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21/10/2016

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

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Fri 21 Oct 2016 06:00

Today's running order


0650

Smartphone usage is like an addiction and Tristan Harris, who used to work for Google, thinks it’s deliberate on the part of software developers. He has started a campaign called Time Well Spent to get software to stop trying to entrap people and enable them instead.

0655

Downing Street has said it is "categorically not" reviewing whether students should be included in net migration figures. Ben Howlett is Conservative MP for Bath.

0710

The Prime Minister Theresa May has addressed a council of European Union leaders over dinner at the Brussels summit. The BBC’s Kevin Connolly reports and Manfred Weber is leader of the European People’s Party group.

0715

The Competition and Markets Authority has today announced it is investigating whether online gambling firms are treating their customers fairly. Nisha Arora is Competition and Markets Authority senior director for consumer enforcement.

0730

Universities need to overhaul how they deal with sexual assaults, harassment and hate crime on campus, according to a report published today. Alice Irving is lecturer in Law at Oxford University and an anti-sexual violence campaigner who was raped by a fellow student at Oxford University. Dave Phoenix is vice chancellor at South Bank University.

0740

A very rare left-coiled snail named Jeremy has been discovered living in Raynes Park, London, on top of a compost heap. Scientists believe that research in this area might help us understand the genetic make-up in humans. Angus Davison is reader in evolutionary genetics at the University of Nottingham – he is joined by Jeremy.

0750

Two by-elections last night and both went as predicted – almost. The Tories held David Cameron's old seat of Witney, with a much reduced majority, but Labour was overtaken by the Liberal Democrats. Tom Watson is deputy leader of the Labour Party.

0810

The Prime Minister Theresa May has addressed a council of European Union leaders over dinner at the Brussels summit. Lord Jonathan Hill is former EU commissioner.

0820

It is 50 years to the day since a great mountain of waste slid onto the village of Aberfan and crushed the primary school. John Humphrys reports.

0830

As fighting continues around the city of Mosul, some residents of neighbouring villages have fled to Erbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdistan region. The BBC’s Shaimaa Khalil reports and Brian Lord is former deputy director for Intelligence and Cyber Operations at GCHQ.

0835

The Prime Minister Theresa May has addressed a council of European Union leaders over dinner at the Brussels summit. The BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg and Katya Adler report.

0840

In the world of fiction the Man Booker Prize is the big one. And next week we will know who has won it this year. The BBC’s arts correspondent Rebecca Jones has been talking to the six authors on the shortlist.

0850

Now that the debates are over, and the polls show that Hillary Clinton remains the frontrunner in the race for the White House, what sort of president would she turn out to be? John Prideaux is US editor of the Economist and Mary Dejevsky was Washington correspondent for the Independent during Bill Clinton’s second term.

0855

A very rare left-coiled snail named Jeremy has been discovered living in Raynes Park, London, on top of a compost heap. Angus Davison is joined by the Today programme’s Sanchia Berg.


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