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Mary-Ann Russon

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  1. Good Night

    BBC Testcard

    All good things must come to an end, and that's it from us for tonight.

    We'll be back bright and early at 06:00 on Friday with all the latest business news.

  2. Five thing about the Disney deal

    Andrew Neil

    Presenter, The Daily Politics

    Andrew Neil - before he became a BBC presenter - edited the Sunday Times under Rupert Murdoch and was the founding chairman at Sky.

    He's been sharing his thoughts about what's behind the Disney-Fox tie up.

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    Video caption: Disney-Fox: Five things it could mean
  3. Wall Street closes on a low

    Wall Street at Christmas

    Wall Street stocks have fallen, as investors worry about potential roadblocks to the Republicans' tax cut plan.

    The Dow Jones ended the day down 0.31% or 76 points lower at 24,509.07

    The S&P 500 is down 0.41% or 10 points at 2,652.01.

    And the tech-heavy Nasdaq has fallen 0.28% or 19 points to 6,856.53.

  4. More on Amazon driver row

    Amazon packages

    MPs Rachel Reeves and Frank Field have written to Amazon UK's managing director Douglas Gurr, regarding recent media reports that Amazon drivers are required to work at least 12 hours a day to keep up with delivery targets.

    This is despite the fact that UK law prohibits drivers from working over 11 hours a day.

    "We are also concerned about reports that couriers are receiving below the National Living Wage once their routine expenses are deducted," the MPs write in the letter to Mr Gurr.

    "Regardless of the formal status of couriers delivering on behalf of Amazon, we would welcome your confirmation that you are investigating these issues and ask that you inform us what actions you are taking to ensure that those couriers contracted to deliver on behalf of your company are working safely and receiving fair pay.

  5. World Bank arming cities against climate change

    Woman rescued during Houston floods

    The World Bank has set up a $4.5bn scheme to help 150 cities in developing countries keep their infrastructure and communities safe from wilder weather and rising sea levels.

    Many cities are struggling to pay for measures needed to guard residents and property from threats such as floods, storms and heatwaves, while improving housing and reducing inequality.

    The goal of the World Bank's City Resilience Program is to attract capital from heavyweight investors like pension funds, and to form partnerships with international and local companies.

  6. 'No evidence' that offshoring affects unemployment

    EU and British flags

    A study of almost 6,000 multinationals by three universities has found that the process of relocating part of a business to another country has no impact on unemployment.

    In fact, since the global financial crisis in 2007-08, the researchers from Warwick Business School, University of Wollongong and Aston University found offshoring led to an uplift in employment for the company on its home soil.

    “Unsubstantiated claims of loss of employment due to offshoring have played a part to the UK voting for Brexit and the rise of right wing protectionist governments across the world, so it is imperative that we have some proper evidence on the issue," said Warwick Business School's Professor Nigel Driffield.

    “Not only is there no evidence of a reduction in employment at home, but on the whole offshoring in these sectors led to an increase in employment at home, particularly after the financial crisis.”

  7. Trump supports Disney Fox deal

    Mickey Mouse

    The White House says that President Donald Trump backs Walt Disney's deal to buy the bulk of 21st Century Fox's business for $52.4bn.

    "I know that the president spoke with Rupert Murdoch earlier today, congratulated him on the deal and thinks that, to use one of the president's favorite words, that this could be a great thing for jobs and certainly looks forward to and hoping to see a lot more of those," White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters.

  8. Why is Rupert Murdoch selling 21st Century Fox?

    Rupert Murdoch

    Rupert Murdoch has given an interview with Sky News explaining why he's decided to sell 21st Century Fox.

    "I think this is returning to our roots, which is news and sports. It's the changing way people watch television these days. Sports and news is huge, but with series, people might watch them a week later, or watch a whole series a year later," he said.

    "And you've got all these big companies, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, investing in making scripted shows and putting up the costs...

    "I think it's strategically the right time and the right move."

  9. What is net neutrality?

    A meme of Morpheus from the Matrix

    Net neutrality is the principle that an internet service provider (ISP) should give consumers equal access to all legal content regardless of its source.

    To put it another way, if the networks which form the bedrock of the internet were a motorway, then under net neutrality, there wouldn't be fast lanes for cars and slow lanes for lorries. Motorists wouldn't be able to pay to use a faster route. All data regardless of its size, is on a level playing field.

    In practice what this means is that ISPs - the biggest ones in the US include Comcast, Charter and AT&T - cannot block content, speed up or slow down data from particular websites because they have been paid to do so.

    And they can't give preferential treatment to their own content at the expense of their competitors.

    Want to know more? Here's a full breakdown.

  10. Bitcoin buyers: Be ready to lose all your money

    Kamal Ahmed

    Economics editor


    The head of one of Britain's leading financial regulators has warned people to be ready to "lose all their money" if they invest in Bitcoin.

    Andrew Bailey, head of the Financial Conduct Authority, told the BBC that neither central banks nor the government stood behind the "currency" and therefore it was not a secure investment.

    Buying Bitcoin, he said, was similar to gambling - and had the same level of risk.

    Read Kamal's blog here.

  11. New York's Attorney General on the war path

    New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman

    New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says he is going to lead a multi-state legal challenge to the US Federal Communications Commission's vote to reverse landmark net neutrality rules from 2015.

    "Today’s new rule would enable ISPs to charge consumers more to access sites like Facebook and Twitter and give them the leverage to degrade high quality of video streaming until and unless somebody pays them more money. Even worse, today’s vote would enable ISPs to favor certain viewpoints over others," he said in a statement.

    "New Yorkers deserve the right to a free and open Internet. That’s why we will sue to stop the FCC’s illegal rollback of net neutrality."

  12. BreakingNet neutrality rules weakened by US regulator

    Dave Lee

    North America technology reporter

    Restrictions on US broadband providers' ability to prioritise one service's data over another are to be reduced after a vote by a regulator.

    The Federal Communications Commission split three to two in favour of changing the way "net neutrality" is governed.

    Internet service providers (ISPs) will now be allowed to speed up or slow down different companies' data, and charge consumers according to the services they access.

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    Video caption: What is net neutrality and how could it affect you
  13. Trump calls Murdoch ahead of Fox takeover

    Radio 4 PM

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    Video caption: Andrew Neil reveals President Trump called Rupert Murdoch for assurance over sale of firm

    Walt Disney has agreed to buy 21st Century Fox's entertainment assets for a total $52.4bn (£39bn).

    What does all this mean for Rupert Murdoch, his family and their influence in the UK?

    Andrew Neil was an important part of the Murdoch business empire as editor of the Sunday Times and helped set up Sky Television. He told Radio 4's PM programme it was a "watershed" moment.

    He also revealed that President Trump called Rupert Murdoch seeking assurances that Fox News would not be sold as part of the deal.

  14. Israeli drugmaker to cut 14,000 jobs

    Israel's Teva Pharmaceutical Industries has announced a restructuring plan that will see it cut 14,000 jobs worldwide, or 25% of its total workforce.

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  15. The pig farmer taking on Tesco

    Joshua Cheetham

    Business reporter

    Richard Baugh

    Richard Baugh's family have been raising pigs for three generations at Woodside Farm in rural Nottinghamshire.

    But Mr Baugh says he's been forced to change the name of his business after Tesco rebranded its own label pork products as "Woodside Farms".

    He's now threatening legal action if the supermarket giant doesn't drop its new branding.

    "What bothers me the most is it's not necessarily British food they're putting it on," says Mr Baugh, who's changed his business name to "Bofs Hogs" to differentiate it from Tesco.

    Read the full story here

  16. Reality Check

    Why is unemployment down but benefit claims up?

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    The unemployment figure we quote includes people who are out of work but not claiming benefits. But we can't say with confidence either that unemployment has fallen or that the number claiming out-of-work benefits has risen. Here's why.

    Yesterday's unemployment figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) suggested there were about 26,000 fewer people unemployed between August and October than there had been between May and July.

    That figure is based on a survey so there is a margin of error involved. The ONS is 95% confident that the figure for the change in unemployment was right to within plus or minus 77,000.

    As 26,000 is less than 77,000, we say that the fall in unemployment is not statistically significant.

    Yesterday's out-of-work benefit figures estimated that the number of claimants had risen 5,900 in November compared with October, but that needs to be taken with a pinch of salt because problems linked to the transition to Universal Credit means they have been downgraded to experimental statistics.

  17. BreakingMPs ask Amazon to investigate couriers' working hours

    Simon Gompertz

    BBC personal finance correspondent

    Rachel Reeves, chair for the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee, and Frank Field, chair for the Work and Pensions Committee, have asked Amazon to investigate reports that couriers are having to drive up to 12-14 hours without being given a break.

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  18. London ends on a low

    London Stock Exchange

    The FTSE 100 has closed down 0.65% or 48.4 points to 7,448.12, weighed down by losses among financial stocks.

    The index's biggest loser was Standard Life Aberdeen, down 3.27% to 413.5p, followed by Convatec Group down 3.1% to 202.9p, and Standard Chartered down 1.9% to 759.4p

    The FTSE 250 also ended down 0.27% to 20,006.27, pulled down by Capita, which saw a fall of 12.5% to 407.9p, PZ Cussons, down 5.1% to 311.1p, and Provident Financial, down 3.5% to 811p.