is planning to hire staff, the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey has found. James Hick, managing director of ManpowerGroup Solutions, explains.

    0630

    Postal voting is marred by "real fraud" and should be drastically scaled back, a Conservative MP has said. The BBC’s Allan Urry reports.

    0634

    A meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin will not happen until Moscow engages with US proposals to tackle the crisis in Ukraine, US Secretary of State John Kerry has said. The BBC’s Mark Mardell brings us up to date.

    0638

    Bank of England governor Mark Carney is to be quizzed by MPs over claims some of the bank's officials knew about alleged foreign exchange rate fixing. Simon Jack explains.

    0642

    The paper review.

    0646

    Sean Curran looks at Yesterday in Parliament.

    0650

    The government of Argentina is facing a series of strikes and protests over the state of the country's economy. The BBC’s Wyre Davies brings us the details.

    0654

    Elephants can distinguish between human languages, researchers have found. Karen McComb, professor of animal behaviour and cognition at the University of Sussex, discusses.

    0710

    Authorities searching for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane have widened their search, with the west coast of Malaysia now "the focus" of the hunt. David Gallo, an oceanographer from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, assesses.

    0715

    Australia's foreign minister Julie Bishop speaks to John Humphrys about the country’s tough approach on economic migrants and asylum seekers that go to live in Australia uninvited.

    0720

    2014 will be the breakthrough year for more small and medium-sized businesses to bypass the access problems they have experienced with traditional bank lending, it has been claimed. David Stevenson, the Financial Time's Adventurous Investor columnist, analyses.

    0730

    Postal voting is marred by "real fraud" and should be drastically scaled back, a Conservative MP has said. Richard Mawrey QC and Jenny Watson, chair of the Electoral Commission, debate the issue.

    0735

    The paper review.

    0740

    Smartphones and tablet computers can encourage pre-school children from poorer background to read, a report from the National Literacy Trust has concluded. Jonathan Douglas, the trust’s director, explains.

    0745

    Thought for the Day, with the Rabbi Lord Sacks.

    0750

    Former England defender Sol Campbell discusses his life and career, as well as the negative reaction to his claim that he could have been England captain for longer.

    0810

    Bank of England governor Mark Carney is to be quizzed by MPs over claims some of the bank's officials knew about alleged foreign exchange rate fixing. The BBC’s Robert Peston brings us the details, before Brenda Kelly, senior market strategist at IG, and Andrea Leadsom, a member of the Treasury Select Committee set to question Mr Carney, discuss.

    0820

    There are calls for Natural England to change its consultation on whether or not farmers are acting lawfully when shooting certain birds that can cause damage to crops. Dr Matt Heydon, principal specialist for species regulation from National England, and Martin Lamb, who runs the pest control service Shoot Watch, debate.

    0825

    A meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin will not happen until Moscow engages with US proposals to tackle the crisis in Ukraine, US Secretary of State John Kerry has said. Ukrainian MP Andriy Shevchenko discusses.

    0830

    Business news with Simon Jack. Irish fruit firm Fyffes and US rival Chiquita are to merge to create the world's largest banana company, worth about $1bn (£597m). Adam Leyland, editor of The Grocer magazine, analyses.

    0835

    The world's oldest MP is retiring this year, at the age of 94. Rishang Keishing, who took his seat in India's first parliament after independence more than 60 years ago, speaks to the BBC’s Andrew North.

    0840

    The number of children affected by the Syrian conflict has more than doubled over the last 12 months, UNICEF has claimed. Today’s Sima Kotecha has been to meet a Syrian family in the West Midlands who fled from the north of the country.

    0845

    A BBC Radio 4 drama, Dividing the Union, imagines David Cameron and Alex Salmond coming together for negotiations after Scotland has voted for independence. Greg Wise, who plays Mr Cameron, and Greg Hemphill, the man behind Alex Salmond, discuss.

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