It's the time of year for the Mobile World Congress with the world's industry leaders gathering in Barcelona. This year's event has been about mixing the old with the new. Whilst Sony launched its new Xperia XZ with super slow motion, it was the return of the old guard which stole the headlines. Nokia and BlackBerry returned to the smartphone scene, with Nokia re-launching its iconic 3310 handset. To discuss the latest news and trends Georgie Frost was joined by tech journalist Chris Green.
Rupert Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox could notify the European Commission for its $14.4 billion dollar bid for Sky by the end of this week. It would then be referred to Culture Secretary Karen Bradley, who in turn would likely refer the process to Ofcom. Share Radio's James Brydges spoke to Dr Justin Schlosberg, a campaigner who submitted evidence yesterday that the bid should be turned down on competition grounds.
Georgie Frost was joined by Rachel Springall, personal finance expert at moneyfacts.co.uk this morning. Today on the agenda, they discussed the government confirming large rises in fees payable after death or probate fee. They will go up in May by as much as £20,000 for those with the biggest estates. Plus they look into the TV licence fee going up for the first time in 7 years to £147 - that's a £2.50 increase. All these stories and more on The News Review.
CityVerve, a UK Smart City project starting in Manchester, was launched six months ago. The project has intended to explore ways of making the city work better through use of tech, notably the internet of things which puts anything that moves online. So how far has the project come since its launch? Simon Navin, Smart Cities Projects Lead, joined Nigel Cassidy to tell Share Radio Breakfast more.
The government's insisting a defeat in the House of Lords last night makes no difference to its timetable for leaving the EU. Peers debating the Bill that'll authorise Theresa May to trigger the process backed an amendment guaranteeing the rights of European nationals living here. Ministers say it's 'disappointing' and 'unnecessary' - and vowed to overturn it in the Commons. Elsewhere in Europe, the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has set out the future of the EU after Brexit. Josh Lowe joined Georgie to discuss all these stories he’s been writing about in Newsweek.
The chief executive of Uber has apologised after a video came out of him getting into an argument with one of the company's drivers. The dashcam footage shows Travis Kalanick dismissing the man's concerns about falling pay rates. Phil Lowe, people development and business leadership consultant, offered us his thoughts on the incident.
Joining Georgie Frost to discuss the latest market headlines was Share Radio's very own Nigel Cassidy starting with this morning's company announcements – Capita, the company who collect television license fees have announced their results this morning. And they've also announced a change in their management. Plus Snap Inc makes its debut on the New York Stock Exchange later with a better-than-expected market valuation of 19 billion pounds.
DueDil, the company information platform, has today announced it’s expanding the coverage of its company data, which is set to enable new trade opportunities for millions of companies across the UK and Europe. Justin Fitzpatrick, Co-Founder of DueDil, joined Nigel Cassidy on Share Radio Breakfast to discuss the expansion and how the company can reboost trade in a post-Brexit world.
Tim Evans, Professor of Business and Political Economy at Middlesex University London joined Simon for the Bigger Picture. Today Tim gives his thoughts on: Trump's first address to Congress, income rules for foreign spouses, and the idea of ‘universal basic income’.
It's time to talk politics. On today's programme: the Lords debate amendments to the Brexit bill, Northern Ireland prepares to go to the polls, and Donald Trump strikes an unusually upbeat note in his first address to Congress.