Today Weekdays 6-9am and Saturdays 7-9am

  • News Feeds
Page last updated at 04:57 GMT, Tuesday, 27 September 2011 05:57 UK
Today: Tuesday 27th September

Ed Miliband is to tell the Labour conference that it's time to reward people who contribute to society. Staff at the defence contractor, BAE Systems, will be told today that nearly three thousand jobs are being axed. And also in the programme... the report which says that some dying cancer patients are given "futile" and expensive treatments.

To speed up the loading time for this running order, we have replaced the audio with links. To hear the reports, interviews and discussions, just click on the links.

Get in touch via email , Twitter or Facebook or text us on 84844.

Paper review.

Business news with Adam Shaw. The past four days have seen the biggest falls in the price of gold in more than 20 years. Steven Bell, a director at the investment firm GLC, considers why. Richard Dunbar, investment director at Scottish Widows Investment Partnership, looks at the markets. And Gavin Hinks, editor of Accountancy Age, assesses suggestions that the big four accountancy firms could be forced to break themselves up.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Ed Miliband will make his speech to the Labour conference today. Chief political correspondent Gary O'Donoghue predicts what it will tell us about where Mr Miliband wants to take the party.

Paper review.

As the Labour Party conference continues, Scottish Labour is seeking more autonomy as it moves to elect a new leader. Tom Harris MP, one of the leadership contenders, considers the future for the Scottish party.

A report from the Lancet Oncology Commission has found that the developed world sometimes over-uses expensive drugs when treating cancer. Chairman of the commission Professor Richard Sullivan explains how the UK may be spending more than it needs on cancer treatment.

Liverpool is this year's host of the Labour Party conference. The Today programme's James Naughtie has been to the inner-city area of Toxteth to assess how the party is viewed there.

A 50-year project to save red squirrels ends today. The BBC's Richard Westcott is in Poole, to explain why volunteers have been chopping down rhododendron bushes in an effort to help the creatures survive.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

How has the eurozone crisis affected different countries across the continent? The former chief economist of the IMF Ken Rogoff takes an economic tour of Europe.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet. Jockeys who break strict new rules about the use of their whips during races are to be more severely punished. Prof Tim Morris from the British Horse Association explains the new regulations. And the BBC's Cornelius Lysaght considers the impact on the sport.

The BBC has learned that nearly 3000 jobs losses will be announced by BAE Systems later today. The BBC's John Moylan gives an overview of the losses. And Digby Jones, former head of the CBI, assesses the effect of the job cuts both on the industry and the British economy.

Paper review.

To celebrate the London Olympics next year, all 37 of Shakespeare's plays are to be performed at the Globe theatre in 37 different languages. Dominic Dromgoole, the Globe's artistic director, previews the international line-up.

Thought for the Day with Bishop Tom Butler.

Ed Miliband will speak to the Labour Party conference today about the challenges facing his party. Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper looks ahead to the leader's speech, and defends her party's record on immigration.

How much should the state spend to prolong someone's life by a few months? Dr Karol Sikora, one of the one contributing authors to the Lancet Oncology Commission report, and Prof Peter Johnson of Cancer UK, debate whether the UK is over-spending on cancer treatment.

The Labour Party Conference marks the first anniversary of Ed Miliband's election as leader. The BBC's political editor Nick Robinson considers how Mr Miliband is viewed by the party faithful.

Mark Cavendish became the world champion road racing cyclist at the weekend, although his individual success was largely due to a team effort. Olympic gold medallist Chris Boardman and former cricketer Ed Smith discuss the place of altruism in professional sport.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

The Royal Navy is to make hundreds of personnel redundant, including some who have risked their lives in the recent war in Libya. Lewis Page, former naval officer and author of Lions, Donkeys and Dinosaurs: Waste and Blundering in the Military, examines this latest tranche of strategic cuts to the armed forces.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

This autumn BBC Two is launching a mixed race season, which will explain why many more people in our society in the future will be of mixed racial background. The geneticist Steve Jones and author Katharine Birbalsingh, who is of Indian and Afro-Caribbean background, share their views.

Prime Minister George Papandreou will discuss Greece's economic reform programme with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin today. Europe editor Gavin Hewitt considers how the meeting will go. And Gianrico Carofiglio, a member of the Italian Senate, gauges the economic mood in his country.

What will Ed Miliband say in his speech to the Labour Party Conference this afternoon? Phil Collins, Tony Blair's former speechwriter, now a Times columnist, and the Guardian's Polly Toynbee debate how Mr Miliband should define himself in the eyes of the party and the electorate.


Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific