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Today: Saturday 17th July

BP says there are no signs of leakage from its ruptured oil well in the Gulf of Mexico, a day after the flow was stopped for the first time since April. And the culture secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has signalled that that he wants people to pay less for the television licence.

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BP has managed to cap the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico but tests will show whether the cap is secure. Correspondent Laura Trevelyan reports from New Orleans.

Will the government cut the BBC licence fee? Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said "there are huge numbers of things that need to be changed at the BBC". Media correspondent, Torin Douglas, discusses the BBC's financial situation.

The paper review.

The UK Space Agency has awarded £3.65 million for three new space missions; one to orbit the sun, another to search for new planets and a third to investigate dark energy. Professor Ian Roxburgh, from Queen Mary University in London, argues why the UK space programme should continue.

How many university applicants were unable to find a place? Haroon Chowdry, a senior research economist at the Institute For Fiscal Studiess attempts to calculate the number of disappointed prospective students.

Sports news with Jon Myers.

Will our fundamental relationship with the state change in the wake of spending cuts? Mark Littlewood, director general of the Institute of Economic Affairs and Hilary Wainwright, co-editor of Red Pepper magazine, debate whether there is an opening for a complete re-valuation of the social contract.

The paper review.

Goldtrail, a British tour operator specialising in holidays to Turkey and Greece, has gone into administration with about 16,000 customers abroad. Simon Calder, travel editor for the Independent, reports on the fall out of the collapse.

Toy Story 3 has been reducing male reviewers to tears on both sides of the Atlantic. Screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce and film critic Peter Bradshaw discuss the kind of film that makes grown men cry.

Thought for the day with the Vishvapani - A member of the Western Buddhist Order.

Diane Abbott announced her candidacy for the Labour leadership on the Today programme, but does she have what it takes to lead her party? Ms Abbott discusses her plan for reviving Labour.

What will be the impact of the looming crisis in university funding? Mature student Antony Gadsby explains why he was tempted back to university. Wendy Piatt, Director General of the Russell Group of top universities and Pam Tatlow, chief executive of Million Plus, a university think tank, discuss the future for university places.

Is South Africa suffering from a World Cup hangover? The government is $5bn out of pocket, while FIFA looks to have walked away with a healthy profit. Cass Business School's Stefan Szymanski and author RW Johnson consider the benefits the World Cup has bought to the country.

A 1970s board game that "spookily predicts" a scenario very alike to BP's troubles in the Gulf of Mexico has been unearthed in a toy museum. Today Business presenter Adam Shaw investigates.

Sports news with Jon Myers.

Britain's attitude to torture is being relentlessly questioned as a High Court case by six former Guantanamo Bay inmates continues to disclose new information. Diplomatic correspondent James Robbins and former attorney general Lord Goldsmith debate the implications of the evidence that has emerged.

The paper review.

Diversity is the new rallying cry in the US Republican Party, formerly fierce critics of positive discrimination and even the idea of judging a candidate based on their race. But do religious barriers persist? Republican radio host Charlie Wolf and playwright Bonnie Greer discuss the party's high profile ethnic minority candidates.

As the race to become Labour's next leader gathers pace, what are we learning about the candidates and the party they hope to lead? Labour peer Baroness Prosser and the Independent's political columnist Steve Richards discuss the contest.



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