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Today: Friday 14th October

Why do we seem willing, as a society, to treat older people badly? The new head of the Press Complaints Commission on whether newspaper self regulation can survive. And the 150th anniversary of Mrs Beeton's How to Cook.

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Business news with Simon Jack, on the downgrading of Spain's credit rating ahead of the latest G20 meeting of finance ministers in Paris. Download the podcast

The first residents of a block of flats built entirely of wood are to move into their new home in north London. The BBC's Nick Higham reports on why Britain has started to build blocks of flats out of timber.

The average amount of profit being made by energy companies has risen to £125 per customer per year, from £15 in June. But the energy regulator Ofgem has predicted that the profit margins will fall back to about £90 next year. Ofgem's Ian Marlee explains the figures.

Following yesterday's coverage of the Care Quality Commission's report on NHS elderly care, a number of listeners contacted the programme to tell their own story. Adam Rodin, whose 93-year-old father died in hospital last week, describes the bad experience he had.

Business news with Simon Jack.

In the third instalment of our series of Man Booker prize interviews, arts correspondent Rebecca Jones speaks to Carol Birch, shortlisted for Jamrach's Menagerie.

At the latest G20 meeting of finance ministers in Paris, bank recapitalisation, a Greek debt write-off and a more effective European bail-out fund is expected to top the agenda. Angel Gurria, secretary general of the OECD, analyses the potential solutions to Europe's problems.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.

The government is failing to deliver on its wildlife and landscape promises, according to a report compiled by 29 of the UK's leading environmental groups. Martin Harper of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and Environment Minister Caroline Spelman discuss whether the government is sticking to its green commitments.

A review of the papers.

For the first time, a work by the little-known US artist Nat Tate is to go on sale at the auction house Sotheby's, London. James Naughtie goes on the hunt for this mysterious member of the New York School.

Thought for The Day with Lord Harries of Pentregarth, Gresham Professor of Divinity.

Tory peer and former cabinet minister Lord Hunt has been appointed as the new head of the Press Complaints Commission (PCC), succeeding Peta Buscombe who resigned following the phone hacking scandal. Lord Hunt outlines where he plans to take the PCC.

The average amount of profit being made by energy companies has risen to £125 per customer per year, from £15 in June. Tim Yeo, chairman of the Commons Energy and Climate Change Select Committee, gives his reaction.

Following on from the Care Quality Commission's damning report on NHS elderly care, many listeners contacted the Today programme to share their own experiences. Dame Joan Bakewell, former government champion for the elderly, and Dr Raymond Tallis, philosopher and former professor of geriatric medicine, analyse the issues behind the story.

This week marks the 150th anniversary of the first publication of Mrs Beeton's classic How to Cook. Chef and food writer Gerard Baker, who has updated Mrs Beeton's recipe in his new book, and chef Clarissa Dickson Wright discuss how important Mrs Beeton was to the development of English cooking.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.

Financial backers linked to Israel and a private intelligence firm helped fund the travels of Liam Fox's close friend Adam Werritty, according to reports. Political editor Nick Robinson analyses the increasing pressure on the defence secretary.

Business news with Simon Jack.

According to World Health Organisation data, about 1.27 million people die every year on the world's roads. It estimates that road crashes will cause more deaths than HIV/Aids by 2030. East Africa correspondent Will Ross reports from Uganda where each year close to 3,000 people die on the roads in accidents.

The head of one of the most successful schools in England, Sir Michael Wilshaw, is to be named the new chief inspector of schools and children's services. The BBC's Sanchia Berg went to Mossbourne academy in east London, where he is head, to find out how he has made the school a success.

Energy regulator Ofgem has said that that the profit margin for energy firms has risen to £125 per customer per year, from £15 in June. Mike O'Connor of Consumer Focus explains what we can read into the announcement.



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