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Today: Thursday 11th October

It seems likely that 16 and 17 year olds will be allowed to vote in the Scottish independence referendum in 2014. American anti-doping officials say the cycling champion, Lance Armstrong, cheated his way to the top through the most elaborate doping scheme ever seen in sport. And also on the Programme, the sexism row that started in Australia's parliament has now gone viral.

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Business news with Simon Jack on news that directors of Bumi plc, one of the world's largest thermal coal exporters, is to hold a board meeting today as the future of the company hangs in the balance.

Spots news with Gary Richardson.


It seems likely that 16 and 17 year olds will be allowed to vote in the Scottish independence referendum in 2014. Professor Vernon Bogdanor of the Institute for Contemporary History at King College's London explains that as a matter of principle this cannot be slid into being without debate.


Marie Stopes is to open a clinic in Northern Ireland. It will be the first non NHS facility to offer abortions in the country. Dawn Purvis, programme director of Marie Stopes in Northern Ireland, outlines the significance of the news.

Business news with Simon Jack.


Director Tim Burton has used stop frame animation to make a film called Frankenweenie, which opened at the London Film Festival last night. The BBC's Nicola Stanbridge talks to Tim Burton about how the film was made.

More than 40,000 pupils will re-sit their English GCSE in November after the problems over grading this summer. Brian Lightman, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders says that these re-takes in no way address the unfairness of the grades given.

Spots news with Gary Richardson.


Figures released by the Office for National Statistics today show that the infant mortality among the UK Pakistani community is double the rate for the rest of the UK. Dr Rizwan Alidina, a GP in Birmingham, describes the work done with the Asian communities to try and educated and screen families who are at risk.

The paper review.

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard's attack on the "misogyny" of the leader of the opposition has gone viral. Kathy Lette, bestselling Australian author, outlines why the video has attracted hundreds of thousands of views.

Thought for the Day with Akhandadhi Das, a Vaishnav Hindu teacher and theologian.

Cycling legend Lance Armstrong's team ran "the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping programme the sport has ever seen" according to a report by the United States Anti-Doping Agency. Professor Chris Cooper of the University of Essex and author of the book Run, Swim, Throw Cheat, explains how difficult it was to detect Armstrong's alleged cheating.


It seems likely that 16 and 17 year olds will be allowed to vote in the Scottish independence referendum in 2014 after the UK government conceded on the measure to ensure a deal with the Scottish Government on a simple yes or no question. Ben Page, chief executive of IPSOS Mori, argues that the 18-25 turnout is the worst of all age groups and Labour MP Natascha Engel and Lord Forsyth, former Scottish secretary, discuss the efficacy of the potential move.


The winner of the country's leading literary prize, the Man Booker, is announced next week and in the run-up to the award, Today will be talking to the six authors who've been selected for the shortlist. The BBC's arts correspondent Rebecca Jones spoke to Indian poet, Jeet Thayil who is in the running with his first novel, Narcopolis.

Spots news with Gary Richardson.


If your elderly parent or relative dies in a private nursing home, how do you get assurance that their death was not down to lack of care? The Today programme's Andrew Hoskins examines whether there is a gap in the current system.


The British Formula One motor racing team McLaren has successfully argued that a £49m fine it had to pay for cheating is tax deductible. The BBC's sports correspondent Gordon Farquhar and Julian Hedley, partner at Saffery Champness, examine why McLaren say the fine should be offset against its other tax liabilities.

Business news with Simon Jack.

Turkey's conflict with the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) has escalated rapidly in the past few months, with some of the heaviest fighting in three decades. The BBC's James Reynolds reports from the Kurdish heartland of eastern Turkey.

A collection of the Queen Mother's private correspondence, edited by her official biographer William Shawcross, is being published. William Shawcross and Dr Kate Williams, royal historian, talk about the significance of the release of the letters.

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