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Today: Thursday 16th June

Two-hundred failing primary schools in England are to be turned into academies. The Greek prime minister is trying to form a new cabinet, after violent street protests against his austerity programme. Also on today's programme, what happened to hot-wiring? Why it is no longer possible to steal a car.

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Business news with Adam Shaw: The government publishes its white paper on financial regulation today. David Kenmir, partner in the financial services regulatory practice of PriceWaterhouseCoopers and a former chief operating officer at the FSA, analyses George Osborne's proposals. Chief investment officer at CCLA, James Bevan, looks at the markets. And Mark Taber, who runs the website Fixedincomeinvestments.org.uk, talks about the UK pensioners who are in line to share the Bank of Ireland's financial burdens.

One of Russia's richest men is planning to invest billions of dollars in a scheme to sell electricity to China. Moscow correspondent Daniel Sandford has been talking to Oleg Deripaska, and has flown to Siberia's frozen wilderness, which is turning into "a giant construction site".

With a debt default looming and demonstrators taking to the streets of Athens, the Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou is trying to form a new government and seeking a vote of confidence from his Pasok party. Anni Podimata, a Pasok party MEP who sits on the EU Parliament's Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee, considers Mr Papandreou's position. And Jan Randolph, director of sovereign risk at IHS Global Insight, assesses the possibility of a new austerity package.

The 200 worst performing primary schools in England are to be turned into academies next year, under new government proposals. Tony Draper of the National Executive of the National Association of Head Teachers, who is also head of an occasionally underperforming primary school in Milton Keynes, responds to the move.

The newly formed Financial Policy Committee of the Bank of England holds its first meeting today. Tim Harford, presenter of Radio 4's More or Less and author of Adapt: Why Success Always Starts With Failure, examines its role in spotting financial bubbles and why experts have had such trouble in the past.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Unemployment in Britain fell by 88,000 in the three months to April, but the number of people claiming jobseekers' allowance rose to 1.49m, the worst figure for more than a year. The BBC's Nick Ravenscroft visited one conservatory-making company in Clitheroe, Lancashire to see if flexible working could help to keep people in a job. And Professor Christopher Pissarides, the Nobel Prize-winning economist who specialises in labour market theory at the London School of Economics, examines its role in spotting financial bubbles and why experts have had such trouble in the past. outlines the best way to bolster the job market.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

The failing care home provider Southern Cross has reached a deal with its landlords and creditors that gives it four months to fix its financial problems. Peter Hay, president of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, reacts to the news that 31,000 residents of its homes have been assured continuity and quality of care.

Paper review.

How do you put the Dalai Lama at ease? Karl Stefanovic, of Australia's Today show on Channel 9 TV, thought he could warm things up by telling him a Buddhist joke before an interview.

People who design cars say they are now impossible to steal, and the only way a vehicle can be taken now is if the thief has the key. Transport correspondent Richard Scott reports on new figures suggesting that the motor industry is winning the battle against car thieves.

Thought for the day with the Reverend Roy Jenkins, a Baptist minister in Cardiff.

The education secretary is expected to announce that the 200 worst performing primary schools in England will be converted into academies by 2012/2013. Michael Gove defends his plans and reacts to claims that the underlying funding system is in a mess.

Greece's prime minister, George Papandreou, is attempting to form a new government in order to impose an austerity regime and avoid defaulting on the country's massive debt. Economics editor Stephanie Flanders analyses the fear that financial contagion is spreading from Athens.

For ten weeks now, Nato has been carrying out airstrikes on Libya and yet Colonel Gaddafi still controls most of the west of the country. Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen assesses the impact of the ongoing military campaign.

A new collection of private letters written by Queen Victoria to her eldest daughter Vicky have been published. The historian Andrew Roberts of the Folio Society reveals some of her most surprising thoughts.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

Al-Qaeda has named Ayman al-Zawahiri as its new chief, following the killing in Pakistan of its long-time leader Osama bin Laden by US commandos. Jon Leyne reports from Cairo. And Jason Burke, author of Al-Qaeda: The True Story of Radical Islam, talks about the "two main splits" occurring in the group.

In his first major policy speech, Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls will today argue for an emergency tax cut to stimulate the economy, and accuse the government of "ploughing on and hoping for the best". Political editor Nick Robinson examines his position.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Ireland's government is setting up an inquiry into the reported abuse of young women who worked in a network of ten laundry workhouses between the 1920s and the mid-1990s. Ellen Murphy, a survivor of the Magdalene Laundries, and Sally Mulready, founder of Irish Women's Survivors Group, discuss the case.

The £40m restoration of St Paul's Cathedral is complete, the first time in its 300 year history that the building has been cleaned inside and out. Religious affairs correspondent Robert Piggott reports on its remarkable transformation.

The Financial Policy Committee of the Bank of England, which meets for the first time today, has been set up to spot and deal with dangerous bubbles in the financial system. Andrew Tyrie MP, who chairs the Commons Treasury Select Committee, and Sir Howard Davies, former deputy governor of the Bank of England, who was also the first chairman of the Financial Services Authority, discuss how it will work.



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