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Today: Wednesday 17 September 2008

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The US Federal Reserve has announced an $85bn (£48bn) rescue package for AIG, the country's biggest insurance company, to save it from bankruptcy. The Governor of New York State David Paterson says that if things begin to get out of hand, the public will know. Business editor Robert Peston explains why the government has stepped in.

Gatwick airport will be sold, the airport operator BAA has announced to London Stock Exchange. Transport correspondent Tom Symonds discusses the sale of London's second airport.

Business news with Adam Shaw. Woolworths' profits are tumbling, but could they be turned around by the Mary Queen of Shops treatment? Retail strategist Mary Portas and new chief executive of Woolworths Steve Johnson discuss what can be done to improve the chain.

Fortnightly collections of household waste will encourage recycling, a government pilot scheme suggests. Phillip Ward, director for local government services at the Waste Resources Action Programme, says he is delighted by the results of the trials.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

British energy shortages cannot be solved by developing renewable sources, but need a much bigger nuclear component, a new report suggests. Professor Ian Fells, who will present the report to the Royal Institution in London, and Jeffrey Kupfer, US deputy energy secretary, discuss the arguments for energy independence.

Today's papers.

Thought for the day with Rabbi Lionel Blue.

Labour MP George Howarth is the latest politician to call for a leadership contest, saying that Gordon Brown is "so unpopular that no-one can remember a time since Neville Chamberlain after Hitler invaded Norway that anyone was so unpopular". Labour MP Phil Hope and political editor Nick Robinson discuss how Gordon Brown will fare at the Labour party conference.

The US Federal Reserve has moved to rescue the insurance giant AIG from bankruptcy. Sarah Montague in New York interviews Jeffrey Sachs, professor of economics and a special adviser to the United Nations secretary-general, about the situation on Wall Street. Pippa Malmgren, former economic adviser to George W Bush, says that the government is just buying time rather than finding a permanent solution.

BAA has announced to the Stock Exchange that they will sell Gatwick airport. Head of BAA Colin Matthews discusses the decision to sell London's second airport.

The sixth book in the The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series has been commissioned, eight years after the death of the original author Douglas Adams. It is being written by the best selling children's author Eoin Colfer. He says that it is "a wonderful opportunity to work with characters [he has] loved since childhood."

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

Pakistan says its troops have orders to open fire on US troops if they launch another raid across the border from Afghanistan. Jonathan Paris, US commentator on Middle East affairs at the Hudson Institute, and Wajid Shamsul Hassan, Pakistan high commissioner in London, discuss the alleged killing of 16 civilians by US troops.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Israel's ruling party, Kadima, is electing a new leader to replace the current Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, who is resigning over corruption allegations. Middle East correspondent Tim Franks reports on the candidates most likely to take over.

Liverpool is this year's European City of Culture but Liverpudlians are still a source of jokes and caricatures. In a programme on Radio 4, presenter Winifred Robinson returns to her home city looking at the stereotypical image of Liverpool's inhabitants. She discusses her findings with Paul Farley, Liverpool-born poet and broadcaster.

France's First Lady, Carla Bruni, has sung on British television for the first time, appearing on BBC2's Later With Jools Holland. Entertainment correspondent Colin Paterson reports from the show which also included rock groups Kings of Leon and Metallica.

The share price of HBOS has fallen by 38% since the opening of trading. Steven Bell, chief economist at GLC Hedge Fund, discusses how the market reacts to bad news.


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