• News Feeds
Page last updated at 07:20 GMT, Tuesday, 28 October 2008
Today: Tuesday 28 October 2008

PLEASE NOTE: We are unable to offer transcripts for our programme interviews. Today is broadcast live and the running order is subject to change.

The Bank of England has doubled its estimate of the worldwide losses made by financial institutions because of the credit crunch. The government is announcing new measures to keep foreign extremists out of Britain. And the secret gambling habits of Obama and McCain.

The BBC has apologised to actor Andrew Sachs for the "unacceptable and offensive" content of calls made to him by Russell Brand during a radio show. Conservative MP John Whittingdale, chairman of the culture, media and sport select committee, discusses whether the BBC has enough oversight to cope with the hugely paid "talent".

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Hungary's currency has recovered slightly after agreeing an as yet undisclosed loan package with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Correspondent Jonty Bloom reports on how the IMF can "maintain confidence and economic and financial stability".

The accessibility of the appeal process to get NHS funding for cancer drugs amounts to a "postcode lottery", a leading cancer charity says. Macmillan Cancer Support says the system lacks consistency in the way decisions are made. Reporter Jon Manel and Stuart Danskin, of Macmillan, discuss whether the system is open and fair for patients.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

The losses suffered by global financial institutions total 1.8 trillion, the Bank of England has said. In its bi-annual Financial Stability Report, the bank says that risks remain in the financial system. George Magnus, senior economic advisor to UBS Investment Bank and Vince Cable, treasury spokesman for the Liberal Democrats, discuss whether banks "need a fundamental rethink" in the way they operate.

Today's papers.

If Republican candidate John McCain is to win the US election, the battle over "the Wild West" will be key to his success. States such Colorado and Nevada, which were won by George W Bush, are being challenged by Democrat Barack Obama. James Naughtie reports from Las Vegas.

Thought for the day with Akhandadhi Das, A Vaishnav Hindu teacher and theologian.

Syria's foreign minister has said that Sunday's attack from the US saw four aircraft travel eight miles inside Syrian airspace from Iraq and kill eight unarmed civilians on a farm. Unnamed US military officials have said the attack targeted and killed a high profile al-Qaeda operative. Richard Perle, former assistant US secretary of defence, discusses whether the operation was justified.

The BBC says a senior editorial figure signed off the decision to air a radio show in which Russell Brand and guest Jonathan Ross left lewd messages about the actor Andrew Sachs' granddaughter on his voicemail. David Elstein, former senior executive at Thames TV, Sky and Channel 5 and Steve Hewlett, former director of programmes at Carlton TV, discuss the line where "funny" turns to inappropriate and obscene.

The RAF's Bomber Command faced some of the deadliest odds in World War II. Some 56,000 servicemen died over the skies of Nazi Germany and occupied Europe, but there is no permanent memorial to those who died. Squadron Leader Tony Iveson discusses the Daily Telegraph's 2m appeal for a Bomber Command memorial.

Are you thinking of having a flutter on the result of the US elections? Both candidates are said to have their own favourite gambling pastimes. James Naughtie reports on what can be learned from a good game of poker.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

The Bank of England is warning that more areas of the financial sector could run into trouble following the announcement of an estimated 1.8 trillion in losses from global financial institutions. Business editor Robert Peston reports on the bank's bi-annual Financial Stability Report.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

The solution to the economic crisis is not a cap on immigrants, it is to start addressing the problems we have with the British workforce, the chairman of the Equalities and Human Rights Commission says. Trevor Phillips, who will be talking to a CBI meeting on immigration, discusses why a cap on UK population would be "pointless".

Tougher measures to prevent extremists entering the UK are to be announced by Home Secretary Jacqui Smith. Correspondent Helena Wilkinson reports.

Nearly half of the Christian population of Mosul, in northern Iraq, have fled their homes following a rise in attacks against them, according to the UN. Correspondent Jim Muir reports on accusations that the Kurdish militias are behind the attacks.

It has been one of the worst harvests in Zimbabwe in modern history and calls are being made for the West to begin dropping food parcels. Michael Holman, former Africa editor of the Financial Times, and Richard Lee, southern Africa spokesman for the World Food Programme, discuss how to help the malnourished in Zimbabwe.



Sign in

BBC navigation

Copyright © 2017 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific