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

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Fri 29 Apr 2016 06:00

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Should the news be better? More uplifting?  A boss at the United Nations is suggesting that we are all being damaged by journalism - by the way we reveal what is happening in the modern world. Speaking on the programme is Michael Moller, director general of the United Nations office in Geneva.


The Hillsborough verdict has shone a light on the South Yorkshire Police, with critics claiming there is a cultural problem within the force that hasn't been fully addressed. Henrietta Hill QC is a lawyer at Doughty Street Chambers, part of the council that drafted the Orgreave report delivered to Theresa May.


The scandal-hit Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust is still not doing enough to protect patients in their care from risk of harm, a watchdog has found. Speaking on the programme is Dr Sarah Ryan, whose son Connor Sparrowhawk drowned in a bath at Slade House in July 2013, bringing to light the problems at the trust. Also on the programme is Dr Paul Lelliott, deputy chief inspector of hospitals and lead for mental health at the CQC.


Crossbench peer Lord Myners has tabled 11 questions in the House of Lords, calling for the government to launch an inquiry into the fact BHS was placed into administration with an estimated pensions hole of £571m. Speaking on the programme is Lord Myners, former City minister in the Treasury during Gordon Brown’s government.


In 2006 a father, mother and their eight-year-old son were killed in their home in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada. The extraordinary thing about this case is that the killings were planned by the couple’s 12-year-old daughter and 23-year old Jeremy Steinke, with whom she was in a relationship. In a few weeks, after ten years, she is due for release.  Inspector Brent Secondiak was a staff sergeant with Medicine Hat Police Service at the time and was first on the scene.


The local elections are a week away now. The Liberal Democrats will be hoping to make some gains to offset the disaster that was the general election for them. Speaking on the programme is Tim Farron, leader of the Liberal Democrats.


The Irish President will be at a big concert at the Royal Festival Hall in London this evening to celebrate the musical ties between Ireland and England, marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. The BBC’s arts correspondent Rebecca Jones reports.


Jeremy Corbyn has suggested that people making a big deal about Labour and anti-Semitism were perhaps nervous about the party's strength. Justin Webb has been speaking to Jonathan Arkush, the president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews.


We are about half-way through the referendum campaign and, if the polls are to be believed, they are pretty much neck and neck. Speaking on the programme is former prime minister Sir John Major, who supports remaining in the EU.


The situation in Aleppo is "catastrophic" according to senior UN official Jan Egeland. Lyse Doucet is the BBC's chief international correspondent and Rasmus Tantholdt is the bureau chief of the Damascus office of Danish broadcaster TV2 and one of the last western journalists to have been in the city.


Gardeners should brace themselves for a generation of ‘sleepless slugs’, as the animals haven’t gone into hibernation due to a wet summer and unusually warm winter. Pippa Greenwood is from Gardeners’ Question Time. 


In a response to Sir John Major’s interview, Farming minister George Eustice has been put forward to speak for Vote Leave.


London is for many people a cyclist's city. But nine cyclists have been killed in the last year, with lorry drivers often getting the blame. So is it time to clamp down on trucks using the capital? Or do hauliers get a raw deal? The BBC’s Sima Kotecha reports.


All subject to change.


  • Fri 29 Apr 2016 06:00

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