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: Russian opposition leader killed 28 Feb 15

    Sat, 28 Feb 15

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    The prominent Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov has been shot dead in central Moscow. We hear more about the circumstances of his killing from BBC Russian service editor Artyom Liss. Also we hear from the BBC's Sameer Hashmi in India, where the Modi government is about to unveil its first full budget. After a video purportedly from Islamic State showing the destruction of ancient statues in Iraq, we ask Christopher Ratté from the University of Michigan about how IS have sold other artefacts to fund their campaigns. Marketplace's Kai Rysdall talks crowdfunding and we have our review of the week's news in business. Finally we remember Leonard Nimoy, otherwise known as Mr Spock, who has died at the age of 83 and ask why the Star Trek franchise has endured. Joining presenter Roger Hearing live throughout the programme is Adrian Hearn from the University of Melbourne.

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  • Business Matters: US passes net neutrality rules 27 Feb 15

    Fri, 27 Feb 15

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    56 mins

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    The US communications watchdog votes for tougher internet regulation, upholding the principle of net neutrality. But the industry, which wants an extra charge for high-bandwidth users like Netflix or YouTube, has warned of lengthy legal challenges and cuts in infrastructure investment. We have a special report on one of Brazil's largest and most-admired companies, the oil firm Petrobras, and its dramatic fall from grace. The Indian government announces a $137bn investment in its railway network over the next five years - many say it's much needed. Lucy Kellaway of the Financial Times tells us what to do when we get a hiring decision badly wrong, and Alison van Diggelen, host of San Francisco radio programme Fresh Dialogues, explains the drive to encourage more women into tech industries. We're also joined throughout by Tony Nash, from Delta Economics, based in Singapore.

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  • Business Matters: 'Mystery' drones spark Paris alert 26 Feb 15

    Thu, 26 Feb 15

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    Paris authorities arrest three Al-Jazeera journalists for the alleged illegal flying of a drone in the city, but the origins of several other drones spotted over the French capital's major landmarks in recent days remain a mystery. We speak to Matternet, a Silicon Valley drone manufacturer, about the rules for their use. The clothing company Abercrombie and Fitch is facing a lawsuit from a woman who was refused a job there because of her headscarf - she alleges discrimination on the basis of religion, something the company denies. A Californian company says it's become the first online travel agency to allow flight bookings from the US to Cuba following the thaw in relations between the two countries, but travellers still face a number of hurdles. Plus, we're joined throughout the programme by Simon Anholt, a government policy advisor and creator of the Good Country Index, and David Moser, from Capital Normal University in Beijing.

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  • Business Matters: World markets hit record highs 25 Feb 15

    Wed, 25 Feb 15

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    Stock market records are broken on both sides of the Atlantic, with the Dow Jones and FTSE 100 reaching new highs, but is the bubble about to burst? Plus, China gets set to further tighten its control of the internet with new rules banning the use of pseudonyms on social media. We speak to a Harvard professor who has gone under cover to work out what the Chinese government is censoring and why. We go to the city of Bristol in the UK, awarded the title of European Green Capital for 2015, and ask whether rewards or punishments are better incentives for communities to go green. Plus, getting a degree level education can be a very expensive business, especially in the United States, but a handful of colleges offer heavy discounts on tuition fees to students who pay their way by working for their place of study.

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  • Business Matters: Greece reveals bailout reforms 24 Feb 15

    Tue, 24 Feb 15

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    Greece reveals an early summary of the economic reform package demanded of lenders in exchange for an extension of the country's bailout. The plan includes measures to combat tax evasion, corruption and the smuggling of fuel and tobacco. It will also address what the Greek government calls the "humanitarian crisis" caused by austerity. The US Department of Homeland Security is about to run out of money because of a political row over President Obama's immigration reforms, raising fears of a partial government shutdown. We have a series of special reports form Bristol, European Green Capital for 2015, on how the English city is coping with the environmental problems posed by a growing population. And we find out how mobile phones can be tracked to within 100 metres just from data about their battery usage. We're joined throughout by David Kuo of The Motley Fool website in Singapore and Shikha Dalmia of The Reason Foundation in Detroit.

