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Ben travels the country speaking to the people that make business work, from the local shop owner to the FTSE CEO, building a picture of what really matters in the economy. From politics to skills, automation to diversity, he examines key concerns amongst all sectors.
Ben Thompson is a BBC business reporter and presenter. He covers the business segments on BBC Breakfast and previously presented BBC World’s flagship business daily Worklife.
Ben spent three years as BBC’s Middle East Business Correspondent, reporting from over ten countries including Iraq, Syria, Saudia Arabia and Lebanon. After his time in the Middle East, Ben reported from New York and Washington serving as North America Business Correspondent. Prior to working in front of the camera he was a BBC business producer.
Covering everything from the latest stock market and economic news to the breaking business developments around the world, Ben also moves around the country meeting factory and shop workers, CEOs and small business owners. He looks at how politics impacts business, the rise of nationalism and populism in Britain, as well as the disillusionment of Brexit and how businesses feel about the future. He also discusses how journalism is evolving as a result of the trust deficit of recent times. He considers the future of the workplace, the skills that coming generations will need and those that we currently lack to fulfil the needs of new tech startups and multi-national companies. Ben also tackles diversity and inclusion in business, and the importance of getting it right.
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