145 episodes

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

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    • 4.4 • 36 Ratings

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

    Ramaphosa faces mounting questions about his future

    Ramaphosa faces mounting questions about his future

    South Africa's president sees his future in the balance and the country's economy weakens further.

    On World Aids Day we discuss how African leaders have cut back on health spending.

    And ever heard of Tunisia's spicy Harissa paste? It's the latest addition to UNESCO's heritage status, we’ll discuss how significant that status is.

    Roger Hearing discusses this and more with Walter Todd, President and Chief Investment Officer of Greenwood Capital in South Carolina, and Jyoti Malhotra, Senior Consulting Editor with ThePrint who's in New Delhi. (Picture: President Cyril Ramaphosa; Credit: Getty Images.)

    • 50 min
    Elon Musk backtracks on Apple Twitter removal claims

    Elon Musk backtracks on Apple Twitter removal claims

    Twitter owner Elon Musk says he and Apple CEO Tim Cook have resolved the misunderstanding over removing the social networking platform from the app store.

    We discuss the business of music as Christine McVie, who played with Fleetwood Mac and wrote some of their most famous songs, dies aged 79.

    And The French baguette makes history.

    We are joined on the programme by Tom Giles from the US, Rebecca Choong Wilkins in Hong Kong and Işın Eliçin who is joins us from Turkey.
    (Picture: Elon Musk. Credit: Getty Images.)

    • 49 min
    Millions pledged to support Ukraine's power grid

    Millions pledged to support Ukraine's power grid

    Devina Gupta is joined by Stephanie Hare in the UK, representing the US, and Tala Ramadan in Lebanon, to discuss the main economic stories of the day. Nato members pledge to support Ukraine by rebuilding its energy infrastructure. Ukraine's foreign minister, Dmytro Kuleba, said energy security had become crucial, as Ukrainians struggle to survive freezing temperatures and regular power cuts.

    Elsewhere China continues to struggle with Coronavirus. The government now wants to increase vaccinations for older people. Only 56% of the over 60s in China - and just a fifth of over 80s - have had three doses of vaccine.

    (Photo: Pedestrians walk along a street in Ukraine, with no street lights. Credit: Oleg Petrasyuk/EPA-EFE/Rex/Shutterstock)

    • 48 min
    Protests in China rock global markets

    Protests in China rock global markets

    The number of new coronavirus infections keep making records in China, as protesters take to the streets of major cities to call for the ease of Covid restrictions. We hear about the impact demonstrations are having on businesses and international markets.

    We also explore what the future holds for Disney after its returning CEO, Bob Iger, outlines his vision for a company that's struggling to make streaming a profitable business.

    Also in the programme, we take a look at the reasons that took crypto lender BlockFi to file for bankruptcy shortly after FTX’s collapse.

    Devina Gupta discusses these and more business news with Peter Morici, an economist at the University of Maryland, and Alaezi Akpuru, the owner and creative director of Nigerian contemporary womenswear brand Virgioli Fashion.

    (Picture: A mourner holds flowers during a vigil for the victims of China's Covid Zero policy and the victims of the Urumqi fire in Hong Kong. Picture credit: Reuters)

    • 49 min
    Will Black Friday give shoppers a break from inflation?

    Will Black Friday give shoppers a break from inflation?

    We explore if the busiest shopping day of the year in the US has met retailers and consumers’ expectations, with discounts starting earlier this year and stores trying to clear inventory.

    We also take a look at the impact chip shortage is having on the car making industry after Jaguar Land Rover announces difficulties to stock up will force them to reduce output.

    And are you an early riser by choice or necessity? We ask TikTok users about the latest trend of publishing videos about their early morning routines. But we also hear from those who have been waking up with the sun before it was trendy because they had no other alternative.

    Sam Fenwick discusses these and more business news with guests in opposite sides of the world: Madhavan Narayanan, freelance journalist and former senior editor at Hindustan Times in Delhi, and Shannon Najmabadi, a reporter from the The Colorado Sun newspaper in Denver.

    (Picture: Shoppers take part in Black Friday shopping at the American Dream Mall in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Picture credit: EPA)

    • 50 min
    Covid infections in China hit record high

    Covid infections in China hit record high

    Daily number of Covid cases soar and reach a record high since the beginning of the pandemic despite stringent measures designed to eliminate the virus. We hear about the latest outbreak in Beijing, and the impact it's having on the population.

    Black Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year in the US, but what about the rest of the world? We explore how global the event is and consumers' expectations given the current cost of living crisis. We also talk to JCPenney's Chief Marketing Officer about the relevance Black Friday has for American retailers.

    Sam Fenwick discusses these and more business news throughout the programme with guests on opposite sides of the world: Fermin Koop, a freelance journalist in Argentina, and Rebecca Choong Wilkins, Bloomberg's senior Asia correspondent in Hong Kong.

    (Picture: A man gets a swab test at a testing booth as the outbreak of coronavirus disease continues in Beijing, China. Picture credit: Reuters)

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
36 Ratings

36 Ratings

vlaada77 ,

Another great BBC Show

Glad to find another gem to keep me up to the minute on global issues. I could have done without the micro-aggression of the journalist covering the November 21 COVAX facility story. This is regarding his ending quip about what Tedros meant about multilateralizing the vaccine. He clearly meant the collective effort of access and distribution. Quips like that make me wonder if this is the underlying uneasiness of having an African in a position of authority. Just report the facts. This was my intro episode and could have been turned off but BBC has a great reputation and so will let it pass.

SAARKÉSH ,

A nice daily discussions of global business..

When the podcast is posted properly and not prematurely cut off!

Pretty good though somewhat skeptical coverage of the Twitter take over.

Twitter 2.0 (eTweet), will leverage blockchain technology to bring about operational & economical transparency & integrity to the platform revolutionizing communications, collaborative team work, & commerce as well as companionship & care. This could also pave the way for digitized governmental functions & services.

We need to be thankful to mr musk for taking this one on too🙏

DC-Td ,

Peter always add spice

BBC podcast guest tends to be a little bit over courteous and polite; but sure not Mr Peter Morici. Very balanced and down to earth realist that’s not afraid to speak his mind and talk of things that greatly increased my horizon .. I’m a big fan. My only complaint; he (and a lot of people) sometimes confused Chinese and China. Yes; there’s a different.

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