BBC World Business Report

BBC World Business Report

Analysis of the big global business and economic issues, as they affect consumers and investors. Broadcast on weekdays.

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  • WBR: Manchester United sacks manager David Moyes

    Tue, 22 Apr 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

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    30 days remaining

    One of Britain's leading football clubs has sacked its manager. We look at the financial problems facing the business. Plus, with European elections looming, why do so many EU citizens feel disconnected from their politicians?

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  • WBR: Moscow orders Ukrainian banks in Crimea to close.

    Mon, 21 Apr 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

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    29 days remaining

    Russia and Ukraine are blaming each other for breaching a mutual deal - so Moscow expels Ukrainian banks from the annexed Crimean peninsula. Also, a Chinese court has ordered a Japanese cargo ship to be impounded over alleged unpaid debts relating to the Second World War. We take a look at rebuilding efforts in Montserrat after a volcanic eruption 18 years ago. And a powdered version of alcohol - 'Palcohol' - has just been approved for sale in the US. Finally, Lucy Kellaway of the Financial Times talks about being constantly monitored at work

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  • WBR: China's Contaminated Farmland

    Fri, 18 Apr 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

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    26 days remaining

    A declassified Chinese government report shows that as much as a fifth of the country’s farmland is contaminated with toxins. We hear from Lucy Hornby of the Financial Times in Beijing and ask whether there is increasing concern amongst Chinese shoppers about the safety of their food. Also in the programme, the New York Auto Show rolls into town. Plus, a closer look at the effect a massive influx of Syrian refugees into Lebanon is having on rent prices in the country’s capital, Beirut.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 17 Mar 14

    Fri, 18 Apr 14

    Duration:
    3 mins

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    25 days remaining

    We get the latest on the US financial markets from Cary Leahy of Decision Economics.

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  • WBR: Anglo Irish Bankers Convicted 17 Apr 14

    Thu, 17 Apr 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

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    25 days remaining

    After years of austerity how are the people of Ireland reacting to the fact that a court has found two former executives of Anglo-Irish Bank guilty of orchestrating a secret and illegal scheme to lend money to a select group of rich people? Also, shares in the Chinese company Weibo have received a lukewarm reception from investors as the Chinese microblogging site makes it debut on the NASDAQ. Taiwan has banned the catching, selling and eating of dolphins for more than 20 years after it faced international pressure for dolphin hunting. But recent cases have shown that there is still an active blackmarket trade in dolphin meat.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 16 Apr 14

    Thu, 17 Apr 14

    Duration:
    8 mins

    Available:
    24 days remaining

    The former chairman of Ireland's collapsed Anglo Irish Bank is cleared of illegal lending - we get the full story on the complex trial from Diarmaid Fleming in Dublin. Plus, all the latest from Wall Street with Robert Brusca of Fact and Opinion Economics.

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  • WBR:Ukraine:How likely are further sanctions against Russia?

    Wed, 16 Apr 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

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    24 days remaining

    On the eve of crisis talks about the crisis in Ukraine we look at the West's options. And the boss of the retail giant Tesco tells us about his hopes for China. Plus, British Airways starts using bio fuel in some of its aircraft. And finally, why has the city of Brussels banned the popular transport service Uber?

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 15 Apr 14

    Wed, 16 Apr 14

    Duration:
    3 mins

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    23 days remaining

    We get the latest on the US markets from Peter Jankovskis of Oakbrook Investments.

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  • WBR: Ukraine:The Media War

    Tue, 15 Apr 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Available:
    23 days remaining

    All sides in the conflict are alleging media bias. We look at the view from Russia. And we look at why China's economy seems to be slowing. Also in the programme: the conflict over 'conflict minerals' in the United States. Finally we examine some new research suggesting that we should be standing in the office rather than sitting at our desks.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 14 Apr 2014

    Tue, 15 Apr 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Available:
    22 days remaining

    The EU announces further sanctions on Russia following a meeting in Luxembourg today - we ask what effect this will have on the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. We mull over Google’s plans to buy drone-maker Titan Aerospace with technology journalist Rupert Goodwins. Plus, all the latest from Wall Street with Joe Saluzzi of Themis Trading.

