Best of Today

Best of Today

By BBC Radio 4

Insight, analysis and expert debate as key policy makers are challenged on the latest news stories. From BBC Radio 4's Today programme


Thursday's business with Katie Prescott

Many people are still struggling to get refunds from airlines. What’s the latest? Plus, how ice rinks are faring in the pandemic, and the markets. (Photo: Getty Images)
13/08/2012m 11s

Wednesday's business with Katie Prescott

The coronavirus pandemic has sent Britain into recession for the first time since the 2008 financial crisis. Figures published by the Office for National Statistics this morning show that economic output as measured by Gross Domestic Product plunged by a record 20.4% between April and June compared with the first three months of the year. (Image: man peers into closed shop. Credit: Getty Images)
12/08/2014m 58s

Finding Freedom: Understanding Harry and Meghan

A longer interview with Carolyn Durand and Omid Scobie, authors of Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family. They discuss sources, "behind the scenes" access, and whether the media coverage of the duchess has been fair or unnecessarily critical. (Image: Harry and Meghan, credit: Reuters/Hannah McKay)
11/08/2011m 17s

Tuesday's business with Katie Prescott

Official figures show that almost three-quarters of a million jobs have been lost in the UK since the start of the coronavirus crisis in March (Image: men wearing protective face masks walk on an almost empty street in Leicester, Credit: Reuters)
11/08/2015m 36s

Monday's business with Katie Prescott

Some self-employed people feel they've 'fallen through the cracks' of government pandemic support. Why? Plus patronising black businesses, and the markets. (Photo: Getty Images)
10/08/2012m 0s

‘When countries all reach the same level of transmission these travel difficulties will stop’

People travelling to Belgium and the Bahamas will now have to go into quarantine when they return to the UK and there are reports today that France could be the next country to go on that list. It's thought there could be as many as half million British tourists currently in France on holiday. But what about those who won't - or simply can't afford - to self isolate? David Heymann is Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and former chief of the WHO's infectious diseases programme. He told Martha Kearney: "It's a very difficult situation… but I expect when countries all reach the same level of transmission these travel difficulties will stop." He added: "It's very important right now that people understand how they can contribute to this by protecting themselves and protecting others." With Lucy Yardley Professor of Health Psychology at University of Southampton and University of Bristol and Nick Beake, BBC Brussels correspondent. Credit: European Photopress Agency
07/08/2011m 25s

Friday's business with Rob Young

Today many BA staff find out if they will be made redundant. What options do they have? Plus Vue cinemas reopen, and economic recovery and the markets. (Photo: Getty Images)
07/08/2012m 44s

‘I don't think this does give more power to developers, it creates a much more certain system’

The communities secretary Robert Jenrick has defended the government’s proposed reforms of the planning system in England, under which developers will be granted "automatic" permission to build homes and schools on sites for "growth". He told Nick Robinson: “I don't think this does give more power to developers, it creates a much more certain system. It will, for example, fix the challenge of developer contributions once and for all." He was speaking as the government unveiled the planning white paper, which goes out for consultation today. Under the current system, ministers believe it takes far too long for new homes to be approved - and the rules need to be streamlined. Critics say it could lead to "bad-quality housing" and loss of local control over development. Credit: Press Association
06/08/2013m 33s

Thursday's business with Katie Prescott

What does the Bank of England’s quarterly report tell us about the UK economy's future? Plus an economist crunches the numbers, and a markets update. (Photo: Getty Images)
06/08/2015m 38s

'It’s wonderful to be reunited with something that was lost so many years ago and which I had given up on ever getting back'

Fifty nine years ago today, Alice and Norman got married. The symbol of that marriage – a gold wedding ring – disappeared after a burglary at their home thirty years ago. This is the full story of how that ring ended up back in the hands of Alice, the rightful owner, thanks to Martha Kearney, her old school friend Debbie Davidson and Twitter. Credit: Debbie Davidson
05/08/208m 57s

'We had this influx of tens of casualties to our emergency room. Most of them were glass wounds and they were in shock'

Rescue workers in Lebanon are searching for more than a hundred people who are missing after a huge explosion devastated the port area of the capital Beirut on Tuesday. The chief executive of the Rafik Hariri University Hospital, Dr Firass Abaid, told Martha Kearney about coping with the aftermath of the explosion. He said: "It was pretty chaotic, suddenly we had this influx of tens of casualties to our emergency room. Most of them were glass wounds and they were in shock." He went on to say: "Then we started having the ambulances bringing in the casualties from the explosion site and these were more serious injuries and some of them had passed away." With the BBC Middle East Editor, Jeremy Bowen and Lina Khatib, Director of the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Chatham House. Credit: European Photopress Agency
05/08/2012m 10s

'It’s wonderful to be reunited with something that was lost so many years ago and which I had given up on ever getting back'

Fifty nine years ago today, Alice and Norman Thomson got married. But the symbol of that marriage - an engraved wedding ring - was stolen in a burglary thirty years ago. It was found by Debbie Davidson, who unearthed it when digging out a pot plant from her Edinburgh garden. Debbie sent a message to her old school friend, Martha Kearney, who turned to Twitter to help. She posted Debbie’s message with the hashtag #FindAliceandNorman and after more than two thousand retweets, a citizen army helped track down Alice Thomson, who lives just round the corner from Debbie. Norman died in 2013. Here is the moment Alice was reunited with her wedding ring after 30 years. Credit: Debbie Davidson
05/08/203m 30s

Wednesday's business with Katie Prescott

UK car sales rose 11% in July. Is this a sign of recovery from earlier in the pandemic? Plus childcare in lockdown, and the markets, including Disney. (Photo: Getty Images)
05/08/2012m 41s

'Looking for either Alice or Norman who got married 5.8.61. May be from Edinburgh or Inveresk'

“Looking for either Alice or Norman who got married 5.8.61. May be from Edinburgh or Inveresk. I found a wedding ring in huge plant pot when repotting plant. I would like that the ring was returned to the owner.” This is the message that Martha Kearney spotted on Facebook from her former school friend, Debbie Davidson. Soon she was embroiled in the search to reunite the ring with the former owner. She posted Debbie’s message on Twitter with the hashtag #FindAliceandNorman and after more than two thousand retweets, a citizen army took on the case. Listen again to find out what happened. Credit: Debbie Davidson
04/08/206m 22s

'If...this testing and tracing and isolation just is not done properly, then you get very bad surges occurring'

Scientists are warning there could be a second wave of Coronavirus twice as bad as the first unless the government significantly improves its testing and tracing systems by the time schools reopen in September. Dr David Nabarro, the WHO's special envoy on Covid-19, told Mishal Husain: "This virus is capable of surging back really quickly and is actually doing so in most countries where there's been success at getting it under control and, as it surges back, the way you stop outbreaks developing is through having well-functioning contact tracing linked to testing, with isolation of people who've got symptoms or who've been in contact." He added that if “this testing and tracing and isolation just is not done properly, then you get very bad surges occurring and this will lead to economic challenges." With Dr Jasmina Panovska-Griffiths, lecturer in Mathematical Modelling at University College London and in Applied Mathematics at Queen’s College, Oxford University, lead researcher for the study. Credit: Press Association
04/08/2013m 52s

Tuesday's business with Katie Prescott

Are the security concerns about the Chinese-owned platform Tik Tok well founded or more geopolitical? Plus Hays Travel redundancies and the markets. (Photo: Getty Images)
04/08/2013m 20s

'I often wake up in the night feeling as if someone is pulling the tubes from my daughter and tightening my handcuffs'

Two parents are taking legal action after they were forcibly removed from their dying daughter’s bedside in hospital by police officers. Dr Rashid Abbasi told Mishal Husain that he and his wife Aliya have not recovered from the experience: “We are still living the nightmare. I often wake up in the night feeling as if someone is pulling the tubes from my daughter and tightening my handcuffs.” Rashid and Aliya Abbasi were taken away from their daughter, six year old Zainab, by officers in August 2019. They had just been told that their critically ill child would be taken off her ventilator, against their wishes. They had previously had numerous disagreements about her care with hospital staff. The story was first reported in the Mail on Sunday after police body camera footage of the incident was obtained under a Freedom of Information request. The NHS Trust involved said the decision to involve police and security staff "is never taken lightly” but “it is essential that we maintain a safe and secure environment for our patients and families.” Credit: Press Association
03/08/2010m 14s

‘Treat the public as adults’

The director of the Francis Crick Institute, Sir Paul Nurse, told Sarah Smith the Government should "treat the public as adults" in its communications over Covid-19. He also said: “I think we need greater openness in the decision-making. It sometimes seems somewhat shrouded in secrecy.” Sir Paul was speaking as the Government revealed that new 90-minute tests that can detect coronavirus and flu will be rolled out in care homes and laboratories from next week. With Dame Anne Johnson, Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at University College London. Credit: Getty Images
03/08/209m 55s

Monday's business with Dharshini David

HSBC’s profits have slumped 65%. What is going on with the bank? Plus, the latest from the Federation of Small Businesses, and returning to the office. (Photo: Getty Images)
03/08/2012m 4s

"My heart goes out to the Muslim communities"

People living in Greater Manchester, East Lancashire and West Yorkshire are no longer allowed to meet up with those from other households in their home or garden, or in pubs, restaurants or shops. The health secretary Matt Hancock told Sarah Smith, “My heart goes out to the Muslim communities in these areas because I know how important the Eid celebrations are.” He went on to thank community leaders for their efforts to find safe ways to hold celebrations: “"For instance celebrating Eid in parks where there's more space available and of course outdoors is safer than indoors." Credit: Reuters
31/07/2013m 32s

Friday's business with Katie Prescott

Saturday is officially the return to work date. But how has lockdown changed the way we think about going back to the office? (Image: near empty office in London. Credit: Reuters)
31/07/2012m 29s

'The virus moves fast and so must we'

People who test positive for coronavirus or show symptoms in the UK must now self-isolate for at least 10 days, rather than seven. The health secretary Matt Hancock told Nick Robinson he was not risking hysteria by using the phrase "second wave" when referring to the increase in cases, both in the UK and abroad. He added: "I'm the Health Secretary in the middle of the pandemic. We are absolutely determined to protect this country and it saddens me we are seeing these rises elsewhere but I will be vigilant and we will move fast if we need to because that is what the virus requires and the virus moves fast and so must we." Credit: AFP Getty Images
30/07/2017m 5s

Thursday's business with Dominic O'Connell

The Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged, but says its stands ready to do more to help the US economy (Image: Federal Reserve Chair Jerome H. Powell. Credit: European Photopress Agency)
30/07/2011m 34s

'We absolutely need to be vigilant as these raising numbers could prefigure a return to community transmission'

Could we be facing a second wave of the coronavirus? Infections are rising fast - not just in Spain but many other countries in Europe too. The Belgium city of Antwerp now has a curfew after cases increased by seventy percent. The WHO Regional Director for Europe, Dr Hans Kluge, told Nick Robinson: "We absolutely need to be vigilant, as these raising numbers could prefigure a return to community transmission in many countries and then we have to think of the higher pressure on the hospitals." Credit: Getty Images
29/07/209m 37s

Wednesday's business with Dominic O'Connell

eBay has announced better-than-expected results, but might they face UK tax changes? Plus university pensions, GSK-made vaccines and the markets. (Photo: Getty Images)
29/07/2012m 31s

'Government “dragging its heels” on racial equality'

The outgoing chair of the Equality and Human Rights Council, David Isaacs, told Sima Kotecha he believes the government is "dragging its heels" over tackling racial inequality and questioned why it is setting up a new review on racial disparity, rather than implementing existing recommendations. Mishal Husain spoke to Kemi Badenoch, the equalities minister and exchequer secretary to the Treasury, who described his comments as "disappointing". She went on to say "there is so much that has been done all the way back to Macpherson" and "one of the things this commission is doing, is actually looking at why is it, that despite all of these actions, people still believe that we are doing nothing?" Credit: Press Association
28/07/2015m 23s

Tuesday's business with Dominic O'Connell

How might the chancellor bring in more tax revenues to help pay for all the spending to help Britain through the coronavirus pandemic? One idea is for an online sales tax. (Image: woman using a laptop as she holds a bank card. Image: Press Association)
28/07/2011m 30s

'Having blanket country bans is very, very challenging especially with a country the size and scale of Spain'

The government has announced that travellers returning from Spain to the UK will now have to quarantine for 14 days, following a spike in the number of new cases in Spain. Andrew Flintham, managing director of TUI UK and Ireland, told Justin Webb he is opposed to "blanket country bans" which are "very, very challenging" and called for a "proportionate risk based approach" to quarantine. He also said: "We've called for a regionalised that in effect... if there are areas where the infection rates are lower and therefore safe travel can go ahead, which clearly the travel advice says it can, we would look to have a consistent approach that would mean the quarantine wouldn't apply for those places". Credit: Reuters
27/07/2012m 6s

Monday's business with Dominic O'Connell

Will your travel insurance provide cover if you are forced to cancel your holiday in Spain? (Image: Magaluf beach in Mallorca, Spain. Credit: Reuters)
27/07/2010m 3s

'We've secured the supply of enough vaccine to vaccinate 30 million people'

The care minister Helen Whately told Mishal Husain the Government would work with GPs to "make sure that the vaccination gets to those who need it". She was speaking as the government announced plans to offer a free flu vaccine to around 30 million people in England, to prepare for a winter that could see the annual flu season coincide with a surge in coronavirus. The traditional flu programme will include all over-50s for the first time, as well anyone on the shielding list and the people they live with. Children in their first year of secondary school will also be offered the vaccine for the first time. With Dylan Watkins, a GP in Totnes and John McCauley, director of the Worldwide Influenza Centre at the Francis Crick Institute. Credit: UK Parliament Jessica Taylor
24/07/2016m 7s

Friday's business with Katie Prescott

Will the wearing of face coverings make us feel safer and as a result encourage us to go into shops - or take the enjoyment out of shopping? (Image: shoppers wearing face coverings on Oxford Street, London. Image: Press Association)
24/07/2012m 56s

'I would absolutely defend the right of any British play their full part in our democracy'

The Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis told Nick Robinson that wealthy Russian donors who had donated to him were "British citizens". He also said: "I would absolutely defend the right of any British citizen, including the people you've outlined who have donated to myself and others, to play their full part in our democracy." He added, "That doesn't just mean voting, that means supporting, if they want to, political parties and political candidates, and I'm very proud of the fact that, as a country, we allow British citizens to do that." Mr Lewis is reported to have personally received £25,000 from Lubov Chernukhin, a banker and the wife of President Vladimir Putin's former deputy finance minister, and £23,000 from Alexander Temerko, a former chief of a Russian arms company, while 13 other Cabinet ministers had also been given "large" sums. With Sir John Curtice, professor of politics at Strathclyde University. Credit: European Photopress Agency
23/07/2014m 38s

Thursday's business with Dominic O'Connell

Tesla has recorded four quarters of profits in a row for the first time - but is it really worth more than Toyota? (Image: a man walks into a Tesla showroom in Berlin, Germany. Credit: European Photopress Agency)
23/07/2012m 44s

'The adoption of a form of foreign agent registration might be very useful'

Ministers are considering strengthening security laws after a report by MPs said the government had "badly underestimated" the threat of Russian interference to the UK. The Transport Secretary Grant Shapps told Martha Kearney a new law requiring foreign agents to register in the UK was being looked at. He went on to say: "What that does is make it easier if someone is then found and they failed to register to, for example, extradite them." Credit: Getty Images
22/07/2012m 10s

Wednesday's business with Dominic O'Connell

John Roberts, founder of white goods company AO, is offering his staff a £240m bonus. Why? Plus the Oliver Bonas boss, Robinhood news and the markets. (Photo: AO)
22/07/2011m 45s

'I was informed by the Chinese embassy in Turkey that all of my family members are in prison'

Satellite imagery has shown large facilities that look like prison camps springing up across China’s Xinjiang province over the past few years - there have been repeated reports of hundreds of thousands of people detained for 're-education' and of widespread surveillance of the Uighur population. Earlier this week the Chinese Ambassador was shown images of hooded and bound people being put onto trains in the province - he suggested it might be a prisoner transfer of some kind. What is happening to the Uighurs? Mishal Husain spoke to Nurisman Abdurashid, a Uighur Muslim who left China in 2013 and now lives in Turkey - she has not been able to reach her parents and brothers for three years. With Agnes Callamard, UN Special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, one of 51 experts who called last month for action on human rights in China. Credit: AFP Getty Images
21/07/2015m 11s

Tuesday's business with Dominic O'Connell

The parcel delivery firm Hermes is hiring more than 10,000 new staff as online shopping booms (Image: worker at a Hermes distribution centre. Credit: Hermes)
21/07/2011m 43s

'It's unlikely to be a single vaccine for everybody. We may well need different vaccines for different groups of people'

The chair of the UK's Vaccine Taskforce, Kate Bingham, told Justin Webb: "What we are doing is identifying the most promising vaccines across the different categories of vaccine so that we can be sure that we do have a vaccine in case one of those actually proves to be both safe and effective." She was speaking as it was announced the government has signed deals for 90 million doses of promising coronavirus vaccines that are being developed. She went on to say, "It's unlikely to be a single vaccine for everybody. We may well need different vaccines for different groups of people". Credit: Getty Images
20/07/2012m 53s

Monday's business with Dominic O'Connell

Eight insurers face a court case to test if their policies should cover companies against the coronavirus (Image: a closed pub in New Cross, south London. Credit: Press Association)
20/07/2012m 55s

'It's for employers to make that assessment'

Security Minister James Brokenshire spoke to Martha Kearney about whether people should return to offices. He said: "The advice actually says that employers should decide in consultation with their employees whether it's viable for them to continue working from home. But, if they do, then obviously this needs to be based on risk assessment, public health guidance, and ensuring that it's a Covid-safe space for them to do so." Credit: BBC
17/07/2012m 43s

'Why traffic accident victims could be counted as Covid deaths in England'

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has called for an urgent review into the compilation of coronavirus deaths data in England. Professor Carl Heneghan is director of the University of Oxford's Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine. He spoke to Justin Webb about a disparity in the way that Public Health England compiles data on deaths from COVID-19, compared to authorities in Scotland and Northern Ireland. He said: "Whenever you have died, if you've had a positive test it will continue to be reported [as a Covid death], and that's not the case in Scotland or Northern Ireland, because they have a 28 day cut off. He went on to say: "We think it's incredibly important, so that you understand exactly what's going on, that you say these are the deaths that occurred in a certain time line and then you can understand the trends and that will help the media report accurately to the public what's going on." With Sir David Spiegelhalter, chair of the Winton Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication at Cambridge University. Credit: Getty Images
17/07/206m 34s

'It's for employers to make that assessment'

Security Minister James Brokenshire spoke to Martha Kearney about whether people should work from home or return to offices. He said: "The advice actually says that employers should decide in consultation with their employees whether it's viable for them to continue working from home. But, if they do, then obviously this needs to be based on risk assessment, public health guidance, and ensuring that it's a Covid-safe space for them to do so." Credit: BBC
17/07/2012m 43s

Friday's business with Rob Young

It’s estimated more than a million jobs are being advertised in the UK. How is that so? Plus the rise of Avon, the return of Joules, and the markets. (Photo: Getty Images)
17/07/2012m 25s

'The best thing we can do is continue to open up the economy in a phased manner'

Business Secretary Alok Sharma spoke to Mishal Husain following the publication of the latest unemployment figures, which revealed that the number of workers on payrolls has fallen by 649,000 between March and June. He said "I think the best thing we can do is continue to open up the economy in a phased manner, a cautious manner, and get businesses up and running again". He went on to say "As a Government, we have put in £160 billion of support through the furlough scheme, through loans, through grants to businesses. If we hadn't done that the economy would have been in a far worse position". Mishal also heard from a panel of workers who have recently been made redundant. Credit: Reuters
16/07/2013m 58s

Thursday's business with Dominic O'Connell

Companies have taken on big government-backed loans to get through the pandemic – what happens when they have to pay the money back? (Image: people observe social distancing as they look out at the view of the skyline of the City financial district from alongside Tower Bridge, London. Credit: Press Association)
16/07/2011m 41s

'The way to stop the spread of the virus in offices is to have social distancing'

The health secretary Matt Hancock told Nick Robinson that the Government is not considering compulsory face coverings in offices. He said: "In offices you tend to spend a lot of time with the same people. The way to stop the spread of the virus in offices is to have social distancing, either two metres or one metre plus mitigations in place." He added, "The same is true of classrooms". Credit: AFP Getty Images
15/07/2013m 19s

Wednesday's business with Dominic O'Connell

An increase in capital-gains tax might be one way for the Treasury to fill the financial hole created by the coronavirus pandemic (Image: Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak. Credit: Press Association)
15/07/2011m 49s

'Our store colleagues are not really to get involved and it's a police matter to enforce'

JD Sports executive chairman Peter Cowgill told Mishal Husain his stores will offer face coverings to anyone not wearing them, but said it will not be for his staff to enforce the law: "The guidance so far is that our store colleagues are not really to get involved and it's a police matter to enforce rather than for them to get involved in any potential public disturbances". He was responding to the decision to make face masks mandatory in shops in England from 24th July. With Ken Marsh, chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation and George Eustice, Environment Secretary. Credit: Getty Images
14/07/2018m 24s

Tuesday's business with Dominic O'Connell

Ministers are expected to announce today whether Huawei equipment should be banned from UK telecoms networks (Image: the logo of Chinese company Huawei at their main UK offices in Reading, Berkshire. Credit: AFP/Getty Images)
14/07/2011m 42s

'If it reassures people, then it is a perfectly reasonable measure to take'

James Daunt is the Managing Director of Waterstones bookstores in the UK and CEO of US bookshop chain Barnes and Noble. He told Nick Robinson that he felt asking customers to wear a face covering was a "reasonable measure" to help boost confidence amongst shoppers. He went on to say that staff working across his chain of stores would not be asked to "police" the wearing of coverings: "There will be a tiny, tiny minority of people who will be confrontational over it and it is not the position of shop workers to enter into that situation". With Linda Bauld, Professor of Public Health at the University of Edinburgh. Credit: Getty Images
13/07/2011m 25s

Monday's business with Dominic O'Connell

Many parts of the UK economy are returning to life - but what about those businesses who still have no opening date? (Image: the city of London financial district and the river Thames are seen in early morning. Credit: Reuters)
13/07/2011m 30s

'We have said face coverings in closed spaces is advised but people can use their own discretion'

The minister for Culture and Digital, Caroline Dinenage, told Mishal Husain the decision on whether to make face masks mandatory in shops would be kept under review following the Scottish Government's new guidance for the retail sector. She went on to say "We have said face coverings in closed spaces is advised but people can use their own discretion - but of course we will keep this under review. This is a topic upon which scientists tend to have rather different views so we are looking at it as new scientific studies emerge." The minister was speaking ahead of the reopening of tattooists, tanning and beauty salons. Facial treatments such as eyebrow threading are still not allowed. Mishal also heard from Vanita Parti, founder and chief executive of the Blink Brow Bar walk-in beauty bar chain. Credit: Getty Creative
10/07/2010m 43s

Friday's business with Rob Young

Beauty salons, spas and nail bars will be able to open their doors again in England from Monday (Image: a client having her nails done at a nail salon in Belfast. Credit: Press Association)
10/07/2011m 13s

'It’s something that makes me quite angry in a sense, that the NHS is failing women in this way’

Delays in late abortion services were identified as an issue in 2015. But Charlotte Hayward has found that some women are still unable to get the medical abortions they need. The British Pregnancy Advisory Service says they are having to turn more and more women away because there are not enough trained doctors or hospital facilities, including for those at risk of hemorrhage or with conditions like epilepsy. Credit: Getty Images
09/07/206m 28s

‘We can't sustainably have a system where Government subsidises jobs’

The Chancellor Rishi Sunak spoke to Martha Kearney the day after his summer statement and defended his decision to end the furlough scheme for all sectors by October. "Fundamentally we have to get our economy back to normal: we can't sustainably have a system where Government subsidise jobs and the only way that those jobs exist.” He went on to say this would be "not fair either to the taxpayer but also to those people who are then trapped in a job which only exists because of that subsidy.” Credit: Reuters
09/07/2018m 23s

‘Hyper inequality is a threat to both capitalism and democracy and we simply must deal with it’

The former Clinton administration Vice President, Al Gore, is now an environmental campaigner and chair of sustainable investment firm, Generation. He spoke to Justin Webb about his hopes for a lower carbon, less unequal future, in response to the pandemic. He is calling on governments to take advantage of a “once in a generation obligation” to ensure the global economic recovery is also a green one. Credit: Getty Images
09/07/2016m 42s

Thursday's business with Dominic O'Connell

The Chancellor Rishi Sunak plans to spend £30bn to try and revive the UK economy (Image: Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak speaks during a ministerial statement, at the House of Commons in London. Credit: Reuters)
09/07/2012m 7s

'I really need people to feel safe, to go out and about'

Ahead of the summer statement, Justin Webb spoke to four people about what they would like to see from the chancellor to help their sector of the economy. Luke Conod is the Managing Director of Denim World in Hereford, Alex Morawski is a 22 year old graduate who is currently looking for work, Claire Penn is a photographer, who has just managed to get Universal credit after three and half months of being told that she wasn't eligible and Anne Marie Cairney runs Victor Pizza in Glasgow. With Simon Jack, BBC Business Editor, and Laura Kuenssberg, BBC Political Editor. Credit: Press Association
08/07/2015m 21s

'There'll be a pandemic of art about the pandemic'

The author David Mitchell spoke to Rebecca Jones ahead of the publication of his latest novel, Utopia Avenue, which charts the rise of a British rock band from Soho clubs to stardom in the United States in the late nineteen sixties. The book was delayed due to the coronavirus outbreak and will now be published on 14th July. The award-winning writer of novels including Cloud Atlas and The Bone Clocks said: "I'm not sure we'll ever be writing anything that hasn't got a whiff or a shade or a colour of the pandemic for the rest of our lives." Credit: Getty Images
08/07/205m 37s

Wednesday's business with Dominic O'Connell

A £2bn scheme to subsidise jobs for young people is to be announced by the Chancellor - will it keep them in work? (Image: Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak preparing the Economic Update he will present to Parliament. Credit: Press Association)
08/07/2012m 11s

'I think we're likely to see a recovery where the first part is a very sharp V and then that tails off'

The former chancellor, Philip Hammond, spoke to Mishal Husain about the prospects for the UK economy, a day before the chancellor’s summer statement. He told Mishal: “I think we're likely to see a recovery where the first part is a very sharp V and then that tails off into a very long, slow recovery of the last part of the lost output, which could take years for us to get back to 2019 levels of output." Mr Sunak is expected to announce that households in England are to be offered grants of up to 5 thousand pounds for energy saving home improvements, such as insulation. The scheme is part of a wider 3-billion pound "green investment", aimed at stimulating the economy after the coronavirus crisis and reducing carbon emissions. Credit: European Photopress Agency
07/07/2012m 1s

Tuesday's business with Dominic O'Connell

Chancellor Rishi Sunak is about to unveil a spending plan to boost the economy – what should he include? (Image: Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak is seen as he arrives at Downing Street. Credit: Reuters)
07/07/2012m 13s

'Culture and arts are at the heart of our nation - not only do they enrich the soul but they power the economy'

The Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden told Nick Robinson that arts and culture are "at the heart of our nation" and they "enrich the soul " as well as "powering the economy." He was speaking after the government announced a £1.57 billion package to help museums, galleries, theatres and music venues recover from the coronavirus pandemic. Credit: AFP Getty Images
06/07/2013m 33s

Monday's business with Dominic O'Connell

Clothing industry sweat shops in Leicester are being blamed for helping to spread the coronavirus (Image: Leicester city centre. Credit: Getty Images)
06/07/2011m 27s

'Where is the right balance between making sure that we put lives first but also protect livelihoods? Not an easy process'

The Transport Secretary Grant Shapps told Mishal Husain that people arriving in England from more than 50 countries including France, Spain, Germany and Italy will no longer need to quarantine from 10th July. He added that the US is not included as "they have got very high numbers of infections", while Greece does not feature as it has banned flights from the UK until 15th July. Most travellers to the UK currently have to self-isolate for two weeks. Credit: Reuters
03/07/2013m 19s

Friday's business with Katie Prescott

In Northern Ireland today and England tomorrow, pubs, restaurants, hairdressers and hotels can reopen. How might they fare? Plus, the boss of NatWest. (Photo: Getty Images)
03/07/2018m 47s

‘We need to engender some responsibility in people, particularly in the younger people’

The top US expert in infectious diseases, Dr Anthony Fauci, spoke to Justin Webb and expressed his concern over the rise in coronavirus cases in the country, warning of the risk of a greater outbreak if the latest surge is not controlled. "We got hit very badly, worse than any country, with regard to the number of cases and the number of deaths. The problem we're facing now is that in an attempt to so-called reopen or open the government and get it back to some form of normality, we're seeing very disturbing spikes in different individual states in the US.” Dr Fauci was speaking as it was revealed that more than 52,000 new COVID-19 cases were detected in the US on Wednesday, a new one-day record. With analysis from BBC North America Editor Jon Sopel. Credit: AFP/Getty Images
02/07/2018m 25s

Thursday's business with Dominic O'Connell

The boss of Airbus UK says there is no threat to the future of its factories, despite big job losses (Image: the Airbus factory at Filton in Bristol. Credit: Press Asociation)
02/07/2011m 42s

Wednesday's business with Dominic O'Connell

Airbus is cutting 15,000 jobs worldwide, with 1,700 going in the UK (Image: a sign at the Airbus wing assembly factory in Broughton, North Wales. Credit: Press Association)
01/07/2011m 19s

'We taken this action with the best interests of the people of Leicester right at the core'

The health secretary Matt Hancock spoke to Nick Robinson about the decision to impose the UK’s first full local lockdown, in Leicester. Non-essential shops have shut, and schools will close for most pupils on Thursday because of a rise in coronavirus cases. The loosening of restrictions for pubs and restaurants in England on Saturday will also not be taking place there. It comes after the city council reported 944 positive tests in the two weeks to 23 June - about one in 16 of the total UK cases during that period. Credit: Press Association
30/06/2013m 14s

'The day we were able to hear his voice was incredible'

In April 2020, Sue Martin told Mishal Husain how her husband Mal had contracted Covid-19 and his chances of survival were almost zero. Three months later, against all odds, after 61 days on a ventilator and 80 days in ICU, Mal is possibly coming home this week. Sue spoke to Mishal again to explain what has happened to their family since the first interview and the impact of an unexpected public reaction to her family's heartache. Credit: Sue Martin
30/06/2014m 16s

Facebook must "develop a conscience"

Ryan Gellert, European boss of outdoor clothing company, Patagonia, tells Dominic O'Connell why the company has pulled their advertising from Facebook platforms (Image: a giant digital sign is seen at Facebook's corporate headquarters campus in Menlo Park, California. Credit: AFP/Getty Images)
30/06/203m 35s

Tuesday's business with Dominic O'Connell

Thousands of people with popular pre-paid payments cards were caught up in the Wirecard debacle (Image: a man walks past the Wirecard booth at the computer games fair, Gamescom in Cologne, Germany. Credit Reuters)
30/06/2011m 53s

'They handed me a piece of paper and said you've got a 50/50 chance"

The author Michael Rosen and his wife Emma-Louise Williams spoke to Mishal Husain about his experience of being treated for Covid-19. He spent 47 days on a ventilator after being admitted to hospital in March. He said he was warned "he might not wake up" before being placed in an induced coma. He later found out his respiratory system, liver and kidneys were failing, and looking back said he was "probably two or three hours off departing this planet." The R4Today podcast. Credit: BBC
29/06/209m 7s

"It's staggering that we are not having a July budget that puts jobs at the centre of economic recovery"

The Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer told Nick Robinson the Government should prepare an emergency budget to prepare for the prospect of millions of job losses, as programmes like the Government's furlough scheme wind down. Sir Keir was responding to the Prime Minister's announcement of a billion pounds of funding for 50 major school building projects in England, plus a further £560m for repairs to crumbling school buildings. It's the first phase of a big infrastructure investment programme, intended to revitalise the UK economy in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Credit: Press Association
29/06/2014m 53s

Monday's business with Dominic O'Connell

Business leaders are preparing to make climate-change commitments ahead of COP-26 (Image: Glasgow's Scottish Events Campus (SEC) which was due to host the talks. Credit: BBC)
29/06/2010m 57s

'We do have powers to put in place closures should that be necessary'

The Environment Secretary George Eustice told Mishal Husain that beaches could be shut if people disobey social distancing rules as the lockdown is eased. Authorities in Bournemouth declared a major incident when half a million people went to the seaside on Thursday, with reports of gridlocked roads, fights and overnight camping. The World Health Organization said Europe had seen an increase in weekly cases of Covid-19 for the first time in months after restrictions were eased. Credit: AFP/Getty Images
26/06/2012m 0s

Friday's business with Katie Prescott

Why is Intu in such trouble? Today is the deadline for the group - which also owns Lakeside in Essex and Gateshead's Metrocentre - to sort out it's finances or call in the administrators (Image: an entrance to Intu Lakeside in Thurrock, Essex. Credit: Reuters)
26/06/2011m 51s

Friday's business with Katie Prescott

Why is Intu in such trouble? Today is the deadline for the group - which also owns Lakeside in Essex and Gateshead's Metrocentre - to sort out it's finances or call in the administrators (Image: an entrance to Intu Lakeside in Thurrock, Essex. Credit: Reuters)
26/06/2011m 51s

'Getting stuff built is incredibly important to Robert Jenrick - that was his motivation'

Business minister Nadhim Zahawi told Justin Webb that the Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick had sought to ensure "viability" of the Westferry scheme by ensuring the project was given approval before a new infrastructure levy came into place. Justin also heard from the former head of the Civil Service and former adviser to Jeremy Corbyn, Lord Kerslake. He said the messages released by the Housing Secretary raise some "troubling issues." Labour says Mr Jenrick still has questions to answer about his dealings with the billionaire property developer and Tory donor, Richard Desmond. Mr Jenrick has released text messages and emails revealing a series of contacts with Mr Desmond shortly before the minister approved his plan for a one-billion pound housing development in East London. Credit: Press Association
25/06/2014m 12s

Thursday's business with Dominic O'Connell

Should the government bail out Tata Steel, Britain's largest remaining steelmaker? (Image: a view of workers at the mill of Tata Steel in Port Talbot, Wales. Credit: Reuters)
25/06/2012m 16s

Wednesday's business with Dominic O'Connell

We ask TUC boss Frances O’Grady if she’s happy for businesses to reopen on July 4th? Plus, the latest on the Wirecard scandal, shop rents and the markets. (Photo: Getty Images)
24/06/2011m 31s

‘We are all going to have to look at the information that’s out there… and make decisions with our own sense of responsibility’

Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis spoke to Nick Robinson ahead of the Prime Minister’s announcement that pubs, restaurants, hotels and hairdressers can reopen from 4 July in England, when social distancing rules will be eased. Under the new rules people should remain 2m apart where possible but a "one metre plus" rule will be introduced. Two households in England will also be able to meet indoors and stay overnight - with social distancing. The 2m rule will remain in place in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Credit: Press Association
23/06/2016m 55s

‘The postponement decision was taken to maintain a high ambition COP’

The former Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney told Martha Kearney that the COP 26 meeting in Glasgow remains “a high ambition COP” despite the decision to postpone it by a year to 2021. He also said that transitioning to a net zero economy could form a key part of the economic recovery following the lockdown. He was speaking to Martha following the broadcast of an essay by Pope Francis, outlining his hopes for a post pandemic society. The interview is part of the BBC’s Rethink series – a unique collaboration between BBC Radio 4, Radio 5 Live and the World Service. It asks how society and our lives can change for the better after the Covid-19 crisis. Credit: Reuters
23/06/2015m 2s

Tuesday's business with Dominic O'Connell

Payments company Wirecard says £1.7bn missing from its accounts may not exist. How so? Plus the markets, and could one in six jobs in the motor trade go? (Photo: Getty Images)
23/06/2011m 28s

Monday's business with Dominic O'Connell

The government is about to take new powers to refuse takeovers on health grounds. How? Also, what's the future for the tidal lagoon planned for Swansea Bay? (Photo: Pixabay)
22/06/2011m 59s

‘If you want children to catch up, it can’t just be over the month of August, it has to be longer term over the academic year’

The Education Minister, Nick Gibb, told Mishal Husain that headteachers will have discretion to use funding to help the most disadvantaged pupils. This could include additional time in school over the summer. Mr Gibb was speaking ahead of the Education Secretary announcing a billion pound fund to help children across England catch up with the teaching they have missed because of the lockdown. The money will be made available from September and can be used to provide tutors for the most disadvantaged pupils. However funding will not be available for early years providers and those involved in education for 16 to 19-year-olds. Credit: Press Association
19/06/2014m 32s

Friday's business with Rob Young

Bank of England announces £100bn stimulus to help UK economy through coronavirus pandemic (Image: a pedestrian walks past the Bank of England in London. Credit: AFP/Getty Images)
19/06/2012m 4s

‘We want to open up internationally but only when it can be done in a sure footed and safe way’

The Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab spoke to Martha Kearney ahead of a meeting between Boris Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron in Downing Street, to mark the 80th anniversary of a famous wartime broadcast. In 1940, French Resistance leader Charles de Gaulle used the BBC to send a radio message to Nazi-occupied France, urging people not to give up the fight against Hitler. During their Downing Street meeting, Mr Johnson and Mr Macron will discuss easing of the 14-day coronavirus quarantine measures in place for visitors to - and UK citizens returning to - the UK. Credit: Getty Images
18/06/2014m 31s

Thursday's business with Dominic O'Connell

Big business is keen to support the black lives matter protests - but do black careers matter? (Image: a demonstrator holds a sign and flowers outside the U.S. Embassy during a Black Lives Matter protest in London. Credit: Reuters)
18/06/2010m 51s

Facebook's new measures on political advertising

Where do you draw the line between freedom of speech and allowing inflammatory language or fake news to go unchecked? In the past that would have been decision for newspapers and broadcasters, even courts. Now in our highly polarised age it is often up to the hugely powerful individuals who run social media. After facing massive criticism over fake news pushed by Russia in the 2016 US election, Facebook is announcing new safeguards which it says will prevent foreign interference in this year's vote in November. (Image: Facebook logo on a keyboard. Credit: Reuters)
17/06/2011m 19s

Wednesday's business with Dominic O'Connell

The coronavirus threatens the future of cash - but trials start today of a way to keep it available nationwide (Image: person withdrawing money from a cashpoint. Credit: Press Association)
17/06/2013m 52s

'What we now need to do is.....restart the economy without restarting the virus'

The Transport Secretary Grant Shapps told Martha Kearney that “there is a large degree of uncertainty in all of this…but we are trying to bring this to as smooth a conclusion as possible, which is why we’ve got the tapered nature of the furlough scheme.” He was speaking after official figures revealed that the number of workers on UK payrolls fell by more than 600,000 between March and May. The Office for National Statistics said there had been a record fall in the number of job vacancies in the period. The early estimates reflect the impact of around six weeks of lockdown in the UK, in which almost nine million workers have been furloughed. But economists say the full impact on employment will not be felt until wage support schemes end in October. With analysis from the BBC Economics Editor Faisal Islam. Credit: AFP Getty Images
16/06/2013m 26s

Tuesday's business with Dominic O'Connell

Official figures out this morning may give some clue to what the pandemic has done to employment in the UK (Image: a Job Centre Plus in London. Credit: Press Association)
16/06/2014m 4s

'Get on with the action, legislate, move - you're in government, do something'

The Shadow Justice Minister David Lammy told Justin Webb that “now is the time for action, not more reviews” and the Prime Minister should implement the findings of previous reviews on inequality. Boris Johnson announced on Sunday that he will establish a commission on inequality in response to the Black Lives Matter protests. The commission will be run out of the Cabinet Office and report to the Prime Minister, and would be asked to finish its work by Christmas. Justin also heard from the former Conservative Mayoral candidate Shaun Bailey, who said the Government would need time to decide on the best course of action. Also in this podcast Mishal Husain spoke to Lord Woolley, Advisory Chair of the Government's Race Disparity Unit, who welcomed the new commission. Mishal also heard from Hilary McGrady, Director General of the National Trust, about their report examining the links between the trust’s historic homes and slavery. Credit: Reuters
15/06/2022m 34s

Monday's business with Dominic O'Connell

Non-essential shops in England can open from today - but will customers return? (Image: a display sign that says 'we're open' at a florist in Brixton, Credit: Press Association)
15/06/2014m 9s

'It was bound to be big and in a way there's no point worrying, we made a conscious decision to do that'

The UK's economy shrank by 20.4% in April - the largest monthly contraction on record - as the country spent its first full month in lockdown. The Office for National Statistics said the "historic" fall affected virtually all areas of activity. The contraction is three times greater than the decline seen during the whole of the 2008 to 2009 economic downturn. Nick Robinson spoke to a panel of former Government advisers about the way forward for the UK economy. They were Sir John Timpson, chairman of the shoe repair chain, who led the Government's High Streets Expert Panel, Bridget Rosewell, an economist who chaired an independent review into Planning Appeal Inquiries and Stephen Kelly, Chairman of Tech Nation, formerly the Prime Minister’s Business Ambassador for technology. Credit: Press Association
12/06/2013m 2s

Friday's business with Katie Prescott

Official figures for UK output for April - the first full month of lockdown - show a big contraction in the size of the economy (Image: a sign encouraging social distancing in Brixton Market, London. Credit: European Photopress Agency)
12/06/2017m 22s

Friday's business with Katie Prescott

Official figures for UK output for April - the first full month of lockdown - show a big contraction in the size of the economy (Image: a sign encouraging social distancing in Brixton Market, London. Credit: European Photopress Agency)
12/06/2013m 59s

‘Why were we not looking more closely at what was being done in other countries?’

The former Conservative leadership contender, Rory Stewart, started calling for a lockdown in late February. He told Justin Webb ministers could have done things differently by looking at how other countries, particularly China and South Korea, had suppressed the virus. It follows claims from the former Government advisor Professor Neil Ferguson that the death toll from COVID-19 could have been halved if the lockdown had begun one week earlier. Justin also heard from our Political Editor, Laura Kuenssberg and from Mark Woolhouse, Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at the University of Edinburgh. The R4Today podcast. Credit: Press Association
11/06/2016m 47s

Thursday's business with Dominic O'Connell

Business groups are stepping up their protests against the quarantine for new arrivals in the UK (Image: passengers face masks arrive at Terminal 1 of Manchester Airport in northern England. Credit: AFP/Getty Images)
11/06/2014m 14s

Should we remove controversial statues?

Thousands of protesters in Oxford have demanded Oriel College remove a statue of Cecil Rhodes, whilst a statue of slaveholder Robert Milligan has been taken down in London. Historian Sir Simon Schama discusses the legacy of former prime minister William Gladstone and his statue. SOAS politics lecturer Dr Rahul Rao argues the Cecil Rhodes statue is linked to "very real, material injustices", and Oxford University chancellor Lord Chris Patten says it would be hypocritical to remove it. (Image: Robert Milligan statue, credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire)
10/06/2017m 47s

Wednesday's business with Dominic O'Connell

Thousands of people are waiting for holiday and flight refunds - why? (Image: a couple on holiday at sunset. Credit: Getty Images)
10/06/2014m 54s

‘It's the children who are missing out here and paying the penalty'

The Children’s Commissioner Anne Longfield told Mishal Husain she is “hugely disappointed” for children in England who will not be returning to primary school before September, due to concerns over social distancing. Mishal also heard from the head of the education select committee, Robert Halfon MP, who urged the Government to reconsider the decision and said the UK is a "strange country" for prioritising reopening pubs over schools. There had been an aim for all primary pupils to spend four weeks in school before the summer break. However the Government has said it’s no longer thought to be feasible and instead schools will be given "flexibility" over whether or not to admit more pupils. The R4Today podcast. Credit: Press Association
09/06/2011m 27s

Tuesday's business with Dominic O'Connell

How much has the coronavirus harmed the UK economy? (Image: a couple wearing face masks as a precautionary measure against COVID-19, walk past closed shops in north London. Credit: AFP/Getty Images
09/06/2014m 9s

‘It was wrong and it was an act of criminal damage’

The Policing Minister Kit Malthouse has told Justin Webb that it was wrong for Black Lives Matter protesters to pull down a statue of the seventeenth century slave trader Edward Colston in Bristol. Police in the city have confirmed there will be an investigation into “criminal damage” of the monument. Thousands of people attended largely peaceful demonstrations in cities across the UK at the weekend although violence in London on Sunday led to eight officers being injured and 12 people being arrested. Credit : Press Association
08/06/2012m 25s

Monday's business with Dominic O'Connell

The government is looking at new rules to block foreign takeovers of British companies (Image: Boris Johnson, pictured speaking at the Global Vaccine Summit in London. Credit: Reuters)
08/06/2014m 11s

'We will have an army of volunteers…to remind passengers to put face coverings on'

The doctors' union, the British Medical Association, has called for face coverings to be made compulsory in all public places where social distancing isn't possible. The Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, spoke to Mishal Husain and explained why the Government is not extending the mandatory wearing of masks beyond public transport. Mishal also hears from two women who lost their fathers to Covid-19 on the 30th of March. Maxine Sealy’s father Astley Wellington was born in Jamaica and was part of the Windrush generation. Toddy Peters’ father Ram Advani came to the UK from India and started showing symptoms a few days after his wife died. The R4Today podcast. Credit: European Photo Press Agency
05/06/2015m 23s

Today presenters choose Desert Island Discs

Today presenters join Desert Island Discs Day
05/06/205m 13s

Friday's business with Katie Prescott

Chef Jojo Modest (pictured), now volunteering, is one of many unemployed due to the crisis. How bad could unemployment get? Plus apprenticeships and markets. (Photo: Getty Images)
05/06/2013m 42s

'This is the pharmaceutical industry at its absolute best'

Bill Gates spoke to Justin Webb, ahead of today's fundraising meeting in London of GAVI, the vaccine alliance, that deals with the vaccination of children around the world. GAVI will play a significant role in the global distribution of a Coronavirus vaccine, if one is found. He told Justin that the pharmaceutical companies have agreed to use their factories to manufacture a vaccine - even if their vaccine is not chosen. Credit: AFP/Getty Images
04/06/2011m 2s

Thursday's business with Dominic O'Connell

Britain's travel industry is warning of job losses as the result of the new quarantine plan (Image: a newly arrived passenger wearing a face mask as a precaution against the coronavirus walks past a sign at Heathrow airport, west London. Credit: AFP/Getty Images)
04/06/2014m 0s

More large protests across US but violence falls

Tens of thousands of people have been taking part in an eighth night of protests in cities across the US after the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man in police detention. Large marches took place in Los Angeles, Atlanta, New York and Washington. (Image: Protest in LA. Credit: Getty Images)
03/06/2011m 33s

Wednesday's business with Dominic O'Connell

Might there be economic causes behind some of the riots that have taken place across the United States? (Image: protesters gather around a liquor store in flames near the Third Police Precinct in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Credit: AFP/Getty Images)
03/06/2015m 12s

'We are not going to reduce ourselves to being governed by the mob'

President Donald Trump has threatened to send in the military to end growing civil unrest in the US over the death of a black man in police custody. Campaign spokesman Marc Lotter told Mishal Husain that President Trump was right to do so. With reporting from the BBC's North America Correspondent Aleem Maqbool in Washington D.C. Credit: Reuters
02/06/2011m 23s

Tuesday's business with Dominic O'Connell

Some companies think they are being wrongly denied insurance payouts over the pandemic (Image: FCA logo. Credit: Alamy)
02/06/2013m 48s

'I think it's time for the protests to end'

After violence erupted in cities across the US on the sixth night of protests, Pastor Darrell Scott told Nick Robinson: “The powers that be have heard the message - justice is forthcoming.” Plus reporting from the streets of Minneapolis and the co-founder of Black Lives Matter Patrisse Cullors. Credit: Reuters
01/06/2017m 50s

Monday's business with Dominic O'Connell

Talks between the UK and EU on a trade deal resume today (Image: freight traffic awaits departure from the Port of Dover. Credit: Reuters)
01/06/2013m 32s

'She was heroic and continually inspiring'

More than 37 thousand people have now died of coronavirus - among them Karina Kinnear who was 48 and the sister of the actor Rory Kinnear. She had suffered brain damage as an infant and was paralysed from the waist down after an operation she had as a teenager. (Image: Karina Kinnear. Credit: Rory Kinnear)
29/05/205m 13s

"This virus has not gone away"

In England from Monday people will be able to meet in a group of up to six, outdoors and retaining social distancing. In Wales the new 'stay local' message from Monday will also allow different households to meet and in Scotland and Northern Ireland changes to the restrictions have already come in. There are variations in the precise rules and dates in the four nations. It is clear though how present the virus still is, on Tuesday in England 475 people were hospitalised with Covid-19. (Image: People in London Park. Credit: Reuters)
29/05/2012m 32s

Friday's business with Katie Prescott

The coronavirus-related Self-Employment Support Scheme is due to run out on Sunday. What might happen next? Plus, employees’ PPE and the joy of canned food. (Photo: Getty Images)
29/05/2014m 2s

'We have no recourse to public funds...we are struggling'

One of the senior MPs questioning the PM yesterday was the chair of the Work and Pensions Select Committee, Stephen Timms, the Labour MP for East Ham in London. He brought up the case of a couple in his constituency with two children who he said were being forced into destitution because they are here on a visa and have no access to public support until they get indefinite leave to remain. (Image: Woman sitting by window. Credit: Getty Images)
28/05/206m 17s

England's Coronavirus Test & Trace system starts

Thousands of contact tracers are making their first phone calls to track down people who will be told to self-isolate under new test and trace schemes being launched in England and Scotland. Tracers will text, email or call people who test positive with coronavirus and ask who they have had contact with. (Image: Matt Hancock. Credit: AFP)
28/05/2015m 42s

Thursday's business with Dominic O'Connell

Employers will pay towards the furlough scheme from August. What else will change? Plus statutory sick pay and the coronavirus ‘test and trace’ scheme. (Photo: Getty Images)
28/05/2014m 4s

"To protect children you are able to exercise a degree of personal judgment"

Boris Johnson will be questioned by senior MPs later amid continued calls for his top adviser to resign. The prime minister will appear before the Commons Liaison Committee for 90 minutes, during which he will be asked about Dominic Cummings' controversial lockdown trip to County Durham. More than 35 Tory MPs have called for Mr Cummings to resign or be fired. Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick says it is "time to move on". (Image: Dominic Cummings. Credit: PA)
27/05/2013m 34s

Wednesday's business with Dominic O'Connell

Does the UK need the proposed nuclear power station Sizewell C, and can the technology work? Plus, how the viral pandemic may hit university funding, and the markets. (Photo: EDF)
27/05/2014m 4s

'He sought to protect his family'

People will make up their own minds after listening to Dominic Cummings' "exhaustive" account of his travels during the lockdown, Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove has said. The prime minister's chief aide has defended driving 260 miles in March from his home to County Durham. (Image: Dominic Cummings. Credit: Getty Images)
26/05/2015m 47s

Tuesday's business with Dominic O'Connell

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has authorised a bailout for key companies. How might it work? Also, will people want to visit non-essential shops when they reopen? (Photo: Getty Images)
26/05/2014m 43s

'It's hugely damaging'

The PM's decision to back his chief aide's lockdown trip to Durham has sparked fears that the government's coronavirus message will be undermined. Some Tory backbenchers have called for Dominic Cummings to resign to ensure public confidence in future measures. The row comes as plans to further ease lockdown restrictions will be discussed at a cabinet meeting later. (Image: Dominic Cummings. Credit: EPA)
25/05/208m 13s

Monday's business with Dominic O'Connell

Jaguar Land Rover seems to have asked for a government bailout. How did it get here? Plus, are we heading for a global 'Green New Deal'? (Photo: ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)
25/05/2014m 43s

Friday's business with Rob Young

New data suggests there's been a rise in jobs being advertised in some parts of the UK despite Covid-19. We ask why (Image: a care worker wears PPE (personal protective equipment) as she tends to her client during a home visit. Credit: AFP/Getty Images)
22/05/2014m 12s

The UK has been 'too much on the back foot'

Is the government making wiser, more strategically joined up decisions now when it comes to tackling the coronavirus pandemic?  (Image: Sir Paul Nurse. Credit: BBC)
22/05/2014m 32s

'I see the bravery in their faces'

Hassan Akkad is an NHS cleaner, Syrian refugee and a documentary maker. Yesterday he posted a video on Twitter during his lunch break yesterday which soon went viral. Hassan - wearing his NHS uniform - looked into the camera and addressed the Prime Minister directly about a scheme to compensate the families of NHS workers who die of the virus. Within hours of that video being posted the government changed its policy. (Image: Hassan Akkad. Credit: Reuters)
21/05/205m 4s

Is the virus coming under control in London?

