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Today: Thursday 15th November

China has announced the names of the men who will lead the country for the next ten years. The coalition government is launching a consultation on the way in which child poverty is measured. And also on the programme, discovering the stories of the soldiers, sailors and archers who sank with the Mary Rose.

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 as China passes the baton to its new political leaders, business leaders from China and Britain are meeting in Cambridge this week.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

China's new leaders were elected after a shortlist of ten names is whittled down to a nine man central committee. The BBC's John Sudworth reports from Beijing.

The coalition government is launching a consultation on the way in which child poverty is measured. Paul Johnson, director for the IFS, offers an independent voice on the current system of measurement.

Experts say that the Bayeux tapestry was actually made in different parts of England by nuns. Alex Makin, of Manchester University, explains that this is not true according new research.

Business news with Simon Jack.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.


The military leader of the Palestinian militant group Hamas, Ahmed Jabari, has been assassinated in an Israeli air strike in Gaza. Jeremy Bowen, Middle East editor, and Daniel Taub, Israel's Ambassador to the UK analyse the political implications of the attack.

The paper review.

Danny Boyle and Sir Nicholas Hytner are fronting a campaign on the plight of regional theatres today. The BBC's arts editor Will Gompertz explains that it is not an institution that finds radical change easy.

Thought for the Day with Rev Professor David Wilkinson, Principal of St John's College, Durham University.

The coalition government is launching a consultation on the way in which child poverty is measured. Schools Minister David Laws and Alison Garnham, the chief executive of the Child Poverty Action Group, sets out the current state of child poverty, how we define it and how far off the government are in reaching their targets and if targets are helpful.

Lord McAlpine, the man wrongly accused of being a paedophile after that now infamous Newsnight edition was aired, has been speaking to the BBC about the BBC. BBC Radio 4's The World at One's reporter Becky Milligan describes what she heard from Lord McAlpine and his solicitor.


China has announced the names of the men who will lead the country for the next ten years. The BBC's world affairs editor John Simpson reports from Beijing and David Miliband MP and Cai Yong, visiting professor at the School of Social Development and Public Policy at Fudan University, Shanghai, analyse the news political direction China is likely to take.

Westminster Council has prevented Raymond Blanc's restaurant in Covent Garden to serve pink liver after two diners contracted food poisoning. Tom Parker Bowles, food writer, and Joanna Blythman, investigative food journalist and author of What to Eat, examine whether some foods that are deemed dangerous are worth the risk.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.


Three people have been killed in southern Israel by rockets fired from Gaza. It marks the first Israeli fatalities since militants fired into Israel after it killed a Hamas chief yesterday. Eleven Palestinians - mainly militants, but also children - have been killed in the ensuing Israeli operation. BBC reporters Yolande Knell, in the town of Kiryat Malachi on the Israeli/Gaza border and Jon Donnison, in Gaza, have the latest on the attacks.


Business news with Simon Jack. It is Global Entrepreneurship week this week and according to by the think tank Demos, almost all of the preconceptions that the public are said to have about entrepreneurs are wrong. As ordinary people, the study says, entrepreneurs do not like taking risks and they do not think you need original ideas to succeed. Sarah Hashemi, co-founder of Coffee Republic and author of Anyone Can Do It, a book about entrepreneurship, and Steven Fear, an entrepreneur in residence at the British Library, discuss the link between entrepreneurs and risk.

The teachers' union the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) is warning that promising people will be forced out of the profession unless more is done to stop online bullying. Bernadette Hunter, vice president of the NAHT, outlines her view on what should be done to tackle bullying among teachers.

Life is changing in China for ordinary people. Diane Wei Liang, Chinese author currently living in London, and Isabel Hilton, editor of Chinadialogue, discuss what effect the enormous amount of wealth that has been created over the past ten years in China has had on the way Chinese people live.

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