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  • WBR: EU Summit on Ukraine

    Mon, 14 Apr 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Available:
    22 days remaining

    EU foreign ministers are meeting in Brussels to discuss the next steps on Ukraine. We speak to Chris Weafer of Moscow based consultants Macro Advisory. And with Glencore Xtrata selling its stake in the Las Bambas copper mine in Peru to a Chinese consortium for nearly $6bn, we ask why is China so desperate for copper? Also in the programme: there's a new type of radio coming. It's called digital shortwave and promises to deliver high quality audio over huge areas.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 11 Apr 14

    Sat, 12 Apr 14

    Duration:
    3 mins

    Available:
    19 days remaining

    Cary Leahy from Decision Economics gives us a round up of what's been a tough week for US financial markets.

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  • WBR: Food enough for Africa? 11 Apr 14

    Fri, 11 Apr 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

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    19 days remaining

    We look at the issue of food production in Africa. Should the continent's farmers be concentrating on growing enough for themselves, or should they be putting produce on the tables of the developed world? The New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition is seen by some as a great bolstering of investment for Africa's agriculture. Others see it as little short of a land grab by multinational companies. We talk to Greg Page, the president and chief executive of the global food giant Cargill. And on the opposite side of the debate we speak to Nick Dearden, a director of the World Development Movement. Also, why shopping malls in the United States are losing their appeal to the younger generation.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 10 Apr 14

    Thu, 10 Apr 14

    Duration:
    3 mins

    Available:
    18 days remaining

    Chris Low of FTN Financial reports on a dramatic day on the US Markets.

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  • WBR: Tamiflu branded a massive waste of money, 10 Apr 14

    Thu, 10 Apr 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Available:
    18 days remaining

    A new report claims the swine flu drug Tamiflu, is no more effective than paracetamol. We speak to one of the authors of the study and a scientist from the company that makes it. Also in the programme: day three of the world’s biggest election. And a closer look at apps for health and fitness – how effective are they and do they need to be regulated?

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 9 Apr 14

    Wed, 9 Apr 14

    Duration:
    4 mins

    Available:
    17 days remaining

    Joe Saluzzi at Themis Trading in New Jersey discusses the Federal Reserve’s decision to keep interest rates the same for another year.

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  • WBR: Greece plans return to bond markets 09 April 14

    Wed, 9 Apr 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Available:
    17 days remaining

    On Thursday, after six years of recession Greece will attempt to raise $3,5bn. We hear from noted Greek economist Yanis Varoufakis. Also in the programme: what to do about a scary security bug called heartbleed. And a closer look at why the world's biggest consumer products company, Procter and Gamble has announced that from 2020, no forests will have been harmed in the production of its palm oil.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update, 08 Apr 14

    Tue, 8 Apr 14

    Duration:
    3 mins

    Available:
    16 days remaining

    Peter Jankovskis from Oakbrook Investments in Chigaco reports on the day's market activity.

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  • WBR: Tensions Rise In Ukraine

    Tue, 8 Apr 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Available:
    16 days remaining

    As tensions in Ukraine deepen, we speak to a business owner in the city of Donetsk to find out how people on the ground are feeling. Also, economist Roger Bootle helps us take a closer look at just how much power Russian gas has over Ukraine. And, Spain's parliament votes on whether to allow the Catalonia region to become independent. Also in the programme: the Scottish city of Glasgow has controversial plans to demolish a cluster of apartment tower blocks as part of the opening ceremony to the Commonwealth Games. We speak to the son of the architect who designed the flats about what he thinks of the decision.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 7 Apr 14

    Mon, 7 Apr 14

    Duration:
    4 mins

    Available:
    15 days remaining

    Chris Lowe of FTN Financial in New York tells us why some technology stocks are seeing their stock value questioned.

