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Today: Thursday 25 September 2008

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President Bush asked US television networks to clear their schedules last night so he could address the nation. He then warned that the entire US economy was in danger unless Congress passes his $700bn emergency package to deal with the financial crisis. Dennis Berman, of the Wall Street Journal, discusses what he made of the address.

A record number of allegations have been made against the police in England and Wales, new figures suggest. Simon Reed, vice-chairman of the Police Federation, discusses whether police misuse their powers to stop and search.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

ITV wants to change the way it covers regional news by having fewer regions. So instead of having 17 regional news operations there would be only nine. This would include the merger of Border TV, based in Carlisle, with the news operation of Tyne Tees. Correspondent Luke Walton reports on the opposition from local viewers, MPs and councillors.

It is one year on since hundreds of Burmese troops and riot police moved to quell protests by monks. Mark Canning, British Ambassador in Yangon, describes the situation in Burma now and whether anything has changed.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

The Millennium Development Goals, a set of promises aimed at halving world poverty by 2015, will be discussed at the UN General Assembly's General Debate in New York. Correspondent Laura Trevelyan reports on whether these targets can be met. Barbara Stocking from Oxfam explains why money needs to be found to ensure the goals are reached.

Today's papers.

A scheme for schools to have "writers in residence" to "improve literacy and foster creativity" is being piloted across eight secondary schools in London. William Fiennes, head of the charity First Story which runs the scheme, and Esther Nicholls, a sixth form student at Cranford Community College, discuss whether creativity can really be taught in schools.

Thought for the day with Dom Antony Sutch, a Benedictine Monk.

The media regulator Ofcom will publish the second stage of its report into Public Service Broadcasting (PSB). It is expected to suggest that rules that cover regional news bulletins on ITV should be relaxed. Ofcom's chief executive Ed Richards discusses whether ITV will have its PSB remit reduced.

President Bush has warned of dire consequences for the US economy if Congress rejects a rescue package for Wall Street. US Congressman John Spratt discusses the chances of a deal being agreed.

Tate Modern is holding the first major exhibition of the later works of Mark Rothko, considered as one of the greatest painters of the 20th century. Sculptor Anish Kapoor, a Turner Prize winner, describes what is so brilliant about the artist.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

China will launch its third manned rocket. This time one of the astronauts will go on a space walk which will be broadcast live on Chinese television. Correspondent James Reynolds and Andrew Coates, of UCL, discuss whether the space programme is a way for China to prove it is a true world power.

Aid agencies have accused the Middle East Quartet, which includes the EU, Russia, the United Nations and America, of failing in its mission to help improve the daily lives of Palestinians. David Mepham, of Save the Children UK, discusses whether it could lead to the Middle East peace process falling apart.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

In late October 1962, two superpowers teetered on the brink of nuclear war during the Cuban Missile crisis. It has long been assumed that Britain was largely a bystander but new evidence seen by the BBC suggests differently. Mike Thomson reports on the British crew members of Vulcan nuclear bombers who were minutes away from taking to the skies.

Ofcom's Public Service Broadcasting Review consultation document is being published but 'internet godfather' and Vice-President of Google Vint Cerf thinks broadcasters need to look at the wider issues approaching visual entertainment in the future. He says that television is approaching its "iPod moment".

The two most senior figures in the Church of England, the Archbishops of York and Canterbury, have condemned the behaviour of City traders, and questioned their value to society. Reverend Giles Fraser, Vicar of Putney, and Nick Baines, Bishop of Croydon, discuss whether the archbishops have got it right.



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