BBC Business Daily

BBC Business Daily

Demystifying the world of money - Business Daily and In the Balance examine the big issues facing the global economy and look at what the analysis and the business jargon really mean.

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  • ITB: Soros and an SOS for Ukraine

    Sat, 28 Mar 15

    Duration:
    27 mins

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    29 days remaining

    George Soros argues that European failure to offer Ukraine more economic help will end in disaster, as standards of living there plunge and the threat from Russia continues.

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  • The End of Poverty?

    Fri, 27 Mar 15

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    Can global poverty be wiped out in the next 15 years? The World Bank thinks so. Linda Yueh hears from the president, Jim Yong Kim, who is confident despite the rising numbers of poor in Africa. Tulanana Bohela reports from Tanzania, one of the fastest growing economies in Africa, but where a third of the population still lives on less than $1.25 a day. And Professor Sir Paul Collier from Oxford University, Kevin Watkins from the Overseas Development Institute, and Professor Henrietta Moore, director of University College London's Institute for Global Prosperity, discuss how to lift a billion people out of poverty.

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  • Nigeria: Election Economics

    Thu, 26 Mar 15

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    27 days remaining

    What are the big economic issues as Nigerians head to the polls in a general election this weekend? We speak to Dr. Obadiah Mailafia, former deputy governor of the Nigerian Central Bank, and we have a special report from the BBC's Sam Olukoya in Lagos. Plus, ahead of UK general elections in May, a survey has shown that a large proportion of the general public does not understand economics. We'll hear how a new film, backed by the actor Terry Jones of Monty Python fame, hopes to change that.

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  • Elements: Iron & Manganese - Steel-making

    Wed, 25 Mar 15

    Duration:
    32 mins

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    26 days remaining

    In our latest look at the role of the chemical elements in the global economy, we focus on the two key ingredients that enabled the mass production of steel. Justin Rowlatt chews on salad leaves with Andrea Sella of University College London. He travels to Sheffield - the birthplace of modern steelmaking - to get up close to the technological mid-wife of that birth, a Bessemer converter. And he visits the modern Forgemasters steelworks, to get a taste of just how hard it is to produce unbreakable parts for nuclear power stations and oil rigs.

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  • Greece, Fruit Juice and Bras

    Tue, 24 Mar 15

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    25 days remaining

    In an eclectic Business Daily, we look at the latest eurozone talks, small businesses in Kosovo and a rather large lingerie empire. Ed Butler speaks to Prof James Galbraith, an unofficial advisor to the Greek finance minister, about how urgent Greece's financial plight has become and what can be gained from talks in Berlin. The BBC's Guy de Launey reports from Kosovo on the difficulties of setting up business there, and a surprising success story - juice maker Frutomania. And, as if that weren't enough in a bulging Business Daily, Ed chats to the rags-to-riches icon Michelle Mone about how, starting from nothing, she created the global lingerie business empire that is Ultimo.

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  • Singapore's founding father, dies

    Mon, 23 Mar 15

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Available:
    24 days remaining

    Business Daily looks at the legacy of the late Lee Kwan Yew. Singapore's first Prime Minister is credited with turning an island state into an Asian power-house. Critics called him an autocrat. He said denying civil liberties was a necessary part of achieving growth. Also in the programme, Also in the programme, can solar power really rival coal and gas in the next ten years? And Lucy Kellaway of the Financial Times reflects on a recent accident she suffered just before an important job interview. When is it right to cancel, or postpone, when you can't look your best? Do appearances really matter that much?

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  • ITB: 'Sharing...Big-time'

    Sat, 21 Mar 15

    Duration:
    27 mins

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    22 days remaining

    The sharing economy is worth big money world-wide but who are the winners and losers as more of us choose to borrow not buy or to share our homes, our cars, our pets, our time...? We talk to some of the sector's success stories - Airbnb, Zipcar and Compare and Share - and we hear from a critic who is is concerned for our local economies and for the consumer.

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  • 2022 Winter World Cup - but the Heat's Still on Qatar

    Fri, 20 Mar 15

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Available:
    21 days remaining

    2022 World Cup: Has Qatar done enough to improve the conditions of migrants working on its football construction projects? We speak to Nicholas McGheehan of Human Rights Watch who has seen their working and living conditions first-hand. Also, Professor Amartya Sen, Nobel prize-winning economist, tells us why the European Union - and other international creditors - have got it all wrong on Greece and austerity. And the BBC's Jennifer Pak in Kuala Lumpur reports on the treatment of migrant workers there.

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  • Fed patience and the US dollar

    Thu, 19 Mar 15

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Available:
    20 days remaining

    The dollar dropped as the US Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen indicated her patience with its strength was wearing thin - but what does it mean for the US economy and for currency markets? Manuela Saragosa hears from BBC business correspondent Simon Jack, and from strategist Bill Blain of brokerage Mint Partners. Also in the programme - human rights in the tea industry. The BBC's Humphrey Hawksley travels to Assam in north-east India to see the conditions of workers on tea plantations. And we hear from Jonathan Exten-Wright, partner at law firm DLA Piper, about the surprising results of a survey of big corporations' attitudes towards human rights.

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  • Elements: Iron and the Industrial Revolution

    Wed, 18 Mar 15

    Duration:
    33 mins

    Available:
    19 days remaining

    In the first of three programmes about iron, Justin Rowlatt explores two moments in industrial history that transformed this most abundant of metal elements into the key material out of which modern life is constructed. And they both took place right here in the British Isles.

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