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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  • Making Movies

    Fri, 22 Aug 14

    Duration:
    11 mins

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    30 days remaining

    Film-making is an increasingly globalised industry, with cinema receipts no longer dominated by the US market. How is Hollywood adapting? What are the opportunities for other countries outside the US? And how can small, independent film-makers compete? Ed Butler asks the questions.

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  • Can money fix a problem?

    Thu, 21 Aug 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    29 days remaining

    Financial lawsuits, banking crises and economic stagnation - can they all be solved by throwing more money at the problem, and if so where does it come from?

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  • Eurozone crisis: a PIIGS health-check

    Wed, 20 Aug 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    28 days remaining

    With the Eurozone recovery stalling, we take a health-check on the countries hardest hit by the bloc's economic crisis - Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece and Spain - dubbed the PIIGS by economists. Our reporters offer snapshots from each of the five countries trying to revive their economies and get their government finances in shape, and there's analysis from Paola Subacchi, from London think-tank Chatham House.

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  • Merger Mania

    Tue, 19 Aug 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    27 days remaining

    2014 is on track to be the biggest year for mergers and acquisitions in a decade. Global expansion is on the cards for Western companies keen to get into Asia and also Asian companies and investors who are going global. Linda Yueh in Singapore hears from the CEOs of luxury goods company Bulgari, Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts and GrabTaxi.

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  • US public debt mounts

    Mon, 18 Aug 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    While the US economy edges back towards growth, a new report highlights the problems of mounting public debt there. Debt levels are now almost twice what they were at the start of the financial crisis. Also, from Senegal, a new project aiming to get girls into high tech, and Lucy Kellaway on the holiday conundrum: when is it ok to delete a work email?

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  • ITB Sex and drugs 16 Aug 14

    Sat, 16 Aug 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

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    24 days remaining

    Making money from products with a controversial image is the topic for Evan Davis and his guests who represent companies selling drugs and sex toys. These companies are testing our morals and the regulations set up to protect them. So how do you market products that many people disapprove of? And how do you manage the social and business opprobrium you encounter?

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  • Total Recall: The Changing Car Industry

    Fri, 15 Aug 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    23 days remaining

    Millions of cars all over the world have been recalled by their manufacturers in the past few years. What does that tell us about the state of the automotive industry?

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  • Panama Canal - 100 Years On

    Fri, 15 Aug 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    23 days remaining

    The iconic waterway – which links the Pacific and Atlantic oceans - has been of huge importance for global trade and for the Panamanian economy.

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  • Can European Football Learn from the NFL?

    Thu, 14 Aug 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    22 days remaining

    The English, Spanish, and German leagues all kick off soon. But will there be much real sport to cheer? With smaller clubs complaining of the growing gulf with the big spenders, we ask what Europe's soccer leagues can learn from American football? Also in the programme, Jeremy Wagstaffe reflects on the modern cell-phone or tablet. Is the touch-screen device, he asks, not a sign of progress but a step-back for anyone who believes in the written word?

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  • The Cost of California's Drought

    Wed, 13 Aug 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    21 days remaining

    Business Daily travels to California where the worst drought in four decades is hitting farmers hard. Peter Vallis of the San Joaquin Valley Winegrowers Association tells us the long-term toll drought is taking on the Californian wine industry, plus why a small amount of drought may improve wine quality in the short term. We hear about the tension between farmers and environmentalists over California's water priorities and learn why global warming is changing the way the state gets its water.

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  • Europe's gas fears

    Tue, 12 Aug 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    20 days remaining

    As the conflict in Ukraine grows, Kiev is debating further sanctions, including the disruption of Russian gas exports to Europe. Could Russia or the EU afford that? Also in the programme, a report from Calcutta on why Bengalis are turning away from Bollywood and western films and watching their own cinema instead. And our regular letter-writer, Jim Srodes, tells the surprising story of the day Janet Yellen, chairman of the Fed, personally offered him millions of dollars worth of fiscal stimulus.

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  • Sweden's reindeer herders challenge new mine

    Mon, 11 Aug 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    A report from northern Sweden hears how Europe's most ancient indigenous culture is taking on the forces of industry. But in a struggle between the miners and the Sami reindeer-herders, who is likely to win? Also in the programme, trillions of dollars have gone to support US banks following the financial crisis. But why did no one think to bail out the home-owners? Plus, Lucy Kellaway reflects on the publication of CIA's written style-guide for its agents.

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  • ITB: Is Wikipedia the future of Learning?

    Sat, 9 Aug 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

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    17 days remaining

    This week we consider the future of learning with Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales. We ask just what Wikipedia - and the rise of the internet - has meant for the way we learn and teach. Alongside Jimmy is Professor Diana Strassman, Economist at Rice University and Chair of The Wiki Education Foundation; David White, Head of Technology Enhanced Learning at the University of the Arts here in London; and Eliane Glaser, Senior lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University and author of Get Real: How to see through the hype, spin and lies of modern life. Plus we speak to Professor Sugata Mitra, an Indian Educationalist who won international acclaim for taking the internet straight to the streets.

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  • Moscow's Trade Embargo - the Russian View

    Fri, 8 Aug 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    We get the view from Russia on what shoppers make of Moscow's trade embargo on western food imports. Is this just the start of a wider trade war with the west? And we speak to American journalist Jeffrey Rothfeder who got an inside view of car manufacturer Honda. Is Honda - and not Toyota - the Japanese car company multinationals should emulate? Plus how a group of Mexican women called Las Patronas are helping hundreds of migrants who speed through their village on their way to the US with small acts of kindness.

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  • The End of the Era of Cheap Water?

    Thu, 7 Aug 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    15 days remaining

    Water shortages are becoming a problem everywhere, and companies are taking note. So how should we value water? Is the answer in trading it as a commodity? And speaking of shortages, James Hassam, the BBC's Ethiopia correspondent, considers a shortage of imported butter in the capital Addis Ababa.

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  • Filthy rich

    Wed, 6 Aug 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    A billionaire tells us why he's worried about the growing gap between the World's haves and the have nots but his concerns aren't selfless. Plus does being rich make you unpleasant? Or is it mainly unpleasant people who become rich? We ask Oliver James a psychologist and author of Affluenza, about the effect wealth has on people's psychology.

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  • Ebola: taming the virus

    Tue, 5 Aug 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    13 days remaining

    Ebola's economic impact and what the world needs to do to control the disease. Should pharmaceutical companies be doing more to fast-track a vaccine? Or is it down to governments? We get a report from the region, and we hear about the economic consequences. We also examine the clinical responses to the crisis.

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  • Obama woos Africa

    Mon, 4 Aug 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    12 days remaining

    At a time of falling US trade with Africa, what can Washington do to turn that around? Also, we reveal how much an Indonesian billionaire will spend on a handbag. And Lucy Kellaway examines the under-rated skill of dodging work in the office. What are the keys to the art of shirking?

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  • ITB: An Entrepreneurial State?

    Sat, 2 Aug 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

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    10 days remaining

    This week we consider the role that governments play in creating some of the most disruptive, and profit making, technologies of our time. Do our lumbering government bureaucracies also contain the vital engines of enterprise? Should we expect the state to do more than make up for the private sector's shortcomings - investing in new technologies and creating new markets? To debate the issue we’ve brought together Mariana Mazzucato, Professor of Economics and Innovation at the University of Sussex; Arun Majumdar, Vice President for Energy at Google and soon to join Stanford University as Jay Precourt Professor. He was previously the Founding Director of ARPA-E, the US federal government's lead programme for investing in high-risk, high-reward energy research. And Mark LIttlewood, Director General of the Institute of Economic Affairs, A free market think tank in the UK.

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  • Argentina defaults

    Thu, 31 Jul 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

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    Argentina has defaulted on its international debt for the second time in 13 years – but it’s not broke. We explore the background to this latest development, explaining ‘hold-outs’ and ‘vultures’ along the way. What are the practical consequences of a default? Also, why the US dollar will continue to be the world’s top currency, plus the comic book heroes of yesteryear who’ve lost their marketability.

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  • Elemental Business: Silicon and the Sun

    Wed, 30 Jul 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Available:
    7 days remaining

    Silicon, ordinarily associated with micro-chip production, is also a key component in solar panel manufacturing and as such, is crucial to the future of power for the planet. We hear from John Schaeffer, a solar power pioneer, Richard Swanson of Sun Power and Lynn Jurich, founder of Sunrun, busy developing ways to make solar panel manufacturing and distribution ever more cost efficient. While Barry Goldwater Jr., former Republican Congressman and one-time friend of Ronald Reagan, is busy fighting its cause in the corridors of power. The sun, he says, will win the day.

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  • Safety in the Skies

    Tue, 29 Jul 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Available:
    6 days remaining

    In the wake of the MH17 air disaster, a UN meeting asks whether airlines should be getting neutral security updates to decide where it is safe to fly. Would such a system work? Also in the programme, we hear a report on why Brazilian trade with Africa has increased six-fold in recent years, and the emotional desire to extend it further. And, in the internet age, our regular commentator, Jeremy Wagstaff of Reuters, reflects on the bits of the world that still lie outside of the Worldwide Web - is it time to hook up the world's oceans?

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  • Argentina on the brink of default

    Mon, 28 Jul 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Available:
    5 days remaining

    If Argentina doesn't reach a last-minute deal with creditors, it could soon face default. What are the implications for its economy and other debtor nations? And we ask, what would induce you to get a company logo tattooed onto your body? Our regular commentator, Lucy Kellaway of the Financial Times, is not a fan of the company tattoo.

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  • ITB: Sanctions: The Politics of Embarrassment?

    Fri, 25 Jul 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Available:
    2 days remaining

    Andrew Walker hosts In the Balance this week for a closer look at economic sanctions. As Europe struggles to decide how to deal with Russia, we discuss whether sanctions have ever worked in the past and ask if they could persuade President Putin to do anything different. Our guests are Maria Lipman in Moscow. In Chicago, Prof. Robert Pape, Director of the University of Chicago's project on Security and Terrorism. And in London: James Nixey, head of the Russia and Eurasia program at Chatham House and Otilia Dhand, Vice President of Teneo Intelligence.

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  • British Business Courting Calcutta 25 July 14

    Fri, 25 Jul 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Available:
    2 days remaining

    Calcutta was once the capital of India under British rule but now British companies and others are desperately hoping to get a slice of the city's business action. India's economy is growing rapidly, and the country has a new Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, seen by some as more business-friendly than his predecessors. Paul Moss presents Business Daily and asks how much historic ties can help you in the modern cut-throat world of global trade? And we hear from one old Calcutta hand who thinks that when it comes to work ethic, his fellow citizens are hopelessly lazy.

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  • Shipping Through the Arctic

    Thu, 24 Jul 14

    Duration:
    18 mins

    Available:
    1 day remaining

    Opening up the Arctic Oceans to commercial shipping, we talk to those travelling the new route about how an ice-free north coast of Russia could transform global sea-trade. Plus why Taiwanese investors are turning away from Vietnam after Taiwanese businesses were caught up in recent anti-Chinese riots there.

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