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THE BOTTOM LINE
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The Bottom Line
Saturday 5.30-6.00pm
The Bottom Line
Insight into business from the people at the top
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5 July 2008
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Evan Davis
This week’s programme looks at leisure time and integrating after mergers.
It might not seem like it, but on average we have more leisure time than we used to. Time spent at work has been trending down slightly since the mid-90s, and that combined with flexible hours mean that we have more time to spend on things we enjoy outside of work.

This week on the programme we bring together executives who try to capture our free time with digital television, broadband internet, gambling, drinking and more – among other things, we find out how they’re faring in an economic slowdown.

Another thing our guests have in common is experience in integrating companies after mergers and acquisitions. Marrying two companies isn’t always easy, but we’ll find out how the guests on our panel try to avoid a clash of corporate cultures.

Our guests this week:

Neil Berkett
Chief executive, VirginMedia

Neil Goulden
Chief executive, Gala Coral

Benet Slay
Managing Director, Diageo Great Britain
About the programme

The Bottom Line cuts through confusion, statistics and spin to give you a clearer view of the business world through discussion with people running leading and emerging companies.
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