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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Recent episodes (10)

  • Business Matters: Yahoo to Offload Billions of Alibaba Shares 28 Jan 15

    Wed, 28 Jan 15

    Duration:
    57 mins

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    Yahoo is spinning off billions of dollars worth of its shares in one of the most valuable companies in the world. Why? And is it something to do with avoiding tax? Japan's foreign policy is in the spotlight after it became entangled in the plans of 'Islamic State'. We ask how this affects Japan's relationship with the Middle East. Apple releases financial results, which were strongly buoyed by sales in China. We ask if the forthcoming smartwatch Apple are due to release will catch on in places like Singapore, where high-end designer watches have clung on to wrist real estate for so long. Finally, with income inequality in the US still a big issue, we see how this materialises in feverish segregation within the education system. All this with our guests Noel King of US radio show Marketplace in Los Angeles, and Angela Manchini of Control Risks is in Singapore. Presented by Fergus Nicoll.

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  • Business Matters: Europe Reacts to Greek Election 27 Jan 15

    Tue, 27 Jan 15

    Duration:
    57 mins

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    Analysts across Europe consider Greece's future with a government pledged to anti-austerity measures. We hear from Lena Komileva, chief economist at G Plus Market Economics. Measles infections are on the rise in the United States. Dr Natasha Burgert in Kansas City, Missouri tells us the advice she gives to families undecided over whether to vaccinate their children. We follow #blizzardof2015 as it roles into the north-eastern US shutting transport systems and businesses and speak to Sabri Ben Ashour of Marketplace in New York before he hunkered down for the night. Mindfulness is the new buzz word and David Gelles from the New York Times has plenty to say on it in his new book "Mindful Work". The BBC's Cindy Sui joins us from Taipei with some advice on giving clocks as gifts in Chinese culture. And our guests throughout the show are David Kuo of The Motley Fool who is off-base in Beijing and Cecily McMillan of the Occupy movement who joins us from Atlanta.

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  • Business Matters: Greek Investor Fears Ahead of Election 24 Jan 15

    Sat, 24 Jan 15

    Duration:
    57 mins

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    Millions of Greeks are preparing to vote in this weekend's election, in a country where the economy has shrunk by a quarter since the financial crisis, while unemployment has soared as austerity measures hit people hard. Guy Johnson from Bloomberg and Stephen Fidddler, from the Wall Street Journal, help us look back at a week dominated by the European Central Bank deciding to print billions of euro, to kick start the region's ailing economies. Plus we ask why chicken wing lovers will be paying 30% more this year than they did last year to eat their favourite snack on Superbowl day in February. Our guest today is Professor Adrian Hearn, a expert at the University of Melbourne on economic integration around the pacific.

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  • Business Matters: Saudi King's Death and Legacy 23 Jan 15

    Fri, 23 Jan 15

    Duration:
    56 mins

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    As King Abdullah dies, we assess the changes he made to Saudi Arabia, and his alliance to the US. While parts of Africa begin a recovery from Ebola, we hear how local businesses have started trading again, but the long term economic repercussions are only beginning. Argentina's president claims that the man gathering evidence against her was murdered rather than committed suicide - we find out what this murky story has to do with oil. Should we be prepared for the collapse of North Korea? Expert Dr Jim Walsh tells us why we need to keep a look out for military and economic problems coming to a head in the country. Finally, how much artistic license should advertisers be given when promoting a product? We discuss the thin line between glamourising a product versus downright lying. Guests today are Tony Nash from Asia Now Consulting group in Singapore, and Professor Ann Lee from New York University. Presented by Roger Hearing.

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  • Business Matters: US Cuba Talks Could Lead to New Cuban Middle Class 22 Jan 15

    Thu, 22 Jan 15

    Duration:
    57 mins

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    The first round of talks begin in Havana, to implement a thawing of relations between the US and Cuba, with immigration and trade sanctions topping the bill. Microsoft has announced features of its latest software, which include holographic abilities - albeit to minimal applause. Is the famous gathering of world leaders in Davos - the World Economic Forum (WEF) - still relevant? Pop star Will.I.Am seems to think so, as he tells the BBC. Finally, we assess some of the financial world's biggest clerical errors, the latest being from JP Morgan, which has cost the company $1.5 billion. Guests today are Jose Martin, radical organizer and militant researcher - who's in New York and Simon Littlewood, President at Asia Now consulting group in Singapore. Presented by Roger Hearing.

