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The Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has been refused permission to give evidence early to the Leveson Inquiry. MPs are to question the immigration minister, Damian Green, about severe delays at Heathrow Airport's border controls. And also on today's programme the SNP leader Alex Salmond on his links to the Murdochs and his local election campaign.

We are no longer providing clips of every part of the programme but you will be able to listen via the BBC iPlayer .

Lord Justice Leveson has turned down the Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt's request for his appearance before the inquiry on media ethics to be brought forward. The BBC's Alan Soady has the details and correspondent, Peter Hunt, reports on the weeks proceedings at the Leveson Inquiry.

The EU suspended sanctions on Burma last week but made clear it wished to see further progress towards democracy. South Asia correspondent, Rachel Harvey, explains why the European Union's foreign policy chief, Baroness Catherine Ashton, is in Burma to underline the bloc's support for recent political reforms.

A man suspected of killing two people in their own homes is now the subject of a manhunt around Scarborough Whitby and Middlesbrough. The BBC's Lisa McCormick reports.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.

The Trade and Investment minister Lord Green has been to turkey as part of an attempt to reverse the trade gap by taking teams of smaller British companies into new markets. The BBC's Jonathan Head reports from Turkey and Lesley Batchelor, director general of the Institute of Export and International Trade outlines the challenges facing British industry.

0735 Paper review.

The Catholic Education Service has written to every state-funded Catholic school in England and Wales and asked them to draw the attention of pupils to the Coalition for Marriage's anti-equality petition. Austen Ivereigh, former press secretary to the Archbishop of Westminster Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, and Andrew Copson, Chief Executive of the British Humanist Association, debate the decision.

A new book is out that brings together aerial footage of every site of ancient and Byzantine Greece. Paul Cartledge, Professor of Greek History, the A G Leventis Professor of Greek Culture at Cambridge University, describes the book's aerial photographs of the world's first Olympic hotels.

Thought for the Day with Brian Draper, an associate lecturer at the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity.


Has the man who is the lead counsel for the Leveson Inquiry, Robert Jay QC, become the star of the whole inquiry and is his style of questioning getting results? Martyn Day, senior partner at Leigh Day and Clive Anderson, himself a barrister, discuss.


A two-day conference in Oxford this weekend is designed to promote discussion of issues often taboo for Britain's Pakistani community. Suriyah Bi, a British Pakistani student organising the conference, and Iftikhar Malik, professor of international history at Bath Spa University who is speaking at the conference, discuss how to encourage the community to engage with policy makers.

The way we speak is something that researchers, writers and poets have been trying to fathom as they gathered at University College London to explore the mechanisms and science behind speech. The BBC's reporter, Rebecca Morelle joined them.

One of the most visible symbols of the Taliban's repressive regime was the destruction of the monumental Buddhas of Bamiyan. Should we repair them before US and UK forces withdraw from Afghanistan? Llewelyn Morgan, author of The Buddhas of Bamiyan and Ben Macintyre, columnist and associate editor of The Times outline the arguments.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.


MPs are demanding that the Immigration minister Damian Green explain the recent queues at Heathrow Airport's border controls. Keith Vaz, chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, outlines his concerns that the issue is damaging Britain's reputation.

Paper review.


As part of our party leader interviews, Alex Salmond MSP, leader of the Scottish National Party and Scotland's First Minister, speaks to the Today programme's Justin Webb ahead of the local elections on 3 May.

Today Istanbul sees the opening of the Museum of Innocence, the realisation of a 20 year-long project by the Turkish writer and Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk to create a museum and a book based around a love affair in Istanbul. Mr Pamuk, an outspoken commentator on Turkey spoke to Arts Editor Will Gompertz about his museum, politics and writing.

With the appearance of Rupert Murdoch at Leveson this week, and the further revelations about how News Corporation got to politicians, is the era of the Press Baron dead? Charles Moore, former editor of the Daily Telegraph and Jean Seaton, professor of media history at the University of Westminster, give their thoughts.

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