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  • WBR: World's biggest election is underway 07 April 14

    Mon, 7 Apr 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Available:
    15 days remaining

    Voting has started in the world's largest democracy. Plus, after rebasing its GDP - changing the way it is measured - Nigeria's economy is now Africa's biggest. We look at the role of the country's film industry in its economic development. Also in the programme, we mark the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 04 Apr 14

    Fri, 4 Apr 14

    Duration:
    3 mins

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    12 days remaining

    Doug McIntyre from 24/7 Wall Street talks us through the US markets on a day when tech stocks took a hammering.

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  • WBR: Afghanistan prepares to vote, 04 Apr 14

    Fri, 4 Apr 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

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    12 days remaining

    As Taliban threats loom on the imminent elections in Afghanistan, author Noah Coburn discusses the huge economic and political challenges facing the future president. As hundreds of Cambodian garment workers are taken ill, we ask if it is poor factory ventilation or simply lack of basic food that is to blame. And co-founder of Pixar Ed Catmull talks about his new book "Creativity: overcoming the unseen forces that stand in the way of true inspiration" as well as spilling the beans on early Pixar investor Steve Jobs.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 03 Apr 14

    Thu, 3 Apr 14

    Duration:
    7 mins

    Available:
    11 days remaining

    Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich resigns barely a week after taking the job, Michelle Fleury explains why he left. Plus Chris Low from FTN Financial gives us the latest from the Wall Street markets.

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  • WBR: Europe votes for 'Net Neutrality', 02 March 14

    Thu, 3 Apr 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Available:
    11 days remaining

    MEPS have voted in favour of a law that prevents Internet Service Providers from paying a premium to have their services delivered more quickly to consumers. The online takeaway service Just Eat makes its share market debut today in London: the service operates in 13 countries and has been valued at 2.5 billion dollars. As 7 million people sign up for Obamacare this week, economist Irwin Stelzer explores whether or not it has been a success AND the world of sleep and work: Forbes journalist Michael Thomsen argues that sleep deprivation in the technology industry is to blame 3 out of every 4 start-up failures. He argues his case against computer programmer Swizec Teller - author of 'Why Programmers Work at Night'.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 02 Apr 14

    Wed, 2 Apr 14

    Duration:
    3 mins

    Available:
    10 days remaining

    Peter Jankovskis from Oakbrook Investments in Chicago reports on a good day for the markets.

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  • WBR: Paying too high a price for high frequency trading? 2 April 14

    Wed, 2 Apr 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Available:
    10 days remaining

    We look at the mysterious and controversial world of ultra fast computer trading. Also a pilots' strike has grounded Lufthansa. And we look at a charity trying to help refugees in the Middle East and Africa by getting them to make kaftans.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 01 Apr 14

    Tue, 1 Apr 14

    Duration:
    12 mins

    Available:
    9 days remaining

    General Motors' new chief executive, Mary Barra, has faced her first day of questioning by the US Congress in relation to a fault with the ignition switches on some models. Officials claim the fault led to 13 deaths and has caused GM to recall more than two and a half million vehicles. Chris Low from FTN Financial in New York watched Wall Street's reaction to the testimonies on Capitol Hill.

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  • WBR: GM Faces Congress Over Recall 1 Apr 14

    Tue, 1 Apr 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Available:
    9 days remaining

    General Motors' new CEO Mary Barra faces Congress over who's to blame for at least 13 deaths. Also in the programme: Russian energy giant Gazprom announces a 40% price increase for Ukrainian customers. And why python farming is the way to go if you want a sustainable supply of hand bags.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 31 Mar 14

    Mon, 31 Mar 14

    Duration:
    7 mins

    Available:
    8 days remaining

    As French president Francois Hollande announces Manuel Vall as his new prime minister, we ask what changes can we expect to the sickly French economy. Plus Jim Lebenthal from Lebenthal Asset Management in New York brings us the news from the markets in the US.

