BBC Business Daily

BBC Business Daily

Examining the big issues facing the global economy, Business Daily demystifies the world of money. From giant industries like aviation and automotive to the smallest scale start-up, Business Daily asks the big questions about free trade, technology and investment. There is also analysis of management and marketing trends, and what business jargon really means - together with reports on business news from around the world via the BBC's global network of reporters.

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  • India: election special

    Thu, 24 Apr 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Available:
    30 days remaining

    Ed Butler presents an in-depth report from India, as the world’s most populous democracy goes to the polls. The programme features Sameer Kochhar, biographer of BJP leader Narendra Modi, and development economist and Modi critic Jayati Ghosh. Also, the electoral significance of water shortages and corruption.

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  • TPP: the Trans-Pacific Partnership

    Wed, 23 Apr 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Available:
    29 days remaining

    As President Obama visits Japan, where he will be negotiating over the TPP, a free trade area poised to cover large parts of the Americas and East Asia, the BBC's Chief Business Correspondent Linda Yueh explains the potential benefits. But why is China not involved? Also, the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation, Roberto Azevedo, explains the link between regional trade deals and the global negotiations he presides over. Plus, we hear a view from the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington that these negotiations are too secretive and dominated by lobbyists.

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  • Forex: the next big financial scandal?

    Tue, 22 Apr 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Available:
    28 days remaining

    If you thought the reputation of the world's bankers could go no lower then get ready: it’s now claimed that traders at some of the world's biggest banks have been rigging the biggest financial market of them all, the foreign exchange market. That's where the values of the world's currencies are set. We hear from financial litigation lawyer Daniel Spendlove how, if the claims are proved, fines could run into billions. The programme also discusses why some countries prize currency weakness over currency strength. Plus we visit the Indian town that’s the centre of the diamond trade.

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  • Trouble with bubbles: Is the tech sector next?

    Mon, 21 Apr 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Available:
    27 days remaining

    Simon Jack asks if we're in a stock market bubble that's set to burst, particularly in the technology sector? Michelle Fleury reports from New York. Also, how the US handles its top footballers' finances. Dr John York, owner of the San Francisco 49ers, gives Simon some ballpark figures...

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  • Weibo and WiFi

    Fri, 18 Apr 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Available:
    24 days remaining

    Rory Cellan-Jones presents a technology special about the Chinese micro-blogging service Weibo, and a potential revival in the idea of social WiFi

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  • In the Balance: Hierarchy at Work

    Thu, 17 Apr 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Available:
    23 days remaining

    In the Balance examines office hierarchy. If some of the latest buzz about the 21st century workplace is to be believed, old-style vertical management structure is dead. Or is it? Are such rumours greatly exaggerated? An anthropologist, a business school prof and a so-called envisioner from Microsoft, battle it out for the truth. Ed Butler is joined by Dave Coplin, Chief Envisioning Officer for Microsoft UK; Lynda Gratton, Professor of Management Practice at London Business School and Kathleen Richardson, Research Associate at the Department of Anthropology at University College London. And Colm O Regan asks how important is the place where you do your work?

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  • The secret of whisky's world success

    Thu, 17 Apr 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Available:
    23 days remaining

    Justin Rowlatt tours a distillery to learn about the process of making Scotch Whisky. He hears how the sector has adapted to changing markets worldwide and the importance for it of links to the EU. The shadow minister for trade and investment argues that “no” a vote in the Scottish independence referendum guarantees an immediate future for the country in the EU, while a Scottish National Party MP says an independent Scotland would have time to negotiate its ongoing place in the Union following a “yes” vote. Justin also learns the fine art of ‘nosing’.

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  • Elemental Business: Chlorine

    Wed, 16 Apr 14

    Duration:
    34 mins

    Available:
    22 days remaining

    Chlorine is more than just swimming pools and gas attacks. This poisonous green gas is the great enabling element of the chemicals industry, helping to create your clothes, computer chips, medicines, flooring... Justin Rowlatt travels discovers the brutal process of extracting the chlorine from the most mundane of raw materials - table salt. We hear from chemsitry professor Andrea Sella about the thousands of uses to which this halogen is put. And why might the bursting of Spain's property bubble put up the price of soap in the country - and what's it got to do with chlorine? Listen to find out.

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  • Gambling addiction in Asia

    Tue, 15 Apr 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Available:
    21 days remaining

    We go inside Cambodia's border casinos to hear stories from players and workers describing imprisonment, torture and gambling addiction. Also, we consider the role of good luck in business investing with financial strategist Michael Mauboussin. Plus, on the day that Google announce the takeover of a drone manufacturer, why we should all be excited about having a drone of our own.

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  • Can Russia afford conflict in Ukraine?

    Mon, 14 Apr 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Available:
    20 days remaining

    What's the fall-out for the Russian economy, as Ukraine accuses Moscow of orchestrating violent unrest? We get the thoughts of John Lough of London's Chatham House. We also speak to "Monsieur Jacques", the French businessman who some say played a big part in bringing down South Africa's apartheid regime. And Lucy Kellaway of the Financial Times reflects on the good and bad of office gossip.

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