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 - Bank Fines August 22 2014

    Fri, 22 Aug 14

    Duration:
    58 mins

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    30 days remaining

    We look at the record fine imposed on Bank of America - and ask where the billions will go. Also, as Scotland gets ready to decide on independence, we ask what it means for Scottish women, and discover why they're more undecided than men. Also, as quiet falls on Ferguson after two weeks of violent protests, we ask what this means for post-racial America. And, most of us spend at least some time searching for ways of remembering all the passwords we need to get through modern life - we look at new help to assist in remembering them. All this is discussed with guests Nick Wood, a leader of political tours in London, and Alexis Goldstein, of the anti-capitalist pressure group The Other 98% in Washington

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  • Business Matters: The murder of James Foley 21 Aug 14

    Thu, 21 Aug 14

    Duration:
    56 mins

    Available:
    29 days remaining

    Roger Hearing is joined by Heather Timmons, Asia Correspondent for Quartz, and Nancy Marshall-Genzer, senior reporter for US business programme Marketplace. Along with writer and journalist, Sunny Hundal, and Haris Tarin, from the US-based Muslim Public Affairs Council, they're talking about the murder of US journalist James Foley and ask: given the widespread outrage at the sharing of the execution video on social media, should some things be off-limits online? We have a report from Scotland about how independence could affect the country's buoyant banking sector, and Juliana Liu joins us from Hong Kong for a look at all the latest business stories in the Asia Pacific region. Plus, we're joined by Zack Brown - the man who used KickStarter to raise money to buy a tub of potato salad. Initially hoping for just $10, Zack, whose middle name is Danger, has now raised $55,000 and plans to stage a potato salad-themed music festival in his home town of Columbus, Ohio.

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  • Business Matters: New protests in Ferguson 20 Aug 14

    Wed, 20 Aug 14

    Duration:
    56 mins

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    28 days remaining

    Two prominent citizens of Ferguson, Missouri join presenter Mark Whittaker to discuss how to tackle the racial tensions that split the city. Studio guest Professor Arun Sundararajan has relatives in the city and visits often. He gives us his personal perspective. As an academic at New York University's Stern Business School, his field of expertise is the sharing economy. He explains exactly what that is and why it can help us solve social and psychological problems. Michelle Fleury reports from New York, where sky high prices for sky high apartments have soared out of reach of Big Apple natives and right into the hands of Chinese multi-millionaires, who are snapping up Manhattan real estate for its investment potential. In Singapore, David Kuo talks about that $300 million fine for Standard Chartered Bank; from Beijing John Sudworth tells us about a damaging baby food recall for Heinz and the terrifying tale of the sleeping air traffic controllers.

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  • Business Matters: Mosul Dam Recaptured, 19 Aug 14

    Tue, 19 Aug 14

    Duration:
    59 mins

    Available:
    27 days remaining

    As Islamic State jihadists are driven from Iraq's Mosul dam, is it a turning point on the Tigris and can Isis be defeated? And President Obama sends his attorney general to try to calm racial tensions in Ferguson Missouri. Also, we see how the battle for hearts and minds in Scotland's independence referendum is also a war for wallets and cash. Chinese tourists are feeling unloved by Parisians, we'll find out why. And we have a report from Geneva, Switzerland into how the country is taking advantage of sanctions between Russia and the EU. Mark Whittaker's guests on Business Matters today are Alison van Digelen, who presents a radio programme in San Francisco called Fresh Dialogues and Song Seng Wun from CIMB Research in Singapore.

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  • Business Matters: Ukraine crisis takes dangerous twist 16 Aug 14

    Sat, 16 Aug 14

    Duration:
    56 mins

    Available:
    24 days remaining

    The crisis in Ukraine takes a potentially dangerous turn, with Kiev saying its forces attacked and partly destroyed a column of Russian armoured vehicles that entered Ukrainian territory overnight. But there's now open division in Europe over how to respond to the situation. In Britain, the new football Premier League season kicks off. But if you like catching the highlights online beware - football bosses are launching a crackdown on unofficial clips of action posted on social media. We ask the European vice president of Buzzfeed, Alan Hayward, whether the site's worth more than the Washington Post. And in our regular Friday news round-up we're joined by Oliver Ralph of the Financial Times newspaper in London and Simon Constable of the Wall Street Journal in New York. Plus, Kai Ryssdal from our sister programme in the US - Marketplace - tries 'choco-chicken'. And we're joined throughout by Peter Ryan, from ABC News in Sydney, Australia.

