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Today: Monday 12th November

Senior MPs have criticised the BBC for paying George Entwistle twice as much as it had to, as part of the deal which saw him resign as Director General. It is less than a week to go before the vote on police and crime commissioners, and the case of Lorraine Allen goes to the European Court of Human Rights.

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 on news that giant multinational companies are in for grilling from MPs today over their tax affairs.

Sports news with Jonathan Legard.

A "thorough, radical, structural overhaul" of the BBC is necessary in the wake of the resignation of the director general, BBC Trust Chairman Lord Patten has said. The BBC's media correspondent Torin Douglas explains that George Entwistle quit on Saturday after a controversial Newsnight report led to a former Tory treasurer being wrongly accused as a child abuser.

It is the final week of campaigning for the first elections for police and crime commissioners, who will replace police authorities in 41 areas in England and Wales outside London. Home affairs correspondent, Danny Shaw, examines why those who have been seeking to stand as "politically independent" have been struggling.

Business news with Simon Jack.


UK fire and rescue services have responded to over 2,700 calls over the past five years to assist severely obese people. Peter Dartford, who speaks on behalf of the Chief Fire Officers Association, explains that a single incident can cost several thousand pounds and cases include people who have got stuck in the bath.

Sports news with Jonathan Legard.


Multinational companies might design a product in one country, make it somewhere else on the other side of the world, and sell it somewhere else altogether. Bill Dodwell, head of tax policy at Deloitte, and Lord Myners, former financial services secretary in the Treasury, discuss how much tax multinational companies should pay on their earnings.

The paper review.


Another British soldier died in Afghanistan last night, killed by a man wearing the uniform of the Afghan army. Major Richard Streatfeild reflects on Sunday, his first Remembrance day since he left the army.

Thought for the Day with the Reverend Rob Marshall, team rector designate of East Ham.


Twelve years ago, Lorraine Allen was wrongly convicted for shaking her four-year-month-old son to death. Mike Pemberton, the solicitor representing Mrs Allen, explains the case.


George Entwistle has quit his role as BBC director general after a controversial Newsnight report led to a former Tory treasurer being wrongly accused of being a child abuser. Nicola Stanbridge, from West Clandon British Legion, has been testing the impact on trust in the BBC, and David Dimbleby explains that he knows from Question Time audiences that trust in the wider BBC remains strong.


On Thursday, everyone in England and Wales who lives outside London will be able to vote for a new police and crime commissioner to oversee their local force. Today programme presenter Sarah Montague examines what candidates mean when they promise to "protect the front line".

Sports news with Jonathan Legard.

In Syria, could it become a government in exile that gains the confidence of the outside world and makes a stronger case for help? Jeremy Bowen reports.


Syrian anti-government groups have struck a deal to form a new opposition leadership that will include representatives from the country's disparate factions fighting to topple President Bashar Assad's regime. The BBC's Jeremy Bowen explains why they have voted for activist preacher Moaz Al Khatib to head the campaign.

Business news with Simon Jack.

As the two big powers in the world - the US and China - choose their leaders, should it be asked where the UK fits in? Lord Hannay, a former ambassador to the UN and to the European Economic Community, as it then was, has written a book on the UK's global standing.


Billions of pounds are likely to be spent in coming years to subsidise power stations in Britain that burn waste wood for the US. The BBC's environment analyst Roger Harrabin explains that while wind power and solar power have attracted controversy, the policy of converting many of our power stations in order to burn plant material has advanced largely unnoticed.

Number 10 sources say the BBC has the capacity to "reform itself" and Lord Patten said a new director general would be chosen within weeks. Baroness Wheatcroft, former editor of the Wall St Journal Europe, says the BBC tries to do too much - which makes the job of director general impossible, while Liz Forgan, former managing director of BBC Network Radio, says that Newsnight is an isolated case.

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