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Today: Wednesday 24th October

The chairman of the BBC Trust, Lord Patten, has said the Jimmy Savile scandal should not be used to question the corporation's independence. Food companies have agreed a standardised labelling system to help consumers choose the healthiest option. Also in today's programme: Is the poppy becoming an emblem of patriotism rather than one of remembrance? The Canadian mother who's become an internet sensation after going on cleaning strike for a week. And Joanna Lumley on the appeal of life as a nun.

Business news with Simon Jack. on news that the Bank of England governor Sir Mervyn King has said that banks and other financial firms should stop deluding themselves and accept that many of their loans will not be repaid.

Sports news with Jonathan Legard.

The government wants to introduce a traffic light system of food labelling so you can quickly compare foods and tell how much fat, sugar and salt are in them. Health minister Anna Soubry and Dr Mike Rayner, from Oxford University's department for public health, analyse if this is the right approach.

200 children and young people under the age of 24 have died in prison or young offender institutions in the past ten years in England and Wales, most of them committing suicide. The charity's co-director Deborah Coles comments.

Business news with Simon Jack.

A Canadian mother Jessica Stilwell was so angry at picking up after her daughters that she and her husband went on strike and wrote a blog about it called "Crazy Working Mom: Diary of a mother on the brink of snapping!". She tells Today presenter Sarah Montague what made her do it.

Sports news with Jonathan Legard.


The Culture Secretary Maria Miller has written to the chairman of the BBC Trust, Lord Patten, raising "very real concerns" about public trust in the BBC. Sir Christopher Bland is a former BBC chairman and David Elstein, former chief exec of Channel 5 and former head of programming at BSkyB, discuss how best can the BBC demonstrate that it remains robust and independent.

The paper review.

Despite many calls for more action to end the bloodshed in Syria, western nations have refused to intervene, partly because they say too little is known about the rebels fighting President Assad's regime. BBC reporter Tim Whewell went to Mare'a, a little town under regular bombardment just north of Aleppo, to find out what rebels are fighting and dying for.

Thought for the Day with Rev Joel Edwards, international director of Micah Challenge.

The Royal British Legion launches its annual appeal today. Ted Harrison, writer and artist, and Teresa Greener, head of fundraising events at the Royal British Legion, examine whether people wear poppies as a sign of remembrance or because of patriotism.


The government and the food industry have reached a voluntary agreement on food labelling, which will come into force next summer. Richard Lloyd, executive director of Which, and Sian Jarvis, corporate affairs director at Asda, analyse whether the introduction of the labelling will benefit consumers.

The Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond has become embroiled in a row over the legal advice he did - or did not - receive on whether an independent Scotland would automatically continue to be a member of the European Union. Scotland correspondent James Cook explains the implications of the ambiguity.


Actress Joanna Lumley will be discussing the question Why Become a Nun? at the Carmelite Priory in London tonight. The discussion is pegged to a production by Grange Park Opera at its festival next year of Poulenc's Dialogue of the Carmelites, an opera based around the lives of nuns. Ms Lumley and Dr Lavinia Byrne, a former nun, discuss the life of a nun.

Sports news with Jonathan Legard.

Oxfam says a major international scheme to fight malaria which is supported by the British government could actually be endangering lives. Dr Mohga Kamal Yanni, senior health and HIV policy adviser at Oxfam and author of the report, and Oliver Sabot, executive vice president of global programmess at the Clinton Health Access Initiative, debate the findings of the report.

Bernard Diederich, author of the Seeds of Fiction, a book that revolves around the life of his travelling companion Graham Greene, spoke to the BBC reporter Nicola Stanbridge from his home in Haiti about his new work.

50 years ago this week, as the Cuban Missile crisis entered its most dangerous and unpredictable stage, huge white rockets could be seen standing on their launch pads at remote RAF bases across eastern England. The BBC's Bob Walker has talked to people who remember the cold war.


Business news with Simon Jack. What does your handwriting say about you as a job candidate? Graphologist and personality assessor Emma Bache, who has a column in the Financial Times, says it is very effective and that she can tell a lot about people from the swirls and curls of their letters.

The Football Association is launching a five-year plan to boost the women's game. The head of the FA's National Game Strategy Kelly Simmons comments of whether women's football could be as popular as men's.

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