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18/08/2016

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

Release date:

3 hours

Last on

Thu 18 Aug 2016 06:00

Today's running order

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0650

RSPB Scotland has raised concerns that a rare hen harrier in the Highlands has disappeared. Duncan Orr-Ewing is head of species at RSPB Scotland.

0655

A treatment for breast cancer sufferers may no longer be available to patients in England after health officials deemed it "not cost effective". Baroness Delyth Morgan is chief executive of Breast Cancer Now.

0710

Police in Brazil investigating illegal Olympic ticket sales have arrested the head of the European Olympic Committees, Irishman Patrick Hickey. Noel Rock is Fine Gael politician and a member of the Irish Public Accounts Committee.

0715

Hundreds of thousands of teenagers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are awaiting their A-level results on which the university places of many depend. Luke Sibieta is programme director within the Education and Employment Sector at the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

0720

A group of MPs is calling on the government to force local councils in England to do more to prevent homelessness. Clive Betts is chair of the Communities and Local Government Select Committee and Nick Forbes is senior vice chair of the Local Government Association.

0730

The government's long-awaited plan to tackle childhood obesity which is published today has been heavily criticised as a "missed opportunity". Shirley Cramer is chief executive of the Royal Society for Public Health and Gavin Partington is director general of the British Soft Drinks Association.

0740

Thousands have fled the once thriving Syrian city of Aleppo - but what is life like for those who remain? One person who knows is Haris Pasovic, a Bosnian director who ran a theatre and film festival during the siege of Sarajevo.

0750

Hundreds of thousands of teenagers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are awaiting their A-level results on which the university places of many depend. The BBC’s Emma Wilson reports and Mary Curnock is chief executive of UCAS.

0810

Britain faces the greatest threat to its reputation for tolerance for decades after the EU referendum, as people use the result to legitimise racist views, the Equality and Human Rights Commission has said. The BBC’s Kathryn Stanczyszyn reports and David Isaac is new head of the Equalities and Human Rights Commission.

0820

Changes to the way we use the internet is moving at such a pace - can the evolution of human behaviour keep up? Dr Mary Aiken is forensic cyber psychologist and academic adviser to Europol’s Cybercrime Centre.

0830

The government's long awaited plan to tackle childhood obesity which is published today has been heavily criticised as a "missed opportunity". Jane Ellison is financial secretary to the Treasury.

0835

Earlier this year, UCAS released data that showed students from poorer backgrounds don't get the offers for universities that many wealthier students have greater access to. Ann Mroz is editor of the Times Educational Supplement and Professor Joy Carter is member of Universities UK's Social Mobility Advisory Group.

0840

Labour leadership challenger Owen Smith has suggested the so-called Islamic State could be involved in negotiations with the West in the future. Lyse Doucet is the BBC’s chief international correspondent.

0850

Today marks 75 years to the day when WW2 pilot John Magee composed the aviators' poem High Flight. We hear pilots recite the poem then speak to pilot Mark Newburn.


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