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Today: Tuesday 13th November

Abu Qatada, the radical cleric who is accused of being a terrorist, will be released from prison today after a judge overruled the wishes of ministers. The energy secretary is to make a Commons statement about claims that firms rigged the price of wholesale gas to inflate their profits. And also the programme, Damon Albarn will be in the studio marking 90 years of BBC radio with music, Morse code and the pips.

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 the latest report on Greece says the country needs more time and more money, and predictions of a surge in Royal Mail's profits.

Sports news with Jonathan Legard.


The Muslim cleric, Abu Qatada, is to be released on bail on Tuesday following his victory against the government's plans to deport him to Jordan to face terrorism charges. Jordan's acting information minister Nayef al-Fayez and Clive Coleman, the BBC's legal affairs correspondent, to explain the decision and what are the government grounds for appeal are.

Across Britain there are thought to be hundreds of brain-injured patients who are either vegetative or minimally conscious - where fragments of consciousness remain. The BBC's medical correspondent Fergus Walsh explains that the BBC's Panorama programme has spent more than a year following patients here in Britain and in Canada.

Business news with Simon Jack.


A survey of 2,000 people out today shows that the number of them who would consider taking out a short term, high interest "pay day" loan is much higher than last year. The Labour MP Stella Creasy outlines why she has campaigned against pay day loans and Russell Hamblin-Boone, chief executive of the Consumer Finance Association, explains the benefits of loan finance companies to consumers.

Sports news with Jonathan Legard.

The City watchdog, the Financial Services Authority, is investigating claims by a whistle-blower that Britain's £300bn wholesale gas market has been "regularly" manipulated by some of the big power companies. Business correspondent Jonty Bloom and Conservative MP Greg Clark analyse the claims.

The paper review.


Later this week, China's new leadership will be unveiled - the select small band of men who will run the country for the next ten years. The BBC's world affairs editor John Simpson reports from Beijing.

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

The BBC programme Panorama has revealed that Scott Routley, who has been in a vegetative state for more than 10 years, has now has been able to communicate with doctors through a scanner. Professor Adrian Owen, the British neuroscientist who led the team at the Brain and Mind Institute at the University of Western Ontario, and Lynne Newman, whose son Stuart appears in the Panorama film, discuss the new technology.

The Muslim cleric Abu Qatada is to be released on bail on Tuesday following his victory against the government's plans to deport him to Jordan to face terrorism charges. David Anderson QC, an independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, and Baroness Pauline Neville Jones, a Conservative peer and a former counter-terrorism minister, examine what will now happen to Abu Qatada.


At 17:33 tomorrow afternoon every BBC radio station will simultaneously broadcast a three minute composition by Blur frontman Damon Albarn for the Radio Reunited project to celebrate 90 year of BBC broadcasting. The BBC's John Wilson went to meet Mr Albarn.

Sports news with Jonathan Legard.

An official report into the BBC's botched Newsnight programme of 2 November has concluded that during the editorial decision-making process, "some of the basic journalistic checks were not completed". Trevor Kavanagh, associate editor of the Sun, and Phil Harding, journalist and broadcaster and former editor of Today, discuss whether the balance tipped between newspapers and broadcasters in terms of which news sources people trust.

The next governor of the Bank of England will be Paul Tucker, the current deputy governor, if the chancellor and prime minister choose the candidate favoured by some senior regulators, government advisers, central bankers and bankers. The BBC's business editor Robert Peston reports.

Business news with Simon Jack.

The elections for police and crime commissioners take place on Thursday across England and Wales in 41 areas outside London. The BBC's home affairs correspondent Danny Shaw explains that the big problem facing police and crime commissioners when they are voted in is what to do about shrinking budgets.

Peng Liyuan, the wife of Xi Jinping the next Chinese premier, is well-known in China for reasons somewhat removed from the Chinese Communist Party. Ross Terrill, China expert and author of 'Madame Mao', a biography of Mao's wife, and Professor Delia Davin, an expert on modern Chinese society with a special focus on gender, examine what role can women hope to achieve in Chinese politics today.

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