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Today: Thursday 30 October 2008

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The Director General of the BBC is to meet members of the BBC Trust to discuss the conduct of Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross. The United Nations Security Council has condemned the fighting by rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo. And what is the future of funding for the railways?

Halifax Bank of Scotland became dominated by a sales culture pursued at the expense of risk management, a former senior manager at the bank says. The BBC has also seen a report showing some of the the bank's risk controls were failing to keep pace with its aggressive sales culture. Reporter Paul Mason gives the details of his investigation.

Russell Brand has resigned. Jonathan Ross has been suspended. And Director General of the BBC Mark Thompson will appear before the BBC trustees. Shadow Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt discusses what the board should do.

A bomb has exploded inside the Afghan Ministry of Information and Culture in Kabul. Correspondent Ian Pannell reports from the scene.

Network Rail, the body responsible for the track and the stations, will get 26.7bn funding over the next five years. It had asked for over 29bn. Bill Emery, chief executive of the Office of Rail Regulation, discusses the growth in the rail network.

Rebels are threatening to overrun Goma, one of the largest towns in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo. If they do, many aid agencies will leave, meaning thousands of displaced people having to fend for themselves. Alice Gilbert, of British medical aid agency Merlin, discusses the difficulties facing aid agencies.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Germany's leader Angela Merkel will meet with Gordon Brown in Downing Street ahead of the G20 conference next month. She has said that the world must have new financial rules by next year. Europe editor Mark Mardell reports from Berlin on the politician who is held in such high regard around Europe.

Sports news with Rob Nothman.

Over 4,000 people are dying of asbestos-related diseases each year. Correspondent Andrew Hosken reports on the campaigners, who are calling for a central government survey of asbestos in public buildings.

Today's papers.

Marcus du Sautoy will succeed Richard Dawkins, who became a controversial academic because of his "war on God", as professor for the understanding of science at the University of Oxford. Professor du Sautoy discusses working towards breaking down the public fear of maths.

Thought for the day with novelist and columnist Anne Atkins.

Alistair Darling has signalled a new approach to fiscal policy, saying his "core objective" must be to help the UK through a likely recession. He says that he will unveil a new 4bn package to help small businesses.

Russell Brand has resigned over the prank calls made with Jonathan Ross on his Radio 2 show. Media correspondent Torin Douglas, Kelvin MacKenzie, former editor of The Sun, and Sir Christopher Bland, former chair of the governors of the BBC, discuss to what extent the BBC should be judged by its response to this crisis.

Eunoia is the shortest word in English containing all five vowels. It means beautiful thinking. It is the title for a rather bizarre book containing five chapters, each one using only one vowel. The author Christian Bok explains how each vowel ended up taking on a character of its own.

Sports news with Rob Nothman.

Florida and Ohio were always expected to be tight electoral battlegrounds in the US presidential election, but the contest has also thrown up some unexpected fights. James Naughtie reports from small town America.

Trade unions and other campaigners are worried about asbestos and the damage it is still causing. They have called for a survey of the asbestos contained in every public building. John Edwards, a chest consultant at the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield, discusses if there is any need to be worried.

It is 70 years since Orson Welles broadcast his radio adaptation of War of the Worlds, which caused widespread panic in the US. Richard Hand, professor of theatre and media drama at the University of Glamorgan, and Guardian writer John Harris discuss whether the public has become more media savvy since the 1930s.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

What should be done with old buildings that were glorious in their day but have fallen into a state of disrepair? Jonathan Glancey, the Guardian's architect editor, and Donald Insall, an architect whose firm specialises in restoration, discuss whether old buildings should just be let go.



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