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We want to deliberately create a counter-point to shallow news reporting. By picking one specific topic we make a clear decision for a more in-depth coverage of a story. We go deeper, look at an issue from different angles, bring the pros and cons and bring in guests who have time to speak, explain and elaborate.

Lights out? How lumen budgets could bring back the stars
Light pollution impacts human health and the ecosystem. In fact, there’s no longer complete natural darkness in Switzerland. This is why, according to Lukas Schuler of Dark-Sky Switzerland, businesses should create a lumen budget not only to save light flux and money, but to recapture the night sky.

Business Update: Why the fatal 737 MAX crash won’t break Boeing
Boeing’s share price dropped 11 percent earlier this week following Sunday’s crash of the 737 MAX outside Addis Ababa. Andreas Schaffner explains why this latest incident—the second fatal crash in five months—won’t break Boeing but could offer opportunities for Chinese airplane manufacturers.

Is it a good time to be a woman in Switzerland?
The 2019 Schilling Report says there’s “good news” about gender diversity at Swiss companies, but the latest WEF report says Switzerland lags behind. On International Women’s Day we ask Esther-Mirjam de Boer, CEO of GetDiversity, and Swiss-French snowboarder Anne-Flore Marxer what can be done.

New blood at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show
From the big premieres to the challenges facing the motor industry, we are unpacking the highlights from the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show, which runs until March 17. Hannah Wise and Frederic Lelievre discuss China’s growing influence, Brexit, electric vehicles and the future of show itself.

The state of Swiss real estate now
In Switzerland, many prefer renting rather than owning a home.

Business Update: The deal shaking up the Swiss mobile market
Find out what the Sunrise deal to buy UPC means for you. Plus, 5G tech is here – but is Switzerland ready? All this and more in our weekly Business Update.

What you need to know about the Sunrise-UPC Switzerland deal
Ring ring! Sunrise is taking over UPC Switzerland for CHF 6.3 billion. Here’s a wrap-up of what you need to know.

Swiss fintech in 90 seconds
Switzerland’s fintech sector is booming, according to a new report by the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. Here’s everything you need to know in 90 seconds.

Swiss tourism is back on track
Swiss tourism is finally making a comeback after a decline that began in 2008. Here’s what you need to know:

Debating the UBS verdict
UBS has been ordered to pay out €4.5 billion for helping French clients evade taxes. The bank says it will challenge the verdict, but what does the decision tell us about Swiss banking? We explore the UBS decision and look at Glencore, Germania AG and why the ECB might be changing strategy.

Why impact investors will be plugging into renewable energy in 2019
Impact investing is often confused with philanthropy, says Rochus Mommartz, CEO of responsAbility Investments. But now finding ways to help our planet and make money is big business, and renewable energy will be among the burgeoning sectors in 2019.

4 things you need to know about the European aviation industry
Berlin-based Germania is the latest airline to go out of business. So will there be more turbulent times ahead? Here are 4 things you need to know about the European aviation industry.

Brexit, Nestlé, oil, a flash crash, and a crypto winter
This week in Business Update, we look at how the EU may treat Switzerland following the “mind-the-gap“ trade deal between Bern and London. Also in the program: Nestlé’s bet with Starbucks, a sharp move for the Swiss franc, and a cryptocurrency checkup.

Swatch launches “Pigcasso” watch
Would you wear a watch painted by a pig? Swatch thinks so.