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Tuesday, 12 June, 2001, 13:59 GMT 14:59 UK
BBC launches business programme
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The BBC has launched its new flagship business programme, Business Today, with regular evening broadcasts during the week on BBC News 24.

Last year, the BBC had been criticised - not least by its own Director General, Greg Dyke - that it did not always give enough prominence to its business journalism.

Business Today is one of the corporation's responses to the charge, complementing the hiring of the former editor of the Sunday Business newspaper, Jeff Randall, to be the BBC's business editor, and a doubling of BBC News Online's business team.

The programme will be broadcast live every Monday to Friday at 2030 on BBC News 24, available on most satellite and cable systems, and live and for the next 24 hours on BBC News Online.

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The makers of Business Today promise in-depth analysis of the big business news stories of the day, and interviews with some of the key decision makers in the UK economy.

In the first week among the high profile guests appearing on the programme are BP boss Sir John Browne and the governor of the Bank of England, Sir Edward George.

Every day the team will focus on the winners and losers on London's stock exchange, providing an inside track on what the City is thinking.

Live reports from Wall Street at the end of the trading day there round off the programme.

'Taking the business agenda seriously'

Nils Blythe
Nils Blythe presents Business Today
Nils Blythe is the programme's presenter and joins Business Today from the Money Programme.

He says: "This is a great opportunity to launch a new kind of business programme. We will be drilling down to the heart of stories to provide uncompromising insight and analysis."

For Peter Eustace, the programme's editor, the launch is the culmination of much hard work: "It's been my ambition for some time to really show what the BBC's business news team can do in its own programme."

Business editor Jeff Randall has been one of the driving forces behind the programme's launch.

He believes that the programme will be the BBC's "chance to show the business community that its agenda is taken seriously by the BBC and we will cover it with the analysis and resources that people have come to expect from the Corporation".

Daniel Dodd, the editor of the BBC's Economics and Business Centre, is convinced that the programme's status will be enhanced by its peak time slot: "With the decision by Sky News to drop its evening business programme there is a clear gap in the market.

"Business people will be able to watch 'Business Today' after they get home from the office. We will tackle the main stories of the day and offer insight into what is driving business and the markets."

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