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The Money Programme Saturday, 6 November, 1999, 10:49 GMT
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Monday June 4th 2001

THE TOXIC TEXAN

Poisoning the atmosphere
Nils Blythe investigates the ties between President George W. Bush - dubbed by opponents 'the Toxic Texan' because of his record on pollution - and the power brokers of Big Oil and King Coal.

The United States is already producing a quarter of the world's greenhouse gases, and now American pollution is set to get even worse. Bush is planning a massive increase in America's energy industry - a bonanza for the oil and coal barons, but with potentially devastating consequences for global warming.

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Monday June 11th 2001

ORGANIC DIRT

Organic production has changed from a cottage industry into a vast commercial enterprise
Shoppers are being conned by frauds in which thousands of tonnes of ordinary food have been sold as 'organic'. With sales continuing to increase, organic production has grown from a cottage industry into a vast commercial enterprise.

Surveys show that a majority of consumers want to buy organic food grown in Britain, but in fact we import over 70 per cent. The Money Programme uncovered widespread fraud that included criminals taking advantage of an unregulated industry with insufficient safeguards to ensure 'organic' food really is what is says it is.

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Monday June 18th 2001

STEALING YOUR NAME

Identity theft, using a victim's identity to raise credit, is the fastest growing white-collar crime in Britain. Banks are concerned that the crime, rising at a rate of nearly 500% a year, could lead to significant financial losses.

Fraudsters can steal your identity by using stolen credit-cards or bank statements and use them to open new accounts or take out loans. In a special investigation The Money programme looks at three cases of identity theft to show what is being done to tackle this new crime phenomenon.

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Monday July 9th 2001

BATTLE OF THE BRANDS

Tesco say that in the UK we pay more for designer labels than consumers abroad, and that it has to stop
The Money Programme looks at the battle by supermarkets to buy cheap branded goods from unauthorised suppliers, known as the 'grey market'. Supermarkets want to sell fashion with tea bags. Brand owners say this devalues their products.

In a special report Rajan Datar goes on a journey to explore all sides of the argument. Are supermarkets really the consumers' champion? Brand owners, such as Levis say they are boosting their own profits at the expense of designer products. Can there really be such a thing as a cheap Gucci?


Monday July 16th 2001

BOSSES' BONANZA

The large bonus earned by Sir Chris Gent put the role of remuneration committees under the spotlight
Many of top executives in Britain have received controversial pay packets. These include the bonus of ten million pounds earned by Sir Chris Gent, chief executive of Vodafone.


The bonus and reward system has come under increasing scrutiny and remuneration committees have been set up to independently assess what bonuses executives should receive. The Money Programme goes behind the scenes to examine whether these committees are impartial or simply ineffective.

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