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19/02/2016

News and current affairs. Includes Sports Desk, Weather and Thought for the Day.

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Fri 19 Feb 2016 06:00

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0650

A new test has been launched to detect inherited heart conditions, which affects more than half a million people in the UK. It’s cheaper, easier to use and picks up all existing conditions. Shannon Donovan has the genetic heart condition CPVT – when she was a child doctors wrongly diagnosed her with epilepsy. Dr Tessa Homfray is a consultant in medical genetics.

0655

The President of the European Council Donald Tusk has said some progress has been made towards finalising a deal between the UK and the rest of the EU, but a lot more work remains to be done. Philippe Lamberts is Belgian MEP and co-chair of the Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance.

0710

Talks on reform of the UK's place in the EU continued in the early hours after Downing Street said there was "real hard work to do overnight. The BBC’s Chris Morris reports and we hear from Elmar Brok, MEP for the European People's Party and one of three "sherpas" representing the EU Parliament in the negotiations on the UK's proposed reforms.

0715

HSBC are launching today a voice recognition service that means you no longer have to remember your password or give a ‘memorable place’ to speak to telephone banking. Dr Emiliano De Cristofaro is senior lecturer in cyber security at UCL.

0720

The appalling bloodshed in Syria - the latest estimates put it at half a million dead - is supposed to stop by tonight. BBC correspondent Mike Thomson reports.

0730

The President of the European Council Donald Tusk has said some progress has been made towards finalising a deal between the UK and the rest of the EU, but a lot more work remains to be done. Speaking on the programme is UKIP leader Nigel Farage and Katya Adler, the BBC's Europe editor.

0740

Margaret Thatcher's conflicts with various ministers have been laid bare in the most recent release of information from the National Archives. John Sergeant is former political correspondent for the BBC and ITN.

0750

A petition encouraging the government to vaccinate all children against Meningitis B is on the verge of becoming the largest on the government's official website having surpassed 500,000 signatures. Eoghan Mac Sweeney is a practicing doctor and director of CityDoc - the largest private distributor of the meningitis vaccine. Sarah Wollaston is former GP and chair of the commons health select committee. 

0810

The President of the European Council Donald Tusk has said some progress has been made towards finalising a deal between the UK and the rest of the EU, but a lot more work remains to be done. Amber Rudd is Secretary of State for Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs and Laura Kuenssberg is the BBC's Political editor.

0820

Virgin Galactic unveil their second version of SpaceShipTwo at the Mojave Air and Space Port in California today. Speaking on the programme is Richard Burr, who signed up to be one of Branson’s first Space Tourists and Dr Peter Hollingsworth is lecturer of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Manchester.

0830

A tax on sugary drinks could prevent 3.7 million cases of obesity in the UK over the next decade, according to a report. Alison Cox is Cancer Research UK's director of cancer prevention and Tim Rycroft is corporate affairs director at the Food and Drink Federation.

0835

In the UK on average one farmer kills themself each week and more than 20% of farmers experience clinical depression. As part of the BBC's mental health week Environment correspondent Claire Marshall reports.

0840

The Pope has criticised Donald Trump, saying someone who thinks of building walls and not bridges wasn’t Christian. William Galston is a former advisor to President Clinton on religious matters.

0845

The Times front page says that police are to spend a year looking through the private papers of Edward Heath as part of their inquiry into alleged sex abuse. Michael McManus knows Heath’s papers well – he helped the former prime minister write his autobiography, The Course of My Life.

0850

A new production by Unexpected Opera attempts to reduce Wagner’s four-opera, the 16-hour Ring Cycle into two hours. Lynn Binstock is artistic director of Unexpected Opera and director of The Rinse Cycle, and Tom Service is presenter of Radio 3’s Music Matters and a Wagner fan.

0855

The President of the European Council Donald Tusk has said some progress has been made towards finalising a deal between the UK and the rest of the EU, but a lot more work remains to be done. Speaking on the programme is Peter Speigel from the Financial Times and Eszter Zalan from the EU Observer.

 

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