tv World Business Report BBC News January 13, 2017 5:30am-5:46am GMT
this is bbc world news. the headlines: two key members of the incoming trump administration have strongly backed us intelligence agencies, a day after they were lambasted by the president—elect. mike pompeo and generaljames mattis have also come out much stronger against russia. the united states has ended a long—standing policy that granted special status to cuban immigrants, allowing them to enter and remain in the country without a visa. president obama said it marked an important step in the normalisation of relations with cuba. moscow says the build up of american military in poland is a threat to russia's national security. more than 3,000 us troops are being deployed along nato's eastern front. the hamas security forces in gaza have broken up a protest by thousands of people demanding an end to chronic power cuts. it was one of the largest unauthorised protests in the territory since the islamist group took power a decade ago. now for the latest financial news with aaron, and world business report.
a dodgy situation. dieselgate two? or just a misunderstanding? us watchdogs accuse fiat chrysler over its emissions software. the boss calls it "absolute nonsense." plus, is it a console, ora hand—held? nintendo takes on sony, microsoft and mobile phones with its new hybrid device. but can it convince gamers to switch? welcome to world business report. i'm aaron heslehurst. we will be talking to a tech guru about that latest nintendo gadget in a moment. but first:
we start in the us, where car giant, fiat chrysler, is denying it faces its own "dieselgate" scandal, just a day after volkswagen was fined more than $4 billion for cheating emissions tests. the us regulator, the environmental protection agency, is accusing fiat chrysler of failing to disclose emissions software, at least eight different types, installed in thousands of its diesel vehicles. it says the software allowed the cars to exceed pollution limits, and pump out higher levels of harmful nitrogen dioxide. but the company's boss says it did nothing illegal. so how big could this be? the investigation involves thejeep grand cherokee suv and dodge ram pickup made in the last three years. that adds up to more than 100,000 vehicles, the vast majority sold in the us. the epa says fiat chrysler could be liable for fines of up to $44,000 per vehicle. that would be $4.6 billion in total. but fiat chrysler's boss sergio marchionne called the investigation "absolute nonsense," he says there was never
an intention to cheat emissions tests. still, investors aren't so sure, the company's stock plunged as much as 16% on the news, although, it did recover after mr marchionne gave a conference call to reassure them, ending about 10% down. from new york, here's samira hussain. with regards to whether actually they are being accused of this, the environmental protection agency says they used software to allow access diesel emissions in more than 100,000 trucks and sport utility vehicles sold since 2014. briefly, it seems they could have been engaged in similar activities as volkswagen. but what the head of chrysler has said is that this is just a case of misunderstanding. and chrysler had been in touch with the epa for a long time and had gone through many discussions with regard to how their remissions tests works. chrysler was quick to defend
themselves against these accusations by the environment protection agency and further to say that any sort of comparison between them and volkswagen is just outrageous. indeed. jim holder, is the editorial director at haymarket automotive which publishes whatcar, autocar and the pistonheads website. you know a thing or two about cars. thank you for coming in at this horrible hour. is that true or false? they have firmly rebutted be accusations, but there was a waiting time, almost 1.5 years now, everyone has waited for someone in the car industry to be caught. is that because when volkswagen surfaced, the scandal, we thought that could not be the only one. that was always the suspicion. every manufacturer has been investigated and many have come away looking like they have not cheated. but this may have stuck at
last. the fca are under the spotlight. good chrysler benefit in seven days' time when donald trump becomes president? there is a strong suspicion that the fca have been playing a waiting game, ? fiat chrysler yes it. donald trump is not a strong environmentalist. they have a strong environmentalist. they have a very strong relationship with donald trump. the big boss of this company is friends with donald trump. it is the only one that has not been criticised by donald trump in the last few weeks. they have a strong relationship. the incoming environment protection agency boss has a different thought on this. could this accelerate, no pun intended, the demise of diesel?”
think it is gathering momentum, the anti—diesel movement, in europe, many countries are banning it. in 3-5 many countries are banning it. in 3—5 years, we could see volumes significantly come down. 0k. 3—5 years, we could see volumes significantly come down. ok. so don't buy a diesel? i wouldn't suggest it. i have one. anyone want to buy mine? and now to the other big story in the past half—hour. it's just been unveiled by nintendo, and it's called the switch. can you see it? there it is. it can work as a hand—held gaming device, or plug into your tv and be used as a regular games console. nintendo hope they can cash in on the surge in mobile gaming. remember the success of their own pokemon go? and also take on the microsoft xbox and sony playstation at the same time.
