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Today: Saturday 29 August 2009

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A man and his wife have denied abducting California woman Jaycee Lee Dugard when she was a child and holding her in their home for 18 years. News Corporation's James Murdoch has said that a "dominant" BBC threatens independent journalism in the UK.


More results are expected to be released following the elections in Afghanistan. Correspondent Chris Morris reports on allegations of fraud and vote-rigging.


News Corporation's James Murdoch has said that a "dominant" BBC threatens independent journalism in the UK. Media correspondent Torin Douglas reflects on the idea that "state-sponsored journalism is a threat to the plurality and independence of news provision".

Today's papers.


When President Obama came to office, his backers talked of a green revolution which would help save the planet and reduce US dependence on foreign oil imports. Correspondent Matthew Price reports on the worry from environmentalists as supporters of another hydrocarbon - natural gas - hail newly discovered reserves as the answer America is looking for.


Travellers are being warned of road and rail disruption over the bank holiday, with congestion expected on major roads and trains replaced by buses. Eric Nelson, of the RAC, explains how bad traffic delays could be.


The American who swam to the lakeside house of the Burmese opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, and set off a train of events that led to her being tried for violating the terms of her house arrest has been explaining his motives. John Yettaw gives his explanation to reporter Claire Bolderson.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


In the last year, around 80 local and regional newspapers have gone out of business. The Birmingham Post has said it was considering moving from being a daily to a weekly paper. Correspondent Rajini Vaidyanathan reports on whether it is it all over for local newspapers. Claire Enders, founder of media firm Enders Analysis, discusses the importance of local media.


At least 125,000 people have fled their homes in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo amid "large scale destruction" by Ugandan rebels, the UN refugee agency UNHCR says. David Nthengwe, spokesman for the UNHCR, explains what can be done to stop attacks on civilians.

Today's papers.


Where should great Apache warrior Geronimo's bones be finally laid to rest? Correspondent Matthew Wells reports from New Mexico on why Geronimo's great-grandson is suing the government, which controls the official burial site, and a secretive society at Yale which is rumoured to have stolen Geronimo's skull.

Thought for the day with the Reverend Roy Jenkins, a Baptist minister.


Harlequins chairman Charles Jillings has resigned after accepting ultimate responsibility for the 'Bloodgate' affair that has disgraced the club. Brian Moore, a former captain of Harlequins, discusses how the club can move on from the scandal.


Further results from the election in Afghanistan are to be released. Author Sam Kiley, and Lt Col Nick Richardson, spokesman for the British army in Helmand province, discuss whether the results are credible.


Preparations are under way for the private burial of Edward Kennedy after the two-day public viewing at the John F Kennedy Presidential Library ended. Correspondent Kevin Connolly reflects on his family's continued appeal.


Venice is a city under threat - not just from the rising waters but from the vast number of tourist and the wear and tear on its infrastructure. Correspondent David Willey talks to author Peter Ackroyd about the future of the extraordinary city.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


A man and his wife have denied abducting California woman Jaycee Lee Dugard when she was a child and holding her in their home for 18 years. Correspondent Rajesh Mirchandani reflects on his two days reporting from outside the house where Ms Dugard spent most of her life. Pam Akers, whose 11-year-old son was kidnapped and found four years later, tells the story of the day he was rescued.

Today's papers.


According to the Natural History Museum, she is the greatest fossil hunter ever known; the woman who laid the foundations of the modern science of palaeontology and who inspired the tongue twister "She sells sea shells on the sea shore". Tom Feilden reports on the remarkable life of Mary Anning.


"The BBC is dominant" and is benefiting from the "expansion of state-sponsored journalism", News Corporation's James Murdoch says. David Elstein, a former chief executive of Five, former director of programmes at Sky and former BBC trainee, discusses the future of independent digital journalism.


Could World War II have been avoided? Historians David Dutton and David Faber, discuss whether Neville Chamberlain, the prime minister at the time, was right to try to appease Adolf Hitler.

"You and I are gonna live forever" sang Liam Gallagher in one of rock band Oasis's most famous songs. The band however, may not. His brother, Noel Gallagher has announced he is quitting the band because he can no longer work with Liam.

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