The BBC announces two inquiries in the scandal surrounding the Jimmy Savile sex abuse claims. The planned sale of more than 300 RBS branches has collapsed. Plus what does the EU's Nobel Peace Prize say about its original vision?
The BBC director-general George Entwistle has announced two inquiries into the scandal surrounding the Jimmy Savile sex abuse claims. The first into why a BBC Newsnight investigation into Savile was shelved last year will start straight away. The other into whether culture and practice at the BBC at the time enabled Savile to carry out the sexual abuse of children will wait for police go-ahead.The BBC's media correspondent Torin Douglas reports.
The planned sale of more than 300 of Royal Bank of Scotland has collapsed. The sell-off was ordered by the European Commission after RBS was bailed out by the British government. The buyer, Spanish bank Santander, is believed to have pulled out of the deal without warning, because of concerns over integrating RBS accounts into its own business. The BBC's business reporter Theo Leggett explains.
Today, the Imperial War Museum North opens an exhibition on frontline medicine, showing the progress made in treating battlefield casualties - from the muddy trenches of the First World War to the ditches of Helmand today. The BBC's defence correspondent Caroline Wyatt has been to Salford to see what is on display.
Fresh clashes have broken out in the Egyptian capital Cairo in the worst violence since President Mohammed Mursi took office at the end of June. Scores of people were reported injured as supporters and opponents of Mr Mursi fought in Tahrir Square. BBC Middle East Correspondent John Leyne reports from Cairo.
The BBC's environment anayst Roger Harrabin investigates whether there is a scientific basis for opposing the badger cull ordered by Environment Secretary, Owen Paterson.
Rob Bonnet with the latest sports news.
The UN special envoy, Lakhdar Brahimi is in Istanbul today amid growing tensions between Turkey and Syria. In the latest escalation, Turkey scrambled two fighter jets after a Syrian military helicopter bombed the border town of Azmarin. James Reynolds, the BBC's correspondent in Turkey and Fadi Hakura, a Turkey analyst from Chatham House discuss whether the UN special envoy can bring some relief.
A look at today's papers.
In the run up to The Man Booker prize - which is announced next week - we're profiling all six short-listed authors and their books. Today we turn to the youngest of the group, Tan Twan Eng, who was born in Malaysia and has made the shortlist with his second novel, The Garden of Evening Mists. Tan Twan Eng has been talking to the BBC's arts correspondent Rebecca Jones.
Thought for the day with Clifford Longley.
The Taliban's shooting of the 14-year-old school girl Malala Yousafzai has been denounced across Pakistan. Malala had spoken publicly about the Taliban's suppression of female education; she was also an ambassador for an upcoming children's literature festival. Ameena Saiyid, managing director of Oxford University Press Pakistan and Abbas Nasir, a columnist for Dawn, Pakistan's leading English language newspaper, discuss the impact of this kind of violence.
A deal to sell more than 300 branches of Royal Bank of Scotland branches to Santander has fallen through. The sale of the branches to the UK arm of the Spanish bank was announced two years ago as part of the condition for RBS receiving £45 billion worth of UK state aid. Christopher Wheeler, Bank analyst at Mediobanca, explains why Santander pulled out of the deal and what happen to the original bail out deal if it can't divest itself of these branches.
More than 200,000 people in England have been admitted to hospital for eating disorders in the past year, a rise of 16 per cent. Provisional figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (out this week) show that more than half of them were under 19, and almost one in four was aged between 10 and 14. Professor Hubert Lacey, Professor of Psychiatry at St George's, University of London and an expert in anorexia and bulimia and Ilona Burton, writes a blog for Independent about eating disorders help to unpick the figures.
Irish writer and broadcaster Fiona Looney reflects on the news that a company has found oil off the coast of Cork.
Sports news with Rob Bonnet.
The BBC has announced two inquiries into the Jimmy Savile scandal - one will be an independent review into why a Newsnight investigation into Savile was scrapped and another into the culture and practice within the BBC which have allowed him or others to carry out the sexual abuse of children. Sir Christopher Bland, chairman of the BBC Board of Governors from 1996 to 2001 joins us to discuss the announcement.
In a debate on Childhood Welfare in the House of Lords on Thursday, Baroness Butler-Sloss, talking about recent cases of child grooming in Rochdale and Rotherham asked why the criminal activity had not been recognised and prosecuted, given the girls involved were under age. Sarah Kelly, sexual abuse survivor and Training and Development manager at NAPAC (National Association for People Abused in Childhood) and John Brown, head of strategy and development at the NSPCC discuss whether as a nation we are doing enough to protect our teenage girls.
A look at today's papers.
A campaign is being launched today to get more black people to vote. There have been many attempts in the past but the difference this time is that the campaign has the backing of black-led pentecostal and evangelical churches which are growing strongly. Our religious affairs correspondent Robert Pigott reports from Birmingham.
A new study by scientists at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has looked into the public health impact of expanding London's airports. Their study shows that the number of deaths per year caused by aircraft pollution is expected to rise dramatically by 2030 - even if no new runways are built. Steven Barrett, assistant professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT and one of the authors of the report, explains its findings.
The EU has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize - for its contributions towards the advancement of peace, democracy and human rights. The Nobel committee praised the EU's historic role in uniting war torn Europe. Gisela Stuart, Labour MP for Birmingham Edgbaston and Sir Menzies Campbell, former Liberal Democrat leader and MP for Northeast Fife discuss whether the European Union's original vision to ensure the growth of peace and prosperity is still viable today.