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Gibson Guitars, VIP Gambling, Carillion Pensions

Consumer news and issues. How going acoustic is driving the sales of the guitar manufacturer, Gibson, after the firm fell into financial difficulties.

The gambling regulator says online betting firms must make big changes to how they interact with gamblers who are being made VIP members. The Gambling Commission says in a new report that interactions between companies and customers mostly encourage gamblers to spend more, rather than checking a customer's background and their welfare. We speak to new Gambling Commission Chief Executive, Neil McArthur.

A new comedy show called Stath Lets Flats on Channel 4 follows the life of an incompetent lettings agent trying to rent out pokey London flats. We speak to the star and writer, Jamie Demetriou, about how he found comedy in the London property market.

Gibson guitars fell into financial trouble earlier this year. At first it was reported that it was because Rock and Indie were falling out of favour with young people, but guitar sales globally are strong - so what really caused the problems? Our reporter Simon Hoban has been finding out.

This week, the Pension Regulator announced it was investigating whether it could pursue the Directors of outsourcing firm Carillion and make them contribute the £800 million pension deficit. We speak to a pension holder who's lost out, plus Neil Walsh, pensions expert at the Prospect union.

Big screen television sales are rising and are being bolstered by the World Cup. But are some of us tempted by the cheaper prices of the big screens that we're our living rooms are bigger than they really are?

Presenter: Peter White
Producer: Lydia Thomas.

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45 minutes


  • VIP Gambling

    Are online gambling sites doing enough to protect VIP members?

    Duration: 08:14

  • Stath Lets Flats

    A new Channel 4 comedy about a London estate agent.

    Duration: 06:00

  • Poundworld

    Former Poundworld boss wants to buy back his old company.

    Duration: 04:11

  • Gibson Guitars

    Have we seen the end of the electric guitar?

    Duration: 07:31

  • Big Screen TVs

    Sales of big screen TVs have risen up to 400% with some retailers, we find out why.

    Duration: 05:35

  • Carillion

    Should the former Directors of Carillion be forced to contribute to its pensions fund?

    Duration: 07:02


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