Today, 17/03/2014 Monday's running order

17 Mar 2014 Last updated at 12:20

Monday 17 March

With James Naughtie and John Humphrys.
  • 17 Mar 2014 12:15:15

    Programme Highlights


    Scientists 'expect' echoes of Big Bang




    Missing plane 'followed deliberate sequence'


  • 17 Mar 2014 06:09:11


    Provisional Running Order

    Subject to change

    0615

    Business news with Simon Jack.

    -       Building work on the northern section of the £50bn high-speed HS2 rail project should be accelerated, HS2 chairman Sir David Higgins has said. Robbie Owen from Pinsent Masons analyses.

    -       Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has announced plans for a flotation in the US, saying the move will make it "a more global company". The BBC’s Linda Yueh examines.

    -       UK manufacturers have reported a buoyant start to the year, according to the industry body, the EEF. Lee Hopley, the body’s chief economist, and Jonathan Portes, director of the National Institute of Social and Economic Research, discuss.

    0630

    EU foreign ministers are due to discuss further sanctions against Russia after a Moscow-backed referendum in Crimea backed a split from Ukraine. The BBC’s Chris Morris brings us the details.

    0634

    The former Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy says his colleagues in the cross-party Better Together campaign - urging a “No” vote in the Scottish referendum - are in danger of being too negative. The BBC’s Niall O'Gallagher explains.

    0638

    The paper review.

    0642

    Many Ofsted inspectors do not have the skills needed to make fair judgements of schools, a think tank report says. Jonathan Simons, head of education at Policy Exchange and author of the report, explains.

    0646

    Some 25 countries are now involved in a vast search operation for the missing airliner that disappeared over a week ago, Malaysian officials say. The BBC’s Jennifer Pak brings us up to date.

    0650

    A cross-party group of MPs has criticised the government for including a valuable database of postcodes in the flotation of the Royal Mail. Bernard Jenkin MP, chair of the Public Administration Select Committee, discusses.

    0654

    The British Army has made another significant move towards its final withdrawal from Afghanistan and has now pulled back to controlling just two bases. The BBC’s Jonathan Beale reports.

    0710

    More than 95% of Crimean voters have backed joining Russia in Sunday’s referendum, local officials have said. The BBC’s James Reynolds reports, before Michael Fuchs, deputy parliamentary leader of the CDU in Germany, speaks to James Naughtie.

    0715

    Some 25 countries are now involved in a vast search operation for the missing airliner that disappeared over a week ago, Malaysian officials say. Doug Maclean, former senior manager in Air Traffic Control for NATS, discusses.

    0720

    Business news with Simon Jack. A garden city with an initial 15,000 homes will be built at Ebbsfleet in Kent, George Osborne has announced. Hugh Ellis, head of policy at the Town and Country Planning Association, analyses.

    0725

    A BBC investigation has found that some of the sectarian tension in the Middle East is being fuelled by dozens of TV channels that promote hatred and violence. Today’s Sima Kotecha finds out more.

    0730

    British ex-commander Major Richard Streatfeild has admitted that the training and equipment of British soldiers was not good enough for the job they had to do. He speaks to James Naughtie.

    0735

    The paper review.

    0740

    What are the sounds that define this country, and are they disappearing? Torsten Nilsson, curator of the Museum of Work in Sweden, discusses.

    0745

    Thought for the Day with Brian Draper, associate lecturer at the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity.

    0750

    Building work on the northern section of the £50bn high-speed HS2 rail project should be accelerated, HS2 chairman Sir David Higgins has said. He speaks to James Naughtie.

    0810

    EU foreign ministers are due to discuss further sanctions against Russia after a Moscow-backed referendum in Crimea backed a split from Ukraine. Foreign Secretary William Hague discusses.

    0820

    There is a rising appetite for historical writing as people grow tired of fiction, author and University of East Anglia professor Sarah Churchwell has said.  She debates the topic with writer Stephanie Merritt.

    0825

    A group of scientists in the United States are expected to announce that they have discovered an echo of the Big Bang. Dr Joanna Dunkley, cosmologist and lecturer in astrophysics at the University of Oxford, discusses.

    0830

    The Independent Police Complaints Commission says it is overhauling the way it deals with deaths in custody. Raju Bhatt, solicitor at Bhatt Murphy, examines, before chair of the IPCC Dame Anne Owers speaks to James Naughtie.

    0835

    A garden city with an initial 15,000 homes will be built at Ebbsfleet in Kent, George Osborne has announced. Laurie Goodman, researcher in advanced architectural study and garden cities at UCL, discusses.

    0840

    There is now six months left until Scotland decides whether it should become an independent country. James Naughtie catches up with three young voters to see how their opinions on the issue are evolving.

    0845

    The Help to Buy equity loan scheme is set to be extended to 2020, with a further £6bn invested to help 120,000 more households purchase a new-build home.  Andrew Sentence, senior economic advisor at PricewaterhouseCoopers, discusses.

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