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Today: Friday 31 October 2008

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Barclays have managed to raise the 5.8bn it needed to avoid taking Treasury funding. Business editor Robert Peston explains how they were able to source the funds from Qatar and Abu Dhabi.

BBC Director-general Mark Thompson has addressed the media about the Radio 2 phone scandal. He said there must be "tight discipline" in future and that "nothing like this must ever happen again". Conservative MP Nigel Evans, who called for the presenters to be sacked, discusses if a line can be drawn under this issue.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.

The security situation in Afghanistan has been worsening over recent weeks, and there is now a warning that millions of Afghans face starvation this winter. Christina Lamb, foreign affairs reporter for the Sunday Times, discusses the eight million Afghans who could be effected.

There are already queues at polling stations in the US elections. More than 30 of the 50 states are allowing advanced voting. James Naughtie reports on the possibility that 30% of votes may have been cast before polling day.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Aid agencies have all pulled out of the Democratic Republic of Congo and police are arresting soldiers leaving the area who are being blamed for causing chaos in the eastern city of Goma. Jan Egeland, former UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief, and Anneke Van Woudenberg, of Human Rights Watch, discuss a situation which has been described as calm but tense.

Today's papers.

A 60,000 appeal is to be launched to save the bird that inspired Darwin to formulate his theory of evolution from extinction. BBC broadcaster Andrew Marr, president of the Galapagos Conservation Trust who have launched the appeal, and Darwin's great-great grandson Randal Keynes, discuss the importance of the Floreana Mockingbird.

Thought for the day with The Right Reverend Lord Harries.

The Conservatives say the government has got it all wrong with how it plans to deal with the recession. Shadow Chancellor George Osborne is to attack Gordon Brown for "borrowing without limit" to deal with the economic downturn. He discusses his belief that this generation and the next will be left with "a burden of debt that could take a decade or more to pay off."

After Russell Brand's prank telephone calls to actor Andrew Sachs, has the BBC become a broadcaster less willing to offend some viewers and listeners in order to keep others? Chairman of the BBC Trust Sir Michael Lyons discusses the importance of taste and decency to the BBC.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

In Europe's largest economy, unemployment has fallen to its lowest level for sixteen years. Just below three million Germans are out of work. Europe editor Mark Mardell reports on how its economy will stand up in the face of a recession.

BBC Four is to hold a Neil Young night tonight. The whole evening of programmes about the singer is centred round a documentary about his life called Don't Be Denied. Director of the documentary Ben Whalley and author Barney Hoskyns discuss the rare interviews and film not previously broadcast.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.

The British Library is asking writers and others in public life to keep their texts, emails and other digital material for their personal archives. Poet Laureate Andrew Motion and novelist Alexander McCall Smith discuss whether this sort of material worth keeping.

Has the BBC made mistakes in the way it has been trying to draw a line under the Russell Brand radio row? Russell Brand has resigned, as has the controller of Radio 2 Leslie Douglas. But the man who first cracked the joke, Jonathan Ross, is suspended for three months but will pick up his 6m salary again in the new year. Former Daily Telegraph editor Charles Moore and former BBC radio managing director Dame Liz Forgan debate the latest twists in the controversy.



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