The number of people who are seriously ill with Covid-19 yesterday dropped below 10,000 for the first time since the lockdown. In London - many hospitals reported not a single death in the past 48 hours. Is the virus coming under control - at least in the capital? And could it be re-opened before other parts of the country? (Image: Woman walking onto an Underground train. Credit: PA)
21/05/207m 28s

'It is being done very late in the day'

Time is running out to finalise a track and trace strategy that would avoid a potential second surge in coronavirus cases, NHS leaders have said. The NHS Confederation warned of "severe" consequences to staff and patients if the right system was not established quickly. It said lockdown measures should not be eased until a clear plan was in place. (Image: testing kit. Credit: Reuters)
21/05/2012m 20s

Thursday's business with Dominic O'Connell

Might the Bank of England break the habit of a lifetime and bring in negative interest rates? (Image: the Bank of England in the financial district in the City of London. Credit: European Photopress Agency)
21/05/2014m 49s

Will it be possible to travel to Spain this year?

Spain is a popular summer holiday destination for many tourists from the UK, but will people be able to travel there this summer? The bars and cafes on the beaches of the Costa del Sol have re-opened to its outdoor customers, but the cities of Madrid and Barcelona remain closed. Spain was one of the worst hit countries in Europe and had one of the strictest lockdowns.
20/05/206m 12s

Could testing for Covid-19 be more efficient?

“I never thought it would be so easy to take people's freedoms away and so hard to persuade them to take them back.” That's what Boris Johnson is said to have told his colleagues recently. The biggest uncertainty for now is whether or not England’s schools will start to re-open on 1 June. Teachers’ unions say it won’t be safe for their members to return – and a growing number of councils are supporting that position. The much talked about system to test, track and isolate those with the virus might persuade people it's safe to ease the lockdown further – but when will it be ready? (Image: Virus testing lab. Credit: Getty Images)
20/05/209m 22s

Wednesday's business with Dominic O'Connell

One of the world's most influential investors gives his views the post-pandemic economy (Image: a deserted Soho in London, Britain, 15 May 2020. Credit: European Photopress Agency)
20/05/2014m 31s

'We should be prepared for the unemployment rate to increase significantly'

There was a big increase in the number of people claiming unemployment benefits in April - a month of lockdown across the UK. Those figures came out this morning giving us an indication of how the pandemic has affected livelihoods - the Office for national statistics has also released figures on UK unemployment which cover the first quarter of the year show the jobless numbers rising by 50,000. (Image: Therese Coffey. Credit: Reuters)
19/05/2012m 11s

Tuesday's business with Dominic O'Connell

What will the latest employment numbers tell us about the impact of the pandemic? (Image: woman walking past a Job Centre Plus office. Credit: Press Association)
19/05/2014m 58s

How close are we to a Covid-19 vaccine?

"Half of Britons could get jab in months" reads the front page of the Daily Mail. It, like many papers reports the announcement at yesterday's Downing Street news conference that ministers had helped to broker a deal for Astra Zeneca to produce up to 30 million doses of a vaccine by the Autumn. We also hear the story of the 35 year old woman who has spent a staggering 58 days on a ventilator who's now speaking for the first time. (Image:Vial with a potential vaccine. Credit: AFP)
18/05/2016m 37s

Monday's business with Dominic O'Connell

Might the British government set up a 'bad bank'? (Image: a worker enters the Treasury building in London. Credit: Reuters)
18/05/2014m 34s

Lift lockdowns 'when we know that we've got the defence mechanisms'

By late March we learnt hygiene, keeping our distance from one another and isolating with symptoms were the primary tools for combating the spread of coronavirus. Now - as part of normal life starts to resume alongside the imperative of preventing a second peak - we have a wider pool of data and analysis to inform and influence policy. We know from NHS figures that a quarter of patients who've died in hospitals in England with the virus had diabetes. We also have data that shows a regional breakdown in the infection rate - with the R or reproduction number of the virus down to 0.4 in London but at 0.83 in the North East and Yorkshire. How does this information inform the next steps countries should take? (Image: David Nabarro. Credit: Reuters)
15/05/2018m 3s

Friday's business with Katie Prescott

Companies say they can't access a government rescue fund over a technicality and the boss of Burger King on looming rent payments (Image: graphic designers working in open plan office. Credit: Science Photo Library)
15/05/2016m 57s

'Antiviral Wipe' - Charlie Brooker on his BBC 2 special

Charlie Brooker returns to our screens for the first time since his Bafta-winning 2016 Wipe to take a look at life under lockdown. As well as coverage of the crisis itself, Charlie also explores what the public have been watching to while away the hours. (Image: Charlie Brooker. Credit: PA)
14/05/204m 2s

'A doctor called and said I should come to the hospital immediately'

Throughout the pandemic, the Today Programme is hearing from people about their experiences of Covid-19, and from some who have lost loved ones. Folk legend John Prine died from Covid-19 in April. (Image: John Prine. Credit: Getty Images)
14/05/206m 17s

Thursday's business with Dominic O'Connell

The UK is heading for a deep recession - how deep, and for how long? (Image: Governor of the Bank of England Andrew Bailey. Credit: Reuters)
14/05/2014m 13s

"There's a great big Nigel-shaped hole in our lives"

"Rest now old friend. See you in the sweet bye and bye"... the farewell words of Monty Don to his golden retriever who has died. Fans of Gardeners' World will know Nigel who often featured on the programme, padding around the famous garden at Longmeadow.
13/05/204m 22s

"We need to do this in baby steps with a lot of caution"

People in England who cannot work from home are being encouraged to return to their workplaces. This morning's economic figures - which show a dramatic drop in GDP in March - are a reminder of why getting the country working again is such a priority. But for many returning to work today even the journey there will be a source of real anxiety. (Image: People waiting at an underground station. Credit: PA)
13/05/2011m 58s

Wednesday's business with Dominic O'Connell

You can sell and buy houses and flats again from today after seven weeks of lockdown (Image: Sold, and For Sale signs, estate agents signs, boards, in a residential street. Credit: Press Association)
13/05/2014m 21s

'We've got to get back to our way of life, but very cautiously'

"Perilous" was how the Prime Minister described the current crisis as he urged people to show good solid British common sense. But he's being accused by the Labour leader of causing confusion, which has also been echoed by first ministers in Scotland and Wales. And that criticism isn't just coming from opposition parties. (Image: Matt Hancock. Credit: EPA)
12/05/2012m 32s

Tuesday's business with Dominic O'Connell

What do employers think of the government guidance on a return to work? (Image: a worker passes next to social distance sign on a construction site in London. Credit: European Photopress Agency)
12/05/2014m 33s

People should return to work if they can't do their jobs from home

'Stay at home' has become 'stay alert' - in England that is. The original key message that has dominated our lives for the past eight weeks remains in place in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland but this morning people living in England are being actively encouraged to return to work, while also being urged to avoid public transport. There is also a conditional plan for what will happen in the coming weeks in England - conditional on what happens to the rate of infection. (Image: Dominic Raab. Credit: AFP)
11/05/2022m 7s

Monday's business with Dominic O'Connell

Tourism and travel businesses are fighting plans for a two-week quarantine for UK arrivals (Image: the arrivals hall at Terminal Two of London Heathrow Airport in west London. Credit: AFP/Getty Images)
11/05/2014m 32s

Memories of VE Day

VE Day - or 'Victory in Europe Day' - marks the day towards the end of World War Two when fighting against Nazi Germany in Europe came to an end. The Today Programme has been speaking to four people with different memories of that day. Steven Frank had been sent to the Theresienstadt concentration camp in Czechoslovakia. After enlisting at 17, Doug Farrington joined the Royal Welch Fusiliers and took part in the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium. Lilian Tuson was 18 on VE day and joined the crowds celebrating in London. Colonel John Waddy - now 99 - shared his memories of serving with the 4th Parachute Brigade. (Image: People celebrating in London. Credit: Getty Images)
08/05/2023m 54s

Poems to bring 'comfort and hope'

During the coronavirus crisis, the Today Programme has featured some of the BBC's most well-known voices reading poetry which has brought them comfort and hope during their lives. In this episode: Allan Little reads 'Sonnet 116' by William Shakespeare. Mishal Husain reads 'On Time' from The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran. John Simpson reads 'Adlestrop' by Edward Thomas.
08/05/207m 22s

Friday's business with Katie Prescott

London’s New West End Company is advising its members on reopening. What is it saying? Plus advertising, a green recovery and American unemployment. (Photo: Getty Images)
08/05/2015m 1s

Poems to bring 'comfort and hope'

During the coronavirus crisis, the Today Programme has featured some of the BBC's most well-known voices reading poetry which has brought them comfort and hope during their lives. In this episode: Justin Webb reads 'The Road Not Taken' by Robert Frost. Actor, director and writer Adjoa Andoh reads 'Atlas' by U.A. Fanthorpe. Frank Gardner reads 'There Will Come Soft Rains' by Sara Teasdale. (Image: Justin Webb, Adjoa Andoh, Frank Gardner. Credit: BBC)
07/05/205m 8s

'It's much much worse than the financial crisis'

The Bank of England has warned that the coronavirus pandemic will push the UK economy towards its deepest recession on record. It said the economy was on course to shrink 14% this year, based on the lockdown being relaxed in June. Scenarios drawn up by the Bank to illustrate the economic impact said Covid-19 was "dramatically reducing jobs and incomes in the UK". What role can the government play now to get us back to work again, once it's safe to do so? (Image: Alistair Darling. Credit: BBC)
07/05/2011m 9s

Thursday's business with Dominic O'Connell

How might the Bank of England assess the impact of the current pandemic on the economy? Plus a big media merger, next steps for Rolls Royce, and the markets. (Photo: Getty Images)
07/05/2013m 20s

Poems to bring 'comfort and hope'

During the coronavirus crisis, the Today Programme has featured some of the BBC's most well-known voices reading poetry which has brought them comfort and hope during their lives. In this episode: Lyse Doucet reads ‘The Cure At Troy’ by Seamus Heaney. Jim Naughtie reads ‘The Darkling Thrush’ by Thomas Hardy. NHS surgeon David Nott reads 'Yr Arwr' (The Hero) by Hedd Wyn. (Image: Lyse Doucet, Jim Naughtie, David Nott. Credit: BBC)
06/05/207m 46s

'It's a matter of regret' but Professor Ferguson was right to step aside

It is a fact that comparing the simple number of deaths across nations tells you less than the whole story. Britain and Italy differ for instance in size of population and density of the biggest city. There may be differences too in the skill with which numbers are collected. But the bald fact is that the official figure now puts the UK at the top of the European death league. And there are questions about our treatment of care home residents, about our decisions to stop testing and following up those tests widely in mid-march, about our refusal to close our borders as other nations did. And of course the resignation of professor Neil Ferguson - a key member of the government's scientific advisory team, is an unwelcome distraction. (Image: James Brokenshire. Credit: Reuters)
06/05/2012m 20s

Wednesday's business with Dominic O'Connell

Virgin Atlantic will lay off one-third of its staff - but will it get a bailout? (Image: a Virgin Atlantic aeroplane tail fin and nose livery are seen at Heathrow airport. Credit: Reuters)
06/05/2015m 54s

Poems to bring 'comfort and hope'

During the coronavirus crisis, the Today Programme has featured some of the BBC's most well-known voices reading poetry which has brought them comfort and hope during their lives. In this episode: Clive Myrie reads the opening of 'Endymion' Book 1 by John Keats. James Landale reads: ‘Patrick' by Sandy Landale. Martha Kearney reads: 'The Lake Isle of Innisfree' by William Butler Yeats. (Image: Martha Kearney, James Landale, Clive Myrie. Credit: BBC)
05/05/206m 38s

This app is 'very specifically' about tracing the virus

An NHS app that aims to track the spread of coronavirus is being rolled out for the first time, as part of a trial on the Isle of Wight. If the trial is successful, it could be available across the UK within weeks. Concerns have been raised over privacy, though ministers say the app has been designed with this "front of mind". (Image: Matt Hancock. Credit: Getty Images)
05/05/208m 38s

Labour calls for ‘a national consensus’ on tackling coronavirus

How safe do you feel about going back to work? Going on public transport? The Chancellor has said the lockdown is not sustainable as the furlough scheme could soon cost as much as the NHS. The government has drawn up draft guidelines for its back to work strategy which involves companies producing risk assessments. But trade unions and Labour argue the guidance doesn't go far enough. The party's leader Sir Keir Starmer has set out seven principles to govern the return to work including a National Safety Standard - he's also calling for a national consensus. (Image: Keir Starmer. Credit: PA)
05/05/2011m 46s

Tuesday's business with Dominic O'Connell

Car sales fell to almost nothing in April - when will they rebound? (Image: cars are seen at the Vauxhall plant as the outbreak of the coronavirus disease continues, in Ellesmere Port. Credit: Reuters)
05/05/2014m 39s

Do we have 'corona-phobia'?

