Business Matters



Global business news, with live guests and contributions from Asia and the USA.


  • What’s on the agenda at COP28?

    30/11/2023 Duração: 50min

    The COP28 summit will see world leaders from around the world discuss tackling climate change. Our presenter Rahul Tandon looks at what is on the agenda and speaks to people directly affected.Footballer Cristiano Ronaldo is being sued for $1bn after promoting a range of NFTs for Binance. We get the latest from our correspondent in the US. And is a flag important to a country’s economy? We look at the country of Kyrgyzstan as they have recently filed a bill to change the image of their flag.(Picture: 'Cop28 UAE' logo is displayed on the screen during the opening ceremony of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) Credit: Reuters)

  • Tributes to investment guru Charlie Munger who’s died aged 99

    29/11/2023 Duração: 49min

    Investment guru Charlie Munger has died at the age of 99 - our presenter Rahul Tandon looks back at his legacy.We also take you to India where 41 construction workers trapped for 17 days in a tunnel in the Himalayas have finally been rescued. We find out if the pace of development in the area is too quick.And are you miserable at work? We speak to an expert on why so many of us are depressed with our jobs.(Picture: Berkshire Hathaway Vice Chair Charlie Munger arrives to begin the company's annual meeting in Omaha May 4, 2013. Credit: Reuters)

  • Internet boss says AI consequences ‘unimaginable’

    28/11/2023 Duração: 50min

    Roger Hearing talks to Mitchell Baker the CEO of Mozilla, one of the oldest and most influential internet institutions about her hopes and fears over AI.He also delves into just how much shoppers in the US spent on this Cyber Monday/Black Friday weekend. And we find about New Zealand scrapping its plans to phase out smoking altogether.

  • Will shoppers spend big this Black Friday?

    25/11/2023 Duração: 51min

    It's time for one of America's favourite shopping days. A record 130 million people were expected to shop in stores and online in the U.S. this Black Friday - according to the country's National Retail Federation.But forecasters had predicted the cost of living pressures on households would result in a more subdued day of spending compared to previous years. So how are things panning out?(Picture: A retail store on Black Friday. Picture credit: Getty Images)

  • Ecuador: Business heir Daniel Noboa sworn in as president

    24/11/2023 Duração: 50min

    35-year-old heir to a banana business empire Daniel Noboa has been sworn in as Ecuador’s new president, with a promise to create jobs and curb violence in a country gripped by a bloody drug war.Mr Noboa holds a degree in business administration from New York University and three master’s degrees, from Harvard, Northwestern and George Washington universities. He intends to bring order to the country and stop the violence. However, it is not clear what economic reforms the new president is preparing.And in North Queensland town of Karumba Australia, thousands of rats have swept up on beaches, overwhelming residents.(Picture: President Daniel Noboa Takes Office in Ecuador. Picture credit: Getty Images)

  • Populist Geert Wilders set for victory in Dutch election

    23/11/2023 Duração: 50min

    The veteran anti-Islam leader of the Freedom party pledged to cut immigration and help people who are facing high utility bills and food prices. An IPSOS exit poll indicate that this PVV party has clearly won the most seats in the snap general election. Sam Fenwick gets reaction live from the Netherlands, and discusses more business news from around the world with Walter Todd, president and chief investment officer Greenwood Capital in South Carolina and Rachel Pupazzoni, Business Reporter ABC News in Australia. (Dutch far-right politician and leader of the PVV party, Geert Wilders reacts to the exit poll and early results in the Dutch parliamentary elections, in The Hague, Netherlands November 22, 2023. Credit: REUTERS/Yves Herman)

  • Crypto boss guilty of money laundering

    22/11/2023 Duração: 50min

    The founder of the world's largest cryptocurrency exchange, Binance, has stepped down and agreed to plead guilty to federal money laundering charges in the United States. The US Justice Department said Binance prioritized its "profits over the safety of the American people" and became the largest crypto exchange "in part because of the crimes it committed." Sam Fenwick gets reaction to the ruling and more business stories from around the world with Andy Xie, independent economist in Shanghai and Rachel Premack, Editorial director at FreightWaves, in New York. (Picture: Zhao Changpeng, founder and chief executive officer of Binance speaks during an event in Athens, Greece, November 25, 2022. Credit: REUTERS/Costas Baltas/File Photo)

