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08/08/2016

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

3 hours

Last on

Mon 8 Aug 2016 06:00

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0650

The RMT have said that the Southern Rail strikes could have been cancelled if Govia Thameslink matched terms offered in a similar dispute with ScotRail which GTR claimed was "a complete red herring". Phil Verster is managing director of Scotrail Alliance.

0655 

The Perseids, one of the best opportunities in the year for seeing a meteor shower, are approaching. And it’s going to be twice as good this year. Dr Elizabeth Pearson is editor of the BBC Sky at Night magazine.

0710

Hundreds of thousands of rail passengers face a week of travel disruption because of a five-day strike in an escalating dispute over the role of conductors. Paul Cox is regional organiser of the RMT Union.

0715

Company bosses have received 10% pay rises, while workers' wages remain flat, according to a report from the High Pay Centre out this morning. Stefan Stern is the director of the High Pay Centre.

0720

It is two years to the day since the World Health Organization declared the Ebola outbreak a global health emergency and the UN agency says Sierra Leone's health system is recovering but there are still "major shortcomings". The BBC's global health correspondent Tulip Mazumdar reports.

0730

Over the last few days BHS stores around the country have been closing, the very last due to shut on August 20. The BBC’s Zoe Conway reports and we speak to Iain Wright, Labour MP for Hartlepool and chair of the Business, Innovation and Skills select committee.

0740

Great Britain won their first medal of Rio 2016 as Adam Peaty took gold in the men's 100m breaststroke with a world record. We speak to Adam’s sister Beth and grandmother Mavis.

0750

Hundreds of thousands of rail passengers face a week of travel disruption because of a five-day strike in an escalating dispute over the role of conductors. Charles Horton is chief executive of Govia Thameslink

0810

Russian athletes have been banned from competing at the Rio 2016 Paralympics following the country's doping scandal. Evgeny Bukharov is member of the Russian Paralympics Committee and Tim Hollingsworth is CEO of the British Paralympic Association.

0820

Leonard Cohen’s muse Marianne Ihlen whom he wrote about in So Long, Marianne and Bird on a Wire, died in Norway on 29 July, aged 81. Neil McCormick is Telegraph chief music critic – he has interviewed Leonard Cohen. Anita Sethi is an arts critic.

0830

Details on the government’s plans to pay compensation to homeowners in fracking areas are expected later today, as the government launches a consultation on its Shale Wealth Fund. Jim Nisbet says the prospect of fracking has prevented him from selling his home in Lancashire. Glyn Davies is Conservative MP and member of the Energy Committee.

0835

People are under-reporting their calorie consumption according to a new report - and policymakers should not be misled by figures suggesting a drop in calorie intake. Michael Hallsworth is co-author of the report.

0840

Very few couples have taken the option of shared parental leave, according to a report out today. Ben Dixon is one of the few men to take up the government’s offer of shared parental leave and Dr Jana Javornik is senior lecturer in Public and Social Policy at the University of East London.

0850

This weekend sees the release of The Shallows, a film about a female surfer stranded on a rock by a great white shark with a vendetta. Film critics have praised it but some marine biologists have said it plays directly into the 'Jaws effect' – stereotyping sharks as the enemies of humans. Anna Smith is chair of the London Film Critics Circle and Richard Peirce is former chairman of the Shark Trust.

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