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Today: Thursday 31st May

Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt will face questions at the Leveson Inquiry today about his handling of News Corporation's bid for BSkyB. David Cameron's former head of communications, Andy Coulson, has been charged with perjury. And also on Today's programme, a rare interview with the abstract painter Sir Howard Hodgkin.

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

Business news with Simon Jack, on the market reacting to the worsening situation in Spain.


Does the government need an economic Plan C for long term very slow growth. Economist Vicky Pryce and Nick Seddon of the think tank Reform debate the issue.

Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt gets to put his version of events surrounding News Corporation and BSkyB today at the Leveson Inquiry. Steve Hewlett of the Media Show on Radio 4 gives his analysis of what Jeremy Hunt is likely to say.


The rebel Free Syrian Army has given the government of President Assad 48 hours to observe the UN ceasefire, or they will abandon the truce. The Today programme's Mike Thomson has been investigating who Syria's opposition forces are.

Business news with Simon Jack.

The number of patients spending more than four hours in Accident and Emergency in England has reached its highest level for eight years according to health think tank the King's Fund. John Appleby, the Fund's Chief economist, has more details on the issue.

A thousand years after it became a place of worship, a church in a tiny North Yorkshire village faces no longer being open to congregations because the droppings from bats are causing a health hazard. The BBC's Nick Ravenscroft reports from Ellerburn.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


The European Commission says "ambitious steps" to turn the eurozone into a full banking union are required if stability is going to be restored. Leaders will discuss the plan at their June summit. Megan Greene, eurozone economist at Roubini Global Economics, gives her views on what the implications would be for the UK were the idea to be approved.

The paper review.


A few weeks ago, Today asked listeners born in 1952, the year in which the Queen acceded to the throne, to contact the programme if they were interested in talking about their own attitudes towards the monarchy. The Today programme's Sanchia Berg has spoken to three of them.

Thought for the day with the Reverend Dr Michael Banner, Dean and Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge.


Should addiction be treated as a disease? Former Alcoholics Anonymous member and Daily Telegraph writer Damian Thompson, who has written a new book on the subject, debates the issue with Professor Colin Blakemore.


The rebel Free Syrian Army has given the government of President Assad until tomorrow lunchtime to abide by the terms of the UN ceasefire or it says it will consider that it is no longer bound by it. The BBC's Paul Wood has been travelling undercover inside Syria for the past three weeks and reports from Beirut.


Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt gets his chance to defend his handling of the News Corporation bid for BSkyB at the Leveson inquiry today. Former lord chancellor Lord Falconer, and former Conservative cabinet minister Lord Fowler, give their view on the issue.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.

The Office of Fair Trading is to refer the whole of the motor insurance market to the Competition Commission because it says it is "dysfunctional" and that is costing drivers an extra £225m a year.


There's a gloomy sense of events gathering pace in the eurozone - a sense that this crisis which has rumbled on for so long now may be entering a decisive phase caused by the problems of the Spanish banks. George Magnus, senior adviser to the investment bank UBS, gives his view.


The abstract painter, and one of most celebrated contemporary artists, Sir Howard Hodgkin gives a rare interview to the BBC's Razia Iqbal as new exhibition of his prints opens at the Alan Cristea Gallery in London.

Business news with Simon Jack.

A recent poll by BBC local radio suggested that three quarters of people wanted the monarch to keep the title "Defender of the Faith". As religious affairs correspondent Robert Pigott reports, the Queen has always believed that to be crowned as the monarch is also to take up a spiritual mission.

Declan Ganley, businessman and founder of the Libertas party, and Paschal Donohoe, member of the Dail for the Fine Gael party of the prime minister, debate what Irish voters will decide when they go to the polls today in a referendum on the European fiscal treaty.


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