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  • Business Matters: "Devastation" of Missouri unrest 15 Aug 14

    Fri, 15 Aug 14

    Duration:
    56 mins

    Available:
    23 days remaining

    A trader in the Missouri town of Ferguson, which has been the scene of angry, racially charged protests, speaks of the devastation caused by looting. John Zisser, who owns Zisser Tyre and Auto, says his repair bill will be more than $100,000. We hear about the latest step towards a cure for jetlag, and take a look back on a century of the Panama Canal. Plus, we catch up with Hitchbot, a robot being carried across Canada by friendly motorists.

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  • Business Matters: $11bn Online Ad Fraud 14 Aug 14

    Thu, 14 Aug 14

    Duration:
    59 mins

    Available:
    22 days remaining

    As much as 50% of online ads are never viewed by humans, rather they're 'clicked' by bots - scam software designed to mimic human activity and defraud the advertisers. Ari Levenfeld from agency Rocket Fuel lifts the lid on a murky and complex world. Andrew Walker takes to the streets of London to explain the perils of deflation - now a threat in the Eurozone. Prize-winning author and journalist, and renowned Cuba expert Ann Louise Bardach joins us on Fidel Castro's 88th birthday to discuss the future of the isolated Caribbean island. Plus, Emma Ostergren joins us from Sweden to explain the thinking behind her firm Emma O Clothing, from which 60% of profit goes to its workers in Zimbabwe.

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  • Business Matters: Superfast trans-Pacific cable 13 Aug 14

    Wed, 13 Aug 14

    Duration:
    56 mins

    Available:
    21 days remaining

    Two thousand high definition movies per second - that's the speed of a new $300-million trans-Pacific cable to be laid by a Google-led consortium. Sebastian Anthony - senior editor at Extreme Tech - gives us the lowdown on the downloads. Rupert Hargreaves - tobacco industry expert at The Motley Fool - examines plans by Philip Morris to sue the British government over proposals to introduce plain packaging for cigarettes. Alan Johnson reports from Casal di Principe, south of Naples, where residents are making headway against fearsome mafia clan, the Camorra. Playwright and feminist writer Megan Stodel is in our London studio; former Federal Reserve official Andrew Huszar is at our New York bureau; Rahul Tandon joins us from the streets of Calcutta.

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  • Business Matters: Mexico Shakes Up Energy Sector

    Tue, 12 Aug 14

    Duration:
    56 mins

    Available:
    20 days remaining

    A brave new world of energy in Mexico as the government changes the law to let foreigners drill for oil and viral news site Buzzfeed gets substantial investment - we explore whether this good news for future of journalism. PLUS as internet shopping turns 20, reporter Elizabeth Hotson finds out how retailers lure in their on-line customers. From Beijing, we are joined by Tianjie Ma of Greenpeace China and from Washington, by Jared Meyer, policy analyst at the Manhattan Institute.

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  • Business Matters: US Airlines Banned From Flying Over Iraq

    Sat, 9 Aug 14

    Duration:
    59 mins

    Available:
    17 days remaining

    Airlines are ordered not to fly over Iraq as fighting there rages and the US starts bombings raids. A pair linked to GSK are sentenced to two and a half years in jail in China charged with trafficking personal data. Kenya is considering levying a windfall tax on mining and energy companies, but could the plan deter foreign investors. Taipan Resources is listed on the Toronto stock exchange in Canada and it is one of a few energy companies exploring for oil in the north east of Kenya. We hear from the company's chief executive, Max Birley. To discuss these topics and more, we are joined from New Zealand by Colin Peacock, presenter of the of "media-watch" at Radio New Zealand.

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