  • OpenAI employees sign resignation letter

    21/11/2023 Duração: 50min

    Following the sacking of CEO Sam Altman on Friday, hundreds of members of staff have threatened to resign unless he is reinstated. Despite being offered a job at Microsoft, their CEO has suggested Altman could go back to Open AI; Microsoft shares rose on the news he could be joining the company. Sam Fenwick picks over the comings and goings, and more business news from around the world with Peter Morici, Economist at the University of Maryland in the United States, and Sushma Ramachandran, an independent business journalist and columnist for The Tribune newspaper joining us from Delhi. (Picture: A keyboard is placed in front of a displayed OpenAI logo in this illustration taken February 21, 2023. Credit: REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo)

  • ChatGPT maker OpenAI ousts CEO Sam Altman

    18/11/2023 Duração: 50min

    Sam Altman, the head of artificial intelligence firm OpenAI, has been ousted by the company's board, which said it had lost confidence in his ability to lead the company. We look at what this means for the company going forward and who will be replacing him? It was announced that Amazon will lay off hundreds of employees in its Alexa division. We look at why Amazon is moving its resources towards AI and away from its Alexa smart speaker. And Canada's capital city Ottawa was once branded 'the city that fun forgot.' But plans are in place to change that. We hear how the city is hoping to hire a 'nightlife tzar'. Our presenter Roger Hearing will be discussing these topics alongside guests Andy Uhler and Salve Duplito.

  • Amazon to start selling cars from next year

    17/11/2023 Duração: 50min

    Buyers in the US will be able to browse and purchase vehicles from dealers on Amazon starting from next yea. We hear if consumers are likely to buy a Hyundai car alongside their online shopping basket and why this deal will change the way we purchase cars going forward. We take a look at the aftermath of that meeting between Joe Biden and Xi Jinping. Is anything going to change in the somewhat icy trade relations? And the UK luxury chocolatier Hotel Chocolat has been sold to the US confectionary giant Mars for $660 million. We find out why this deal has raised some eyebrows and if Mars can help the brand conquer the US. (Picture: Hyundai unveils the 2024 Santa Fe XRT during AutoMobility LA at the LA Convention Center in Los Angeles, California. Credit: EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

  • Joe Biden and Xi Jinping meet in effort to stabilise relations

    16/11/2023 Duração: 50min

    US President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping met in San Francisco, California to discuss relations between the two countries, which deteriorated earlier this year. They agreed to restore high-level military communication and take steps to curb fentanyl production. We find out what this means for the two superpowers going forward. And the union representing thousands of Starbucks workers in the US will stage a walkout on one of the coffee chain's busiest days of the year. We get the latest from a Starbucks worker in the US. (Picture: U.S. President Joe Biden meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the side-lines of APEC summit, in Woodside. Credit: Reuters)

  • What could come out of Xi and Biden's APEC talks?

    15/11/2023 Duração: 51min

    The presidents of the US and China are meeting in person for the first time in a year, at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation group summit in San Francisco. We consider what could be on the agenda. Sales of electric vehicles remain strong despite the reduction in public incentives to buy them. We find out why. And we go to Wales to hear how the rise in shoplifting incidents is impacting a supermarket chain. Rahul Tandon discusses these and more business stories with two guests on opposite sides of the world: NPR's Emily Feng in Taipei and Cleo Capital's managing director Sarah Kunst in San Francisco. (Picture: U.S. President Joe Biden shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping as they meet on the sidelines of the G20 leaders' summit in Bali, Indonesia, November 14, 2022.Picture credit: Reuters)

  • Countries meet in Kenya to negotiate a plastic pollution treaty

    14/11/2023 Duração: 50min

    The agreement could be the first of its kind, but how easy will it be to reach a consensus? Donald Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr. has appeared in court as part of a civil case against the former US president. Our reporter in New York was watching proceedings. And a researcher tells us why employees find Zoom meetings boring, and what managers can do to make them more engaging. Rahul Tandon discusses these and more business stories with two guests on opposite sides of the world: Kimberly Adams from Marketplace, in Washington DC, and Han Lin who is China Country Head at the Asia group, in Shanghai. (Picture: Employees sort plastic bottles at the Weeco plastic recycling factory at the Athi River industrial zone near Nairobi, Kenya, May 15, 2019. Picture credit: Reuters)

  • French President Macron calls on Israel to stop killing Gaza's women and babies

    11/11/2023 Duração: 49min

    On Thursday, the French President, Emmanuel Macron, hosted a conference in Paris aimed at co-ordinating aid for Gaza. Today, BBC Europe editor Katya Adler, has been speaking to him. She started by asking Mr Macron about his reaction to the Hamas attacks in southern Israel on 7th October, which killed at least 1,200 people, and the Israeli response, which the Hamas-run authorities in Gaza say has left more than 11,000 people dead. We also will talk about the meeting between US and China leaders - Joe Biden and Xi Jinping. And we will discuss the spending power during Diwali celebration. (Picture: French President, Emmanuel Macron Picture credit: BBC)

  • With actors set to return to work, how diverse is Hollywood?

