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Today: Friday 5th October

American and Pakistani peace activists and journalists are set to march into Waziristan, an area of Pakistan which has borne the brunt of drone strikes, this weekend. The UN Security Council has told Syria it must stop violating international law, in the wake of its mortar attack on a Turkish town. Also on the programme, 50 years since James Bond first appeared on our cinema screens, we speak to the man who composed 007's famous theme tune.

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 with analysis of the state of the US economy.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


A Public Accounts Committee report into off payroll employment practices concludes that too many public sector staff have been paid using off-payroll arrangements for too long. John Whiting, tax policy director at the Charted Institute of Taxation, explains that questions of corporate governance should be asked.


The Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police, Sir Norman Bettison, has announced that he is to retire next March. Mark Burns-Williamson, head of the West Yorkshire Police Authority, outlines the reasons behind Sir Norman's decision.

Business news with Simon Jack.

The song for the new film James Bond film, Skyfall, was revealed on the singer Adele's website this morning and a new documentary out today examines how the British super-spy became a global brand. The BBC's security correspondent, Gordon Corera, finds out what, if anything, James Bond has to do with the real MI6.

Police have spent a fourth night looking for the missing five year-old, April Jones, in West Wales. The BBC's Jon Brain reports from the scene.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


A survey has showed that UK manufacturing output fell in September and a trade event is taking place in London from today to showcase The Best of Britannia. The BBC's business editor, Robert Peston, outlines what this will tell us about the state of the economy and businesswoman Deborah Meaden and Andy Wyer, boss of Fletcher Boats, analyse what the government needs to do to initiate growth.

The paper review.

Enquirer, a play about the state of the British media, opens in London this evening. Andrew O'Hagan novelist, playwright, journalist and editor of Enquirer, outlines why he thinks the play reveals an industry in mourning.

Thought for the Day with Lord Harries of Pentregarth, Gresham Professor of Divinity.

A new international survey published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases suggests that during the H1N1 influenza pandemic in 2009, people in Britain lagged far behind other countries in adopting protective behaviours. Dr Gillian Steelfisher, lead researcher at Harvard School of Public Health, and Professor Alison Holmes from Imperial College London explain the research's findings.


American and Pakistani peace activists and journalists are set to march into Waziristan, an area of Pakistan which has borne the brunt of drone strikes, this weekend in an event organised by the charity Reprieve. Former cricketer and Pakistani politician Imran Khan explains why he will be joining the activists and Professor John Radsan, former CIA lawyer, outlines why he thinks that the use of drones can be an effective tool.


The song for the new James Bond film, Skyfall, was revealed on the singer Adele's website this morning. Monty Norman, the man who composed the iconic Bond theme tune, reflects on how the music was developed.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Robert Black, the former auditor general for Scotland has questioned whether the delivery of free services is sustainable. Robert Black explains why he is doubtful whether the Scottish parliament can afford to go on providing universal benefits.

The House of Commons' Public Accounts Committee says too many public sector workers are paid using contracts that don't require them to pay tax at source and has singled out the BBC for paying staff and contributors to its programme in this way. David Smith, head of employment tax at the BBC defend the corporation.

Business news with Simon Jack.

Next week the Russian punk band, Pussy Riot, will resume their appeal against two-year prison sentence on charges of hooliganism. Masha Gessen, author of a book about Putin and long-time opponent of the Russian president who will be speaking at the Cheltenham Literature Festival, talks about the case.

Infrastructure is a lively issue at the moment and both Labour and the coalition government say they are committed to promoting it. The Today programme's Evan Davis has produced two documentaries on infrastructure for BBC2, and explains why the topic is flavour of the month.

An increasing number of people are going overseas for fertility treatment. Dr Allan Pacey, fertility expert from the University of Sheffield and chair of the British Fertility Society and Marilyn Crawshaw, national adviser to UK Donor, discuss the popularity of fertility tourism and risks it poses.

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