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: QE to end 18 Sep 14

    Thu, 18 Sep 14

    Duration:
    56 mins

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    30 days remaining

    Janet Yellen announces quantitative easing is to end in October. She also sounds a note of warning about Europe's extremely slow economic growth and low inflation. Our business correspondent Andrew Walker explains. We profile Jack Ma, the colourful and charismatic founder of Ali Baba, the Chinese online retailer that's bigger than Ebay and Amazon combined. Adriene Hill from our US sister programme Marketplace gives us the lowdown on big data in education, while Peggy Lui from JUCCCE explains why she's so passionate about the environment. Plus Michelle Fleury hits the grocery store to try out BuyPartisan, the new app that lets you know the political affiliations of the people behind the products you're buying.

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  • Business Matters: Obama Pledges $1 Billion to Battle Ebola 17 Sept 14

    Wed, 17 Sep 14

    Duration:
    56 mins

    Available:
    29 days remaining

    Is it too little too late? We hear a gripping account of what life is like on the ground in the African regions severely affected by Ebola, and the myths and stigmas surrounding the disease that prevent them from seeking treatment. Also, we have a heated discussion on Scottish independence. With just one day to go until Scotland votes on whether or not it wants to become independent from the rest of the UK, we address some hotly contested issues: which currency will Scotland use, and will Scotland's decision set a precedence for other areas vying for independence, like Quebec and Catalonia? Finally we look at breaking up 'bro-gramming' - the brotherhood of computer programming - to allow more women in to technology. All this with our guests Shikha Dalmia, Senior Policy Analyst at the free market think thank Reason in Washington, and David Kuo of the Motley Fool investment website in Singapore.

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  • Business Matters: Microsoft Buys Minecraft for $2.5 Billion 16 Sep 14

    Tue, 16 Sep 14

    Duration:
    56 mins

    Available:
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    We ask if the change in management will make a difference to either Microsoft or the makers of the popular computer game Minecraft. As India sees the launch of a new, cheap smartphone, we analyse why it's different to other phones. Also, the band U2 are offering their album for free to Apple users, but since then, a slew of advice has been released on how to delete the album. We ask if this partnership benefits Apple or U2 more. Lucy Kellaway of the Financial Times tells us about the perfect sales pitch, plus we look at the similarities of the Scottish independence issue to Quebec and India. All this with our guests Ralph Silva, an independent consultant in Toronto, and economist Song Seng Wun, of CIMB Research in Singapore.

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  • Business Matters: More sanctions on Russia 13 Sep 14

    Sat, 13 Sep 14

    Duration:
    56 mins

    Available:
    25 days remaining

    New sanctions covering Russian banks, defence and energy companies have been imposed by the United States and European Union over the conflict in Ukraine. We hear from Moscow based analyst Maria Lipman on what Russia's response could be. Plus the NFL cheerleaders fighting to be paid the minimum wage and the scientists who've succeeded in sequencing the DNA of the coffee bean. Presenter Lucy Burton is joined throughout the programme by Colin Peacock of Radio New Zealand.

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  • Business Matters: Catalans Demand Vote On Independence

    Fri, 12 Sep 14

    Duration:
    56 mins

    Available:
    24 days remaining

    Catalans demand the same chance as Scotland to vote on independence and Radio Shack under attack: the electronics retailer on the verge of bankruptcy. Atlantic City suffers an unprecedented jobs crisis as three major casinos are boarded up. PLUS as South Korea doubles the price of tobacco, we explore the Asian fascination with smoking and ask why it has taken the government so long to try to tackle the smoking problem. We are joined from Washington by our regular commentator Peter Morici and from Singapore, by Tony Nash.

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  • Business Matters: UN Says Recovery Is Not Working 11 Sep 14

    Thu, 11 Sep 14

    Duration:
    56 mins

    Available:
    23 days remaining

    The UN's key economic development agency says the global recovery isn't working AND Microsoft is reported to be about to spend $2bn on the video game Minecraft. How Ebola is threatening the West African cocoa crop, we have a sepcial report from Liberia. PLUS the strange story of an endangered bird that french chefs think should be on the menu for one weekend every year. We are joined throughout the programme by two guests on opposite sides of the pacific - David Kuo of the Motley Fool in Singapore and Dave Shaw of Marketplace in Washington.

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  • Business Matters: Apple Launches Smart Watch 10 Sep 14

    Wed, 10 Sep 14

    Duration:
    56 mins

    Available:
    22 days remaining

    Apple launches its much anticipated version of a smart watch. Dozens of countries are taking part in a simulation exercise testing their capacity to tackle a tsunami. The murder of four Peruvian tribal leaders is focussing new attention on the problem of deforestation in South America. We speak to a friend of one of the murdered men: the outspoken anti-logging activist Edwin Chota. AND the relationship between play and economic success: we speak to a charity that builds play spaces in some of the most deprived cities in the US. Ben Casselman, Chief Economics Writer at the website FiveThirtyEight.com joins us from New York and in Beijing, we're joined by Lijia Zhang, a writer, journalist, social commentator and public speaker.

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  • Business Matters: New Russia sanctions 09 Sep 14

    Tue, 9 Sep 14

    Duration:
    56 mins

    Available:
    21 days remaining

    As the European Council approves another package of sanctions against Russia, Ukrainian MP, Lesya Orobetz, tells us why the measures will have no effect in the short term. Scottish UNITE union representative Duncan McPhee explains why he's concerned that large British military contracts will no longer go to his local shipyard if the people of Scotland votes to become independent. Ahead of the iPhone 6 launch in California, Mashable's Lance Ulanof tells us why it can never live up to expectations. In our London studio, Colin McElwee from WorldReader.org, tells us why the people of Catalonia will be glued to social media on the day of Scotland's independence referendum. In Delhi, Jyoti Malhotra, senior writer at India Today magazine, tells us why the people of Kashmir will NOT be glued to social media on the day of Scotland's independence referendum. From Myanmar, Jonah Fisher updates us on the hunt for the world's largest bell, lost beneath the waters of the Yangon River in 1608.

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  • Business Matters: Ukraine Ceasefire Announced 6 Sep 14

    Sat, 6 Sep 14

    Duration:
    56 mins

    Available:
    18 days remaining

    A ceasefire has been agreed in Ukraine, as the EU weighs more sanctions against Russia. We analyse the impact of further economic sanctions on the Russian economy. The e-commerce giant AliBaba is headed for one of the largest share sales in history on the New York stock exchange - it could raise as much as 24 billion dollars. The BBC's Michelle Fleury explains why it is attracting so much investor attention. A new secure system to protect people doing online banking will use a scan of the veins in their finger to authenticate their identity. Barclays Bank tells World Business Report about its new technology and Robert Schifreen, a former hacker who is now a computer security consultant, gives us his opinion of the device. Plus we hear from the US secretary of commerce Penny Pritzker. From Melbourne, we are joined by Ross Garnaut from the faculty of business at the University of Melbourne

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  • Business Matters: Pussy Riot Launches Independent News Service 5 Sep 14

    Fri, 5 Sep 14

    Duration:
    56 mins

    Available:
    17 days remaining

    Pussy Riot's Nadya Tolokonnikova tells us about her pioneering news venture and oil giant BP is accused by a US judge of gross negligence over the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Plus, as toymaker Lego announces a giant leap in profits we explore the secret of its success. And in a first-of-its-kind study, an international team of neuroscientists and robotics engineers has demonstrated direct brain-to-brain communication in humans. Discussing these issues we are joined from Beijing, by Tianjie Ma of Greenpeace China and from Washington, by regular commentator Peter Morici.

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