Based in London and reporting for the entire Marketplace portfolio, Stephen Beard provides daily coverage of Europe’s business and economic developments.

When asked what he most enjoys about his work, he answers simply, “Travel.” Over the past two years, he produced a series of features on the European debt crisis, reported from the Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, the World Economic Forum in Davos, and various locations in Greece, France, Spain, Portugal, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and the United Kingdom.

Beard has spent four decades in radio. Before joining Marketplace in 1993, he worked for 20 years as a BBC staffer and freelance reporter, in addition to time with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and with commercial broadcasting stations in Manchester, England, and Victoria, British Columbia. His reporting has taken him throughout North America and Europe as well as the Middle East, China, Australia, Malaysia and India.

Beard holds a prestigious Clarion Award for his report on the death of U.S. politician Ron Brown; a National Federation of Community Broadcasters Golden Reel award for a series on modern-day slavery; and a New York Festivals Silver World Medal for his series on the changing face of Eastern Europe.

Beard is a graduate of the University of Leeds, with an honors degree in Law.

When not working, he enjoys reading biographies and tending his small farm outside London, which includes 110 ewes, one very noisy cockerel and an elderly, non-laying hen. In addition to his impressive journalism CV, he has also worked as a deep-sea fisherman and a bingo caller.

Features By Stephen Beard

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Nasdaq launches hostile takeover bid

The London Stock Exchange has rejected another offer from Nasdaq, so now the American exchange is pressing ahead with a hostile takeover bid, appealing directly to LSE shareholders. Stephen Beard reports.
Posted In: Canada, Wall Street
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Shell reportedly turns over control to Gazprom

There are reports that Shell has given in to pressure from the Kremlin and offered to give up control of its $22 billion Sakhalin 2 natural gas project to Russia's Gazprom. Stephen Beard reports.
Posted In: Canada
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Shell gives in to Russia

Shell has offered to give up control of a $22 billion oil and gas project in Russia after months of pressure from the Kremlin. Stephen Beard reports.
Posted In: Canada
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Britain threatens to pull out of defense deal

British lawmakers have given the U.S. until the end of the year to agree to share sensitive technology information or Britain may pull out of a multi-billion dollar defense deal. Stephen Beard reports.
Posted In: Canada, Washington
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Google makes a deal with British TV

Google has signed on with British satellite TV firm BSkyB to develop its broadband services — and it's an alliance that Hollywood's going to be watching closely, Stephen Beard reports.
Posted In: Canada, Science
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It's one way to quiet dissent

Russia's state-controlled gas monopoly Gazprom is poised to purchase . . . a tabloid newspaper? Critics are questioning the move after years of underinvestment and mismanagement by the company. Stephen Beard reports.
Posted In: Canada
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Open Skies outlook grows cloudy

The transportation department has nixed a plan to give foreign investors more influence over domestic airlines — a move that could wipe out EU interest in the so-called Open Skies treaty. Stephen Beard reports.
Posted In: Canada, Travel
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Las Vegas Sands takes gaming online . . . overseas

The U.S. casino giant is getting into the online gaming business in Britain — a move that will likely anger the UK's Internet gambling industry. Stephen Beard explains.
Posted In: Canada, Science
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Dollar down = oil up?

The dollar's decline could push up the price of oil. Some OPEC members are calling for a cut in production because the falling dollar has amounted to a price cut for them. Stephen Beard explains.
Posted In: Canada, Economy
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UK considers 'Frankentaters'

European consumers have staunchly opposed genetically-modified crops, but now the British government has approved trials of a blight-resistant potato. Will consumers buy into it? Stephen Beard reports.
Posted In: Canada

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