If the government tells us it's safe to venture out of our houses next week, to begin to get back to work and school and shopping for things other than the basics, will we do it? Or might many of us stay put having had the stay home save lives message drummed into our heads over and over again? A poll of people in 14 countries showed Brits to be the most cautious about lifting the lockdown. Have we as a nation - in the words of the Sun newspaper - got corona-phobia?
04/05/2012m 1s

Poems to bring 'comfort and hope'

During the Coronvirus crisis, the Today Programme has featured some of the BBC's most well-known voices reading poetry which has brought them comfort and hope during their lives. In this episode: Fergal Keane reads from 'Benedictus: A Book of Blessings' by John O'Donohue. Katya Adler and her daughter Sofia read: 'The Stolen Orange’ by Brian Patten. Jeremy Bowen reads the first and last verses of 'Fern Hill' by Dylan Thomas.
04/05/205m 35s

'Physical distancing will remain critical for many months, indeed many years to come'

The government's promised comprehensive plan for restarting the economy won't now come this week but next Sunday - we will then be approaching the seven week mark of nationwide lockdown. It's been clear from ministers that the process needs to be staged with the ability to bring restrictions back in some areas, depending on what happens with the infection rate. And that could be the approach for many months to come - unless we have a proven vaccine coming into play. Today the prime minister will address a virtual conference aimed at gathering international funding pledges for the effort to find one One of the coordinating groups is CEPI - the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness - co-founded by Sir Jeremy Farrar, head of the Wellcome Trust and a member of the UK government's Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE). (Image: scientist working in a lab. Credit: Reuters)
04/05/2010m 20s

Monday's business with Dominic O'Connell

The government has drawn up draft plans for a return to work (Image: customers maintain social distancing as they wait to collect orders at a branch of a popular burger chain in Kensington, London. Credit: Press Association)
04/05/2015m 12s

"We are either going to meet the target or come very close"

The government expects that it has reached its target of providing 100,000 daily coronavirus tests. The figures for Thursday - the deadline set by ministers - will be announced on Friday afternoon. The talk of easing the lockdown is still just that - talk - and today there is a sign of another challenge the government must now confront - the public's fear of leaving their homes with a BBC poll suggesting that 6 in 10 of us would not be comfortable going on a bus or a train. (Image: Covid-19 testing. Credit: PA)
01/05/2013m 35s

Ryanair to cut up to 3000 jobs

The announcement of job losses comes as the airline says it doesn't expect passenger demand to fully recover for 2 years. The company is bracing for a 99% drop in passenger numbers in this quarter, and assumes its will only carry half the number envisaged in the next. Along with the job cuts from July 2020, Ryanair is warning that staff may face pay cuts, unpaid leave and a number of European bases closing for now. (Image: Michael O'Leary. Credit: Getty Images)
01/05/205m 47s

Friday's business with Dharshini David

How are giants Amazon and Apple doing financially during the current pandemic? Plus, restarting business, and the risks of taking money out of pension pots. (Photo: Getty Images)
01/05/2014m 54s

Making a 'false move' now would risk the transmission rate increasing

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will chair a cabinet meeting later and then lead the daily coronavirus briefing for the first time since his return to work. No 10 said the PM, whose fiancee gave birth on Wednesday, will update the UK on the "fight against this disease and the steps we are taking to defeat it". But political editor Laura Kuenssberg said he was unlikely to give "chapter and verse" on lifting the restrictions. (Image: Robert Buckland. Credit: Reuters)
30/04/208m 10s

Thursday's business with Dominic O'Connell

Commercial property landlords have been prevented from evicting tenants or enforcing collection of rents - now they want government help to make ends meet (Image: a near empty High Street in Winchester. Credit: Press Association)
30/04/2014m 10s

We're 'confident we will be doing 100,000 tests'

It's easy to feel overwhelmed by the sheer weight of statistics we hear every day about Covid-19, but there are clear trends. The number of deaths in hospital is falling, while those in care homes are worse than feared. From today we will be getting more accurate daily totals of those who have died in care homes and anyone who lives or works in one is entitled to get a test for the virus. Meanwhile the lockdown is taking its toll on the economy. A few businesses may be opening up soon - garden centres for instance - but there is real fear about the future in many areas. (Image: George Eustice. Credit: AFP)
29/04/2011m 37s

Wednesday's business with Dominic O'Connell

British Airways says it will lay off 12,000 staff - but unions say they will fight it (Image: General views of British Airways planes grounded at Bournemouth Airport. Credit: Naomi Baker/Getty Images)
29/04/2014m 11s

New Zealand begins to ease lockdown

New Zealand has done it. “Elimination does not mean zero cases, it means zero tolerance for cases” according to Jacinda Ardern, the Prime Minister. There is no widespread undetected community transmission of the coronavirus, so people are released from the toughest measures of the New Zealand lockdown. The country has had fewer than 1,500 cases of Covid-19 infection and under 20 deaths. (Image: New Zealand"s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Credit: AFP)
28/04/208m 1s

Tuesday's business with Dominic O'Connell

Small companies can now get an entirely government-backed loan - but will they apply? (Image: Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak making a statement in the House of Commons on coronavirus and the economy in London on April 27, 2020. Credit: AFP/Getty Images)
28/04/2014m 5s

'Now isn't the time to ease up on the restrictions'

He won’t be having a quiet day at the office, easing himself back after a touch and go experience in hospital. Boris Johnson has returned to Downing Street to face an agonising dilemma as Prime Minister. Modelling by Imperial College London suggests that lifting the lockdown for all except elderly people would see more than a hundred thousand die. But businesses have been warning about the dire impact the restrictions are having on the economy with predictions of two million people ending up unemployed. (Image: Coronavirus warning sign. Credit: Getty Images)
27/04/2012m 13s

Monday's business with Dominic O'Connell

Airlines have written to the chancellor asking for an extension of the furlough scheme. Might there too be a bailout for Virgin Atlantic? (Image: Virgin Atlantic, British Airways and EasyJet planes are seen parked at Gatwick Airport. Credit: Press Association
27/04/2013m 45s

Millions of key workers in England can now book coronavirus test

It is one month today since we woke up to the measures we are still living under - restrictions on our way of life brought in to combat the spread of a virus that could have overwhelmed the NHS. The lockdown won't be formally reviewed by the government for another two weeks but yesterday two significant new measures were announced - key workers in England and their households can be tested for coronavirus if they have any symptoms, and contact tracing is to be rolled out on a large scale with 18,000 people to be recruited and trained to do the job. (Image: Matt Hancock. Credit: Reuters)
24/04/2016m 4s

Friday's business with Rob Young

Businesses say banks must get faster at approving emergency loans for companies struggling because of the coronavirus shutdown (Image: a nearly-deserted Reuters Square at midday in Canary Wharf, east London. Credit: Press Association)
24/04/2014m 9s

Business needs 'a little bit of hope'

The warning from the chief medical officer for England is pretty clear. Chris Whitty says very disruptive restrictions on life are going to have to continue for the rest of the year. Is the government ready to back that? There are suggestions some Conservative MPs are not with some saying the government's messaging about an exit has got to be clearer. (Image: Closed shops. Credit: EPA)
23/04/2015m 35s

Thursday's business with Dominic O'Connell

Will low oil prices lead to the decline of North Sea oil? (Image: oil rig / oil platform in the North Sea. Credit: Press Association)
23/04/204m 23s

How close are we to a Covid-19 vaccine?

Something quite extraordinary is happening in the world of vaccine development. It has simply never happened before. It is possible of course that it all comes to nothing or takes much longer than we all would like. But around the world an effort to develop a Coronavirus vaccine has seen dozens of potential pathways being researched, and the UK is at the forefront of it. (Image: Glass jar. Credit: Reuters)
22/04/208m 55s

Wednesday's business with Dominic O'Connell

Netflix has added another 16 million subscribers - but what happens after the lockdown? (Image: small toy figures are seen in front of displayed Netflix logo. Credit: Reuters)
22/04/2014m 13s

Naomi Klein on the challenges and questions Covid-19 is bringing to the US

Democratic governors of US states which have seen protests against lockdown measures have asked the White House to urge Americans to obey stay-at-home instructions. But how might the pandemic shape the US economy and politics further down the line? (Image: Naomi Klein. Credit: BBC)
21/04/204m 19s

'Hybrid' parliament breaks 700 years of tradition

The House of Commons has been trying out its new working arrangements in preparation for MPs' return later. Screens have been installed in the chamber to allow MPs to speak remotely while the limited number attending in person will be signposted where to sit. The new practices will initially operate until 12 May although could remain in place for longer. (Image: House of Commons. Credit: Getty Images)
21/04/2010m 58s

'Still Life' by Simon Armitage

Poetry can be a great source of comfort when things are hard, offering inspiration, hope or even consolation. Today we hear from Simon Armitage - the Poet Laureate - who reads a poem he has composed about the lockdown. It's called "Still Life":

The head of MI5 Andrew Parker speaks to the BBC in a wide-ranging interview

As he prepares to step down after seven years of leading MI5, Andrew Parker speaks to the BBC about coronavirus, counter-terrorism and how the Security Service has changed since he joined in 1983. (Image: Andrew Parker. Credit: PA)
20/04/2023m 54s

When will new supplies of PPE be delivered?

There is "relatively low confidence" a delayed delivery of 400,000 protective gowns will arrive on Monday, a senior NHS figure has said. The consignment had been expected to arrive from Turkey on Sunday. Chris Hopson, chief executive of NHS Providers, told the BBC there was "no doubt" some hospital trusts already had shortages of the gowns, which protect those treating coronavirus patients. (Image: Oliver Dowden. Credit: Reuters)
20/04/2013m 6s

Nicola Sturgeon & Grant Shapps on the lockdown continuing for 'at least' three weeks

The government in Westminster says we are starting to see a flattening in the curve. But so far ministers are resisting pressure to put a date on when lockdown measures might begin to be relaxed. Next week, the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says she will "set out the decision-making framework" for when measures may change in Scotland. In Westminster, we speak to Transport Secretary Grant Shapps on how ministers will find a balance between saving lives from the virus, and minimising public health and economic impacts due to the lockdown. (Image: Stamp mark saying 'stay at home. Credit: Getty Images)
17/04/2018m 45s

Friday's business with Katie Prescott

China’s economy shrank by a reported 6.8% in the first quarter of 2020. Given Covid-19, is that surprising? Plus Rolls Royce and recovery, and the markets. (Photo: Getty Images)
17/04/2014m 23s

A level of social distancing until a vaccine is available

We are all carefully watching the daily statistics and graphs on coronavirus to try to see if we have yet reached the peak of the infection and whether the measures taken so far are having an effect - there seems to be glimmer of good news. Health officials say the trend in new infections is flattening out - and social distancing measures may be having an impact. Prof Neil Ferguson is from Imperial College London and is a key government adviser for the coronavirus outbreak. (Image: Neil Ferguson. Credit: PA)
16/04/206m 40s

Thursday's business with Dominic O'Connell

How are graduates’ first jobs being affected by the Covid-19 crisis? Plus, the retail analyst-turned-shelf stacker, different loans systems and the markets. (Photo: Getty Images)
16/04/2015m 54s

75th anniversary of the liberation of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp

75 years ago April 1945 the BBC's war correspondent Richard Dimbleby accompanied the British troops during the liberation of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. Speaking to Justin Webb on the Today Programme, his son Jonathan Dimbleby reflects on his father's broadcasts and talks about his new documentary 'Return to Belsen'. (Image: Soldier at Bergen-Belsen. Credit: Getty Images)
15/04/207m 8s

Labour calls for lockdown exit strategy

“We will stop all gatherings of more than two people in public...If you don’t follow the rules the police will have the powers to enforce them.” It is just three weeks since the Prime Minister uttered those words. It feels like a lifetime. It is now clear that the lockdown will continue for at least another three weeks but, as yet, we have no idea when it might end or how or when? Labour's new leader believes that has to change. (Image: Sir Keir Starmer. Credit: PA)
15/04/2012m 13s

Wednesday's business with Dominic O'Connell

How is one of the big construction companies reacting to the Covid-19 crisis? Plus, should directors of their own companies qualify for the furlough scheme? (Photo: Getty Images)
15/04/2015m 33s

'It does almost feel' like lambs to the slaughter

Thirteen people have died from coronavirus at one care home in County Durham, another thirteen in a home in Essex, five in Glasgow. These figures from the past few days show just how vulnerable elderly people are, especially when they are living at close quarters. Official figures say that around 1500 care homes in England have been hit by the virus, one in seven. But some charities believe the true figure is much higher in Scotland where more than one in three homes have been affected. The National Care Association says "the current figures are airbrushing older people out like they don't matter". A number of charities have written to the Health Secretary demanding a special package to help social care during the pandemic.   Baroness Altmann is a former pensions minister and Therese Coffey is the Work and Pensions Secretary.
14/04/2011m 45s

Tuesday's business with Dominic O'Connell

There are problems with the furlough scheme announced by the chancellor Rishi Sunak. Why? Plus refunds from travel website Trivago, and the markets. (Photo: Getty Images)
14/04/2012m 55s

We will all have to 'learn to live with the new reality of life'

A range of questions present themselves about why the UK seems to be on course to be one of the worst-affected nations in Europe, what the path might be out of our lockdown, and what the advice should be to us about longer term measures like the wearing of masks? (Image: David Nabarro. Credit: Reuters)
13/04/2011m 19s

Monday's business with Dominic O'Connell

The price of oil has crashed, partly due to the Covid-19 crisis. Will production cuts bolster prices? Plus the latest on the government loan scheme for SMEs. (Photo: Getty Images)
13/04/2014m 8s

'Remember him for the kind and compassionate hero he was'

As the nation applauded the NHS last night, we remembered in particular the health service professionals who have lost their lives in the fight against coronavirus. Tributes have been paid to Dr Abdul Mabud Chowdhury, a consultant at the Homerton Hospital in east London who died on Wednesday after testing positive for Covid 19. Back on the 18th March he had posted an urgent appeal on Facebook to the Prime Minister that every NHS health worker should have protective equipment - PPE. Intisar Chowdhury is Dr Chowdhury's son. (Image: Abdul Mabud Chowdhury. Credit: PA)
10/04/204m 46s

It's 'critical' people stick to lockdown measures

This should be a time for us all to come together, visiting family, church services, Easter egg hunts, bonnet competitions, trips to beauty spots in the glorious spring weather. Instead the lockdown continues - because of the mantra we all know - in order to protect the NHS and save lives. There are some green shoots. The latest briefing talked about the number of new infections flattening out. How long will the lockdown last, and on what basis will the restrictions be lifted - the exit strategy in other words. (Image: Sign at London tube station. Credit: Reuters)
10/04/209m 16s

Friday's business with Katie Prescott

Entrepreneur Brent Hoberman on start-ups and Covid-19. How does he think could they be helped? Plus, increased online sales of Easter eggs, and the markets. (Photo: Getty Images)
10/04/2014m 11s

"Maybe, just maybe he'll turn a corner"

The Prime Minister has spent a third night in intensive care - his condition is improving but in recent weeks thousands of families have experienced loved ones going into hospital with the virus. Some have gone onto ventilators - their families then having no contact with them, not being able to visit and fearing the worst. Sue Martin's 58-year old husband Mal was fit and well, running his own business, when he became ill - has been on a ventilator in South Wales for the past 11 days. They have two children - aged 13 and 16.
09/04/2010m 21s

Thursday's business with Katie Prescott

We ask Nobel prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz what the economic outlook is post-lockdown? Plus a modern-day agricultural 'land army', and the markets. (Photo: Getty Images)
09/04/2013m 56s

When will the government be able to lift the lockdown measures?

A third night in hospital for the Prime Minister - a second night in intensive care. We know that the business of government goes on - that the Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab is deputising for Boris Johnson - and that there will not now be a review of the current lockdown at the three week point - this coming Monday. (Image: Hospital worker. Credit: PA)
08/04/2011m 49s

Wednesday's business with Katie Prescott

Figures suggest up to 11 million people could be put 'on furlough', the government Covid-19 wage compensation scheme. How? Plus LinkedIn, and the markets. (Photo: Getty Images)
08/04/2014m 5s

Global co-ordination in the fight against coronavirus

The former Prime Minister Gordon Brown has co-ordinated a 165 strong group including 92 former presidents and prime ministers to call for billions more pounds to be spent in the fight against coronavirus. He wants the G20 leaders to set up a task force and to focus new international funds on vaccines, treatments and help for health systems in the developing world. There should also be debt interest relief for the poorest countries.
07/04/206m 25s

Michael Gove on the Prime Minister's condition.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has spent the night in intensive care at a central London hospital after his coronavirus symptoms worsened. Downing Street said he was moved to the unit on the advice of his medical team and was receiving "excellent care". Mr Johnson has asked Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to deputise "where necessary", a spokesman added. (Image: Two police officers outside St Thomas's hospital. Credit: EPA)
07/04/2013m 38s

Tuesday's business with Dharshini David

In this crisis, 80% of the UK's vital road haulage companies are small- to medium-sized businesses. How are banks helping? Plus boardroom pay cuts and Avon. (Photo: PC Howard)
07/04/2014m 46s

"He remains in charge of the government"

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is "in charge of the government" despite spending the night in hospital with coronavirus, Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has said. The PM was taken to a London hospital on Sunday evening with "persistent symptoms" - including a temperature - for a series of routine tests. It is said to be a "precautionary step" taken on the advice of his doctor. Mr Johnson, 55, tested positive for coronavirus 10 days ago. (Image: Robert Jenrick. Credit: Reuters)
06/04/2010m 37s

Monday's business with Dharshini David

Changes to the government's Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan scheme take effect today. But will they work? Plus, health messages in video games. (Photo: Getty Images)
06/04/2014m 23s

How will the world after coronavirus be different?

How will the world after coronavirus be different? Will we trust experts or our governments more - will we look at our fellow citizens fearful they may carry disease - will our leaders collaborate more or put up barriers? The historian and author Yuval Noah Harari - chronicler of many aspects of mankind in books including Sapiens - has been thinking about the impact of this crisis.
03/04/205m 1s

How will the government meet its target 100,000 coronavirus tests a day in England?

