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Today: Wednesday 6th July

Relatives of victims of the 7 July bombings have been warned that their phones may have been hacked by the News of the World. The Victims Commissioner is demanding new laws to defend the rights of the families of people who have been murdered. Also on today's programme, music critics tell us which classical pieces reduce them to tears... of boredom.

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Business news with Dominic Laurie: The price of goods in shops is rising at its fastest rate for two and a half years. Stephen Robertson, director general at the British Retail Consortium, and Avinash Persaud, of Intelligence Capital and advisor to the G20, discuss how incomes are being squeezed. And Randall Kroszner, former Federal Reserve governor and part time numismatist, explains why over a $1bn in gold coins is sitting unused in a building in the US. Download the podcast

The former Ukrainian prime minister, Yulia Tymoshenko, has been standing trial this week accused of corruption, charges she has described as politically motivated. In the last of a series of reports on corruption in former Soviet Union countries, Edward Stourton reports from Kiev.

New allegations have emerged about payments made to the police as the row enveloping the News of the World phone hacking scandal escalates. Paul Farrelly MP, a member of the Commons Media Committee, and media analyst Claire Enders debate the current state of the case.

The government has set out plans to reform early education and childcare next year, arguing that teaching for those under five must be simpler and focus on core skills. Children's Minister Sarah Teather outlines the best way to encourage early learning.

Business news with Dominic Laurie.

This week the cigarette tobacco giant Philip Morris is launching a legal challenge against Australian proposals to ban branding on cigarette packaging, and for all cigarettes to be sold in olive green packets. From Sydney, Nick Bryant reports.

MPs in the House of Commons are to hold an emergency debate on phone hacking at the News of the World, after the speaker granted the request from the Labour MP Chris Bryant. Chief political correspondent Norman Smith examines calls for an independent inquiry.

Sports news with Jonathan Legard.

Those who have had to cope with a murder of a family member are not treated with enough humanity by the justice system and should have statutory protection, according to a report being sent to the justice secretary. Victims' commissioner Louise Casey outlines her concerns. And Paul Mendelle QC, former chairman of the Criminal Bar Association, considers what legislation could be put in place.

Paper review.

Fresh allegations suggest that other victims of terrible crimes, apart from the murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler, may have had their phones hacked by the News of the World. Graham Foulkes, whose son David died in the Edgware Road tube bomb on 7/7, gives his reaction to the suggestion his phone may have been hacked.

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

Changes to the NHS are set to go ahead, following the government's pause and listen exercise. Sir Roger Boyle, the retiring National Director for Heart Disease, explains his own concerns over the reforms.

What are the commercial and legal ramifications for News International over the phone hacking scandal? Business editor Robert Peston and political editor Nick Robinson outline the current state of the scandal. Simon Greenberg, director of corporate affairs at News International, and Professor George Brock of City University, and former managing editor of The Times, discuss what damage has been done.

Sports news with Jonathan Legard.

Is Nato fighting an unwinnable war in Libya? Gabriel Gatehouse reports on progress in the city of Misrata, where rebel commanders say they have made some gains during intensive fighting to reach Tripoli.

Several of the nation's leading music critics have admitted that some classical music is thoroughly boring. Michael Tanner, opera critic of the Spectator, and Fiona Maddocks, music critic of the Observer, debate the worst offenders.

Business news with Dominic Laurie.

A new play called Loyalty is opening in London, based on a true story by the wife of Jonathan Powell, chief of staff to Tony Blair, who objected to her husband's involvement in the run up to the Iraq War. Journalist Sarah Helm, who wrote the play, talks about where loyalty lies in such a predicament.

What does the phone hacking scandal say about regulation in the media? The Guardian News and Media's editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger and columnist Sir Max Hastings discuss the broader impact on British journalism.


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