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Today: Wednesday 16 July 2008

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0650
For years conservationists have urged the government to protect fish stocks by closing off parts of the sea to fishing. There's evidence from around the world that "no-take" zones, as they're called, do allow stocks to recover. Environment correspondent Richard Black reports on whether no fishing zones work in the UK.

0709
Israel and the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah are preparing to hand over prisoners in an exchange deal. Correspondent Wyre Davies reports from Rosh HaNikra on the northern Israel Border.

0712
The government will announce an "end of life" strategy to assist those who wish to die at home. Dr Teresa Tate, of St Bartholomew's hospital, says that given the choice, most people prefer to die at home.

0716
Business news with Adam Shaw.

0720
Anglican bishops from more than 150 countries are gathering in Canterbury for the 10-yearly Lambeth Conference. Religious affairs correspondent Robert Pigott reports from the conference.

0725
More is being learned about dinosaurs from Chinese discoveries in palaeontology. China even has its own Indiana Jones, Shu Shing. Science correspondent Tom Feilden and Paul Barrett, of the Natural History Museum, discuss how he has earned this title.

0729
Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

0730
Boxes of unmarked English test scripts had been left uncollected in a school. The body in charge, the QCA, had said that "the current position is that in Key Stage 2 the marking is now 100% complete". Ken Boston, head of the QCA, and Helen Burrows, assistant head of Hartshill School in Nuneaton, explain the problems marking Sats.

0738
Today's papers.

0740
The Office of Fair Trading believes bank current accounts are not working well for consumers, saying they are too complex and opaque - and that it is too difficult to switch accounts. The OFT's chief executive, John Fingleton, explains.

0748
Thought for the day with Professor Mona Siddiqui of the University of Glasgow

0750
Thousands of council staff are striking over pay in their biggest campaign of industrial unrest for years, forcing schools to close and hitting services. Dave Prentis, of Unison, and John Ransford, of the Local Government Association, discuss the impact on the public.

0810
People are to be given more choice over where they die as part of a package of measures to improve care for the dying. Health Secretary Alan Johnson says that it will mean better quality care for patients.

0820
Labour and the Conservatives will both unveil plans in the Commons to abolish MPs' "John Lewis list" expenses. Political editor Nick Robinson explains why this situation is to be debated for the second time in two weeks.

0825
Hundreds of personal items belonging to the so-called godfather of soul, James Brown, are due to be auctioned off in New York. New York reporter Matthew Wells reports from the Christie's sale.

0828
Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

0832
Gordon Brown is meeting the Nigerian president, Umaru Musa Yar'Adua, to discuss how the country can deal with violence in the region and help increase oil production. Simon Wardell, oil analyst at Global Insight, and Dr Dele Cole, adviser to former Nigerian president Obasanjo, discuss what impact Brown can have.

0838
Sue Moppit, head of Oxbridge Lane Primary School in Stockton-on-Tees, explains her dismay at the problems with Sats marking.

0842
Business news with Adam Shaw.

0845
Israel will exchange five Lebanese prisoners in return for the bodies of two Israeli soldiers. There has been a big public campaign for the two years since the soldiers were taken. David Cesarani, of Royal Holloway College University of London, explains why the deal was done.

0848
The biggest prize for non-fiction writing was announced last night. The BBC Four Samuel Johnson prize of £30,000 was awarded to Kate Summerscale for the book The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, or The Murder at Road Hill House. She describes the murder case in 1860 which features in the book.

0850
Poverty in rural areas in England is rising faster than in urban areas, according to government advisers on rural affairs. Correspondent Sarah Mukherjee reports.

0854
The 650 bishops attending the Lambeth conference are going on a three day retreat of prayer and reflection led by Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams. But what exactly is a retreat? Alan Hunt, of 'team-building specialists' Sandstone and Giles Fraser, the vicar of Putney, explain how it differs from a corporate exercise.




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