• News Feeds
Page last updated at 06:19 GMT, Tuesday, 22 January 2013
Today: Tuesday 22nd January

Many schools across the UK have been closed this week because of snow: yesterday, more than 5000 in England. Mackerel should no longer been eaten regularly according to the Marine Conservation Society. And also on the programme, the homeless people who have swapped park benches for church pews.


We are no longer providing clips of every part of the programme but you will be able to listen via the BBC iPlayer .

0615
Business news with Lesley Curwen on news that there is going to be a crackdown on people who invest in tax-evasion schemes and the companies which peddle them.

0626
Sports news with Garry Richardson.

0709
The Metropolitan Police has decided to appeal against a decision to award damages to a young man with autism over the way he was restrained and handled by officers during a school trip when he was sixteen. Tony Murphy, of Bhatt Murphy Solicitors, and acts for the young man - known only as Josh, outlines the details of the case.

0712

The head of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) will say today that he is planning to increase fivefold the number of tax evasion cases the CPS takes on. Keir Starmer, the Director of Public Prosecutions, explains the reasons behind the move.

0716
The public are voting in the general election in Israel. Middle East correspondent Kevin Connolly reports from Jerusalem where polls have opened.

0719

Business news: Lesley Curwen speaks to the mayor of London's new economic adviser, Gerard Lyons.

0722
Changes to the laws of royal succession come before the House of Commons today, aiming to end discrimination against women in the succession. Royal historian Kate Williams, from Royal Holloway, University of London, discusses potential unforeseen problems of the change in the law.

0726
Sports news with Garry Richardson.

0732

It is nearly a week since news first emerged of the attack on a gas plant in Algeria in what was to become the most serious hostage crisis involving British nationals in recent years. The Today programme's Tom Bateman pieces together the events, and David Scheffer, who was an ambassador at large for war crimes during the Clinton administration, provides analysis.

0740
The paper review.

0743
The 50th anniversary of one of the big landmarks in European history is being celebrated later today. The BBC's Steve Evans explains from Berlin that members of the French and German parliaments will meet in joint session in the Bundestag in Berlin to mark the anniversary of the Elysee Treaty, signed by their predecessors Konrad Adenauer and Charles de Gaulle in 1963.

0747
Thought for the Day with the Right Reverend James Jones, bishop of Liverpool.

0750
Mackerel should no longer been eaten regularly according to the Marine Conservation Society. Bernadette Clarke, Marine Conservation Society's fisheries officer, and Ian Gatt, chief executive of the Scottish Pelagic Fishermen's Association, explain that the oily fish has been taken off the Fish to Eat list as overfishing means it can no longer be regarded as sustainable.

0810

Many schools across the UK have been closed this week because of snow: yesterday, more than 5000 in England. The education secretary Michael Gove told the Commons that he thought "everything can and should be done" to keep them open. Brian Lightman, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, and the Conservative MP Graham Stuart, who chairs the Commons education select committee, discuss how the decision to close schools should be made.

0817

The huge increases in computing power that have been occurring over the last six decades are constantly being absorbed in new and different ways. Tom Feilden, Today's science correspondent, and Dr Shirley Ann Jackson, an adviser to President Obama, examine one of the latest phrases to drop into public circulation: Big Data.

0821

Actor Ricky Sekhon got a role in Kathryn Bigelow's film about the hunt for Osama bin Laden and spent weeks wondering how best to go about playing the part. Mr Sekhon explains that he ended up playing the al-Qaeda leader, dead, peeking out of a body bag, and only on the screen for a a short time.

0826
Sports news with Garry Richardson.

0832
The French intervention in Mali appears to be making some progress - French and Malian troops have seized two key towns - Diabaly and Douentza from militant Islamists. Andrew Harding reports from Mali.

0836

The huge increases in computing power that have been occurring over the last six decades are constantly being absorbed in new and different ways. Dr Shirley-Ann Jackson, an advisor to President Obama, says there are many privacy considerations surrounding so-called "big data".

0840

Talking to Today business presenter Lesley Curwen from Berlin, Ilya Nothnagel, head of international trade at the German Chamber of Commerce, explained that German interest in the UK is "all about financial services".

0846

A 56-year-old British woman has been sentenced to death in Indonesia for drug trafficking. Sebastian Saville, former chief executive of the human rights charity Release, told the Today programme's Evan Davis that the use of the death penalty is "utterly deplorable".

0851
President Obama addressed hundreds of thousands of people at the start of his second term in office yesterday, saying a decade of war is coming to an end and economic recovery is beginning. The BBC's North America editor, Mark Mardell, gives the mood from Washington, and Dr Tim Stanley, historian at Oxford University, and and Dr Elizabeth Bomberg, senior lecturer in politics at Edinburgh University, debate how his aims compare to those of other second-term presidents in US history.


Get in touch with Today via email , Twitter or Facebook or text us on 84844.




BBC navigation

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific