BBC Business Matters

BBC Business Matters

Key global business news in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, with live guests and contributors from Asia where the day is beginning and the USA where the day's business is coming to an end.

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  • Business Matters: Ukraine Deal 18 Apr 14

    Fri, 18 Apr 14

    Duration:
    56 mins

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    30 days remaining

    After a day of talks there is finally a deal on Ukraine. Imogen Foulkes reports from Geneva, where representatives from Russia, the US, the EU and the UN met. Weibo launches on the New York Stock Exchange and shares leap 19 per cent. But what's the link between China's answer to Twitter, an actress and a little purple bear? In Taiwan reporter Cindy Sui investigates the illegal trade in dolphin meat. And is it possible to buy your way into Heaven. Billionaire US politician Michael Bloomberg seems to think so. We asked Rev Dr Graham Tomlin, Dean of the Mellitus Theological College in London if he's right. In Singapore, regular contributor Simon Littlewood talks Tasmanian lavender; in Washington, Alexis Goldstein from The Other 98%, admits to a little office gossip. And Rahul Tandon is in the mountains of Darjeeling on the Indian election trail. But how's the tea?

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  • Business Matters: Korean Ferry Disaster 17 Apr 14

    Thu, 17 Apr 14

    Duration:
    56 mins

    Available:
    29 days remaining

    As rescue workers continue to search for missing passengers at the site of the capsized ferry off the coast of South Korea, we get the latest news from our correspondent Martin Patience in Seoul. The US toy industry is in the doldrums with sales falling steadily every year. So why is that, and what can be done to turn things around? Questions presenter Roger Hearing puts to Richard Gottlieb, CEO of toy industry analysts Global Toy Experts. What is peer-to-peer sharing and how can it improve our lives? And why is it that some people believe peer-to-peer sharing could save the world's leading economies? Arun Sundararajan from the Stern School of Business at New York University explains. Plus, we hear from Siofra McAllister at therichest.com, who tells us whether Uruguay's president really is the poorest head of state in the world, as he proudly claims.

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  • Business Matters: Ukraine crisis escalates 16 Apr 14

    Wed, 16 Apr 14

    Duration:
    56 mins

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    28 days remaining

    Kiev-based journalist Reuben Johnson gives us his view on the situation in Ukraine. He's currently in Singapore for a defence systems expo, where Ukrainian and Russian delegates are competing for sales. Bolivia's President Evo Morales presents papers to the International Court of Justice in the Hague, demanding the return of land claimed by Chile after the 1870 war; land which would give landlocked Bolivians access to the sea once more. But what do ordinary Bolivians think? We find out. And Rob Cameron meets two young men from Prague who plan to travel the length of the River Elba - some 900 kilometres - aboard a giant pedalo made from re-purposed drinks bottles. Madness? You decide. Natasha Vargas Cooper in Van Nuys, California and David Kuo in Singapore discuss significant, transformational and just plain embarrassing personal stories. Also on the agenda: David's dream haircut and Natasha's desire to see the world's dictators once more sporting prominent moustaches.

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  • Business Matters: West eyes more Russia sanctions 15 April 14

    Tue, 15 Apr 14

    Duration:
    54 mins

    Available:
    27 days remaining

    The EU and the US say they will impose "further costs" on Russia over its actions in Ukraine, as unrest continues in the east of the country. Officials in Chile say it could take more than 20 days to extinguish a deadly forest fire in the hills around the port city of Valparaiso. We get the latest from our reporter there. As Donna Tartt's "Goldfinch" wins the Pulitzer prize for literature, we ask whether this prestigious prize helps book sales. Plus we're joined in the studio by special guest Nicholas Wood who runs "Political Tours" a holiday company which takes travellers around political hotspots. And Financial Times reporter Anjili Raval joins us from New York.

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  • Business Matters: Indian Elections Kick-Off in Himalayas

    Sat, 12 Apr 14

    Duration:
    59 mins

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    24 days remaining

    Indian elections are underway - we're live in the Himalayan state of Sikkim, where voting begins. Our reporter, Rahul Tandon is in the state's capital, Gangtok - he explains why ecology is at the forefront of the political debate for locals there. The chief executive of seed giant Cargill, Greg Page, tells us food trade will help Africa, but the director of the World Development Movement, Nick Dearden disagrees. And, we look at what people really want to know when they simply say hello, how are you? We're also joined live by Peter Ryan, Business Editor at ABC News in Sydney.

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  • Business Matters: Tamiflu no better than paracetamol 11 Apr 14

    Fri, 11 Apr 14

    Duration:
    57 mins

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    23 days remaining

    Tamiflu is no better at fighting flu than paracetamol. That's the devastating conclusion of a scientific study into the effectiveness of the drug. So why have the US and British governments stockpiled two billion dollars' worth? Dr Barry Clinch from Roche - manufacturer of Tamiflu - goes head to head with Oxford University's Dr Carl Heneghan - one of the scientists who carried out the study. Social media marketeer and Tennessee whiskey aficionado, Jason Falls, is in Louisville, Kentucky, talking ladies' razors, vanity and how to develop a winning online presence, and in Singapore, Bloomberg View's Asia Editor Nisid Hajari contemplates the craze for smartphone health and fitness apps while counting the cost of his dry cleaning. Katherine Mangu Ward from Reason.com explains what 'fat American man standard' means, and Cindy Sui has the latest news from Taipei.

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  • Business Matters: Worldwide security breach 10 Apr 14

    Thu, 10 Apr 14

    Duration:
    56 mins

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    22 days remaining

    'Change all of your passwords now!' The BBC's technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones on whether the heartbleed security bug has been mishandled. As Athens seeks to unload bonds worth $3.5bn, Greek economist Yannis Varoufakis wonders whether his government's stance is all hubris. In Taiwan, Cindy Sui climbs Bamboo Mountain to take a look at a booming industry. In Washington DC, Professor Peter Morici talks internet security and Greece's efforts at self-revival; in Delhi, Jyoti Malhotra examines the 815-million person, 35-day extravaganza that is India's general election. Plus Phil Mercer in Perth on the continuing search for Malysian Airlines flight MH370.

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  • Business Matters: US Iran negotiations falter 09 Apr 14

    Wed, 9 Apr 14

    Duration:
    56 mins

    Available:
    21 days remaining

    Jennifer Cheng, CEO of Glam It, and Ben Gilbert, Editor at Engadget, join Roger Hearing to discuss entrepreneurialism, dream jobs, gay marriage and video game development. Laura Rozen brings us the latest on US-Iranian relations, and the BBC's Pascale Harter joins us from Barcelona with the latest news on efforts to establish an independent state of Catalonia. Rod Dreher of The American Conservative gives us his views on a campaign to boycott shopkeepers in the US who oppose same sex marriage, and we hear from Ear Uy of games developer Osja Studio on the trials and troubles of launching a tech start up in Cambodia.

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  • Business Matters: India begins voting 08 Apr 14

    Tue, 8 Apr 14

    Duration:
    56 mins

    Available:
    20 days remaining

    India's enormous nine-phase general election gets underway. We're live in Calcutta and Bangalore to find out what's motivating voters. We'll have the latest from Donetsk, Ukraine, where pro-Russian activists have seized government buildings. As the Game of Thrones Season 4 premiere sets the internet alight - crashing HBO's website and flooding Twitter with a deluge of comments - we ask Quartz's Zach Seward: what is the future of TV? Is it downloads, streaming, Netflix, cable, satellite, or will we come full circle and return to conventional broadcasting? And Lucy Kellaway of the Financial Times examines the twenty-first century office and its advantages over the offices of twenty years ago. In Calcutta, the BBC's Rahul Tandon is gauging the mood among voters. In Bangalore, Revathy Ashok does the same. And in Sunny Florida, Bloomberg's Diane Brady brings us the latest from the Palm Beach Strategic Forum.

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  • Business Matters: Afghan Presidential Election 5 Apr 14

    Sat, 5 Apr 14

    Duration:
    56 mins

    Available:
    17 days remaining

    As Afghans prepare to go to the polls, we speak to Noah Coburn, author of 'Derailing Democracy in Afghanistan', who is in Kabul. Collapsing in Cambodia: why workers at garment factories in Southeast Asia are fainting en masse - sometimes as many as three hundred at a time. Charlie Herman, Business & Economics Editor at WNYC, and Anne Bagamery, IHT Europe Editor, discuss the week's events, including the sensational resignation of Mozilla CEO, Brendan Eich, and the controversial publication of Michael Lewis' latest book, 'Flash Boys', which lifts the lid on the Wall Street practice known as high frequency trading. And we'll hear from Father Slawomir Kostrzewa, parish priest in the west Polish town of Wolsztyn, who says Lego is a tool of Satan. Lego, he says, leads children to the dark side.

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