    10/11/2023 Duração: 50min

    The 10th annual Hollywood Diversity report says top TV shows are improving representation. Also, the US says Israel will make a daily pause in the fighting in Gaza for four hours. Plus, if being micromanaged is bad for your health, what makes for a good boss? And a Texas steakhouse chef on why beef prices are reaching record levels. Rahul Tandon is joined throughout the show by Dante Disparte, Head of Global Policy for Circle, a financial technology firm in Washington DC, and Mehmal Sarfraz, a journalist and co-founder of the news website in Lahore, Pakistan. (Picture: ISRAEL-PALESTINIAN-CONFLICT. Picture credit: Getty Images)

  • Republicans tussle in Presidential candidate debate

    09/11/2023 Duração: 49min

    With less than 12 months to go until the US presidential election, five Republican candidates took to the stage to promote their candidacy. The frontrunner for the selection, former President Donald Trump, missed the debate, instead attending a rally in Miami. Sam Fenwick hears the latest from the debate, and discusses other business stories from around the world with Steven Bertoni, Senior Editor with Forbes in New York, and Rachel Pupazzoni, Business Reporter with ABC news in Perth, Australia. (Picture: Florida Governor Ron DeSantis speaks as former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, former biotech executive Vivek Ramaswamy and U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) listen at the third Republican candidates' U.S. presidential debate of the 2024 U.S. presidential campaign hosted by NBC News at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, Florida, U.S., November 8, 2023. Credit: REUTERS/Mike Segar)

  • US consumers owe $1 trillion in credit card debt

    08/11/2023 Duração: 50min

    Research from the New York Fed shows the amount of credit card debt has been rising every quarter for the past two year with more people missing payments. The $154 billion increase in credit card debt is the biggest since the organisation started tracking data in 1999. Sam Fenwick discusses this and more global business news stories with Satoshi Shimoda, senior reporter at Nikkei newspaper in Tokyo, and Kristina Hooper, Chief Global Market Strategist at Invesco in New York. (Picture: Shoppers cross Sixth Avenue in the Manhattan borough of New York City, U.S., September 21, 2023. Credit: REUTERS/Bing Guan)

  • Trump: Fraud trial continues

    07/11/2023 Duração: 50min

    Donald Trump has testified in a New York court as he fights a civil fraud trial that threatens to crush his real estate empire. The former president is accused of fraudulently inflating the value of his properties to secure favourable loans. Sam Fenwick gets the latest and discusses this and more of the world's biggest business stories with Peter Morici, economist from the University of Maryland. and Jennifer Pak, China Correspondent for American Public Media in Shanghai. (Picture: Former U.S. President Donald Trump leaves the courtroom after attending the Trump Organization civil fraud trial, in New York State Supreme Court in the Manhattan borough of New York City, U.S., November 6, 2023. Credit: REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton)

  • Australia and China plan to strengthen relationship

    04/11/2023 Duração: 50min

    Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese touches down in Beijing this weekend and he will be the first Australian leader to visit China in seven years. Will these two nations finally bury the hatchet – we will get the latest. In the US President Biden is hosting leaders from Latin America - we will be hearing from the Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment from the US to talk about the trade ties there. And there is a rising fashion trend at the moment called 'dupes' - we look at the business of copycats handbags. (Photo: Australia's Prime Minister Anthony Albanese (L) and China's President Xi Jinping shake hands prior to a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Leaders' Summit in November 2022. Credit: EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

  • 'Crypto King' Sam Bankman-Fried guilty of FTX fraud

    03/11/2023 Duração: 50min

    Sam Bankman-Fried, who once ran one of the world's biggest cryptocurrency exchanges, has been found guilty of fraud and money laundering at the end of a month-long trial in New York. We hear the latest reaction from the US and what this will mean for the former 'crypto king' as well as how his empire came crashing down. Also, the US House of Representatives has voted in favour of sending more than fourteen billion dollars of security aid to Israel. And we look at why more women are now choosing MBA programs in the US and how they are being supported in various business school. (Picture: FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried exits United States Court in New York City, New York in June Credit: Reuters)

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