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Today: Tuesday 12th October

Lord Browne examines the controversial issue of removing a cap on tuition fees for England's universities. David Cameron and President Obama have discussed the failed attempt to rescue a British aid worker in Afghanistan. And we talk to Nobel Prize winner Professor Christopher Pissarides.

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Business news with Adam Shaw: David Frost of the British Chamber of Commerce says the economic recovery has slowed considerably and the risks of a setback remain serious. And Dominic Laurie reports on how well the Shetland and Orkney islands are weathering the economic downturn.

A long-awaited review of higher education in England is expected to say that graduates should pay significantly more for their degrees. Student adviser Johnny Rich and Professor Ruth Farwell, of Buckinghamshire New University, discuss the future of university funding.

A number of rival media groups have come together to urge the government to consider blocking Rupert Murdoch's attempt to take full control of BSkyB. Media commentator Steve Hewlett explains why the issue is so controversial.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

President Obama has offered his condolences to David Cameron for the death of Linda Norgrove, the kidnapped British aid worker who was killed in Afghanistan during a rescue attempt by US military. Evan Davis spoke to Linda's colleague, Betsy Marcotte, about the incident.

The full extent of the government's budget cuts will be set out by the Chancellor next week. Political editor Nick Robinson analyses why politicians are so keen on fairness within the Spending Review.

The sports news with Garry Richardson.

Regulators in the US have approved the first official trial for the use of human embryonic stem cells in patients. Science correspondent Tom Feilden explains the potential of stem-cell treatments. And professor of regenerative medicine Chris Mason outlines the importance of these trials.

Paper review.

Tributes have been paid to one of the most celebrated sopranos, Dame Joan Sutherland. Fellow soprano Dame Kiri Te Kanawa shares her memory of the first time she heard La Stupenda sing.

Thought for the Day with Reverend Rosemary Lain-Priestley, Dean of Women's Ministry in central London.

A number of media organisations have signed a letter to the Business Secretary, arguing that a complete Rupert Murdoch takeover of BSkyB would reduce diversity in the media industry. Former head of programming at BSkyB, David Elstein, and Sir Christopher Bland, former chairman of the BBC, discuss how the takeover may affect the media.

Lord Browne publishes his independent review on university funding today. He talks to James Naughtie about the controversial issue of removing the cap on tuition fees for England's universities.

Agony aunt Claire Rayner has died at the age of 79. Her son Jay pays tribute to the woman who featured on daytime TV and radio for decades.

The sports news with Garry Richardson.

The latest Nobel economics prize has been awarded to Professor Christopher Pissarides from the London School of Economics. He describes his research into why many people remain unemployed despite a large number of job vacancies.

Universities in England say they are facing a financial "black hole" in two years if they cannot increase tuition fees. Political editor Nick Robinson outlines where the Liberal Democrats stand on the recommendation to remove a cap on tuition fees at England's universities.

Business news with Adam Shaw. The court case over the future of Liverpool Football Club begins today. Sports editor David Bond examines the claim brought by the RBS bank, which is owed money by the Anfield club.

French trade unions are starting their third day of strikes in a month in protest at the government's pension reforms. Europe editor Gavin Hewitt reports from Paris on the argument over pensions.

How do we measure fairness? Economist Bridget Rosewell and David Hand of the Royal Statistical Society discuss how the government could be held accountable for delivering its budget cuts fairly.



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