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has told the BBC the government has "a huge amount of work to do" to meet its target of 100,000 coronavirus tests a day in England. Mr Hancock said he was not relying on new antibody blood tests to meet the goal, which was announced after criticism of the UK's testing strategy. (Image: Matt Hancock. Credit: PA)
03/04/2013m 11s

Friday's business with Dharshini David

How is the government's business interruption loan scheme working for small businesses? Plus huge unemployment in the USA and oil price rises. (Photo: shameersrk from Pixabay)
03/04/2014m 34s

"Everybody involved is frustrated" about the low number of coronavirus tests

Health officials say they are "frustrated" by a lack of progress in expanding UK coronavirus testing. Prof Paul Cosford of Public Health England said "everybody involved" is unhappy testing has not "got to the position yet that we need to get to". (Image: Sign warning about coronavirus. Credit: AFP)
02/04/2015m 50s

Thursday's business with Dominic O'Connell

British Airways is expected to suspend 36,000 workers. Who will this apply to? Plus, more on the government loan scheme, a Pizza Hut plan, and the markets. (Photo: Getty Images)
02/04/2014m 29s

Coronavirus tests to increase to 15000 "within a couple of days"

Hospitals should use spare laboratory space to test self-isolating NHS staff in England for coronavirus, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said. The government faces growing criticism over a lack of testing for frontline staff who could return to work if found clear of the virus. On Tuesday, Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove admitted the UK had to go "further, faster" to increase testing. (Image: Robert Jenrick. Credit: PA Images)
01/04/2012m 24s

Wednesday's business with Dominic O'Connell

Banks have been warned off giving out big dividends. Will it affect how much they lend? Plus, how are the government loan schemes working in practice? (Photo: Getty Images)
01/04/2013m 38s

Rescue flights for stranded Britons

Tens of thousands of Britons stranded abroad by the coronavirus pandemic will be flown home under a new arrangement between the government and airlines. BA, Virgin and Easyjet are among airlines working with the government to fly Britons back to the UK. The government has also pledged £75m to charter special flights to bring home UK nationals from countries where commercial flights are unavailable. (Image: Grant Shapps. Credit: AFP)
31/03/2012m 24s

Tuesday's business with Dominic O'Connell

Garden centres are closed at what should be their busiest time. What will happen to them? Plus, the future for hospitality staff and parked planes. (Photo: Getty Images)
31/03/2014m 44s

UK not losing the battle to do enough coronavirus tests

It is just a week since the Prime Minister spoke to more than 27 million people watching on television and told us to stay at home. We were told that the shutdown of large parts of our economy, society and our daily lives would be reviewed in three weeks time. But that three week review could be followed by more restrictions, some lasting perhaps for six months. Some argue the only way to speed up the time we can reach the moment life begins to feel more normal is through testing. But tests, like ventilators and protective masks and aprons are in short supply. (Image: Helen Whately. Credit: BBC)
30/03/2013m 14s

Monday's business with Dominic O'Connell

Rent-to-own whtie goods company BrightHouse is at risk of going under today. What's gone wrong? Plus, insolvency law, Qatar Airways and the markets. (Photo: Getty Images)
30/03/2013m 44s

Help for the self-employed during the coronavirus outbreak

Employees kept on by struggling businesses during the coronavirus outbreak will have 80% of their wages subsidised by the government, but ministers were criticised for not going so far for the self-employed. Now the chancellor has announced measures to support them too. Business Secretary Alok Sharma outlined the steps government will be taking. (Image: Alok Sharma. Credit: AFP)
27/03/2011m 34s

Friday's business with Dharshini David

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced that self-employed workers will receive a grant of up to 80% of their profits. How and when? Plus the view from the USA. (Photo: Getty Images)
27/03/2012m 39s

What is being done about shortages in our hospitals and supermarkets

How do we find the food ...the supplies we need to live? That is not a question most of us ever imagined we'd have to ask in modern Britain, but it is a real worry for a growing number of the elderly and the vulnerable who've been ordered to stay at home and either can not go to the shops at all, or can not risk the crowds and the queues they face when they get there. In hospitals, many are worried about the failure of safety equipment to arrive, PPE as it is known. “It’s like sending soldiers into battle without a rifle” as one medic described it to the BBC. And there are also concerns about when badly needed ventilators will arrive, with fears that the whole system could be overwhelmed.
26/03/2016m 48s

Thursday's business with Dominic O'Connell

What will the government announce today for self-employed people on support for lost earnings in the coronavirus crisis? Plus a loans update. (Photo: Israel Trejo from Pixabay)
26/03/2011m 27s

Tuesday's business with Dominic O'Connell

What's likely to happen to the jobs of thousands of retail workers now at home? Plus, the government loan scheme for business, and how the Fed is reacting. (Photo: Getty Images)
25/03/2013m 13s

Government seeks a quarter of a million volunteers to help the NHS

The appeal for a quarter of a million volunteers to create a new NHS - a National Help Service to support those forced to stay locked in their homes for the next three months - reinforces the idea that Britain is at war with the coronavirus. So too the news that the army is turning London's Excel centre - normally home to Crufts & the Boat Show - into a 4000 bed field hospital. In any war it is the instinct of many to get behind the national endeavour. Others, though, are questioning whether their leaders are making the right decisions. (Image: Robert Jenrick. Credit: AFP)
25/03/2012m 46s

Wednesday's business with Dominic O'Connell

Companies are excused paying their rent today. What does that mean for landlords? Plus, as markets bounce back, is it premature to say we've turned a corner? (Photo: Getty Images)
25/03/208m 27s

Monday's business with Dominic O'Connell

Can the government's loan scheme for some businesses save them in this crisis? We hear from the bosses of a restaurant group and Pure Gym. (Graphic: Mohamed Hassan from Pixabay)
24/03/205m 33s

Coronavirus frontline - Katie Sanderson is a junior doctor at a London hospital

Over three hundred people have now died from coronavirus in the UK. Katie Sanderson is a junior doctor in acute medicine at a hospital in London. Speaking to the Today Programme she said the situation was evolving rapidly and large numbers of patients were now being admitted with coronavirus
24/03/203m 25s

Michael Gove - strict new measures to tackle the spread of coronavirus.

As far as possible - all of us must now stay at home.  We need a reason to go out - to shop for basic essentials, to exercise once a day, to seek medical care or help someone who is vulnerable - to travel to and from work, but only if absolutely necessary. That is the new guidance - and now it will be enforced - by the police. Michael Gove is Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office.
24/03/2012m 39s

Thursday's business with Dominic O'Connell

The pound dropped sharply against the dollar and fell against the euro on Wednesday. Why? Plus hotel rooms for the NHS and videoconferencing on the rise. (Photo: Getty Images)
20/03/2013m 23s

Friday's business with Katie Prescott

Bank of England governor Andrew Bailey has cut interest rates to 0.1%. Will it work? Plus, how are businesses maintaining jobs in the coronavirus crisis? (Photo: Getty Images)
20/03/2014m 33s

Will coronavirus have a greater economic impact than the 2008 global financial crisis?

We have entered the unknown. Every day brings immense changes to our daily lives. Schools being shut down with children coming home indefinitely. Exams in jeopardy. People in London facing far tighter restrictions on travel and going out. The number of soldiers on standby has doubled to twenty thousand. All of this will cause huge damage to the economy - with the threat of companies going out of business and many job losses. Comparisons are being made with the global financial crisis. Gordon Brown was Prime Minister at that time. (Image: Gordon Brown. Credit: BBC)
19/03/2015m 29s

Exam cancellations - How will students receive their grades?

Schools and universities are calling for urgent clarity from the government after the announcement that GCSEs and A-Levels in England and Wales will be cancelled amid the coronavirus crisis. (Image: Student taking exam. Credit: PA)
19/03/206m 39s

Top coronavirus expert says he has symptoms of Covid-19

Professor Neil Ferguson, an advisor to the government on the coronavirus outbreak, self-isolates after developing symptoms of Covid-19. He said he developed a cough while speaking to the Today Programme on his phone. (Image: Neil Ferguson. Credit: BBC)
18/03/203m 57s

Wednesday's business with Dominic O'Connell

Rishi Sunak, the chancellor, has promised a £350bn package of support for businesses hit by the coronavirus - will it be enough? And is it the right thing to do? (Image: Chancellor Rishi Sunak, left, flanked by Prime Minister Boris Johnson at a press conference inside 10 Downing Street, Tues, March 17, 2020. Credit: European Photopress Agency)
18/03/2013m 23s

"We're about three weeks behind Italy"

Empty roads, deserted stations, closed shops. The country is shutting down, in a way unseen before in peacetime. The government is urging everyone to avoid unnecessary social contacts, to work from home where possible, and to stay away from pubs, cinemas, restaurants. People who are at risk - those over seventy or with underlying health conditions - will be asked within days to stay home for 12 weeks. The government advice was based on modelling which examines two strategies, what's known as mitigation, which focuses on slowing the epidemic and suppression which aims to reverse epidemic growth. Professor Neil Ferguson, director of the MRC Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analysis at Imperial College London.
17/03/208m 10s

Tuesday's business with Dominiv O'Connell

Pubs, restaurants and cafes may be forced to close after a change in the government’s coronavirus policies (Image: a couple wearing face masks walk down Clapham High Street in London. Credit: Reuters)
17/03/2011m 53s

Monday's business with Dominic O'Connell

The Federal Reserve makes another emergency cut in interest rates – will it have any effect? (Image: U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell. Credit: Reuters)
16/03/2013m 22s

The approach is about flattening the "broader peak" of the epidemic

The government's chief scientific adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance, has defended the UK's latest approach to slowing the spread of the coronavirus. People with a new persistent cough or a fever are being advised to stay at home for a week. Unlike many other countries, the UK hasn't closed schools or banned visits to care homes, but Sir Patrick doesn't think such measures are appropriate at the moment.
13/03/2012m 4s

Friday's business with Katie Prescott

After huge falls in the markets due to coronavirus, why aren't central banks' actions working? Plus, the implications for insurance and working from home. (Photo: Getty Images)
13/03/2012m 4s

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak on Budget 2020

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has delivered his first Budget in the House of Commons, announcing the government's tax and spending plans for the year ahead. (Image: Rishi Sunak Credit: Reuters)
12/03/2015m 55s

Thursday's business with Dominic O'Connell

We had a big-spending budget yesterday - but will it really be enough to head off the threat of the coronavirus? (Image: Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak holds up the Budget box at Downing Street on March 11, 2020. Credit: Getty Images)
12/03/2011m 51s

Wednesday's business with Dominic O'Connell

It is Budget day – and will it be the big-spending Budget promised? (Image: handout photo issued by HM Treasury of Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak making his final preparations to his first Budget speech in his office in the Palace of Westminster, London. Credit: Press Association)
11/03/2012m 20s

“Houston, we’ve had a problem”

Captain Jim Lovell, commander of Apollo 13, speaks to Martha Kearney about the 1970 Nasa mission to the Moon that almost ended in tragedy. (Image: Jim Lovell)
10/03/206m 46s

Tuesday's business with Dominic O'Connell

It was a bad day for financial markets yesterday - the London market was down 7.7%, the worst fall since the banking crisis more than a decade ago. What happens next? (Image: traders on the floor react before the opening bell on the New York Stock Exchange on March 9, 2020 in New York. Credit: AFP/Getty Images)
10/03/2011m 46s

A coronavirus Budget?

Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, is looking at extra financial help for individuals and businesses to cope with the effects of coronavirus in this week's Budget. The UK top share index faced its worst day since the financial crisis on Monday, falling by 8% in early trade, wiping billions off the value of major firms. Former chancellor George Osborne offers his thoughts on what measures the government can take to help ease the pressure on companies. (Image: Empty supermarket shelves. Credit: PA)
09/03/2012m 21s

Monday's business with Dominic O'Connell

Oil prices have fallen by one-third thanks to the coronavirus, and a row between Saudi Arabia and Russia (Image: the logo of Saudi Arabia"s Stock Exchange Market (Tadawul) bourse in the capital Riyadh. Credit: AFP/Getty Images)
09/03/2011m 53s

Did sexism play a role in Elizabeth Warren ending her presidential campaign?

Senator Elizabeth Warren has ended her presidential campaign following disappointing Super Tuesday results. A favourite of the liberal left, the Massachusetts senator, 70, was once a front-runner in the Democratic field. (Image: Elizabeth Warren. Credit: Reuters)
06/03/206m 24s

Friday's business with Dharshini David

As Loganair takes on some of collapsed airline Flybe's routes, is the way forward any clearer? Plus, former Australian premier Julia Gillard on leadership. (Photo: Getty Images)
06/03/2017m 26s

Thursday's business with Dominic O'Connell

What went wrong at collapsed airline Flybe and what's likely to happen next? Plus, the effect of coronavirus on sick pay, the Fed and markets. (Photo: Getty Images)
05/03/2011m 49s

'It's not a very good melody'

The conductor and composer Ivan Fischer feels the song Happy Birthday has "a number of weaknesses, musically speaking" and needs to be improved. So he has tried to do just that. (Picture: Ivan Fischer. Credit: Marco Borggreve)
04/03/204m 4s

Wednesday's business with Dominic O'Connell

America's central bank, the Federal Reserve, has done something it only does in a crisis - an unscheduled cut in interest rates. It was an attempt to head off the economic damage done by the coronavirus. Did it work? And will it rates be cut here too? (Image: US Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell departs after giving a press briefing, after the surprise announcement the Fed will cut interest rates on March 3, 2020 in Washington DC. Credit: AFP/Getty Images)
04/03/2011m 55s

Is it Bernie or bust?

Voters across America are preparing to take part in the biggest day of the 2020 election so far. More than a year after the first Democratic candidates joined the race to take on Donald Trump, we've now reached Super Tuesday. Fourteen states will vote on which Democrat they want to run in November's election. Bernie Sanders is in the lead after the early contests. By Wednesday, we could have a clearer picture of who the nominee will be. (Image: Bernie Sanders. Credit: EPA)
03/03/207m 28s

Tuesday's business with Dominic O'Connell

American markets had their largest one day jump ever – might the UK follow suit? (Image: a pedestrian walks past an electric quotation board displaying share prices of the Tokyo Stock Exchange (top, C) and other world markets in Tokyo on March 3, 2020. Credit: AFP/Getty Images)
03/03/2011m 34s

The global response to coronavirus

86 thousand cases of coronavirus around the world - 50 countries - many with very different responses, from locking down entire cities, closing schools, cancelling large events to advice on hand washing. Here in the UK the prime minister will chair an emergency COBRA meeting after the number of cases rose significantly over the weekend. How is the virus is being dealt with in France and in Italy, and how might the UK respond? (Image: People wearing masks on the London underground. Credit: Press Association)
02/03/2012m 32s

Monday's business with Dominic O'connell

World stock markets had their worst week since the financial crisis last week - what might this week hold? (Image: traders work on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange, Feb 28, 2020. Credit: Reuters)
02/03/2011m 28s

Friday's business with Rob Young

We assess the market reaction as investors fear the coronavirus outbreak could trigger a global recession (Image: pedestrians walk past a display showing information of global stock markets in Tokyo, Japan, 26 Feb 2020. Credit: EPA)
28/02/2011m 26s

Coronavirus in Europe

In Italy 528 people are infected and 14 have died, officials say, amid global efforts to stop the virus spreading. Italy registered a 25% surge in coronavirus cases in 24 hours, and the infections remain centred on outbreaks in two northern regions - Lombardy and Veneto. But a few cases have turned up now in southern Italy too. Professor Neil Ferguson is the director of the MRC Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analysis at Imperial College London. (Image: Man in mask. Credit: Reuters)
27/02/205m 45s

Thursday's business with Dominic O'Connell

Singapore feels the chill of the coronavirus – no deaths, but a frozen economy (Image: people, some wearing a protective facemask, cross the road in Singapore on February 26, 2020. Credit: AFP/Getty Images)
27/02/2012m 0s

Celia Birtwell - Hockney's most famous muse

David Hockney loves to paint his friends, people he works with, celebrities like Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars. But there is one woman he has sketched and painted over and over again, Celia Birtwell. She is a textile and fashion designer, famous for her pre-Raphaelite hair and brightly coloured dresses. Two exhibitions of Hockney's portraits have just opened in London. Martha Kearney went to Annely Juda Fine Art with Celia Birtwell and her granddaughter Scarlett Clark who has also been painted by Hockney. Martha was shown round by Nina Fellman, director of the gallery.
26/02/204m 51s

The inside story of Deutsche Bank’s rise and fall

Who gave Donald Trump the money he needed to build his business empire? His main bank over the last 30 years has been Deutsche Bank, the German lender that has had a calamitous fall from grace after trying to take on the big Wall Street banks. The New York Times journalist David Enrich - who wrote the Spider Network, the book about the Libor crisis - has done a deep dive into Deutsche Bank and its links to the US president, Dark Towers: Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump and an Epic Trail of Destruction. (Image: David Enrich, author. Credit: Peter Eavis)
26/02/2010m 1s

Coronavirus spreads in Europe

Coronavirus has spread to a new continent - Latin America - and has reached dozens of countries around the world. Austria, Switzerland and Croatia all reported cases yesterday. The World Health Organization is warning many nations currently aren't ready to contain a coronavirus outbreak in their country. (Image: soldier wearing a mask. Credit: AFP)
26/02/207m 1s

Wednesday's business with Dominic O'Connell

Another big step down for financial markets thanks to the coronavirus – is there more to come? (Image: traders work through the closing minutes of trading on the New York Stock Exchange floor on Feb 25, 2020. Credit: Getty Images)
26/02/2011m 13s

Should we stop building on flood plains in England?

Building new homes on flood plains in England should be resisted if at all possible, the head of the Environment Agency Sir James Bevan has said. He said where there was no alternative, homes should be made more resilient, for example by using ground floors for garages so people stay safe upstairs. He also argued there may be a need to shift some communities out of harm's way when the risks become too great. (Image: Flooded town. Credit: PA)
25/02/208m 42s

Tuesday's business wiith Dominic O'Connell

Markets have woken up to the threat of the coronavirus – will they recover, or fall again? (Image: Pedestrians walk in front of an electric quotation board showing stock prices for Japanese companies on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Credit: AFP/Getty Images)
25/02/2011m 50s

Coronavirus: Italy imposes a lockdown

A fifth person has died from the Coronavirus virus in Italy. More than two hundred cases have been reported in the northern region of Lombardy - making it the largest outbreak in Europe.
24/02/209m 20s

Monday's business with Dominic O'Connell

What does business want from the UK-EU trade talks? (Image: EU and Union flags. Credit: Press Association)
24/02/2011m 36s

Quarantined for Coronavirus

It's hard to imagine what life has been like aboard the Diamond Princess, where thousands of passengers have been quarantined for coronavirus. The British nationals on board are now expected to be flown home from the Japanese town of Yokohama.
21/02/207m 26s

Friday's business with Dominic O'Connell

Brexit and the City: how closely aligned to the EU might the UK stay on finance? Plus the markets, and how Victoria's Secret lingerie has fallen. (Photo: Getty Images)
21/02/2011m 31s

The farmer who risked her life to save her flock

Faye Russell risked her life to save her flock of sheep and lambs stranded in a flooded field. With the help of neighbours, she rescued her flock during the torrential downpours on Sunday.
20/02/203m 58s

Thursday's business with Dominic O'Connell

Should big tech be forced to share their troves of data they hold on us with smaller rivals? (Image: Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon logos. Credit: Getty Images)
20/02/2012m 4s

'The day before I was thinking, what am I going to play?'

