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: Review of the Year 2014 26 Dec 14

    Fri, 26 Dec 14

    Duration:
    52 mins

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    BBC World Service Business Editor Martin Webber takes stock of the year 2014 in business. He asks if many of the big global economic projects of recent decades are now on the rocks, buffeted by a reawakening of policies based on national interests. Joining Martin are two respected commentators, Martin Wolf - chief economics commentator at the Financial Times - and Peter Morici of the University of Maryland. Also in the programme we pay tribute to Business Matters presenter Mark Whittaker, who died suddenly this year, replaying an interview he did in June 2014 with campaigner Erin Brockovich. And we also pay tribute once again to Sally Hardcastle, another fondly remembered member of the team, who died in November.

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  • Business Matters: US cinemas to screen The Interview 24 Dec 14

    Wed, 24 Dec 14

    Duration:
    57 mins

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    The Interview will be screened in US cinemas, says Sony, just days after cancelling its release following a cyber attack and threats on cinema-goers. We ask a cinema owner whether he's worried about security, and also get a film review from one of the few people who've already seen it. US shares close at record levels after figures show the US economy growing at its fastest pace for 11 years - we hear from Roger Bootle, of Capital Economics, that the economic future looks brighter still, thanks to the untapped potential of technology. As oil prices continue to fall, we find out what effect it's having on shale producers in the US, and we hear from Taiwan, the latest part of the world in which taxi service Uber has been banned. And finally, zombie-themed nativity displays - where should we draw the line when it comes to interpretations of the birth of Christ?

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  • Business Matters: Nicaragua starts work on $50bn 'Gran Canal' 23 Dec 14

    Tue, 23 Dec 14

    Duration:
    57 mins

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    Work stars on Nicaragua's $50bn alternative to the Panama Canal, but will it ever finish? We speak to the BBC's Arturo Wallace from the ground-breaking ceremony in Managua, and also to Noel Maurer from George Washington University about what it could mean for Nicaragua, one of the poorest countries in Central America. The BBC's Anbarasan Ethirajan has been speaking to migrant workers from Nepal about the poor pay and harsh working conditions they faced when working on construction projects in Qatar as it prepares to host the 2022 World Cup. Patrick Lencioni of The Table Group management consultants tells us if secular organisations and businesses can learn anything from the spectacular telling off Pope Francis gave his staff and the list of 15 "ailments" he says plagues the Vatican bureaucracy. And we discuss the ongoing cyber troubles between the US and North Korea with our guests David Kuo from The Motley Fool and David Freedman, a writer for The Atlantic.

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  • Business Matters: Obama openly Criticises Sony 20 Dec 14

    Sat, 20 Dec 14

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    57 mins

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    Was Sony wrong to cancel the release of ‘The interview’ following a cyber attack? President Obama certainly thinks so. The Franciscan religious order is famous for its vow of poverty, but now they have become embroiled in financial scandal involving up to tens of millions of dollars. And why Nigeria's Naira is following the Rouble's downward path - can the central bank stop the currency falling? Plus we'll find out how independent Toy retailers are coping with the online competition in the run up to Christmas and we try out Skype's new translation tool. Discussing these stories, we are joined by Professor Danny Samson of the University of Melbourne.

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  • Business Matters: Sony Hack is “US security Issue” 19 Dec 14

    Fri, 19 Dec 14

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    57 mins

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    North Korea is suspected of the hacking episode that has forced Hollywood to dump a $44 million movie. The White House announces it is a matter of national security, but what can actually be done? We hear from a former senior U.S. Commerce Department official who was responsible for enforcing international sanctions against North Korea. Meanwhile, a report reveals Islamic State are also suspected of online combat - using malware to snoop on their opponents in Syria. PLUS the BBC finds poor working conditions in some Chinese factories making Apple products and we hear about a mighty hydro-electric dam bringing power to Zambia and Zimbabwe. From Washington, we are joined by Alexis Goldstein of “The Other 98%” and from Singapore, by Simon Littlwood, director of Asia Now consulting group.