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  • Business Matters: Greece agrees deal with eurozone 21 Feb 15

    Sat, 21 Feb 15

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    Eurozone finance ministers reached an agreement to extend Greece's financial rescue by four months. We get reaction from Vicky Pryce an economist at the Centre for Economics and Business Research in London. From Athens, we gage the Greek reaction to the deal with Journalist Yannis Palaiologos who writes for the Greek conservative leaning newspaper Kathimerini. We take a tour of one of the companies that has made costumes for many Oscar winning films PLUS we hear why the Les Paul Gibson guitar known as "Black Beauty" has sold at auction for $335,500. We are joined throughout the programme by Peter Ryan, business editor at ABC news in Sydney.

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  • Business Matters: 'Moscow is Recognising Ukraine Separatists as Rulers' 20 Feb 15

    Fri, 20 Feb 15

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    Russia is supplying Ukrainian separatists with gas. Our expert tells us that supplying energy amounts to aid to the region. Horrific conditions in an asylum refuge in Papua New Guinea have led to'self-harming and grossly unsanitary conditions'. Wal Mart has said it is going to raise the wages for almost half of its workers. We speak to the co-founder of US burger restaurant Moo Cluck Moo, Brian Parker, about why he pays his employees $15 an hour and why it's so important to stay well above the minimum wage. And this year's Oscars have been criticised for having a 'woeful lack' of Black actor nominations. We speak to Tony Whatley, a prolific YouTuber known as Black Critic Guy, who tells us about tokenism and bias in the Academy. All this with our guests Diana Furchtgott-Roth, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, and a columnist for RealClearMarkets.com in Washington, and Simon Littlewood from AsiaNow Consulting group, who is in the UK. Presented by Roger Hearing.

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  • Business Matters: Renewed Sanctions on Russia Will Hurt the US First 19 Feb 15

    Thu, 19 Feb 15

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    57 mins

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    The US says it needs to tighten sanctions against Russia, as the country hasn't fully adhered to its ceasefire announcement in Ukraine. Our expert tells us, however, that tighter sanctions may hurt the US first. Hundreds of thousands of people hold a silent protest in Argentina, despite the torrential rain, to express distrust in their government. We ask why the unexplained death of a prosecutor is tied with alleged shady deals between Argentina and Iran. It's not a happy new year in China for many. We find out how difficult the struggle to move about within the country is, and why some feel excluded from the celebrations. We hear about the dark side of the Rio Carnival: illegal gang money has historically funded many of the colourful displays and floats. We hear why the latest winner in the floats category is causing so much controversy. All this with our guests Peter Morici, an economist from the University of Maryland, and Mike Howe from Escape the City in the UK.

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  • Business Matters: 'Libya Is In a Worse State Than We Imagined' 18 Feb 15

    Wed, 18 Feb 15

    Duration:
    57 mins

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    Fighting between militias trying to occupy Libya is 'ruining' its economy. One expert tells us about the historic volatility of fighting surrounding the country's oil rigs. France's new economic reforms include extended Sunday opening hours for shops, and more commercial competition for lawyers - we find out why some people however are calling it 'undemocratic'. Climate change is being blamed for salty drinking water in Miami. As sea levels rise, people are noticing how their fundamental source of hydration might be making them more thirsty, not less. All this with our guests Mark Miller of Marketplace in Los Angeles and Vicky Mohieddeen of Electric Shadows in Beijing. Presented by Fergus Nicoll.

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  • Business Matters: Greek Financial Difficulty has 'Scarring Effect' 17 Feb 15

    Tue, 17 Feb 15

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    56 mins

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    Greece's rejection of new EU bailout conditions could 'leave scars'. One expert tells us the country, however, hasn't been doing as badly as many suggest. Disagreements between unions and managers at US West Coast ports mean a significant drop in trade for those businesses waiting for their goods. And what effect does a historic $10 million fine mean for Tour De France cyclist victor Lance Armstrong's brand, and those who sponsor him? All this with our guests David Kuo of The Motley Fool in Singapore and Cecily McMillan of the Occupy movement in Atlanta. Presented by Fergus Nicoll.

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