• News Feeds
Page last updated at 06:03 GMT, Tuesday, 11 August 2009 07:03 UK
Today: Tuesday 11 August 2009

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 couple responsible for the death of Baby Peter have been named after a court anonymity order expired. And The Conservatives are now the progressive force in British politics, says Shadow Chancellor George Osborne. And six apartment blocks have collapsed amid landslides in eastern China, state media says.


The couple responsible for the death of Baby Peter have been named after a court anonymity order expired. David Barnes, professional officer for England at the British Association of Social Workers, discusses how the case was dealt with.


Alcohol is largely to blame for an "alarming" rise in the rate of oral cancers among men and women in their forties, say experts. Ed Young , head of health information at Cancer Research UK, explains why the number of cancers of the lip, mouth, tongue and throat in this age group has risen by a quarter in the past decade.


Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been sentenced to an additional 18 months under house arrest by a court in Rangoon. Correspondent Karishma Vaswani explains the conviction of the Nobel peace laureate.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.


Hazel Blears blames "kids who were bored" for slashing the tyres on her car as she was canvassing for support in Salford. Reporter Adam Fleming visits the city to gauge local opinion on the idea that the vandalism might be related to public anger about her parliamentary expenses claims. Author and criminologist Roger Graef discusses whether this is the kind of crime children commit when they are bored.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.


Militants have attacked government and police buildings near the Afghan capital, Kabul, days ahead of nationwide elections. Correspondent Martin Patience reports on the latest attacks and Michael Semple, former EU representative to Afghanistan, examines vows made by the Taliban to disrupt the elections.

Today's papers.


A team of history and woodwork experts have teamed up to build a replica Bronze Age logboat at Loch Tay. Scotland correspondent Colin Blane reports from the shore of the loch on the boat made from a single Douglas Fir trunk, measuring about 12m in length.

Thought for the day with Canon Dr Alan Billings, an Anglican Priest.


The Conservatives are now the progressive force in British politics, Shadow Chancellor George Osborne says. He discusses how he believes Tory plans can preserve the quality of front line services.


A court in Burma has sentenced pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi to three years jail and hard labour, but the sentence has been commuted to one and a half years under house arrest by the ruling Junta. Foreign Office minister Ivan Lewis and historian Dr Peter Carey, of the University of Oxford, discusses the importance of the verdict.


The couple responsible for the death of Baby Peter have been named after a court anonymity order expired. Home editor Mark Easton reflects on why, as one paper puts it, "alarm bells never rang" about Baby Peter's safety. Wes Cuell, of the NSPCC and MP for Haringey Lynne Featherstone discuss what releasing the names will achieve.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.


Research has cast doubt on the policy of giving antiviral drugs to children for swine flu. Reporter Jack Izzard speaks to mothers about whether they are confused about the benefits of administering Tamiflu to their children. Hugh Pennington, emeritus professor of bacteriology at Aberdeen University, discusses the side effects of the antiviral.


Too many new homes are being built without adequate storage space and room for children to play, the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment claims. Chief executive Dr Richard Simmons and John Stewart, director of economic affairs at the Home Builders Federation, examine if there is a lack of room in modern housing.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.


Michael Schumacher has abandoned his Formula 1 comeback with Ferrari because of a neck injury. Jonathan Legard, one of the BBC's F1 commentary team, reacts to the news that the seven-time world champion's neck cannot stand the extreme stresses caused by racing.


A number of rare and endangered tortoises have been stolen from an animal sanctuary in Cornwall. Mrs Joy Bloor, the owner of the sanctuary, describes her devastation over the theft.


An "impunity gap" is allowing some war criminals to avoid prosecution in the UK, a parliamentary committee says. Nick Donovan, head of campaigns at anti-war crimes group the Aegis Trust, discusses the loophole that allows war criminals to stay in the UK without prosecution.


The economic crisis, the scandal surrounding MPs' expenses and the scale of banking bonuses have all led to those responsible admitting that "mistakes have been made". Philosopher Julian Baggini and Lib Dem MP Lembit Opik consider whether there needs to be a more honest relationship with error-making in public.



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