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Insight, analysis and expert debate as key policy makers are challenged on the latest news stories. From BBC Radio 4's Today programme


  • Changes to online safety bill no longer force platforms to remove legal but harmful content

    29/11/2022 Duración: 15min

    Today the government published the latest version of the Online Harms Bill. Companies could face huge fines if they don't ban under age children, but ministers have dropped plans for restrictions on content described as legal but harmful. Instead, because of concerns about freedom of speech, people can filter out that kind of content for themselves. Today’s Martha Kearney spoke to Molly Russell’s father, Ian Russell, and Culture Secretary Michelle Donelan about the changes. (IMAGE CREDIT: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire)

  • Today Guest Editors are announced

    28/11/2022 Duración: 07min

    Today has announced this year’s Guest Editors, with seven taking over the programme during the festive period, including Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, ABBA’s Björn Ulvaeus and Jamie Oliver. For the past 19 years, the programme has handed over the editorial reins to high-profile public figures during the week between Christmas and New Year. This year’s line-up includes: Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe – British-Iranian national who was detained in Iran Björn Ulvaeus – ABBA legend Jamie Oliver – Chef and campaigner Sir Jeremy Fleming – Director of Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) Dame Sharon White – Chairman of John Lewis Partnership Lord Botham – Crossbench Peer, UK Trade Envoy to Australia and former cricketer Anne-Marie Imafidon – Technologist, CEO and author They will each guest edit Today between 26 December and 2 January and each programme will include an interview with the Guest Editor. All of our guest editors have started working on their programmes and shared some messages. Today's Martha Kearn

  • Misogyny, racism and bullying found in fire service

    26/11/2022 Duración: 13min

    The London Fire Brigade is "institutionally” misogynist and racist, according a report into its culture. The review, conducted by the former Chief Crown Prosecutor for north-west England, Nazir Afzal, concludes that unless the "toxic culture" is tackled other firefighters will take their own lives. The independent review was established by the London Fire Commissioner after a trainee firefighter took his own life in August 2020. Today’s Martha Kearney spoke to Mr Afzal, who told her that he believed the issues he uncovered are common in other fire services. He added he was approached by other fire brigades and organisations as he undertook the review. Martha also spoke to the Commissioner of the London Fire Brigade Andy Roe, who said there was no place for discrimination, harassment and bullying in the brigade.

  • Hunter Davies: My winter walk

    26/11/2022 Duración: 03min

    The Today programme has asked some well-known faces to talk about the walks they do and why they’re so important to them as part of a winter walks series. Author Hunter Davies, best known for the only authorised biography of the Beatles, describes his favourite walk along Ryde Sands on the Isle of Wight. (Image Credit: Laura Palmer/BBC)

  • Nurses to strike in biggest walkout in the NHS's history

    25/11/2022 Duración: 15min

    The Royal College of Nursing has announced strikes on 15 and 20 December in its pay dispute with the government. Nurses will still provide emergency care, but routine services will be hit. It is set to be the biggest walkout by nurses in the NHS's history and will take place in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Today's Mishal Husain speaks to Pat Cullen, General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, and Nick Hulme, CEO of East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust. Today's Martha Kearney also speaks to Rachel Power, chief executive of the Patients Association. (Image credit: Getty Images)

  • Social Housing Tragedies: “How does this happen?”

    24/11/2022 Duración: 18min

    How does this happen? That was the question asked by the coroner investigating the death of 2 year old Awaab Ishak who died from exposure to mould on the walls of his parents’ one bed flat. The government has now stripped the association involved, Rochdale Boroughwide Housing (RBH), of £1m in expected funding. Housing charity Shelter says there’s “absolutely no excuse” for housing associations to be failing tenants. Today's Nick Robinson spoke to Shelter’s chief executive Polly Neate, as well as Steve Macrae whose privately rented flat in Brighton has serious damp and mould. And he put their concerns to Housing Secretary Michael Gove. (Image Credit :Rochdale Coroners office)

  • Home Office Asylum cases delayed

    23/11/2022 Duración: 14min

    Delays in the time taken to process asylum claims have been compounded as inexperienced and low-paid staff have been hired to handle applications, several insiders have told BBC Two's Newsnight. Local councils are complaining about the number of asylum seekers - 37,000 - they’re having to house in hotels, and most recent figure for the backlog of people waiting for decisions, from June, came to 122,000. Home Office staff told Newsnight’s UK Editor, Sima Kotecha, that this was slowing down decisions, leading to long, expensive hotel stays for asylum seekers. Today’s Justin Webb spoke to Yvette Cooper, the Shadow Home Secretary, on these delays at the Home Office and what needs to change.

  • The Today Debate: Channel crossings and the asylum system. Can we fix it?

    22/11/2022 Duración: 36min

    Joining Mishal for the Today Debate were the Conservative Leader of Kent County Council, Roger Gough; the Rt Revd Rose Hudson-Wilkin, the Bishop of Dover; the Daily Telegraph Columnist, Sherelle Jacobs; former head of the UK Border Force, Tony Smith and the Labour Peer and former Director of the human rights organisation Liberty, Baroness Shami Chakrabati.

  • Nasa spacecraft arrives at Moon’s orbit

    22/11/2022 Duración: 08min

    Nasa's Artemis spacecraft has arrived at the Moon – sending back selfies as it orbited the lunar surface. It marks a crucial milestone in Nasa’s first crew-capable moon mission for 50 years. The space agency hopes it will eventually lead to the Moon becoming a base for long-term space exploration. Today’s Nick Robinson spoke to Catherine Heyman, Scotland’s Astronomer Royal, and Sian Cleaver, who’s worked on a key component of the Artemis Orion spacecraft for Airbus. (Image, Artemis' Orion space craft, Credit, NASA, 21/11/2022)

  • Jojo Moyes: My winter walk

    22/11/2022 Duración: 04min

    The Today programme has asked some well-known voices to tell us about their favourite walks at this time of year. Novelist and journalist Jojo Moyes - best known for 'Me Before You' - describes a walk where she is often accompanied by her dogs in Essex, and how it’s helped her when life is challenging. (Image Credit: Jojo Moyes)

  • Michelle Gallen: My winter walk

    17/11/2022 Duración: 02min

    The Today programme has asked some well-known faces to talk about the walks they do and why they’re so important to them as part of a winter walks series. Author Michelle Gallen, who wrote 'Big Girl, Small Town' and 'Factory Girls', describes her favourite walk near her childhood home in Castlederg, West Tyrone. (Image Credit: Deci Gallen)

  • Michael Morpurgo: My winter walk

    11/11/2022 Duración: 04min

    The Today programme has asked some well-known faces to talk about about the walks they do and why they’re so important to them as part of a winter walks series. Author Michael Morpurgo, best known for children's novel War Horse, describes his favourite stroll near his home in Devon.

  • Gillian Clarke: My winter walk

    10/11/2022 Duración: 03min

    The Today programme has asked some well-known faces to talk about the walks they do and why they’re so important to them as part of a winter walks series. The poet, who was National Poet of Wales from 2008 to 2016, Gillian Clarke has chosen a path close to her home in Ceredigion.

  • Kate Mosse: My winter walk

    09/11/2022 Duración: 03min

    The Today programme invites some well known faces to speak about their favourite winter walk. Novelist and history writer Kate Mosse describes her walk through Fishbourne Marshes, near Chichester in West Sussex, from the old duck pond round to Bosham and back again. (Image credit: James Watkins/ BBC)

  • Simon Armitage: My winter walk

    08/11/2022 Duración: 03min

    The Today programme is inviting some famous faces to speak about their favourite winter walk. Poet Laureate Simon Armitage describes his walks up Pule Hill, the high point above Marsden and an exposed look-out post over Yorkshire, Lancashire and a high corner of Derbyshire. (Image, Simon Armistage, Credit, Emma Gibbs, BBC)

  • Rory Kinnear: My winter walk

    07/11/2022 Duración: 03min

    The Today programme is inviting some famous faces to describe their favourite winter walk. Actor Rory Kinnear lovingly tells of walking his son and daughter to school. (Image, Rory Kinnear, Credit, Sarah Jeynes, BBC)

  • CEO of Ryanair Group, Michael O’Leary

    11/08/2022 Duración: 34min

    Michael O’Leary has been Chief Executive of Ryanair since 1994, and was appointed CEO of Ryanair Holdings, Europe’s largest airline group, in 2019. He’s been speaking to Today’s business presenter Sean Farrington about his unhappiness with post-Brexit Britain, the impact of inflation on his business, and why we’ve probably seen the last of the €10 flight. (Image, Michael O'Leary; Credit, Getty Images)

  • Chairman of John Lewis Partnership, Dame Sharon White

    09/08/2022 Duración: 38min

    Dame Sharon White is the Chairman of John Lewis Partnership. Overseeing a team of 80,000 partners working at branches and offices of supermarket Waitrose and department store John Lewis around the country, White took over the retailer in February 2020. She talks to Today’s business presenter Sean Farrington about the number of people who have left the labour market since covid and the impact she believes it could have on the economy. (Image, Dame Sharon White, Credit, John Lewis Partnership)

  • Jacky Wright’s Today Programme

    03/01/2022 Duración: 35min

    Jacky Wright is the Chief Digital Officer and Corporate Vice President at Microsoft US. For her Today guest edit, she asked whether young people are being taught the skills they need for the workplaces and jobs of the future. She grew up in Tottenham, North London, and went back for the programme, asking A level students at a school there what they thought would make them employable. She also used the programme to explore what everyday life was like for the generation of multiracial children born during World War Two. Jacky spoke about the importance of role models with one of her own: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, former President of Liberia and the first elected female head of state in Africa. And there was also time for her to talk about her love of CSI with the show’s creator Anthony Zuiker.

  • Mina Smallman’s Today programme

    01/01/2022 Duración: 32min

    Mina Smallman, guest edited our first Today programme of 2022. Mina is a former Church of England archdeacon and school principal, who began campaigning on violence against women and equity in how victims are seen after two of her daughters were murdered. Nicole Smallman and Bibaa Henry were murdered in a London park in 2020. For her programme Mina invited Mishal Husain to accompany her and her family and friends on a difficult visit back to the place where Nicole and Bibaa died, where a tree was being planted in their memory. Mina also used her programme to highlight the work of Victim Support and chaplains working in prisons, hospitals and rural communities.

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