London-Singapore-New York — BBC World News and BBC.com will boost their business coverage in the upcoming months. Starting September 2013, BBC will premiere a fresh line-up of programmes and online features from London, Johannesburg, Singapore and around the world. These include Talking Business with Linda Yueh, Escape from the Boardroom, Africa Business Report and Young and Jobless.
At the heart of the channel’s enhanced business coverage, on October 4, 2013, BBC World News will launch Talking Business with Linda Yueh.
A world-renowned economist, each week Yueh will sit down with big thinkers and news makers to talk about the latest business stories and economic trends; and what they mean not just for companies, but for consumers around the world. Yueh will draw on her skill at cutting through the figures and get behind the headlines to make sense of a complex world. Clever discussions, distinctive news packages, and Yueh’s analysis will make this show a must-watch for viewers around the globe.
Linda Yueh said: “With the vast changes in the global economy, understanding what lies behind the headlines matters more than ever. As part of a wider push to increase coverage of global business and the world economy on the BBC, I am delighted to host a new global business programme that will highlight the key trends that are re-shaping our world. Talking Business with Linda Yueh will focus on what these changes mean for our everyday lives through insightful discussions and interviews with key personalities.”
Yueh brings her advanced economics expertise to her new role with the BBC. Prior to joining the BBC she was the Economics Editor for Bloomberg Television. She also maintains her academic links as a fellow of St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford, adjunct professor of economics at the London Business School, and visiting professor of economics at Peking University.
Also on October 4, BBC World News will launch Africa Business Report, a new weekly business TV programme, fronted by well-known presenter Lerato Mbele, covering key business stories and trends from across Africa. Africa Business Report will be produced by the BBC‘s new Africa Business unit from its production centre in Johannesburg and will report from across Africa showcasing the latest business trends across the continent, through a mixture of on the ground reports and high profile interviews.
Richard Porter, Controller of English, BBC Global News said: “Our role as a global broadcaster is to help the audience understand the constantly evolving economic landscape around them. Through in-depth analysis and background explanations, our new business programming on BBC World News and BBC.com takes our audience behind the headlines to get to the root of the stories that shape today’s economy both at home and around the world.”
Cross-platform features in the upcoming months include Young and Jobless, a series looking at the issues around young people struggling to find employment, My Business, an Asian edition of the series profiling small-scale entrepreneurs from around the world, and Start-Up Stories – a series of profiles and interviews with some of the world’s most successful female entrepreneurs.