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Today: Wednesday 22nd August

The Greek prime minister has asked for breathing space, with talks about the nation's future in the Euro about to restart. It should be easier in theory from today to do business with Russia, as they have finally joined the World Trade Organisation. Also on today's programme, on the 80th anniversary of the first transmission of TV, what will television look like in 80 years time?

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: The Greek prime minister Antonis Samaras has asked for "more breathing space" before delivering tough austerity measures.


A set of talks to solve the euro crisis start today in Athens with the visit of the head of the Eurozone group finance ministers, the Luxembourg prime minister Jean-Claude Juncker. Steven Bell, chief economist at the investment firm GLC, gives his thoughts on the situation in Greece.

The president of Ecuador has been speaking about his country's decision to grant asylum to Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks. The BBC's Will Grant was at President Correa's press conference.

Business news with Simon Jack.

California has made an important decision in recent days, approving the first bullet train in the United States, although the state is billions of dollars in debt. Alastair Leithead reports from California's Central Valley where the first leg of the track will be laid, but where questions are already being asked over its viability.


It is the annual weigh-in day at London Zoo when all the animals must line up. Adrian Walls, head bird keeper at the zoo, describes the process.

Sport news with Sonia McLaughlan.


The government wants to give consumers the right to access all their personal transactional data held by private companies, in an electronic format that will help them make better spending choices and secure the best deals. Bryan Glick, editor in chief of Computer Weekly, shares his thoughts on the scheme, and John Hayes, minister of state at BIS, explains how it will function.

The paper review.

Gideon Raff, the creator of Prisoners Of War, the Israeli series which was adapted and given the title Homeland for the US, speaks to Justin Webb.

Thought for the day with John Bell of the Iona Community.

In four parts of the country flames will be lit, and the torches will start a week-long journey to the Olympic stadium where the Paralympic games open a week today. The BBC's Mark Simpson reports, and Martin Colclough, a former army major who runs a programme called Battle Back, talks about the large number of ex-servicemen and women in the GB Paralympic team.


The Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras told the German paper Bild, "all that we want is a little breathing space". Mark Lowen reports from Athens on what Greek people are going through as the continent debates their fate. Constantine Michalos, president of the Athens Chamber of Commerce, and German MP Dr Michael Fuchs debate Greece's future.


The first BBC public television service was established 80 years ago today using the system developed by John Logie Baird. Mike Ryan, the founder of Fusion Futures, and Dawn Airey, former chief executive of Channel Five discuss how the next 80 years will shape the future of television.

Sport news with Sonia McLaughlan.

In the past ten days, nine Americans have been killed in Afghanistan by Afghan troops, whom they were supposed to be training. Journalist and author James Fergusson, gives his analysis of the issue.

Business news with Simon Jack.

Ray Moulton was a lawyer in 1984 when the Vatican came to him about a priest being accused of sexual abuse in Louisiana, an investigation which then led to others and to a report which was delivered to the chuch but ignored. He speaks to Justin Webb about his new novel on the circumstances surrounding that terrible fact and the impact it had on individuals.


Are the Paralympics and Olympics uniting the UK as a country as athletes from each nation are cheered and supported? Trevor Ringland, Northern Ireland Conservative party spokesman for sport, explains why he believes Team UK would be a more appropriate name than Team GB.

The court case involving the self described mastermind of the 9/11 attacks Khalid Sheik Mohammed and four other men is due to restart today at Guantanamo Bay. David Rivkin, a lawyer and prominent conservative commentator on legal issues in the United States, gives his analysis ahead of the trial.

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