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Today: Tuesday 3rd August

Health officials and aid agencies in northwest Pakistan are warning of a growing threat of disease in the aftermath of the floods that have killed at least fifteen hundred people. And PD James on her 90th birthday reflects on writing, the BBC and how Britain has changed.

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Business news with Adam Shaw: Media analyst Toby Syfret discusses ITV's strategic review. Investment officer Richard Lacaille analyses the strength of the pound. And economics professor Peter Morici talks about new US rules for banking.

Three million people have now been affected by the floods in Pakistan and the death toll has climbed to more than 1400, according to Unicef. A medical student, Abdullah, describes how his area has been hit.

ITV's new bosses publish their strategic review of the company this morning as results show it made a profit of £97m in the last six months, a turnaround from the £105m loss in first half of last year. Steve Hewlett, presenter of Radio 4's Media Show, analyses some of the challenges facing the broadcaster.

Traditional fish porters at Billingsgate Market say they are under threat. The City of London Corporation is considering revoking the by-laws licensing these carriers of fish, potentially reducing their payments. Reporter Nicola Stanbridge gauges the views of the market's porters and merchants.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

BP is about to start the final operation to seal the leaking oil well in the Gulf of Mexico. Geoffrey Maitland, professor of energy engineering at Imperial College London, describes the latest stages of the operation.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

A car bomb exploded near Strand Road Police station in Londonderry early this morning. Ireland correspondent Mark Simpson analyses who might have been behind the attack.

Northern Rock publishes its results this morning. Business editor Robert Peston examines how well UK banks are performing, as fears are raised over their ability to continue to raise new finance and to lend over the coming months.

The paper review.

Thought for the Day with Reverend Michael Banner, Dean and Fellow of Trinity College Cambridge.

Police have praised a teenage girl for giving evidence that helped to convict nine men of involvement in child prostitution. Detective Superintendent Paul Savill and Martin Narey, of the children's charity Barnardo's, outline the extent of sexual exploitation.

Health officials and aid agencies in northwest Pakistan are warning of a growing threat of disease in the aftermath of the floods that have killed at least 1500 people. Aleem Maqbool reports from one of the worst affected areas. Oxfam's spokesperson Qasim Barech explains the humanitarian response in the Swat area.

What is the reality behind the myth about Israel's secret service Mossad? Security correspondent Gordon Corera reflects on what the agency really gets up to.

It has emerged that a taxi driver was forced to drive a car bomb to Strand Road police station in Londonderry early today by two hijackers. Derry's mayor, Colum Eastwood, gives his reaction from the scene of the explosion.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Novelist PD James, Baroness James of Holland Park, turns 90 today. She has been speaking to John Humphrys about growing old, the future of detective Adam Dalgliesh and what she would do if she ran the BBC. This is an extended version of the broadcast interview.

The Netherlands has become the first Nato country to end its combat mission in Afghanistan. General Peter van Uhm, commander of Dutch troops in the country, describes his feelings at leaving after four years.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Kenyans vote tomorrow on whether to adopt a new constitution. They have been trying unsuccessfully to get one for more than twenty years. East Africa correspondent Will Ross talks to Kenya's former anti-corruption chief John Githongo about the country's political culture.

How would our lives change if we had to pay for individual TV channels? Philosophy professor Anthony O'Hear and Boyd Hilton of the Heat Magazine debate whether we would stop having TV in the backgrounds of our lives.



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