Dagmar Turner was diagnosed with a tumour after suffering a seizure during a symphony. She had radiotherapy, but the tumour continued to grow and surgery was required. It was located in the right frontal lobe of her brain, close to an area that controls the fine movement of her left hand - essential for her musical talent. She was woken during the six-hour brain surgery, handed the violin and asked to play scales. This allowed surgeons to identify and therefore avoid the areas of the brain activated while she plays. (Image: Brain surgery: Credit: Kings College NHS)
19/02/207m 38s

'Nobody expected a flood of this magnitude'

About 1,400 homes and businesses have been affected in the wake of downpours brought by Storm Dennis. The Rivers Wye and Severn reached their highest ever levels, with people evacuated from nearby at-risk areas. (Photo:Upton-upon-Severn in Worcestershire. Credit: PA)
19/02/2015m 2s

Wednesday's business with Rob Young

Why has the UK jumped up the global rankings for financial secrecy? (Image: skyscrapers stand in the financial district in London. Credit: Reuters)
19/02/2011m 48s

How can businesses and livelihoods can be protected?

As the frequency of severe flooding seems to be increasing across parts of the UK, what are the longer term calculations about how businesses and livelihoods can be protected? (photo:flooded town. Credit: PA)
18/02/2011m 30s

Tuesday's business with Dharshini David

HSBC to cut 35,000 jobs worldwide as 2019 profits plunge by 33%. (Image: a man stands in front of a HSBC advertisement outside their headquarters in Hong Kong on February 18, 2020. Credit: AFP/Getty Images)
18/02/2011m 56s

Monday's business with Dharshini David

Coronavirus and its impact on British tourism. And does the funeral industry need a shake up? (Image: a woman wearing a face mask passes a Public Health England sign at Terminal 4 of London Heathrow Airport. Credit: AFP/Getty Images)
17/02/2011m 59s

Sajid Javid resigns as chancellor

Sajid Javid has shocked Westminster by quitting as chancellor in the middle of Boris Johnson's cabinet reshuffle. Mr Javid rejected the prime minister's order to fire his team of aides, saying "no self-respecting minister" could accept such a condition (Image: Sajid Javid Credit: Reuters)
14/02/2011m 52s

Friday's business with Dharshini David

A look at what we can expect from the new Chancellor, first set of RBS results under Alison Rose's leadership and London Fashion Week begins (Image: a combination picture of newly appointed Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak and Sajid Javid in London)
14/02/2012m 19s

Thursday's business with Dominic O'Connell

The sale of petrol and diesel cars is going to be banned after 2035 - or perhaps sooner. Is the car industry ready? (Image: cars travel along the M1 motorway through wet and windy weather. Credit: Press Association)
13/02/2011m 33s

Ta-Nehisi Coates on his new novel 'The Water Dancer'

Some believe that the essays of the award-winning writer Ta-Nehisi Coates have helped foster a franker dialogue about race in America. Now he's branched into fiction with“The Water Dancer”, a novel which follows the life of a slave from childhood on a Virginia plantation. There are particularly moving passages in the book about the separation of families. He has been speaking to Martha Kearney about how he drew on contemporary accounts of slavery. (Image: Ta-Nehisi Coates Credit: Gabriella Demczuk)
12/02/2010m 0s

Wednesday's business with Dominic O'Connell

Ofgem is encouraging energy switching by insisting on £30 compensation should a switch go wrong (Image: smart meter shows the current gas and electrical energy consumption for a household. Credit: Getty Images)
12/02/2012m 50s

"That's here. That's home. That's us" - Carl Sagan

The stunning image of earth taken from space thirty years ago transformed our image of the planet. The photograph called The Pale Blue Dot was inspired by the astronomer Carl Sagan.
11/02/204m 54s

Tuesday's business with Dominic O'Connell

The High Speed 2 (HS2) rail line is to go-ahead. Is that a good idea? (Image: artist's impression of an HS2 train on the Birmingham and Fazeley viaduct, part of the proposed route for the HS2 high speed rail scheme. Credit: Press Association)
11/02/2012m 14s

Coronavirus is a 'serious and imminent threat to public health'

The number of people infected by the coronavirus in the UK has doubled to eight - after four more patients in England tested positive for the virus. It comes as the government announced new powers to keep people in quarantine to stop the spread of the virus. In order to do this the Department of Health has described the coronavirus as a "serious and imminent threat" to public health. (Image: Medical personnel wearing masks. Credit: Getty Images)
10/02/208m 30s

Monday's business with Dominic O'Connell

A hit on high-earners’ pension contributions could be coming in next month’s budget (Image: Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid. Credit: Reuters)
10/02/2011m 0s

Kirkby: Why Labour voters have gone Tory

What do people who voted Conservative for the first time want the government to do for them? Our presenter Justin Webb visited a florists in Kirkby to hear from Mikaila, Zoe and Brian about what they want to see change - and spoke to their new Conservative MP, Lee Anderson. (Image: Mikaila, Zoe, Lee Anderson and Brian with Justin. Credit: BBC)
07/02/208m 57s

"How do they get there in the first place?"

After Baroness Lawrence - the mother of Stephen Lawrence - worked with the Daily Mail on bringing his killers to justice, the paper set up a journalism training and bursary scheme for BAME young people. The goal is to help make all newsrooms more diverse so a full range of stories are spotted and properly told. Mishal Husain speaks to Baroness Lawrence and to Ben Taylor, news editor of the Daily Mail. (Image: Baroness Lawrence. Credit: PA)
07/02/206m 55s

Friday's business with Dharshini David

Fiat Chrysler says the coronavirus epidemic could affect production in Europe. How? Also, a sax-playing Snake's take on music royalties, plus the markets. (Photo: Getty Images)
07/02/2012m 10s

London Mayor: We can't arrest our way out of knife crime

Knife crime in England and Wales is going up. Our presenter Martha Kearney has been to Harrow youth club with London Mayor Sadiq Khan to see one of the initiatives he's set up to try to tackle the problem. There she met some of the young people taking part - as well as Watford footballer Andre Gray - who has himself been stabbed. (Image: young people at Harrow youth club Credit: BBC)
06/02/209m 16s

"There’s nothing criminal about what the president was accused of doing"

President Donald Trump has been cleared in his impeachment trial, ending a congressional bid to remove him from office that bitterly divided the US. (Image: Donald Trump. Credit: Reuters)
06/02/207m 16s

Thursday's business with Dominic O'Connell

Boris Johnson's government says it can make the economy grow much faster than it has in the last few years - is that feasible? (Image: skyscrapers and buildings are seen at dawn looking across central London towards the Canary Wharf district in London, Feb 5, 2020. Credit: Reuters)
06/02/2011m 32s

Medical cannabis: Families to take legal action

Families who have severely epileptic children are going to take legal action against the NHS and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence over their failure to prescribe medical cannabis. They say they still can't access it on the health service, despite it being legalised in the UK in November 2018. (Image: Protesting parents. Credit: BBC)
05/02/208m 15s

Wednesday's business with Dominic O'Connell

Tesla shares have more than quadrupled in six months – can the run last? (Image: Tesla Model X car is displayed during a press day at the Brussel Motor Show. Credit: AFP/Getty Images)
05/02/2011m 36s

Tuesday's business with Dominic O'Connell

Chinese factories are shut for at least another week – what will be the effect on the world economy? (Image: empty streets in Central Business District of Beijing due to coronavirus. Credit: European Photopress Agency)
04/02/2011m 28s

Monday's business with Dominic O'Connell

Chinese financial markets have opened sharply down over fears about coronavirus (Image: Investors look at a screen showing stock market movements in China's eastern Zhejiang province. Credit: AFP/Getty Images)
03/02/2012m 3s

Friday's business with Rob Young

The Bank of England voted to keep rates on hold, despite signals a cut was likely - we explore why (Image: Governor Mark Carney arrives at the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Report news conference in the City of London. Credit: Reuters)
31/01/2011m 27s

Thursday's business with Dominic O'Connell

The Bank of England might cut interest rates today – but should it? (Image: the Bank of England in the City of London financial district of Central London. Credit: European Photopress Agency)
30/01/2011m 33s

Wednesday's business with Dominic O'Connell

Investors in the main Woodford fund have found out how much they will lose (Image: fund manager Neil Woodford. Credit: Rex Features Ltd.)
29/01/2013m 6s

Tuesday's business with Dominic O'Connell

Should Britain let Huawei build its 5G phone network? (Image: an attendee wears a badge strip with the logo of Huawei and a sign for 5G at the World 5G Exhibition in Beijing. Credit: Reuters)
28/01/2012m 0s

Monday's business with Dominic O'Connell

What effect might the coronavirus have on the Chinese economy? (Image: a Chinese woman wears a protective mask in Beijing, China. Credit: Getty Images)
27/01/2011m 55s

Friday's business with Katie Prescott

Manufacturer Rolls Royce is developing ‘mini’ nuclear reactors. How would they work? Plus the post-Brexit immigration system, and the markets. (Photo: Rolls Royce)
24/01/2011m 42s

Thursday's business with Dominic O'Connell

As the Chinese authorities try to shut down the spread of the coronavirus - what might the virus mean for the Chinese and Asian economies? (Image: Chinese police officers wear protective masks as they patrol at Beijing Station, Beijing, China. Credit: Getty Images)
23/01/2011m 42s

Wednesday's business with Dominic O'Connell

What do Davos delegates make of President Trump’s attacks on environmental campaigners? (Image: US president Donald Trump attends a bilateral meeting during the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Credit: AFP/Getty Images)
22/01/2012m 24s

Tuesday's business with Dominic O'Connell

Anglo American's chief executive speaks for the first time about plans for a £4bn potash mine in North Yorkshire (Image: logo of Anglo American is seen on a jacket of an employee. Credit: Reuters)
21/01/2012m 1s

Monday's business with Dominic O'Connell

The Chancellor says there will be no regulatory alignment with the EU post-Brexit. What does that mean? Plus, investment in Africa and the markets. (Photo: Getty Images)
20/01/2012m 17s

Friday's business with Dharshini David

China GDP grows at slowest pace in 29 years - how concerned should we be? (Image: a man walks in the central business district (CBD) in Beijing, China, 17 Jan 2020. Credit: European Photopress Agency)
17/01/2011m 57s

Thursday's business with Dominic O'Connell

The US and China have agreed the first part of a trade deal. What's in it and what can we expect next? Plus, managing money in later life, and the markets. (Photo: Getty Images)
16/01/2011m 42s

Wednesday's business with Dominic O'Connell

Not everyone's pleased about the way regional airline Flybe has been rescued. Why? Plus, the US-China trade deal to be signed today, and the markets. (Photo: Getty Images)
15/01/2012m 0s

Tuesday's business with Dominic O'Connell

The future of regional airline Flybe lies in the balance today. What has gone wrong? Plus, prioritising disability in the workplace, and the markets. (Photo: Getty Images)
14/01/2012m 49s

Friday's business with Dominic O'Connell

Willie Walsh is retiring as boss of British Airways after 15 years. What's his legacy? Plus newly released shocking exchanges at Boeing, and the markets. (Photo: Getty Images)
10/01/2011m 41s

Thursday's business with Dominic O'Connell

British retailers say they have had their worst year in decades – why? (Image: shoppers in Bath city centre on the last Monday before Christmas 2019. Credit: Press Association)
09/01/2012m 3s

Wednesday's business with Dominic O'Connell

What have financial markets made of the missile attacks by Iran on US bases in Iraq? (Image: The White House is seen reflected in a puddle following the reports of Iran's missile attacks on U.S.-led forces in Iraq, in Washington, U.S. Credit: Reuters)
08/01/2011m 54s

Tuesday's business with Rob Young

Chancellor Sajid Javid has set 11 March as the date for his first Budget - what is he likely to say? (Image: Chancellor Sajid Javid speaks with employees of Transport for Greater Manchester, during a visit to Trafford Park Metrolink tram line. Credit: Reuters)
07/01/2011m 58s

Monday's business with Dominic O'Connell

What might tensions between US and Iran mean for world trade – and the oil price? (Image: Iranian people attend a funeral procession for Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani, head of the Quds Force. Credit: Reuters)
06/01/2012m 1s

Friday's business with Rob Young

Why have events in the Middle East led to a sharp rise in the oil price and what effect could it have? Plus US-China trade, debt and the markets. (Photo: Getty Images)
03/01/2011m 52s

Today guest edits: George the Poet

All the highlights from podcaster and spoken word artist George the Poet's guest edited programme, including a reflection of identity in Uganda, DJ Target on the development of grime music, Ziggy Marley on legalising marijuana, economist Mariana Mazzucato on how society thinks about value, and are video games good for your brain? Presented by Martha Kearney and Sarah Smith, and additional sound design by Benbrick. (Image: George the Poet, credit: BBC)
31/12/191h 4m

Today guest edits: Greta Thunberg

All the highlights from climate activist Greta Thunberg's guest edited programme, including Mishal Husain interviewing her father Svante Thunberg and Greta speaking to Sir David Attenborough for the first time. Also, outgoing Bank of England chief Mark Carney on how the financial sector can tackle climate change, Massive Attack’s Robert Del Naja on reducing the music industry’s carbon blueprint, and Shell’s Maarten Wetselaar on big energy’s environmental impact. Presented by Mishal Husain and Sarah Smith. (Image: Greta Thunberg, credit: BBC)
30/12/191h 9m

Today guest edits: Charles Moore

All the highlights from Margaret Thatcher biographer and former Telegraph editor Charles Moore's guest edited programme. It includes US Special Representative on Iran Brian Hook on violent protests in the country, Charles' nephew Felix on being autistic and transgender, former Conservative leader Lord Michael Howard on why the judiciary needs to change, and Charles sets out the case against the BBC's funding model. Presented by Justin Webb and Nick Robinson. (Image: Charles Moore, credit: The Telegraph)
28/12/191h 1m

Today guest edits: Baroness Hale

All the highlights from Supreme Court President Baroness Hale's guest edited programme, including Baroness Hale in conversation with US Supreme Court Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Clive Coleman going on a tour of the Supreme Court, a report on coercive control, a discussion about justice in opera with Sir Simon Keenlyside and Ian Bostridge and a Vogue editor on what your jewellery says about you. Presented by Nick Robinson and Justin Webb. (Image: Baroness Hale. Credit: BBC)
27/12/191h 13m

Today guest edits: Grayson Perry

All the highlights from artist Grayson Perry's guest edited programme, including the former Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams on faith and political myths, how tinnitus affects singer-songwriter KT Tunstall's life and work, political satire with Guardian columnist Marina Hyde, and if there's a link between sexual fantasies and how you vote with Joe Twyman from Deltapoll. Presented by Justin Webb and Nick Robinson. (Image: Grayson Perry, credit: BBC)
26/12/1945m 37s

The London Patient: How stem cell treatment might provide a cure for HIV

A first person account from only the second person ever to be cleared of the virus - after receiving stem cell treatment for cancer (voiced by a BBC producer). (Image: The London Patient. Credit: The London Patient)
24/12/196m 40s

Tuesday's business with Dharshini David

The British film industry is big business for the UK. But what lies ahead for it in 2020, post-Brexit? Plus the boss of Oxfam, Boeing and the markets. (Photo: Getty Images)
24/12/1913m 0s

Monday's business with Dharshini David

What does Fidelity International say about its stake in a Chinese surveillance company? Plus the takeover of UK defence company Cobham, and the markets. (Photo: Getty Images)
23/12/1912m 5s

Friday's business with Dharshini David

Who will be the new Bank of England governor? Plus, how is UK retail looking in the run-up to Christmas, and US-China trade tensions felt in California. (Photo: Getty Images)
20/12/1912m 13s

Wednesday's business with Dominic O'Connell

The author of the government report into audit recommends radical change (image: accounts (stock photo) Credit: Getty Images)
18/12/1911m 42s

Tuesday's business with Dominic O'Connell

Should company bosses be made to vouch personally for the truth of their accounts? (Image: financial accounting. Credit: Getty Creative)
17/12/1911m 24s

Monday's business with Dominic O'Connell

What does the City of London want from the new Conservative government? (Image: Catherine McGuinness, Chair of the Policy and Resources Committee of the City of London Corporation. Credit: Reuters)
16/12/1911m 42s

Friday's business with Dharshini David

How is the financial world greeting the election results? (Image: Boris Johnson speaks during a campaign event to celebrate the result of the General Election. Credit: AFP/Getty)
13/12/1911m 31s

