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Today: Thursday 13th September

The Chief Constable of South Yorkshire has suggested that some police officers may have "very serious questions to answer" about the Hillsborough disaster. Washington is investigating whether the attack that killed its ambassador to Libya may have been a premeditated terrorist operation. Also on the programme, what the earliest colour film tells us about life in Edwardian Britain.

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: One of the senior executives who led UK bank HBOS to the brink of collapse in 2008 has been given a record fine and banned for life from the industry.


When New Labour came to power in 1997, Tony Blair's government appointed Lord Justice Stuart-Smith to head a new judicial scrutiny into the Hillsborough disaster, but it was to become yet another failure. Jack Straw, who was the incoming home secretary who ordered the report and accepted its findings, gives his reaction to yesterday's report.

The chairman of the Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee, John Whittingdale, has said that the Leveson Inquiry, which is expected to report within a few weeks, has a brief which is too wide. Steve Hewlett, presenter of Radio 4's Media Show, explains what he meant by that comment.

Business news with Simon Jack.

The family of a 51-year-old man with Down's Syndrome are challenging the decision by a hospital in Margate to issue an indefinite Do Not Resuscitate order, with his disability given as one of the reasons. The BBC's Jane Draper has more details, and Dr Tony Calland, chairman of the BMA's ethics committee, gives his reaction.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.


Behind the Hillsborough tragedy lay an undeniable campaign of ruthless deception, as South Yorkshire Police altered reports to cover up their own failings, and for the same reason spread smears about those who died. Andrew Hosken reports from Sheffield and looks into what the culture was like in South Yorkshire at the time. Richard Wells, former chief constable of South Yorkshire, gives his account of what the culture was like there after he took over in 1990.

The paper review.

Thought for the day with the writer Rhidian Brook.

Washington is investigating whether the attack that killed its ambassador to Libya may have been a premeditated terrorist operation. The BBC's Frank Gardner has more details and Dr William Lawrence, from the International Crisis Group, gives his analysis of the tragedy.


The consequences of the Hillsborough disaster challenges the confidence most people would like to have in the police, the law and the operation of justice in the public realm. Lord Falconer, who now represents as a lawyer the Hillsborough Family Support Group, and Lord Macdonald, Liberal Democrat peer and former director of public prosecutions, discuss where this leaves Britain now.


Last month for the first time in history, the number one album sold fewer than 10,000 copies. Arts correspondent Colin Paterson went to the announcement of this year's 12-strong Mercury Prize shortlist to ask why anyone should care about what appears to be a dying format.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.

There is a warning in a report today that hospitals are finding it increasingly difficult to cope with patients who are not booked in, people taken ill and in need of acute care, who are often elderly and frail. Sir Richard Thompson, president of the Royal College of Physicians, gives his thoughts in his organisation's report.

Business news with Simon Jack.

An American project is coming to the UK called The People Speak, which takes archive of the famous and not-so-famous and gets famous actors to speak the words. The producer Anthony Arnove who has teamed up with Colin Firth to try to replicate its success in the UK, speaks to James Naughtie.

David Mellor, Former Home Office minister of state, gives his reaction to the Hillsborough report and Jack Straw's accusation of a "culture of impunity" in the police force at the time.

A senior member of Colombia's oldest and largest armed insurgent group, the FARC, has told the BBC he is optimistic about a new round of peace talks due to start next month. Sarah Rainsford reports from Havana.

Speaking at a Hillsborough news conference yesterday Trevor Hicks called for West Yorkshire Chief Constable Sir Norman Bettison to stand down. Nick Ravenscroft reports.

Scientists have used human embryonic stem cells to treat deaf gerbils, opening up the possibility of a cure for deafness in humans. Dr Marcello Rivolta, who led the project, explains how this could be used to treat humans.

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