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1999-2000 Tuesday, 24 October, 2000, 10:45 GMT 11:45 UK
Sunday May 21/00
BBC2, 18.15

Sunday May 21/00
BBC2, 18.15

Boo Bust
The collapse of Boo.Com has sent shivers of anxiety through Britain's business world. The fear is that much-hyped internet retailers have much poorer prospects than had been hoped, and that the £billions invested in them could now be at risk. So are other dotcom companies about to follow Boo into oblivion? And what impact could a collapse in the high-tech business sector have on the wider economy?

Cable Tangle
Just a few years ago, Britain's cable television industry was in a tangle. A crowd of companies competed for custom from an unenthusiastic public. Now a single company - NTL - has emerged as the industry's dominant force. Meanwhile, technological advance and the growth of the internet as a new entertainment and business medium has made cable potentially a far more lucrative business.
But can NTL cash in? The company is saddled with massive debts and has yet to turn a profit. The BBC's Media Correspondent, Torin Douglas, investigates.

No place like home
House prices in south-eastern England are soaring. That may be good news for homeowners, but a blow to companies trying to recruit staff. Potential employees can't afford to live where the jobs are, and employers can't afford to pay them enough to do so. The result: the emergence of "guestworkers" drawn from some of poorest areas of Britain or from abroad. But is this a sustainable solution to growing labor shortages? And what are the consequences for the most vibrant region of the British economy?

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