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Today: Monday 29 September 2008

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Santander will take over the £20bn savings business and branch network of troubled Bradford & Bingley, the Spanish banking giant has said. B&B's £50bn in mortgages and loans will be nationalised. Business editor Robert Peston and Vince Cable, Liberal Democrat treasury spokesman, discuss whether the government had any other option.

President Bush has welcomed the news that the Democratic Party-controlled US Congress has agreed a final draft of the multi-billion dollar rescue plan for the US financial system. North America editor Justin Webb reports from Washington.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

At the first Conservative party conference in Birmingham for 75 years, university and skills spokesman David Willetts has written a revealing pamphlet documenting the role of Birmingham in the making of the modern Conservative party. He gives Evan Davis a tour of the city.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

There are 700,000 people in rural England on waiting lists for affordable homes. The National Housing Federation and the Campaign for Rural England are setting out how the supply of homes will be significantly increased. Federation chief executive David Orr and Housing Minister Caroline Flint discuss whether the countryside risks "becoming the preserve of the rich".

Today's papers.

Virgin Radio has been taken over and will relaunch as Absolute Radio. Media correspondent Torin Douglas reports on a new mood of optimism in commercial radio.

Thought for the day with Dr Indarjit Singh, director of the Network of Sikh Organisations.

The leading provider of buy-to-let and self-cert mortgages, Bradford and Bingley, is to be nationalised. Business editor Robert Peston reports on the latest government intervention.

The life of Bradford & Bingley as a bank is coming to an end. Fortis bank, a giant of Belgium and Holland, is also being rescued. And in the US, an amended version of the bail-out plan is agreed. Chancellor Alistair Darling discusses further turmoil in the financial sector and Shadow Chancellor George Osborne says that the City must bear part of the cost and blame for the current financial crisis.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

How will the Tories respond to the shift in politics caused by the latest economic upheavals? Political Editor Nick Robinson gives his analysis of an awkward Conservative Party Conference.

Three men have been arrested under the Terrorism Act after an attempted firebomb attack on the publishers of a controversial novel about the Prophet Mohammed - due to be released later this year. Sherry Jones, author of The Jewel of Medina, says "anyone who reads the book will see that it honours the prophet and his favourite wife".

Business news with Adam Shaw.

It started as a German film about an Austrian family. Then it became a Broadway musical and then a film that everyone feels as if they have see countless times. The Sound of Music will soon be 50 years old and a museum to celebrate its world success is being planned in Salzburg. Europe correspondent Jonny Dymond reports.

Senators and members of the House of Representatives in Washington are to vote on the new $700bn deal to rescue America's financial system and end the credit crunch. Mark Bloomfield, president of the tax-cutting lobby group American Council for Capital Formation, discusses the consequences of the legislation on the re-election of members of Congress.

With Bradford and Bingley no longer operating, all the old building societies that converted to banks have disappeared, or been absorbed by someone else. Steven Dorrell, former Conservative financial secretary, and Will Hutton, chief executive of the Work Foundation, discuss whether the nationalisation of Bradford and Bingley can be seen as proof that the demutualisation of building societies in the 90s was a failure for the British economy.



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