Thursday's business with Dominic O'Connell

Christine Lagarde takes charge of her first ECB meeting today – what should we expect? (Image: European Central Bank"s President Lagarde. Credit: Reuters)
12/12/1911m 53s

Wednesday's business with Dominic O'Connell

How do bookmakers compile their election odds – and how often do they get it right? (Image: a general view of a William Hill betting shop. Credit: Press Association)
11/12/1911m 47s

Tuesday's business with Dominic O'Connell

Gambling companies have promised £100m to help those addicted to what they sell. How will the money be used - and is it enough? (Image: a fixed odds betting terminal inside a bookmakers. Credit: Reuters)
10/12/1911m 57s

John McDonnell meets a billionaire

Phones4you founder and philanthropist John Caudwell disagrees with Labour's view that no one needs to be a billionaire, saying it is wrong and damaging. When this was put to Labour's John McDonnell on the Today Programme a few weeks ago, Mr McDonnell's said "tell him to come and have a cup of tea with me". John Caudwell accepted that invitation. (Image: John Caudwell, John McDonnell and Justin Webb, credit: BBC)
09/12/1912m 37s

Monday's business with Dominic O'Connell

Has the election done much to make business people more upbeat about the future? (Image: workers are seen on the production line at Nissan Sunderland Plant. Credit: Reuters)
09/12/1911m 45s

Friday's business with Dominic O'Connell

Dominic takes a look at the changing face of manufacturing in Wolverhampton and employment in the city (Image: Dr Ian Jackson, a senior economics lecturer from the University of Wolverhampton, Claire Birch, Regional Manager, Birmingham & Wolverhampton at the employment firm Reed and Steve Banham, Investment Director at Brewin Dolphin. Credit: BBC)
06/12/1911m 47s

Thursday's business with Dharshini David

M&G property fund suspension, we look at one of those who've been struggling on the high street and why the pound is enjoying some respite (Image: M&G Property Portfolio Fund. Credit: Alamy)
05/12/1911m 47s

Martha in Antarctica: a look at climate change

Martha Kearney spent a week with the British Antarctic Survey, finding out what rising temperatures are doing to both the landscape and the creatures that live there. (Image: Martha Kearney Credit: BBC)
04/12/1945m 45s

Wednesday's business with Dominic O'Connell

How healthy are the finances of the universities pension scheme? (Image: a banner at UCL - University lecturers and support staff taking part in a strike over pensions and pay. Credit: Rex/Shutterstock)
04/12/1911m 46s

Tuesday's business with Dominic O'Connell

Dominic takes a look at the changing face of retail in Edinburgh and its financial services industry (Image: Liz McAreavey, chief executive of Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce, Steve Tigar, Money Dashboard's chief executive officer and David Cumming of Aviva Investors in Playfair Library Hall in Edinburgh University. Credit: BBC)
03/12/1912m 13s

Monday's business with Dominic O'Connell

Commuters face misery as strikes hit services to Waterloo – but might cheaper fares be on the way? (Image: a South Western Railway (SWR) train. Credit: Press Association)
02/12/1911m 57s

Friday's business with Dharshini David

South Western Railway workers are due to strike for nearly the whole of December. Why? Plus a six-month high for sterling, and the perils of Black Friday. (Photo: Getty Images)
29/11/1912m 43s

Martha in Antarctica: why divers saw through the ice

Martha Kearney learns how scientists plunge through ice holes to collect samples and how marine animals will get stressed by climate change. (Image: Starfish Credit: BBC)
28/11/197m 43s

Martha in Antarctica: the effects of climate change

Martha visits the Sheldon glacier to see how its front edge has retreated over the past 50 years, and learns how the West Antarctic Ice Sheet is becoming more unstable. (Image: John Law and Martha Kearney. Credit: BBC)
28/11/198m 52s

Thursday's business with Dominic O'Connell

Can the two main parties deliver the spending and tax promises in their manifestos? (Image: Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn and Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Credit: Getty Images)
28/11/1911m 37s

Martha in Antarctica: out on the ice sheets

Martha finds out how scientists prepare to go out and gather data in remote and snowy conditions, and spends the night in a tent which hasn't changed in design for almost 100 years. (Image: Scott tent. Credit: BBC)
27/11/196m 53s

Wednesday's business with Dominic O'Connell

Should businesses have a purpose beyond making money for their owners? (Image: a man walks past the Gherkin and other office buildings in the City of London. Credit: Reuters)
27/11/1911m 24s

Tuesday's business with Dominic O'Connell

Uber faces the loss of its licence in London - what will this mean for the company as a whole? (Image: Uber logo is displayed on a phone in front of the City of London. Credit: Getty Images)
26/11/1911m 41s

Monday's business with Dominic O'Connell

The Conservatives pledge no big new taxes – so has austerity really ended? (Image: Prime Minister Boris Johnson holds a copy of the Conservative Party manifesto at the launch in Telford. Credit: Reuters)
25/11/1912m 3s

John McDonnell: Labour promises won't mean more tax for most people

Shadow chancellor insists 95% of earners will not pay an increase in income tax or VAT to fund spending in the party's manifesto - and only 5% of the highest earners will be affected. (Image: John McDonnell & Angela Rayner. Credit: Oli Scarff/AFP)
22/11/1916m 0s

Friday's busines with Dominic O;Connell

Would Labour’s windfall tax kill North Sea oil? (Image: Statoil oil platform / oil rig in the North Sea. Credit: BBC Scotland)
22/11/1911m 56s

Thursday's business with Dominic O'Connell

The Tories on National Insurance and Labour on housing; how much will the spending pledges really cost? (Image: Sterling bank notes and coins. Credit: AFP)
21/11/1912m 18s

Wednesday's business with Dharshini David

From accusations of greenwashing to scandals such as that which engulfed Carillion - how can trust in business be restored? (Image: a worker wearing a hi-vis jacket at a Carillion construction site. Credit: Press Association)
20/11/1912m 16s

Tuesday's business with Dominic O'Connell

Facebook claims to have 2.5bn users. But how many of those users are fake? (Image: silhouettes of laptop users are seen next to a screen projection of Facebook logo. Credit: Reuters)
19/11/1911m 34s

Norman Cornish: Up there with Rembrandt, Degas and Toulouse-Lautrec

As the County Durham miner turned painter gets his first major retrospective, Professor Jean Brown tells our arts correspondent Rebecca Jones that he should be seen as one of the world's greatest artists. (Image: The Crowded Bar. Credit: Norman Cornish)
18/11/195m 15s

Monday's business with Dominic O'Connell

Party leaders to set out their stall at the CBI conference (Image: Carolyn Fairbairn, Director-General of the CBI. Credit: Reuters)
18/11/1911m 51s

John McDonnell: Labour will nationalise part of BT - but that's the limit

Shadow chancellor says the party would take Openreach into public ownership to bring everyone free and fast broadband... but insists he won't announce plans to nationalise anything else. (Image: John McDonnell Credit: Oli Scarf/AFP)
15/11/1912m 33s

Friday's business with Dharshini David

With an election looming, the UK's political parties have different plans for broadband. What are they? Plus, the markets and the minimum wage. (Photo: Getty Images)
15/11/1912m 21s

Troy at the British Museum

The legend of Troy has entranced people for generations. A new exhibition at the British Museum explores the mythology and archaeology of the Trojan War, and the story's place in popular culture. Co-curator of the exhibition Lesley Fitton, and historian Michael Wood gave Martha Kearney a preview. (Image: The Troy Exhibition at the British Museum, credit: BBC)
14/11/1911m 23s

Thursday's business with Dominic O'Connell

An economic mystery – where has inflation gone? (Image: Sterling bank notes and coins. Credit: Press Association)
14/11/1911m 21s

Wednesday's business with Dominic O'Connell

Big British companies are doing well at getting women on boards – but about what the next layer of management down? (Image: London skyline as seen from Tower 42 with the "Gherkin" (foreground), 30 St Mary Axe and Canary Wharf (background) Credit: Press Association)
13/11/1912m 3s

Tuesday's business with Dominic O'Connell

Royal Mail will try to persuade a court to stop a pre-Christmas postal strike (Image: person posts letters into an overflowing post box. Credit: Getty Images)
12/11/1911m 47s

Gutsy Women

Former US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her daughter Chelsea Clinton on US and global politics, their next steps, and their joint project - the Book of Gutsy Women. This is the longer version of an interview played on the programme. (Image: Hillary Clinton, Chelsea Clinton and Mishal Husain, credit: BBC)
12/11/1918m 45s

Monday's business with Dominic O'Connell

British Steel is to be taken over by the Chinese – what will the new owners do with the plant? (Image: Scunthorpe steel plant. Credit: AFP/Getty Images)
11/11/1911m 58s

When could Scotland have another independence referendum?

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon says she wants another independence referendum in Scotland next year, and it should be up to people in Scotland to decide the country's future. (Image: Nicola Sturgeon. Credit: Andy Buchanan/AFP)
08/11/197m 6s

Phoebe Waller-Bridge: Fleabag to Bond

After writing and starring in the hit show Fleabag, Phoebe Waller-Bridge went on to create the comic thriller Killing Eve and has been drafted in to help write the new James Bond film. Now scripts for the Emmy award-winning series are being published in a new book: "Fleabag the Scriptures". Phoebe Waller-Bridge speaks to arts correspondent Rebecca Jones. (Image: Phoebe Waller-Bridge, credit: Getty Images)
08/11/195m 47s

Friday's business with Rob Young

Retailers are braced for a terrible Christmas after a string of yet more bad news this week (Image: crowds of shoppers on Market Street in Manchester. Credit: Press Association)
08/11/1911m 23s

Is Nigel Farage the remain campaign's secret weapon?

The leader of the Brexit Party won't himself be standing as a candidate in the election - but is there a chance his party's strategy could split the Brexit vote? He tells us the deal Boris Johnson has negotiated is not Brexit, and should be challenged. (Image: Nigel Farage. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA)
07/11/197m 44s

Thursday's business with Dharshini David

The major parties are unveiling their spending plans - and changing the rules about how much government can borrow. But how much debt could we be saddled with? (Image: Chancellor Sajid Javid with shadow chancellor John McDonnell. Credit: Getty Images)
07/11/1912m 3s

Is the Conservative election campaign getting derailed?

Tory chairman James Cleverly on Jacob Rees-Mogg's comments about Grenfell and whether the Conservative Party has published fake news about Labour's Brexit policy. (Image: James Cleverly. Credit: Adrian Dennis/AFP)
06/11/1913m 31s

Wednesday's business with Rob Young

The country's biggest gambling companies are promising to fundamentally change how they are run, in an attempt to head off tighter regulation (Image: a fixed odds betting terminal in a bookmakers. Credit: Reuters)
06/11/1912m 5s

Tuesday's business with Dharshini David

Billions of pounds were earmarked in 2015 by the government to build 200,000 starter homes - yet to date, none have been built (Image: roofer working on a new house under construction on a housing development. Credit: Press Association)
05/11/1911m 48s

Should the NHS be politicised?

NHS Providers chief Chris Hopson warns politicians against "weaponising" the health service and using the issue for "advancing a particular political argument". However, shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth tells us it was right for hospital leaders "to hold us politicians to account", but this would not stop him from speaking out about the "mushrooming" privatisation of the NHS. (Image: hospital ward, credit: Science Photo Library)
04/11/1916m 52s

Monday's business with Dharshini David

The two main political parties are promising spending splurges - who's going to pay the bill? (Image: Sterling bank notes and coins. Credit: Press Association)
04/11/1911m 52s

Friday's business with Dharshini David

100,000 Asda workers have to sign new contracts by tomorrow night. Why has this led to a dispute? Plus, cash machines and the markets. (Photo of Asda workers: Getty Images)
01/11/1911m 41s

Cycling around London

Davis Vilums decided that he would cycle every street in central London and post his routes on an online animated map. He cycled in to talk to us. (Image: London cycle map, credit: Davis Vilums)
31/10/193m 17s

Twitter bans political ads

Twitter is to ban all political advertising worldwide, saying that the reach of such messages "should be earned, not bought". Media correspondent Amol Rajan has analysis, and we speak to Arun Chaudhary who was digital creative director for Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign in 2016. (Image: Twitter logo, credit: Twitter via Press Association)
31/10/1911m 56s

Election campaigns

Jeremy Corbyn pledged to take on "the few who run a corrupt system" as he kicked off the Labour's general election campaign. We speak to Transport Secretary Grant Shapps and shadow home secretary Diane Abbott. (Image: Jeremy Corbyn, credit: Reuters)
31/10/1916m 45s

Thursday's business with Dharshini David

Federal Reserve cuts rates again amid trade and growth fears - but was it the wrong move? (Image: Federal Reserve Board Chairman Jerome Powell holds a news conference on October 30, 2019 in Washington, DC. Credit: AFP/Getty Images)
31/10/1912m 42s


The UK is set to go to the polls on 12 December after MPs backed Boris Johnson's call for an election following months of Brexit deadlock. We speak to Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson, MPs Ed Vaizey and Dominic Grieve, Labour's John McDonnell, Cabinet Minister Matt Hancock, and students in Canterbury. (Image: Palace of Westminster at night, credit: Getty Images)
30/10/1956m 9s

Wednesday's business with Dharshini David

How has business reacted to the news of a December election? (Image: EU and Union flags fly outside the Houses of Parliament. Credit: AFP/Getty Images)
30/10/1912m 5s

Kanye West & God

Kanye West says he has given his life to God as he releases his new album Jesus Is King. The album has been released to mixed reviews. Music writer Dorian Lynskey tells us there's a long history of some of the world's most famous singers finding God in their work. (Image: Kanye West, credit: Getty Images)
29/10/194m 41s


The London Fire Brigade (LFB) has been condemned for "serious shortcomings" and systemic failures in its response to the Grenfell Tower fire, in a report after the first phase of an inquiry. We hear from general secretary of the Fire Brigades Union Matt Wrack. (Image: Grenfell, credit: BBC)
29/10/199m 46s

Tuesday's business with Dharshini David

How are businesses greeting the confirmation of another extension to the Brexit deadline? (Image: anti-Brexit activists' EU flags are pictured alongside the Union flags of pro-Brexit activists as they demonstrate outside of the Houses of Parliament in London. Credit: AFP/Getty Images)
29/10/1911m 27s

Lucian Freud: The Self-portraits

For the first time over 50 self-portraits by Lucian Freud will be on display at an exhibition at the Royal Academy in London, spanning over six decades of the artist's life. Today programme presenter Martha Kearney visited the exhibition with Lucian Freud's daughter, the writer Esther Freud, and David Dawson, a painter and photographer who was Freud's studio assistant and curated the exhibition. (Image: Lucian Freud: the Self Portraits, credit: The Royal Academy)
28/10/1910m 30s

Monday's business with Dominic O'Connell

HSBC has warned trading is getting tougher, and hinted at big job cuts in its European and US operations (Image: the HSBC headquarters building in Hong Kong. Credit: AFP/Getty Images)
28/10/1912m 3s

Brexit delay & general election

The EU is considering how long a Brexit delay to offer the UK, as MPs consider Boris Johnson's call for an early election. We speak to Labour's Diane Abbott, Chancellor Sajid Javid, and SNP's Ian Blackford. (Image: Boris Johnson, credit: Getty Images)
25/10/1924m 0s

Cystic fibrosis drug

A life-extending drug for cystic fibrosis will be made available on the NHS in England, a month after it become available in Scotland. Up to 5000 children and young people are expected to benefit. We hear from Beth Finn and her 13-year-old daughter Isabelle, who has cystic fibrosis, about their joy at the news. (Image: Isabelle and Beth, credit: Beth Finn)
25/10/195m 39s

Friday's business with Dharshini David

Will goods moving from Northern Ireland to GB be subject to post-Brexit checks, as well as additional administration? And how might that affect trade in NI? (Photo: Getty Images)
25/10/1912m 3s

Essex lorry deaths

Police have raided 2 houses in connection to the 39 bodies found in a Truck in Essex. We hear from Ahmad Al-Rashid, a Syrian refugee whose journey from Aleppo to Hull took 55 days as he hid himself in a series of lorries. We also speak to police chiefs in charge of tackling human trafficking, Mark Burns-Williamson and Sean Sawyer. (Image: Essex truck, credit: BBC)
24/10/1917m 19s

UK Veterans

Does the UK look after its service personnel? A leading military psychiatrist is accusing the government of failing in its duty of care and says it's leaving veterans frightened and alone. Sima Kotecha reports and we also speak to Defence Minister Johnny Mercer. (Image: Veteran hat, credit: BBC)
24/10/198m 24s

Letters From an Astrophysicist

Neil DeGrasse Tyson is one of the world's great science educators. The director of the Hayden planetarium in New York hosts long running US TV shows Cosmos and Star Talk. His new book, Letters From an Astrophysicist, compiles the replies he's written to queries he's received from ordinary members of the public. We asked him if he detected a growing trend towards more scepticism about science. Neil DeGrasse Tyson will be reading 'Letters From an Astrophysicist' at the Hammersmith Apollo in London next Wednesday. (Image: Neil DeGrasse Tyson, credit: Getty Images)
24/10/195m 20s
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