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  • Business Matters: Historic Thaw in US-Cuba Relations

    Thu, 18 Dec 14

    Duration:
    56 mins

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    As President Obama hails a 'new chapter' in it's relations with Cuba, we ask if this is this going to represent an economic rescue for the Communist-run island republic? We also get reaction on the shock cancellation of Sony's release of a big comedy film after threats and hacking apparently coming from North Korea. PLUS why sales of macadamia nuts are up twenty fold. We look at why sales have gone so nuts. Plus we're joined by two guests on opposite sides of the Pacific - David Kuo of the Motley Fool in Singapore and Peter Morici, an economist at the University of Maryland, in Washington.

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  • Business Matters: US Promises More Sanctions on Russia

    Wed, 17 Dec 14

    Duration:
    56 mins

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    Russians are trading a new currency in Moscow -but not of the monetary kind, it's the Apple iPad, as shoppers get rid of their increasingly worthless roubles. The White House promises further sanctions - but the Russian Foreign Minister says - bring it on- we'll hear more from both continents. We also learn about the industrial dispute in America's West Coast ports slowing imports and exports as well as a new light therapy using solar power to help students in Sweden combat their harsh winter. Plus, the struggle of former child soldiers in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo to rebuild their lives and find jobs. Our guests on the programme are Sabri Ben-Achour of Marketplace in New York and Vandana Hari of Platts energy analysts is in Delhi.

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  • Business Matters: Australia reflects on deadly cafe siege 16 Dec 14

    Tue, 16 Dec 14

    Duration:
    56 mins

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    Australia's Prime Minister offers the nation words of reassurance after a prolonged hostage siege ended with 3 people dead. We get the latest from the BBC's Jonathan Head in Sydney. Business Reporter Rob Young tells us about Russia's central bank hiking its key interest rate. Plus, ten years on from the devastating Asian tsunami we hear from the BBC's Rahul Tandon on the recovery that's been achieved. There have been important developments in the fight against two lethal diseases - a new bodysuit for health-workers tackling ebola and a possible new vaccine against dengue fever. Plus, Lucy Kellaway tells us why we should fear getting too comfortable more than fear itself. Our guests are Shika Dalmia of the Reason Foundation joining us from Washington DC and Angela Mancini of Control Risks in Singapore.

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  • Business Matters: Has Wall Street beaten Washington? 13 Dec 14

    Sat, 13 Dec 14

    Duration:
    59 mins

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    The US Senate is set to vote on a $1.1tn budget which includes the controversial repeal of bank controls drawn up in the wake of the financial crisis. We get the view from the US and ask why complex financial products like derivatives are up for discussion in a national budget bill? We also hear from our reporter in Italy where workers have been out on general strike. They have been protesting against the government's attempts to change the country's labour laws. We find out about Rooney's Rule - and ask why a prominent black business leader is pushing to get an employment principle from the world of sports accepted in the world of business. We also get musical and chat to the composer Phil Kline - he is the brains behind the Unsilent Night phenomenon in the US. We are joined through-out the show by Colin Peacock from Radio New Zealand.

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  • Business Matters: Financing Jihadism 12 Dec 14

    Fri, 12 Dec 14

    Duration:
    56 mins

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    On Business Matters today we count the cost of jihadist violence and hear about the increasingly sophisticated ways groups like Islamic State and Boko Haram raise money. Russia's central bank has raised interest rates again as it desperately tries to stop its currency sliding. The country is suffering as the price of oil falls. We'll hear from Muscovites who are starting to feel the pinch. We're also looking at those books you buy but never finish. Donna Tartt's Pulitzer-winning novel The Goldfinch, for example, was completed by less than half of the British readers who downloaded it. Joining us on the show today - Eugene Puryear a political and environmental activist from Washington DC and Aaron Back, author of the Heard on the Street column for the Wall Street Journal in Hong Kong.

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