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Hear breaking economic, business and market news as it happens, around the globe. Karen Moskow and Bob Moon host.

Customer Reviews

Sound level difference between guest and host is a problem

I like the content but wish the host would speak more softly or they would equalize the sound levels so he is not blasting my eardrums.

was podcasts of interviews - now a program DUMP

was useful when you could listen to insightful opinions from respected analysts. Now it is just a program dump of the entire hour - that is not a podcast - it is a re-encapsulated broadcast
80% of the time it is
- mindless banter
- market updates (obsolete by definition - this is a podcast, remember??)
- sports updates
Go back to the interviews please.

Just in case Bloomberg is looking at the play count still being high - its a function of the way the new podcast app manages the downloads. I still have to mark the podcasts as played to have the new podcast app delete them automatically a day later, but be assured, I am not playing them….


Was useful, now just a dump
by Simplepilot on Sep 13, 2014
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆
I listened to almost all the podcasts for valuable insights from their esteemed guests. Now, instead, I get - mindless banter - market updates that are, by definition, obsolete - sports updatesI did skip through them initially hoping they would change back, but I am giving up on it now. Just not worth it - takes 30 minutes to listen to 5 minutes of useful information

Unfortunate Change
by JEE_CFP on Sep 04, 2014
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆
I have to agree with other recent reviews: the change to hour-long segments (including the commercials, market updates, mindless banter, etc.) has GREATLY reduced the value of the Bloomberg podcasts!I originally thought the change was just due to somebody new filling in for someone on vacation. So I hung in there. But as time goes on, it's apparent that the change was deliberate and permanent.I've been a loyal listener for years (I even gladly paid for the service for a couple years). But in the current format, it's pretty much useless. I guess it's time to move on.

retired engineer
by Phil_in_Houston on Sep 04, 2014
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆
This was a great podcast for years (5 star). Unfortunately they have made 45 minute dumps of the radio show instead of short segments of the important interviews. I guess that is ok if you want up to the minute reports on yessterdays news. Sadly I can only listen to the occasional short interview that they still include.

Went from Valuable Shorts to a Program Dump
by cyberbiker on Aug 19, 2014
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆
The kinds of people who listen to Bloomberg Surveillance are busy. We needed a few shorts of wisdom from Surveillance guests as the podcast use to be designed. However, it is now a segmented dump of the entire Bloomberg Surveillance radio program. Bad move!

Bloomberg podcasts - Downgraded from Buy to Don't Bother
by 53Consulting on Sep 21, 2014
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆
They've ruined their very strong podcasts. Instead of editing their media streams and providing interviews with guests they now simply cut 30-50 minutes continuously. Evidently they think people who download their podcasts to listen at a later date are interested in news and advertising bits from prior days. Pathetic.

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