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Today: Wednesday 6th June

A security firm has apologised for leaving unpaid workers stranded in London during the Jubilee celebrations. Spain has admitted it may need help to shore up its troubled banking sector. And also on today's programme, does exercise really help depression?

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 warnings from Spain that the markets are shutting them out.

The European Commission is announcing plans which offer an alternative way of saving banks that run into trouble, which would put the onus on shareholders and bondholders instead of taxpayers. The BBC's Gavin Hewitt has more details.


New research suggests encouraging patients being treated for depression to be more active does not help their recovery. Professor John Campbell, from the Peninsula Medical School in Exeter who was involved in the research, explains the findings.

Business news with Simon Jack.

The government is attempting to become more transparent by publishing a large amount of data. Emma Mulqueeny, who works with young people on using data to tell them things about the world, explains how to be data savvy.


Today sees the premiere in Manchester of a musical work that combines wrestling, the accordion and amplified crash mats. Arts Correspondent David Sillito has been to meet the Finnish accordionist behind it all along with two British Olympic wrestlers embarking on the most bizarre bout of their career.

Sport news with Garry Richardson.


The jubilee weekend is over but there is plenty of post-match analysis of the BBC's coverage of the event which, in the papers, is largely negative. Mark Damazer, former controller of BBC Radio 4, and Gillian Reynolds, the Daily Telegraph's radio critic, debate the issue.

The paper review.

Thought for the Day with Mona Siddiqui, Professor of Islamic Studies, New College, University of Edinburgh.

The New York Times is reporting that a US plan to attack the Iranian uranium processing infrastructure was given the codename in Washington of Operation Olympic Games. Michael Clarke, director of the Royal United Services Institute, gives his thoughts on why such an odd name was chosen.


Professor Ngaire Woods, dean of the Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford University, and Stefaan de Rynck, spokesperson for Michel Barnier, the EU commissioner for the internal market and services, give their thoughts on the European Commission's plan to shift the risk attached to failing banks from taxpayers to bondholders and shareholders.


The firm Close Protection UK, which provided security services for the Jubilee celebrations, says it is going to investigate reports that it left unpaid workers stranded in London during the Jubilee celebrations. Former deputy prime minister Lord Prescott and Molly Prince, managing director of Close Protection UK, debate the issue.

The distinguished scientist Jocelyn Bell-Burnell, visiting professor of Astrophysics at Oxford University, who is giving a lecture at the Hay festival tonight on how poets down the years have responded to astronomical events such as the Venus transit, speaks to Jim Naughtie.

A man in his 50s has died as the number of confirmed and suspected cases of Legionnaires' disease in an Edinburgh outbreak continues to rise. Chair of incident management team Dr Duncan McCormick explains whether the outbreak has been contained.

Sport news with Garry Richardson.


New research suggests that coffee may help to stave off the onset of Alzheimer's Disease. Simon Ridley, head of research at Alzheimer's Research, and Jeremy Hughes, chief executive of the Alzheimer's Society, discuss the findings.

Ian Anderson, front man and flute player in Jethro Tull, and John Giddings, European tour promoter for Live Nation, discuss whether big stadium gigs are worth the ticket price.

A suicide bomber has killed at least 21 people in an attack on a hotel near the Afghan city of Kandahar, local police have told the BBC.

Business news with Simon Jack.

The leaders of China and Russia have begun three days of meetings in Beijing to discuss the conflict in Syria as well as issues ranging from Iran's nuclear programme and the pullout of western forces from Afghanistan. China Correspondent Damian Grammaticus reports on the increasing cooperation between the two.

The song Rule Britannia is often heard at events where the Queen is present, but it seems the original spirit of the song might have been at odds with how it is used today. Oxford historian Oliver Cox explains the origins of the piece.

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