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Wednesday 26th January

The Governor of the Bank of England, Mervyn King, has warned that inflation is set to rise again - but Britain is on the right path for economic recovery. Also in today's programme, Rupert Murdoch: a malign influence on British life, or an innocent victim of the chattering classes?

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Kew Gardens are launching an app which will help visitors learn more about the flora and fauna they see. Mike Saunders, director of digital media at Kew, and Tristan Gooley, author of the Natural Navigator, discuss the merits of mixing technology with nature.

President Obama made his annual State of the Union address last night, at a critical time for the US and global economies and his own popularity in the polls. North America editor Mark Mardell outlines the key moments of his speech, and Barbara Stephenson, deputy chief of mission at the American Embassy in London, gives us her reaction.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

With Mervyn King's prediction that real incomes are set to fall again this year, times are likely to be tough for many across the UK. Roger Seifert, professor of industrial relations at Wolverhampton Business School, explains the consequences of the hard economic times.

After new evidence of "unacceptable and offensive behaviour" towards women, Sky Sports pundit Andy Gray has been sacked. Sports writer for the Daily Telegraph Jim White, and Katie Simmonds, lawyer with the specialist sports practice FrontRow Legal, discuss whether the sacking was justified.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.

Yesterday's growth figures, coupled with Mervyn King's warning on inflation and wages, make grim reading for George Osborne. Angel Gurria, secretary general of the Organisation for Economic Coordination and Development, discusses whether the chancellor has set the British economy on the right path.

BBC World Service staff are bracing themselves for an unprecedented round of cuts, with job losses of about 650 likely to be announced - over 25% of its workforce. Jeremy Dear, general secretary of the National Union of Journalists, discusses the impact of the cuts.

Paper review.

Tatsuya Ichihashi, the Japanese man facing charges of murdering and raping the British teacher Lindsay Hawker, has written a book detailing his two-and-a-half years on the run and says he will donate the proceeds to her family. The BBC's Roland Buerk, who is at today's book launch, reports.

Thought for the Day with Akhandadhi Das, a Vaishnav Hindu teacher and theologian.

An announcement on control orders is expected from the government, changing the policy on powers some consider to be tantamount to house arrest. Lord West, security minister in the last government, and Cerie Bullivant, a former controlee, debate whether the changes go far enough.

The governor of the Bank of England Sir Mervyn King has warned inflation is likely to rise as high as 5% in the next few months. Economics editor Stephanie Flanders assesses the situation, while the GMB's Paul Kenny and former chancellor Lord Lamont debate the prospects for the UK economy.

It is 10 years to the day since the earthquake which shook Gujarat in India, killing 20,000 and making half a million homeless. The BBC's Emily Buchanan reports from Gujarat on the region's remarkable recovery.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.

Changes to the control order regime will be announced today, expected to include the banning of people from using mobile phones and confining them to what some say amounts to house arrest. Lord Macdonald has been overseeing the review and details the problems with the previous system, and political correspondent Norman Smith outlines what will remain in place.

In President Obama's State of the Union address, he stated the US is "poised for progress" after "the worst recession most of us have ever known", yet there seems to be no sign of recovery at grassroots level. North America correspondent Jonny Dymond reports on whether Obama's optimism has any justification.

The government's "nudge" approach to try and improve public health may struggle to make an impression because the pull towards unhealthy choices is so much stronger, says new research by a Department of Health sponsored unit. Professor Theresa Marteau, director of the Behaviour and Health Research Unit at Cambridge University, explains the difficulties faced in improving public health.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

The BBC World Service is set to see cuts of up to 25% of its workforce after changes to its funding. Former World Service managing director Sir John Tusa explains why the cuts should not be happening.

Should Rupert Murdoch's News Corp be allowed to take over the 61% of Sky that it doesn't already own? Between Sky News, the Times, the Sun and the News of the World, his companies would control an awful lot of the news in this country. Does that matter? Telegraph blogger Brendan O'Neill, and professor of Communications at the University of Westminster Steven Barnett, debate whether the country should be worried if the bid succeeds.


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