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03/08/2017

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

3 hours

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Thu 3 Aug 2017 06:00

Today's running order

0650

The documentary Icarus is to be aired on Netflix tomorrow. The film sets out to investigate doping in sport and sees them experiment with doping to see how easy it was to evade detection.  Bryan Fogel is the director of the film and an amateur cyclist.

0709

Scientists have developed a gene editing technique which could eventually eradicate thousands of inherited diseases. Should this opportunity be embraced or should we tread very warily into the ethical minefield of designing better babies?  Darren Griffin is a professor of genetics at the University of Kent.

0712

Children from the very poorest families in England are falling further behind at school meaning that pupils can be two years behind by the time they’re 16. David Robinson is the co-author and director of the report at the Education Policy Institute.

0720

Research by the media watchdog Ofcom has found that 8 in 10 adults now watch multiple episodes of their favourite programmes in one sitting. Their research shows bingeing is most popular among young people, with older people still on the whole preferring a traditional weekly release. Lindsey Fussell is the Ofcom consumer group director.

0730

After the Grenfell tower disaster 3000 people living in four tower blocks in North London were given hours to pack up their things so work could be done to ensure residents’ safety. Six weeks on and the council says the work is complete and the blocks are safe but some residents have told Today the work that's been done is shoddy, incomplete and puts lives at risk. Today’s Sangita Myska reports.

0740

Women’s sport has seen a massive surge in public interest after numerous successes in several sports including cricket, tennis, hockey and football. This evening the England footballers are in the semi-final of the Women’s European Championship, as they take on host nation the Netherlands. Jennie Price is the chief executive of Sport England and Claire Rafferty is a Chelsea and England footballer.

0750

The GMB union are to call for jobs and workers to be put at the heart of any Brexit negotiations and for the government to give certainty to working people and industry. They have raised concerns in the past that the Brexit vote would mean "workplace rights will face the axe”. Tim Roache is the general secretary of the GMB.

0810

Scientists have developed a gene editing technique which could eventually eradicate thousands of inherited diseases. The development by the US and South Korean team could be used to prevent thousands of disorders that are passed down the generations. Tom Feilden is Today’s science editor. Dr Sarah Chan is a bioethicist and chancellor's fellow at Edinburgh University and Paul McAuley is the winner of the Arthur C. Clarke prize and a former biologist.

0820

The Venezuelan government has responded angrily to growing international pressure following a controversial and widely discredited vote on Sunday. The country's embattled president, Nicolas Maduro, warned his followers of a plot, led by the US, the EU and Great Britain. The BBC’s Will Grant reports.

0825

After 10 years, four countries and 21 homes, a refugee from Syria who now lives in London has graduated as a doctor.Dr Tirej Brimo joins us.

0830

President Trump has signed into law a bill imposing sanctions on Russia over its policy in Ukraine and alleged meddling in last year's US presidential election. It also imposes new measures against Iran and North Korea. Dr Matthew Cottee is a research associate in non-proliferation and nuclear policy at the International Institute for Strategic Studies and Andrea Berger is a senior research associate at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.

0840

The outgoing director general of the National Trust will today warn that Britain’s countryside faces a decade of damaging uncertainty unless the Government acts now to deliver on its Brexit promises. Helen Ghosh is director general of the National Trust.

0845

While Anglicans are still at odds over sexuality, the Archbishop of Canterbury has been trying to find common ground with one of the most Conservative archbishops over the subject of the refugee crisis in South Sudan. The BBC’s religious affairs correspondent Martin Bashir has been with the archbishop to Uganda.

0850

According to the Education Policy Institute children from the very poorest families in England are falling further behind at school meaning that pupils can be two years behind by the time they’re 16.  Maura Regan is the CEO and principal of Carmel Education Trust in Darlington and Mary Bousted is the general secretary of the ATL union.

0855

Research by Ofcom has found that 8 in 10 adults now watch multiple episodes of their favourite programmes in one sitting. This means catch up technology such as iPlayer and subscription sites like Netflix are becoming increasingly important. Emma Bullimore is a TV critic for the TV Times and Julian Aquilina is TV research analyst at Enders Analysis.

 

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