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Today: Friday 19 December 2008

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The son of a man, who was jailed for raping his two daughters and fathering their nine children, has told the BBC how the family were subjected to years of torture and abuse. Reporter Gavin Lee talks to the man, now in his 30s, who says he reported his father to police more than 10 years ago and that nothing was done.

It is believed that for every person directly employed in making cars up to seven more rely on the industry. The government is to announce how much financial backing it is prepared to give to motor industry. Correspondent Robert Walker examines the size of the supply chain that relies on cars being made.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.

The Russian Ambassador to Nato is to hold informal talks with the Nato Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer. Former British Ambassador to Moscow, Sir Andrew Wood, who now works for the think tank Chatham House, says it is the first time the two men will have sat down for talks since the Georgia conflict in August and discusses whether this indicates an improvement of relations between Russia and the West.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

Gordon Brown has said British troops can leave Basra in the summer because the security situation has improved and the economy is getting stronger. Iraqi businessman Raad Rassak, who was first interviewed by the Today programme in March, and Michael Wareing, chief executive of KPMG International - Britain's economic ambassador to southern Iraq, discuss how the situation in the country has changed.

Today's papers.

BBC correspondent Aleem Maqbool is walking from Nazareth to Bethlehem, retracing a journey made by Joseph and Mary in the Christmas story told by Luke the Evangelist. He gives an update on how well the journey is going.

Thought for the day with Sir Jonathan Sacks.

When should the government step in to help out struggling businesses? Lord Mandelson has been talking to Jaguar Land Rover - now owned by the Indian company Tata - about offering them a lifeline. Derek Simpson, of the union Unite, says the government should help as up to 60,000 jobs could be on the line. Richard Lambert, of the Confederation of British Industry, says it is vital that the government steps in to assist the entire industry as credit is very hard to come by.

The Metropolitan Police are not going to carry out an inquiry into their investigation of the killing of Rachel Nickell in 1992. William Clegg, barrister for Colin Stagg, says profiling is an unreliable science and a case like this could happen again. Peter Neyroud, CEO of the National Policing Improvement Agency, says work in this area has improved significantly.

A biopic of Hunter S Thompson is to be released in cinemas. He was responsible for Gonzo journalism, where the writer becomes a central character in the story. Mr Thompson's widow Anita and Ralph Steadman, long time friend and collaborator, discuss how the author and journalist blurred the lines between truth and fiction.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

The President of the Central African Republic, Francois Bozize, is expected to agree to the creation of a consensus government. In the fifth and final of his reports, correspondent Mike Thomson examines the importance of the attitude of rebel soldiers in the north to the agreement that is hoped to end a three-year long civil war.

Mark Felt, the FBI official who was the world's most famous anonymous source Deep Throat, has died. Catherine Meyer, the London bureau chief for Time magazine, explains how the Watergate scandal changed the political landscape for ever.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.

Alfred Brendel, one of the world's greatest pianists, has given his last classical performance in Vienna. Music journalist Stephen Plaistow discusses what makes Brendel extra special.

Does anyone really understand the complex language of the credit crunch? Tim Harford, the "undercover economist" for the Financial Times, discusses if it really matters whether we know our contagion from our credit derivatives.

Rachel Nickell's father has said his and his family's lives have been trampled on by the media and asked the press to now respect their privacy. Jeff Edwards, former chief crime correspondent of The Mirror, and Clarence Mitchell, official spokesman for Kate and Gerry McCann, discuss if the media acts responsibly enough in high profile cases.



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