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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Billionaires battle over ITV

Rupert Murdoch is also making waves on the other side of the Atlantic. He snapped up 18% of Britain's largest commercial broadcaster — out from under Sir Richard Branson. Stephen Beard has the story.
Posted In: Canada
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Another transatlantic market bid denied

NASDAQ made another takeover bid for the London Stock Exchange — and it's been rebuffed again. Stephen Beard has details, and a look at why the European markets are so appealing.
Posted In: Canada, Wall Street
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India closer to U.S. nuclear technology

The Senate has passed a bill to let the U.S. share civilian nuclear technology with India. Miranda Kennedy has more from New Delhi.
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'Frankenstein food' shows up in UK

The transatlantic dispute over genetically-modified crops has flared up again now that a genetically-modified organism has been found in American long grain rice in the UK. Stephen Beard reports.
Posted In: Canada
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Brits use Bond film as recruiting tool

Britain's MI6 Secret Intelligence Service has used the release of the new Bond film "Casino Royale" to launch a recruitment drive. Stephen Beard reports.
Posted In: Canada, Entertainment
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New twist in transatlantic exchange race

In protest of high trading fees, a group of investment banks is set to launch its own trading system to rival European exchanges. And that could put the brakes on other merger deals. Stephen Beard explains.
Posted In: Canada
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Banks declare war on European exchanges

Some of the world's largest investment banks — including major U.S. banks — are planning to launch their own stock trading systems and bypass existing European exchanges. Stephen Beard explains.
Posted In: Canada
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NATO warns of natural gas cartel on horizon

Word has it that Russia is preparing to form an OPEC-like global gas cartel. The country today denied the claims — but not its ambitions. Stephen Beard reports.
Posted In: Canada
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Asking for a wider share of sales

Disharmony has broken out among former members of the British group Procol Harum. They're in court arguing over royalties for their biggest hit. Stephen Beard reports.
Posted In: Crime, Entertainment
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Trademarking power

Oil giants BP and Shell are fighting over use of the word "power" in Britain's High Court today. Stephen Beard has the story.
Posted In: Canada

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