it will go on sale on march third at around $260 injapan and $299 in the us. and, hopefully, make everyone forget about the disastrous flop that was the wii u. john porter is the home technology writer at techradar, a website that advises tech fans on what to buy. it is great to have you with us. what do you think about this? what is nintendo doing? are they hanging on to the past? i did not bring my mobile phone but i wanted to waive it around and say that mobile gaming surely has to be the future. this has always been the problem with nintendo, having a problem with the potable side. the nintendo ds and the home console side, the wii and wii u. hopefully they can reconcile
both and bring them together into the switch. the prices bit steep. 299 is similar in the united states to what you would pay for the xbox one consoles. it is a little bit cheaper. but if you are a first—time buyer and are looking at the three consuls, you get more bang for your buck with the xbox one or the playstation. this will not be able to ta ke playstation. this will not be able to take them on, the xbox or the playstation? it depends. nintendo's strength has been the first party games, super mario, zelda... they seem strong with that. the real test will be with third—party publishers, ubisoft, etc. in that regard, the presentation has shown off some good things. we had but as the come on
saying that switch would have skyrim. —— bethesda. also fifa will come to it as well. and you advise technology fans to buy or not to buy. what do you recommend? with something like the switch, we have to see what the full launch looks like. zelda looks like a good launch game. but it is not quite enough to recommend an entire game system. 0k. thank you very much for coming in, john. have a good day and have a good weekend. let me leave you with two stories before we go. samsung chief jay y lee has been questioned for over 22 hours on suspicion of bribery in a corruption scandal involving president park geun—hye. the south korean special
prosecutor's office is investigating whether samsung provided $25 million to a business and foundations backed by park's friend in exchange for the national pension funds support for a 2015 merger of two samsung companies. it says it will decide soon whether to issue a warrant for his arrest. wow! it is heating up in south korea, isn't it? india's most powerful corporation has a new boss. natarajan chandra—sekaran has been named the new chairman of the $100 billion tata conglomerate. wii i'm getting a nod. it has assets all over the world including jaguar landrover here in the uk, as well as tata steel. he will have to work hard to repair damage to the group after the acrimonious sacking of the previous boss cyrus mistry, who alleged serious ethical and governance problems at the company and is now being sued. so, he has got his work cut out for
him. and that is it for today. tweet me and! him. and that is it for today. tweet me and i will tweet you back. i will be back later to talk about the papers. more needs to be done to protect patients from incompetent locum doctors. that's according to a review by the general medical council. the regulator says a reluctance to share information and a weaknesses in checks is allowing some poorly performing stand—in doctors to go undetected. elaine dunkley has more. the nhs is increasingly relying on locum doctors to deal with staff shortages in hospitals. some are charging up to £150 in us. questions have been raised over the cost. that is not the only concern. the general medical council says more needs to be done to make sure that all locum
doctors are properly vetted. the report has looked at a number of problems. it found it was not always clear which organisation was responsible for the appraisal of doctors on short—term contracts. hospitals were also criticised for failing to share information and feedback when a locum was not up to the required standard. the general medical council also warned that some agencies that supply staff are not carrying out checks and undertaking proper paperwork and support. there was also evidence that some patients were afraid to give negative feedback about their doctor in case it impacted on daycare dip in response, the department of health said that making sure doctors are up—to—date and that care was given. —— their care. 2016 was a record year for consumers switching their energy suppliers,
according to research from energy uk. the research shows that nearly five million people changed their electricity supplier last year. a fifth of those who switched in december went to a smaller supplier rather than one of the big six. it's the highest number of switches since energy uk began publishing their data four years ago. just a reminder, coming up at 6am on breakfast, charlie stayt and steph mcgovern will have all the day's news, business and sport. that's breakfast, on this channel, at six. i'm james menendez. the top stories this hour. two key members of the incoming trump administration have strongly backed us intelligence agencies, a day after they were lambasted by the president—elect. mike pompeo and generaljames mattis have also come out much stronger against russia. the united states has ended a long—standing policy that granted special status to cuban immigrants, allowing them to enter and remain in the country without a visa. president obama said it marked an important step in the normalisation of relations with cuba. moscow says the build up of american military in poland is a threat to russia's national security. more than 3,000 us troops
are being deployed along nato's eastern front. the hamas security forces in gaza have broken up a protest by thousands of people demanding an end to chronic power cuts. it was one of the largest unauthorised protests in the territory since the islamist group took power a decade ago. time for our daily news review. the times front page reports on donald trump's incoming defence secretary mike pompeo who has accused russian president vladimir putin of plotting to break up nato. he called it the biggest threat to the western military alliance since the second world war. the daily telegraph leads with claims that the uk government gave permission to the fbi to speak to the former m16 officer who compiled the unverified dossier on us president—elect donald trump.