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Today: Tuesday 16 June 2009

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US President Barack Obama says he is "deeply troubled" by violence in Iran following last week's disputed presidential elections. And the BBC could be made to share part of the television licence fee with commercial rivals under government plans to be announced later.


Iranian state radio says seven people were killed during Monday's protests in Tehran over the re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Reporter Jack Izzard hears from Iranians who have contacted the BBC. Correspondent Jon Leyne reacts to the reports, which say the deaths came after "thugs" attacked a military post.


How much pressure should be put on internet service providers (ISPs) to stop their customers sharing files illegally? Nicholas Lansman, secretary general of the ISP Association (ISPA), and Stephen Garrett, executive chairman of programme makers Kudos Productions discuss who should be responsible for policing the web.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.


The Ministry of Defence faces paying out millions of pounds in damages to soldiers injured by the cold. Correspondent Angus Crawford talks to one man so seriously hurt he had to leave the Army.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


How can the NHS be made more efficient? John Appleby, chief economist at the Kings Fund, and Roy Lilley, a former NHS Trust chairman, discuss how listeners can help with an investigation into the spending of the health service.

If you work in the health service email the programme with your practical suggestions for how money can be saved.

Today's papers.


The architect Lord Rogers has said he believes Prince Charles has broken the "constitutional understanding" governing the role of the monarchy. Reporter Sanchia Berg talks to the architect about what he believes is "a dangerous precedent that the prince has entered into".

Thought for the day with The Right Reverend Tom Butler, Bishop of Southwark.


Two Labour peers are under investigation for allegedly abusing the current allowances system, the Today programme has learned. Reporter Andrew Hosken examines whether the rules need to be overhauled and how the House of Lords managed, in the main, to keep out of the spotlight during the expenses row.


How will Britain respond to the elections in Iran? Foreign affairs editor John Simpson details the aftermath of recent protests. Foreign Secretary David Miliband gives his reaction to the post-election violence.


The Natural History Museum in London is to welcome the 25th millionth visitor since its charges for entry were abolished in 2001. Dr Michael Dixon, of the museum, and Guardian columnist Simon Jenkins, who is also the chairman of the National Trust, discuss if free museums are a just a "politically correct obsession".

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


The BBC could be made to share part of the television licence fee with commercial rivals under government plans. Peter Bazalgette, formerly of media company Endemol, and Sir Christopher Bland, former chairman of the BBC, discuss the future of public broadcasting.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.


The world's most expensive footballer, Cristiano Ronaldo, and his Real Madrid teammates will face a team of Irish part-timers in the suburbs of Dublin, it is expected to be announced. Reporter Stephen Chittenden visits Tallaght Stadium, the home of Shamrock Rovers.


After the chief probation officer resigned over the botched handling of double killer Dano Sonnex, the probation service has come under increased scrutiny. Home affairs correspondent Danny Shaw discovers what this means for the daily routine of probation officers in Kent.


All over the world people are monitoring unfolding events in Iran via the internet, where an apparently decisive election victory by the incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is being challenged on the streets. Correspondent Jon Leyne reports from Tehran on the ongoing protests. Turi Munthe, of the website Demotix, explains how content is still being generated despite the restrictions on media.



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