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The search is on for a new director of communications for Number 10 after the resignation of Andy Coulson, the man heading a review of British banking is expected to say that wide-ranging reform is needed and also in the programme, what the public think about government plans to sell off large sections of English forests.

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David Cameron is beginning a search for a new communications chief after the resignation yesterday of Andy Coulson. Political correspondent Naomi Grimley gives us an update on who's in the running.

The head of the commission reviewing whether the UK's biggest banks should be broken up is expected to say later that wide-ranging reform is needed. The BBC's Nils Blythe outlines what Sir John Vickers will be addressing today.

Tony Blair's second appearance in front of the Chilcot Inquiry saw the former Prime Minister's regret over deaths during the war in Iraq met by jeers in the gallery. We find out what people make of Mr. Blair in Iraq itself.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Four months after British troops withdrew from Sangin in Afghanistan, the US troops left on the front line have been employing rather different tactics against the Taliban. But there are still British troops operating in central Helmand province. The Evening Standard's Robert Fox has also been in Afghanistan during the last week and has his own account of the British contribution there

We continue our series looking at the finalists of the TS Eliot Prize for Poetry this week. Today, John Haynes reads an extract from his poem You.

Paper review.

A new drama-documentary premiered in Prague this week about the incredible story of Nicholas Winton. Called Nicky's Family, the film tells the story of the British man who saved hundreds of Jewish children from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia in 1939. Winton was later knighted for his efforts, and Sir Nicholas, now 101, was in Prague once again to attend the premiere. The BBC's Rob Cameron went to meet him.

Thought for the Day with Brian Draper, associate lecturer at the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity.

Some of the world's business and political elite will meet next week in Davos to discuss, amongst other topics, the issue of inequality. But who are these super-rich? Why do they exist and should we be worried about them? Julia Margot of Demos and global editor-at-large at Thomson Reuters, Chrystia Freeland, discuss.

What now for Rupert Murdoch's News International? Dogged by phone hacking scandals, celebrity lawsuits over alleged invasion of privacy, a police investigation and the resignation of former editor Andy Coulson as Downing Street's director of communications. Steve Hewlett from Radio 4's The Media Show has the story.

This week's visit of the president of China to Washington reflects the country's growing economic influence and power in the world. But can it have a similar impact in the west in cultural terms? Businessman Sir David Tang and David Tse-Ka-Shing of ChinaTown Arts Space in the UK give us their thoughts.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Government plans to raise cash by selling-off England's forests and woods have been dealt something of a blow before the proposals have even been published. A YouGov poll published today suggests three quarters of people oppose the sell-off. Environment correspondent Tom Feilden reports and Anne McIntosh, Tory chair of the Commons Rural Affairs Committee lends her voice to the debate.

We return to the shortlisted poets for the TS Eliot Prize for Poetry which will be awarded next week. One of the ten finalists, Brian Turner reads Phantom Noise.

Paper review.

It started as a student newspaper in Wisconsin in 1988, developed into a hugely successful website but now The Onion News network, a satirical daily news service has debuted on the small screen with a 30-minute show. Jonny Dymond explores whether this could be the future of "news-er-tainment".

Should a white man be involved in organising an Indian literary festival? Not according to political commentator Hartosah Singh Bal who's written a piece criticising the fact that the British writer William Dalrymple has a large role in organising the upcoming Jaipur Literary Festival. Debating the issue, we hear from Indian author, Omair Ahmad and biographer of Rudyard Kipling, Andrew Lycett.

With the departure of former editor of The News of the World Andy Coulson from Downing Street, will the phone hacking scandal now fade away from public consciousness? Or is it just the beginning of huge implications for both News International and newspapers in general? We hear from another former editor of the News of the World Phil Hall and media analyst Claire Enders gives us her take on what will happen next.



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