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

  • News Feeds
Page last updated at 06:02 GMT, Tuesday, 12 June 2012 07:02 UK
Today: Tuesday 12th June

The Church of England says plans to allow gay couples in England and Wales to marry will weaken the institution of marriage and undermine the church's role. EU ministers meet on Tuesday to discuss fishing policy. And also on Today's programme, Martin Amis on his latest book, and what he thinks of Roy Hodgson and Katie Price.

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 optimism over a Spanish banking bailout fizzling out within just hours.


In its response to the government's consultation, the Church of England has warned that the government's proposals for gay marriage would strip an institution "vastly" important to a healthy society of much of its content and meaning. Human rights lawyer Lucy Scott-Moncrieff gives her thoughts on the issue.

More than 4000 members of the armed services are to be told they are being made redundant. Professor Michael Clarke of the Royal United Services Institute, the defence think tank, gives his reaction.

Business news with Simon Jack.

Posters declaring Britain is "great" - a place of "great design" - have begun to appear in the run up to the Olympic Games. But with the eyes of the world turning on Britain, what are we really proud of when it comes to modern life and what would we rather the world didn't look at too closely? Arts Correspondent David Sillito reports.

Sport news with Garry Richardson.


The police and local council believe that the GAS Gang in Brixton, South London, could be linked to around three quarters of violent crime incidents involving young people in the area. In the second in his series of reports on gangs this week, Andrew Hosken has been investigating.

The paper review.


Former prime minister Gordon Brown and Chancellor George Osborne appeared before the Leveson Inquiry into press standards yesterday. Nick Robinson reports.

Thought for the day with Lord Singh - director of the Network of Sikh organisations.


EU ministers are meeting to discuss fishing policy, in particular regulations applied to "discard", as nearly one in every 10 fish caught at the moment is thrown back, dead or dying. Fisheries minister Richard Benyon and chef Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall debate the issue.


The Church of England has warned that if the government pushes ahead with its plans for gay marriage the consequences could be immense. The Bishop of Leicester, Rt Reverend Tim Stevens, and Ben Summerskill, chief executive of Stonewall, debate.

Author Martin Amis speaks to Jim Naughtie.

Sport news with Garry Richardson.

In Moscow, tensions have been rising ahead of an anti-government rally due later today, and police yesterday searched the homes of several opposition activists seizing phones, computers, cash and even passports. The BBC's Steve Rosenberg reports from Moscow and Sergei Markov, a former advisor to Vladimir Putin, gives his view.

The British Social Attitudes 2011 survey, published by the King's Fund, has found that public satisfaction with the NHS has suffered the biggest fall in one year since the survey began in 1983. John Appleby, chief economist at the King's Fund, and Dr Paul Hodgkin, chief executive of Patient Opinion, debate what this fall in public satisfaction can be attributed to.

Business news with Simon Jack.

Is the story of the rise of the Indian economic elephant over? Andrew North reports from Mumbai.

In order to be happier we're often told to "think positively", but does that really work? Author and Guardian columnist Oliver Burkeman, and psychologist Ros Taylor, debate the question.

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


Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific