BBC World News and BBC.com to boost business coverage with new programmes including Talking Business with Linda Yueh

With the vast changes in the global economy, understanding what lies behind the headlines matters more than ever. As part of a wider push to increase coverage of global business and the world economy on the BBC, I am delighted to host a new global business programme that will highlight the key trends that are re-shaping our world."Linda Yueh
Date: 09.09.2013     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.03
Category: BBC World News
BBC World News and BBC.com will boost their business coverage in the upcoming months, with new coverage and analysis to give audiences the story behind the headlines at a time of vast economic change.

Starting this month, the BBC will premiere a fresh line up of programmes and online features from London, Johannesburg, Singapore and around the world. From Talking Business with Linda Yueh to Escape From The Boardroom, Africa Business Report to Young And Jobless, BBC World News and BBC.com will deliver the latest on today’s business world to audiences around the globe.

At the heart of the channel’s enhanced business coverage, on 4 October at 14:30 GMT, BBC World News will launch Talking Business with Linda Yueh, fronted by the channel’s Singapore-based chief business correspondent.

A world-renowned economist, each week Linda will sit down with big thinkers and news makers to talk about the latest business stories and economic trends, and what they mean not just for companies, but for consumers around the world. Linda will draw on her skill at cutting through the figures and get behind the headlines to make sense of a complex world. Clever discussions, distinctive news packages, and Linda’s analysis will make this show a must-watch for viewers around the globe.

Based in Singapore, Linda will travel extensively to cover the main global economics and business news stories. The programme will regularly feature a panel discussion filmed in a studio in Singapore, but will also take to the road around the world. The programme will premiere with a debate from Hong Kong, recorded in front of an audience, on the future of the Chinese economy.

Linda Yueh says: "With the vast changes in the global economy, understanding what lies behind the headlines matters more than ever. As part of a wider push to increase coverage of global business and the world economy on the BBC, I am delighted to host a new global business programme that will highlight the key trends that are re-shaping our world. Talking Business With Linda Yueh will focus on what these changes mean for our everyday lives through insightful discussions and interviews with key personalities."

Linda Yueh brings her advanced economics expertise to her new role with the BBC. Prior to joining the BBC she was the economics editor for Bloomberg Television. She also maintains her academic links as a fellow of St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford, adjunct professor of economics at the London Business School, and visiting professor of economics at Peking University.

She is the author of several books on economics and business, including three on China.

Also on 4 October, BBC World News will also launch Africa Business Report, a new weekly business TV programme, fronted by well-known presenter Lerato Mbele, covering key business stories and trends from across Africa. Africa Business Report will be produced by the BBC‘s new Africa Business unit from its production centre in Johannesburg and will report from across Africa, showcasing the latest business trends across the continent, through a mixture of on-the-ground reports and high profile interviews.

Richard Porter, Controller of English for BBC Global News, says: “Our role as a global broadcaster is to help the audience understand the constantly evolving economic landscape around them. Through in-depth analysis and background explanations, our new business programming on BBC World News and BBC.com takes our audience behind the headlines to get to the root of the stories that shape today’s economy both at home and around the world.“

New business coverage includes:

Escape From The Boardroom - premieres 21 September 2013 on BBC World News

21 September 2013 – 09.10, 21.10

22 September 2013 – 02.10, 15.10

The business world has changed immeasurably over the past decade and thanks to globalisation, the competition in most sectors is tougher. In order to stay ahead, today’s CEOs have to be multi-skilled visionaries, capable of seeing the big picture as well as understanding the details that may trip up the organisation. In order to do that effectively, there’s no substitute for getting out and about and experiencing their business at the sharp end.

In the new weekly five-part series, Escape From The Boardroom, CEOs are given a corporate workout: a series of challenges that gets them out of the office to explore their organisation, their staff, their customers and the competition. From Spyker cars, a luxury European car manufacturer, to Semsom, a leading Middle Eastern restaurant chain, each of our company CEOs will have to deliver their findings to the staff. Is their business in good shape to tackle today’s global challenges? Or will it be a case of out of the boardroom and back to the drawing board?

Africa Business Report— premieres 4 October 2013 on BBC World News

4 October 2013 18.40

5 October 2013 10.10; 20.10

6 October 2013 00.10

Africa Business Report, a new weekly flagship business TV programme, hosted by well-known South African presenter Lerato Mbele, will cover key business stories and trends from across Africa. The programme will be produced by the BBC’s new Africa Business Unit in Johannesburg and will utilise the expertise of BBC correspondents in 48 African countries. Each week the programme will report on the latest business and technology news, showcasing the latest trends across the continent, through a mixture of on-the-ground reports and high profile interviews.

South African presenter Lerato Mbele joins Africa Business Report from BBC World Service breakfast radio programme, Newsday. In her new role, she will report for BBC World News and BBC.com, in addition to reporting for BBC World Service. Prior to joining the BBC, Lerato served as a senior business anchor for CNBC Africa when it launched in 2007. She hosted a variety of business focused programming and specials including presidential debates and the live CNBC Africa Debate at the World Economic Forum in Africa in 2009.

Talking Business With Linda Yueh - premieres 4 October 2013 on BBC World News

4 October 14:30

5 October 00.30, 07.30

6 October 12.30, 18.30

Talking Business With Linda Yueh focuses on key trends in the world of business and what they mean. Linda talks to news makers and key personalities from around the world who share their insights and understanding at work and at play.

Cross-platform features in the upcoming months include Young And Jobless, a series looking at the issues around young people struggling to find employment, My Business, an Asian edition of the series profiling small-scale entrepreneurs from around the world, and Start-Up Stories, a series of profiles and interviews with some of the world's most successful female entrepreneurs.

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