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  • WBR: Paying the Price for Climate Change 31 March 14

    Mon, 31 Mar 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Available:
    8 days remaining

    A new UN report says impact of climate change will be "severe, pervasive and irreversible". We hear from those already suffering those consequences - Benjamin Fiafor of Farm Radio in Ghana talks about the problems local farmers are facing. Dr Colin Brown is director of engineering at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in London and talks about the challenges faced by those trying to come up with solutions to climate change. Also in the programme: Britain and Germany to become Chinese currency trading hubs. And our regular commentator Lucy Kellaway tells us why treating your office like a family may actually be a really bad idea

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 28 Mar 14

    Fri, 28 Mar 14

    Duration:
    3 mins

    Available:
    5 days remaining

    Doug McIntyre from 24/7 Wall Street brings us Friday's news from Wall Street.

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  • WBR: Fat to Fit 28 Mar 14

    Fri, 28 Mar 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Available:
    5 days remaining

    Is exercise the best way to shed the pounds? In the last of our special series on obesity, we ask what governments can do to encourage more physical activity. We hear from the mayor of Oklahoma City, Mick Cornett, who re-engineered the city to put the interests of pedestrians before cars. We go to Brazil to find out how they're getting people moving in the run up to the Olympics. What role will new technology play in helping keep us all on target? Plus, can colours, smells and sounds persuade us that the food we're eating is sweeter than it really is? The new science of neurogastronomy.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 27 Mar 14

    Thu, 27 Mar 14

    Duration:
    3 mins

    Available:
    4 days remaining

    Today was a bad day for shares in one of America's biggest banks, Citigroup. We get that story and more of what happened on Wall Street from Robert Brusca at Fact and Opinion Economics.

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  • WBR: Can We Trust Food Co's to Tackle Obesity? 27 Mar 14

    Thu, 27 Mar 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Available:
    4 days remaining

    Can we trust food companies to tackle obesity - or do governments need to do more? We hear both sides of the argument: those who think the industry is doing its bit to help consumers cut calories, and also from those who claim firms are flooding developing countries with high-sugar, high-fat food and drink. We also take a look inside a Kellogg's factory. Plus, what the IMF bailout means for the people of Ukraine - it may stave off bankruptcy but individuals could face increased hardship.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 26 Mar 14

    Wed, 26 Mar 14

    Duration:
    2 mins

    Available:
    3 days remaining

    We take a break from our focus on obesity to find out what's been happening on Wall Street from Cary Leahy of Decision Economics.

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  • WBR: Is Organic Food the Antidote to Obesity? 26 Mar 14

    Wed, 26 Mar 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Available:
    3 days remaining

    The economic costs of obesity are soaring. We may need some radical change. In the East of England, we look at ways organic farming is changing and speak to organic food enthusiast Peter Melchett, policy director of the Soil Association. We also question whether we need to shorten the supply chain and bring people closer to the origin of their food. All this with Tim Lang, Professor of Food Policy at City University London, and Andrew Opie from the British Retail Consortium, which represents supermarkets in the UK.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 25 Mar 14

    Tue, 25 Mar 14

    Duration:
    3 mins

    Available:
    2 days remaining

    We get the latest on the financial markets from Peter Jankovskis of Oakbrook Investment in Chicago.

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  • WBR: Taxing The Fat 25 Mar 14

    Tue, 25 Mar 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Available:
    2 days remaining

    Should we tax food that's bad for us? We hear from our reporter Marie Keyworth about Denmark's fat tax experiment and ask whether such a system could work anywhere else. Sam Rowe of UNESDA represents the European soft drinks industry and gives us her take. She debates with Dr Kelly Brownell, Dean of Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University in North Carolina. Finally, we take a critical look at how effective it is to use the law to force people away from unhealthy eating, with Marion Nestle from Food Politics in the US.

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  • WBR: Wall Street Update 24 Mar 14

    Mon, 24 Mar 14

    Duration:
    5 mins

    Available:
    1 day remaining

    Chris Low of FTN Financial brings us up to date on Wall Street, as well as his thoughts on obesity in the US.

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  • WBR: The Cost of Obesity 24 Mar 14

    Mon, 24 Mar 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Available:
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    We examine the cost of obesity and different policies aimed at cutting it down. We hear reports from China and India as well as an interview with Paul Bulcke the CEO of Nestle. We also speak to Dr. Francesco Branca, Director of Nutrition for Health and Development at the World Health Organisation.

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