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Today: Thursday 16th August

More than 300,000 young people will find out how they did in their A-levels, and whether they have secured the university places they were offered. Ecuador has accused Britain of threatening to enter its embassy in London to arrest the Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange. Also on the programme, the young British men joining jihadist groups to go and fight the Assad regime in Syria.

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: More on the news that seven banks have been subpoenaed in the on-going investigation into the rigging of the Libor benchmark interest rate.


Since 2006 an area of 12 acres in the centre of Bradford has remained empty, buildings had been demolished to make way for a new shopping centre, but then nothing happened. The BBC's Louise Jackson has been looking at what is going on with the "Bradford Hole".

Seven banks including Barclays, HSBC and Royal Bank of Scotland are to be questioned in the United States over the LIBOR scandal. Dr Neela Richardson, who is with Bloomberg Government which provides information on how government policy affects business, shares her thoughts on the issue.

When the Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney selected Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate a first was declared, as not one of the candidates for office in this year's American election is a white protestant. As Jonny Dymond reports, white Anglo-Saxon protestants, or WASPs, were once the political elite of the United States.

Business news with Simon Jack.


Sir Mervyn King will be stepping down in June as governor of the Bank of England after ten years in the post, but who should replace him? Alistair Milne, a former adviser to the Bank of England, and Labour MP Pat McFadden, a former business minister who now sits on the Treasury Select Committee, discuss the role and who would best fit it.

Sport news with Jonathan Legard.


More than 300,000 people will find out how they did in their A-levels and whether they have secured the university places they were offered, but the last government's target of 50% going to university has been dropped by the coalition, so what is the best balance of graduates and no-graduates for employers, and for the community? David Willetts, the universities minister, gives his reaction.
The paper review.


The Royal Household needs a new chauffeur and the job is being advertised on the Royal Family's official website. Cab driver Fred Housego, who is well known for appearing on television quiz shows, explains what the job is likely to involve.

Thought for the day with the Reverend Lucy Winkett, Rector of St James Piccadilly.

There are a small but growing number of British men travelling to Syria to take up arms against the regime there, prompting fears of a new theatre of jihad and a prominent Birmingham MP has called for vigilance by the police. The BBC's Frank Gardner has been investigating this in Birmingham.


Ecuador has accused Britain of threatening to enter its embassy in London to arrest the Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange. The BBC's Bridget Kendall has more details and Carl Gardner, a former government lawyer, and ex ambassador Sir Tony Brenton explain what the British government's options are.


It is the end of an era on Radio One, as they ditch all sung jingles. Tony Blackburn, the veteran disc jockey, explains why he thinks this is a bad move.

The BBC's Orla Guerin has been travelling under cover in the Kurdish part of Syria in the north east to find out what the risks are of the conflict spreading accross the borders of Turkey and Iraq.

Sport news with Jonathan Legard.

Norman Benotman, president of the Quilliam Foundation, shares his views on the growing number of British people going to Syria to take up arms against the regime there

Business news with Simon Jack.

There has been an explosion in public art in the last few decades, but does it lack imagination? Andrew Shoben, professor of public art at Goldsmiths, University of London, and Ian Leith, of the Public Monument and Sculptures Association, debate whether public art is getting too bland and self-reflective.

Kevan Carrick, partner at JK property consultants, and Alexandra Jones, chief executive of Centre for Cities, debate what should be done with the "Bradford Hole", an area of 15 acres located in the centre of Bradford which has remained empty since 2006.


Not everyone will have the A-level results they want today, but it is important to remember that there are plenty people doing useful jobs that they enjoy who did not get the A levels they had hoped for. One of those is Jon Snow, presenter of Channel Four News, who explains why he did not have a good time with the examiners.

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