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: UN air safety summit 26 Jul 14

    Sat, 26 Jul 14

    Duration:
    56 mins

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    Alexandre de Juniac - chairman and chief executive of Air-France-KLM - discusses aviation safety with presenter Jon Bithrey. As fast food chains in Hong Kong and Japan suspend imports from the Shanghai factory at the centre of the China food safety scandal, the BBC's John Sudworth investigates the fallout. Chris Edwards from the Cato Institute and Harry Stein of the Center for American Progress discuss President Obama's drive to persuade US firms to pay more tax at home rather than paying it to foreign governments. And Anita Loughlan, resident of Melbourne and proprietor of Australia's very first cat café. All that plus Ross Garnaut - Distinguished Professor of Economics at the Australian National University - and Beyonce singing the Star Spangled Banner.

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  • Business Matters: Malaria vaccine by 2015 25 Jul 14

    Fri, 25 Jul 14

    Duration:
    56 mins

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    GSK submits a malaria vaccine to the European Medicines Agency. Experts say it could be available for distribution by late next year. Bill Gates tells the BBC incredible progress has been made but the disease keeps fighting back. The battle for Allah: Jennifer Pak investigates why many of Malaysia's muslims are demanding that the nation's christians stop using the Islamic word for god in their literature and songs. We meet the wealthy wine collectors who spent multi-million dollar fortunes on rare vintage reds only to discover they were fake. Will the book bite back? As Amazon launches it's Kindle Unlimited subscription service, we ask guests Jyoti Malhotra in Delhi and Ben Gilbert in New York if the paperback's days are numbered. And Bobby Flam - racial integration pioneer - joins us from Miami, where he has just closed the doors on the iconic Jumbo's Diner for the last time.

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  • Business Matters: UK arms trade controversy 24 Jul 14

    Thu, 24 Jul 14

    Duration:
    56 mins

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    As David Cameron describes France's proposed delivery of two helicopter carriers to Moscow as 'unthinkable', Andrew Dorman, Professor of International Security at Kings College, London, and Andrew Smith of Campaign Against Arms Trade join presenter Mark Whittaker in the studio to discuss the controversy surrounding Britain's own arms sales to Russia. In New Orleans, Sarah Baird from the Center for the New American Dream explains how her fellow countrymen can lead more fulfilling lives simply by working fewer hours and spending less money; and at our Singapore bureau, Simon Littlewood, President of the Asia Now Consulting Group, talks weapons, gambling and the day his hat was blown off in Aberdeen. All that plus how best to survive a tornado.

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  • Business Matters: Targetting Putin's 'cronies' 23 July 14

    Wed, 23 Jul 14

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    56 mins

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    The EU promises tougher sanctions on Russia and more of President Putin's 'cronies'. But just who are these multi-billionaire Russian oligarchs, and what is their relationship with the president? We ask Mark Hollingsworth, author of "Londongrad - From Russia with Cash." Plus, Indonesia welcomes its new president, Jakarta governor Joko Widodo, a man seen as marking a new break with the country's troubled past. And Glasgow gets set to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games, but what sort of economic legacy might the competition bring to the city? Throughout the programme Mark Whitaker is joined from New York by author and journalist Gordon Chang, and from Singapore by Angela Mancini, of Control Risks.

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  • Business Matters: MH17 'game-changer' for Dutch 22 July 14

    Tue, 22 Jul 14

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    56 mins

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    The Malaysia Airlines crash in Ukraine is a "game-changer" for Dutch attitudes towards Russia, according to one of the Netherlands' diplomatic experts. Jan Melissen, from the Clingendael Institute of International Relations, in The Hague, says the incident will force the country to take a much harsher stance towards Russia, regardless of the economic consequences. Fast-food giants McDonald's and KFC are at the centre of a food scare in China as one of their suppliers is shut down following reports it had been selling food that to a year out of date. The BBC's Karishma Vaswani gives an update on the race to become Indonesia's next president, and Shilpa Kannan reports from New Delhi on what economic benefit, if any, India got from staging the Commonwealth Games. We're also joined by Shikha Dalmia, a senior policy analyst at the Reason Foundation in Washington, and David Kuo from the website Motley Fool in Singapore. And we talk 'beard gardens' with the BBC's Phil Mercer in Sydney.

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  • Business Matters: Malaysia Airlines Questions 19 Jul 14

    Sat, 19 Jul 14

    Duration:
    50 mins

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    After the Malaysia Airlines disaster - the questions that need answers, including whether some airlines are willing to cut costs by taking riskier routes. Also,crisis in the ethanol industry in Brazil as the public goes back to petrol. And Professor Danny Samson from the Department of Management and Marketing at the University of Melbourne joins Roger Hearing to reflect on the main stories.

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  • Business Matters: Malaysia Airlines Crash 18 Jul 14

    Fri, 18 Jul 14

    Duration:
    56 mins

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    We get the latest witness and expert reaction to the Malaysia Airlines plane MH17 which has crashed over Ukraine. Plus, Microsoft announces it's cutting up to 18,000 jobs, with the majority of them going from handset maker Nokia. We ask what this says about the direction Microsoft is taking. Also, as Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott repeals the country's carbon tax, we discuss what the repercussions could be. Guests economist Peter Morici in Washington and Jyoti Malhotra Senior Writer with India Today in Delhi reflect on the latest news.

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  • Business Matters: Murdoch rebuffed 17 Jul 14

    Thu, 17 Jul 14

    Duration:
    56 mins

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    Paddy Hirsch from our US sister programme Marketplace discusses Rupert Murdoch's $80-billion offer for Time Warner and what it would mean for America's media landscape if the deal does eventually go ahead. In our Singapore bureau, Sunita Kaur, Managing Director of Spotify Asia, discusses the future of streaming and looks ahead to a world in which the physical - the CD, the vinyl, the book, the newspaper - becomes a thing of the past. Author and poet Marko Sijan joins us from Montreal, to talk about Amazon's proposed new subscription model for Kindle, and Cindy Sui in Taipei explains why there's such a furore over whether a tiny Taiwanese island should get a convenience store.

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  • Business Matters: BRICS bank 16 Jul 14

    Wed, 16 Jul 14

    Duration:
    56 mins

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    20 days remaining

    As the BRICS nations move to establish a $100 billion development bank, we ask if an alternative to the World Bank and IMF is really necessary. The rise and rise of coconut water: what has prompted the dramatic increase in it's popularity? Elizabeth Hotson explores the world of coffee and cycling, and presenter Roger Hearing harnesses his inner Elvis in conversation with Adam Fitzpatrick, multi-award winning tribute artist. David Kuo of The Motley Fool is in our Singapore bureau and joining us at our Washington studios is Brian Czech from the Center for the Advancement of the Steady State.

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  • Business Matters: US Child Migrant Crisis 15 Jul 14

    Tue, 15 Jul 14

    Duration:
    56 mins

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    19 days remaining

    Increasing numbers of children desperate to reach the US are walking alone across some of the most dangerous and lawless territory in the world. The BBC's Will Grant in Mexico City tells us what's driving them to leave central America. We hear from Western Australia where Phil Mercer tells us about how the city of Perth is defying a chronic lack of rain and warming temperatures. Also, Lucy Kellaway admits she doesn't have much patience with people who are overly familiar or falsely jolly in an attempt to sell you something. All this with our guests Barry Lynn, senior fellow at the New America Foundation in Washington and Revathy Ashok from the Bangalore Political Action Committee.

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