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Today: Tuesday 23rd October

The BBC's director general, George Entwistle, is likely to face intense questioning by MPs today about his handling of the Jimmy Savile sex abuse scandal. Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have sparred over foreign policy in the last televised debate before the US presidential election. Also on the programme, we will be calling each other names, nicknames. Are they a sign that you have arrived or a sign that you are being bullied?

Business news with Simon Jack on news that a government report is out this morning looking at how to protect financial markets and investors from sudden wild swings resulting from computerised trading.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.


The BBC's director general George Entwistle will be up before MPs on the Culture Media and Sport Select Committee today trying to explain why Newsnight dropped its investigation into whether Jimmy Savile was a paedophile. Steve Hewlett, presenter of Radio 4's The Media Show, and Trevor Sterling from the solicitors Slater and Gordon which is representing some of those who say they were abused, explain thier view of the extent of the trouble that the BBC are in.

Four people are suing Trinity Mirror, publisher of the Daily Mirror, for breach of privacy. The BBC's legal correspondent Clive Coleman outlines the case.

Business news with Simon Jack.

Oyster beds have been reduced by an estimated more than 90 per cent and at Cambridge today a conference of scientists, fishermen and government officials will discusses how they might be brought back. The BBC's environment analyst Roger Harrabin has been oyster fishing.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

The last US Presidential debate is being seen as a crucial showdown and foreign policy is the main topic and deportment will be key. Tom Rivers of the American network ABC in London, and Bronwen Maddox, editor of Prospect Magazine discuss the differences in the candidate's policies.

The paper review.

New research involving identical twins shows the genes can be switched on, or switched off, and that can have a profound impact on your risk of becoming obese, your tolerance for pain, or for developing diabetes or cancer. The Today programme's science correspondent Tom Feilden met the researchers at Kings College London who have used dozens of identical twins to identify a gene that, when stuck in the "on" position, greatly increases an individual's risk of developing breast cancer.

Thought for the Day with the Reverend Lucy Winkett, rector of St James Piccadilly.


The European Commissioner for Justice Viviane Reding is proposing a new law that would force all major European companies to have at least 40 per cent of their boards made up of women. Helena Morrissey, chief executive of Newton Investment Management, and MEP Mary Honeyball, Labour's spokesperson on gender and equality in the European parliament discuss why the commission is deeply divided on the issue.


The director general of the BBC is in front of the Culture Select Committee this morning and Peter Rippon steps aside as editor of Newsnight, during the Pollard Review into the run up to Newsnight dropping the Savile story. Dame Pauline Neville Jones, a governor of the BBC between 1998 and 2004, and Peter Saunders, chief executive of the National Association for People Abused in Childhood, analyse what happens next and how badly have the BBC's management and regulatory systems failed in the handling of the Savile story.

Reports this morning that the former Director General of the BBC, Mark Thompson was made aware of the Newsnight investigation into Jimmy Savile, after being asked by a BBC journalist at a party whether he was "worried" about it. The BBC's Media correspondent Torin Douglas explains the allegations.


Scouts are to be told not to use nicknames for each other as the Scout Association is worried that using nicknames fuels bullying. Roger Alton, executive editor of the Times and writer for the Spectator, and Quentin Letts, sketch writer at the Daily Mail, discuss whether there is a place for nicknames.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

The government is to delay its plan to cull thousands of badgers. The BBC environment correspondent Jeremy Cooke explains the reasons for the delay.


Around the city of Ciudad Juarez on Mexico's border with the United States violence from fighting drug cartels has caused many to try to escape a conflict. The Today programme reporter Tom Bateman has been speaking to people on both sides of the divide.

Business news with Simon Jack.

We think of genes as immutable, if you have got the gene for Huntingdon's Disease, or blue eyes, then there is nothing that can be done about it. Dr Nessa Carey, author of The Epigenetics Revolution explains that important research in epigenetics show that this is not necessarily the case.

Exercising in your 70s may stop your brain from shrinking and showing signs of ageing that are linked to dementia, according to research carried out by Edinburgh University. Johnny Ball - TV presenter and a populariser of mathematics, reflects on the findings.

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