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  • Business Matters: 'Tax Hikes Go After the Heartland of America' 21 Jan 15

    Wed, 21 Jan 15

    Duration:
    57 mins

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    We preview Obama's announcement on increasing taxes for the rich. Tax hikes however 'go after the heartland of America' by removing the incentive to earn more, says Terry Savage in a feisty critique of the president's upcoming State of the Union address. In London, a satirical play on tax havens is beginning its season - we speak to the director of 'Islands' to hear why he thinks he's helping Britain's Prime Minister in clamping down on tax evaders. Finally, Hong Kong has been declared as the most expensive place in the world to rent office space - a day after the world's most expensive residential blocks went on sale in New York. Property expert Rhiannon Bury explains the economics behind rocketing real estate value. Guests today are Paddy Hirsch from US radio programme Marketplace, and Vicky Mohieddeen of the Koryo Group in Beijing. Presented by Fergus Nicoll.

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  • Business Matters: Argentinian prosecutor found dead 20 Jan 15

    Tue, 20 Jan 15

    Duration:
    59 mins

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    The authorities in Argentina say an autopsy has shown no evidence that anyone else was involved in the death of prosecutor Alberto Nisman, who had criticised Argentina's president over a 1994 bombing attack in Buenos Aires. Also we hear about the Canadian indigenous tribes who've signed up with international partners to get investment for logging - can it be done with cultural sensitivity? Our regular commentator Lucy Kellaway of the Financial Times has been putting quite a lot of thought into whether workers need to spend more time thinking. On Martin Luther King Day, we hear from a former Mayor of Atlanta on the murdered civil rights leader's legacy.

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  • Biz Matters: Businesses go bust over Swiss Franc fallout, 17 Jan 14

    Sat, 17 Jan 15

    Duration:
    56 mins

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    Brokerage firms go bust after the Swiss Franc's dramatic rise. The US and UK agree to play together in new 'cyber-warfare games' aimed at sharing intelligence and security tactics. And China sends UN peacekeeping boots on the ground in South Sudan, to secure its oil investments there. Colin Peacock from Radio New Zealand joins from Wellington in New Zealand

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  • Biz Matters: Swiss shock as their currency soars, 16 Jan 15

    Fri, 16 Jan 15

    Duration:
    56 mins

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    The Swiss franc soared after the central bank removed the cap on its value against the euro. The Swiss National Bank also increased the amount investors have to pay to lend to the government. The Thai authorities have a plan now to get prisoners reaching the end of their sentences to work fishing boats - we hear from campaigners for an end to this practice. Google announces it will stop selling it's Google Glass device...for now. And we discuss the business implications of an aging population. Alison Van Diggelen, from Fresh Dialogues, joins from San Francisico in America, and Bloomberg's Nisid Hajari contributes from Singapore.

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  • Business Matters: Is Samsung trying to buy BlackBerry? 15 Jan 14

    Thu, 15 Jan 15

    Duration:
    57 mins

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    Rumours swirl that Samsung is trying to buy BlackBerry. Both companies have issued forms of denials but we discuss whether it would be a good move for the smartphone companies. The charity Survival International says people are being forcibly evicted from their homes in the Kanha Tiger Reserve in India. Kanha in Madhya Pradhesh was where Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book was set. We hear from Dr Jo Woodman who is campaigning on behalf of the tribespeople. Africa is set to enter its first ever team into the Tour de France. MTN-Qhubeka's team principle, the former Olympic cyclist Douglas Ryder, tells us he's excited about the team's prospects. Joining Roger Hearing on Business Matters tonight are Peter Morici from the University of Maryland in the US and Lily Kuo of Quartz magazine in Hong Kong. They'll be discussing all of these stories as well as entrepreneurship in their countries.

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