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Sir Michael Lyons, the chairman of the BBC Trust, has published an open letter to licence fee payers to say that as a result of a review of what the BBC does, the corporation may become smaller.

Sir Michael discussed whether the BBC would prefer to give money back to the licence payer rather than share it with another broadcaster .

About half of television licence fee payers would want the charge to be smaller if given the option, an independent poll commissioned by the BBC Trust has found.

Media consultant Peter Bazalgette, and David Elstein, former chief executive of television channel Five, debated what might be cut from the BBC's spending .

The main challenger in the Afghan election has claimed the body carrying out the count is being manipulated by the incumbent President Hamid Karzai.

Correspondent David Loyn talked about his interview with Abdullah Abdullah and his claims that the election commission was on the president's side .

And is there a life after death? David Eagleman, a neuroscientist at the Bayern College of Medicine in Texas, has explored 40 very different and imaginative scenarios of what might happen next.

He described some of his suggestions - ranging from God being a bacterium who is unaware of our existence, to an afterlife where we are surrounded only by people we met in our real lives.

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