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Today: Friday 30th November

A draft Bill is being prepared on press regulation in response to the Leveson report, despite the continued opposition of David Cameron. UKIP have come second in two parliamentary by-elections. The scientist who has found a way of making stem cells from blood, a method likely to become the best way of producing cells to treat patients. And also on the programme how famous do you have to be to switch on the Christmas lights?

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Business news with Simon Jack, including Friday Boss Keith Atwood, chief executive of E2V, formerly the English Electric Valve Company.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


Cross-party talks have ended with the government agreeing to produce a draft bill implementing the Leveson suggestions, despite the PM earlier saying that he had "serious concerns and misgivings" over the idea of statutory regulation. Harriet Harman, deputy leader of Labour Party and shadow culture secretary, examines the divide in opinion within the coalition.

Labour held on to all three of its seats in yesterday's by-elections in Rotherham, Middlesbrough and Croydon North and UKIP came second in Middlesbrough and Rotherham and finished third behind the Conservatives in Croydon North. John Curtice, professor of politics at Strathclyde University, outlines the possible reasons for political swings.


Business news with Simon Jack. The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) says it has persuaded most of the leading supermarkets to stop misleading people about promotions. The OFT's chief executive, Clive Maxwell, outlines the new code of conduct.

Police in Afghanistan have arrested two men accused of murdering a teenage girl. Farkhunda Zahra Naderi, an MP and women's rights activist, explains that it has been reported that the girl had recently refused a marriage proposal from one of the men.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

It became clear within hours of the Leveson report being published yesterday that politicians are divided over how to respond. Steve Hewlett, writer, broadcaster and media consultant, and Alan Rusbridger, editor of the Guardian, analyse whether a new law is needed to underpin behaviour of the press.

The paper review.

Unresolved endings have long been a feature of literature and film and today a new film adaptation of Charles Dickens' Great Expectations by the writer David Nicholls is released with a third alternative ending. Mark Billingham, crime writer, and Imogen Russell Williams, theatre director and journalist, discuss whether unresolved endings are a lazy way of ending a book or a reflection of the ambiguity of real life.

Thought for the Day with the Right Reverend Graham James, Bishop of Norwich.


Only 0.58% of the residents of Liberia have access to public electricity. Outside the capital city, public power is practically unheard of, just one of the very obvious results of the carnage caused to the country's infrastructure by the years of civil war. Today programme presenter Evan Davis reports on the difficulties this presents to those living and working there.


Leveson's long awaited report recommended a tougher form of self-regulation backed by legislation should be introduced to uphold press standards. Gerry McCann, father of Madeleine, and

Culture Secretary Maria Miller give their reaction to the suggestions made by the report, and the BBC's political editor Nick Robinson comments.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Scientists in Cambridge have developed a way of making stem cells from blood. Dr Amer Rana, of Cambridge University who carried out the research, explains how the new science could treat cardiovascular disease.


Business news with Simon Jack. So-called "dim sum" bonds, denominated in the Chinese currency, the renminbi, are being sold outside the People's Republic for the first time. Paola Subacchi, research director for international economics at Chatham House, explains the potential benefits of the move.

Local residents in Hastings have reacted angrily after it was revealed that the "mystery celebrity" opening the Christmas ice rink and market would be 1990s one hit wonder Chesney Hawkes. Councillor Patrick Karney, city centre spokesperson for Manchester City Council, and Evening Standard columnist Rosamund Urwin discuss how famous you have to be to switch on the Christmas lights.

This week the Today programme has been looking at Germany through the eyes of its people. Stefan Schmid, the deputy chairman of the supervisory board of BMW, explains how German industry works.

Countries around the world are thinking about the future and security of their energy supply. Peter Voser, the chief executive of Shell, outlines the significance of the world's biggest energy user becoming self-sufficient.

Cross-party talks have ended with the government agreeing to produce a draft bill implementing the Leveson suggestions, despite the PM earlier saying that he had "serious concerns and misgivings" over the idea of statutory regulation. Sir Max Hastings, journalist, editor, historian and author, and Sir Harold Evans, former editor of The Sunday Times, discuss what the Leveson inquiry says about British society.

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