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18//12/2015

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

Clarification note

In an interview on Today on December 18th, Pat Nevin asked whether Cesc Fabregas was the Chelsea player who allegedly said in the heat of the moment he would “rather lose than win for Jose Mourinho.”

Pat Nevin has subsequently apologised for his comment on BBC Radio 4 and has said that Fabregas was “definitively not” responsible for the alleged statement.

Fabregas himself has said he had “an excellent relationship” with Mourinho.

We are happy to clarify Pat Nevin’s comments and apologise for any misunderstanding.

3 hours

Last on

Fri 18 Dec 2015 06:00

Today's running order

 

0650

The Royal Academy of Dance is this morning highlighting the dangers of private dance lessons. Luke Rittner is CEO of the Royal Academy of Dance.

0655

It is unseasonably mild - eight days to Christmas and there are daffodils blooming as far north as Ayrshire. Our reporter Tom Bateman is out this morning for a very unconventional festive cooking challenge…

0710

David Cameron yesterday made his case that Britain's relationship with Europe had to change if the British people were not to vote to leave the EU altogether. Nick Robinson reports from Brussels.

0715

Thousands of divorced couples could be forced to return to court to renegotiate the terms of their separation after it emerged that a government software glitch could have distorted the value of their assets. Speaking on the programme is Nicola Matheson-Durrant of the Family Law Clinic in Berkshire who discovered the fault.

0720

The BMJ today claims that ministerial intervention was behind the removal of a NICE recommendation to introduce a minimum unit price for alcohol. Professor Gill Leng is deputy chief executive of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

0730

Prime Minister David Cameron has said "really good progress" has been made at EU summit talks in Brussels but renegotiating UK membership would be "very difficult". Jacki Davis is a senior advisor to the European Policy Centre and Stephen Booth is co-director of Open Europe, a think tank in favour of EU reform.

0740

We are putting the Australian Christmas to the test this morning - at least the turkey part - with our reporter Tom Bateman.

0750

Senior police officers received an angry reception at a packed public meeting as feelings continue to run high over the fatal shooting of a man during an alleged attempt to spring two convicts from a prison van. Speaking live from the studio is David Lammy, MP for Tottenham.

0810

PM David Cameron has said "really good progress" has been made at EU summit talks in Brussels but renegotiating UK membership would be "very difficult". Speaking on the programme is the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg and Katya Adler and we are joined by Secretary of State for Defence Michael Fallon.

0830

The latest high level diplomatic talks are being held in New York over Syria, effectively the ‘third round’ of the Vienna talks. Jonathan Beale is the BBC’s Defence correspondent and Dr Rim Turkmani is a research fellow at the London School of Economics - she is Syrian.

0835

Jose Mouriniho - the most outspoken, most charismatic, most successful football manager in the Premiership has been sacked. Speaking on the programme is Jonathan Wilson - a football writer for The Guardian, The Independent and editor of The Blizzard – he has followed Mouriniho closely.

0840

Northern Ireland’s finance minister Arlene Foster was elected leader of the Democratic Unionist party on Thursday night, paving the way for her to become first minister of the region. Ms Foster is live on the programme.

0845

Kellingley Colliery in Yorkshire - the last deep shaft mine in the country - will officially close today. Our industry correspondent John Moylan has paid one last visit, and gone right to the bottom.

0850

PM David Cameron has said "really good progress" has been made at EU summit talks in Brussels but renegotiating UK membership would be "very difficult". Speaking on the programme is Brussels correspondent for The Daily Telegraph, Matthew Holehouse and Europe correspondent for The Irish Times, Suzanne Lynch.

 

All subject to change.

 

Broadcast

  • Fri 18 Dec 2015 06:00