|Broadcast area||Asia-Pacific (except Mainland China and North Korea)|
|Picture format||1080i HDTV|
(downscaled to 16:9 480i/576i for the SDTV feed)
|Sister channels||E! Australia and New Zealand|
Universal TV New Zealand
Bravo New Zealand
Universal TV Australia
|Launched||20 June 1995|
|Replaced||Asia Business News|
CNBC Asia is a pay television business channel. A subsidiary of NBCUniversal, it is the Asian service of CNBC (Consumer News and Business Channel). Its programmes originate from Singapore, Hong Kong and Sydney.
CNBC Asia was launched on 20 June 1995 along with sister channel NBC Asia. It was originally based in Hong Kong. Anchors such as Rico Hizon, Bernard Lo, Lorraine Hahn, Sumire Sugimoto, Dalton Tanonaka and Bill Hartley were part of the original CNBC Asia team. It adopted similar programmes from its US counterpart like The Money Wheel and Business Tonight and had a few of its own programmes as well. In addition, the channel has broadcast programmes from CNBC US and CNBC Europe on a live and repeat basis.
In December 1997, Dow Jones & Company and NBC announced the merger of their international business news channels. This resulted in a merger of CNBC Asia with Dow Jones' Asia Business News (ABN), and likewise of CNBC Europe with European Business News. The merged channel launched on 1 February 1998 and was named CNBC Asia Business News but it was simply referred to as CNBC Asia in mid-1998. As a result of the merger, there were massive employee lay-offs and programme cancellations at CNBC's Asia original headquarters in Hong Kong (which since has been took over by rival channel Bloomberg Television for its Asia Pacific operations) but Rico Hizon, Geoff Cutmore and Bernard Lo joined the newly merged channel whose operations have been based in Singapore ever since. Programmes and personalities came mostly from ABN and were for the most part retained in their original form (i.e., title and graphics scheme). CNBC Asia also mainly used ABN's own graphics scheme rather than adopt those in use by CNBC US and CNBC Europe. In addition, there was no regional ticker for most audiences until 26 October 1998 and simulcasts of US and European programmes were very limited.
From then (until January 2006) the international CNBC services carried the tagline "A Service of NBC (Universal) and Dow Jones" (or depending on other local partners, a variation of this tagline) when introducing regional programmes (including magazine programmes) and airing general channel promotions.
On 1 June 1998, CNBC Asia added CNBC Sports which it aired weekend afternoons and in October 1998, it also started airing selected episodes of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Night with Conan O'Brien on weekend evenings as NBC Asia was replaced by the National Geographic Channel. When CNBC Asia launched its regional ticker in 1998, it introduced new shows such as Lunch Money (later replaced by Power Lunch Asia in 1999) and Market Watch (later renamed Global Market Watch) where the latter was produced by CNBC Europe but anchored from both London and Singapore. In addition, the channel substantially increased CNBC Europe programming in the afternoon by airing Europe Today in its entirety.
In October 1999, CNBC Asia had a partnership with the Australian Financial Review to present The Australian Financial Review Market Wrap, a daily round-up of market news from the Australian region hosted by James Walker and Grace Phan.
Major programming changes occurred on 30 October 2000 with CNBC Asia expanding Asia Squawk Box to two hours, Asia Market Watch to two hours in the morning and 1½ hours in the afternoon and Power Lunch Asia to one full hour. CNBC Asia's ticker was also reformatted on that day to include colours reflecting change in the stock prices (green for an increase and red for a decrease) and a stock's ticker symbol.
In 2001, CNBC Asia introduced localised tickers to audiences in Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore and has since kept the ticker on the screen during commercial breaks.
In July 2001, Asia Squawk Box was further extended to three hours and more programming hours from CNBC US and CNBC Europe were added to the line-up. This was further extended in 2002 when US programming started at 20.00 SIN time uninterrupted on weeknights.
In July 2005, it was announced that NBC Universal would take full control of CNBC Asia from 31 December 2005, subject to clearance. The channel's main sequences reverted from "CNBC Asia - A Service of NBC Universal and Dow Jones" to simply "CNBC Asia" on 1 January 2006. But, on 30 October 2006, to further distinguish itself between its other counterparts, "CNBC Asia" simply rebranded itself as "CNBC", and adopting CNBC's new general slogan, "First in Business Worldwide".
During the week of 19 March 2007, CNBC Asia commenced promotions for Squawk Australia, hosted by James, which debuted on 26 March 2007 from a studio in Sydney. It aired from 9.00 Sydney time/6.00 SIN/HK time weekdays. A revamped Asia Squawk Box, anchored by Amanda Drury and Martin Soong, followed at 7.00 SIN/HK time weekdays.
CNBC also launched two brand new shows that replaced Market Watch and the CNBC Europe programme Today's Business. CNBC's Cash Flow, anchored by Maura Fogarty (first hour) and Amanda Drury (second hour), was originally intensely trader and investor based. Following on from the success of Worldwide Exchange, another joint production, Capital Connection was launched. It was originally anchored by Maura Fogarty in Singapore, and Steve Sedgwick in London. Unlike Worldwide Exchange, which was originally produced by CNBC Europe (until production of that show was relocated to CNBC US on 4 January 2016), Capital Connection is produced by CNBC Asia.
On 27 September 2007, CNBC Asia announced strategic initiatives to push into the Australian market. Two new shows were introduced to the network: Trading Matters, a wrap-up of the day's market action, and Australia This Week, a concise show summarizing the week's highlights. Both shows are anchored by then-newly appointed CNBC anchor Oriel Morrison, formerly of Channel Nine and Bloomberg Television. The shows debuted on 2 and 6 October 2007 respectively at 17.30 Sydney time/15.30 SIN time as the channel moved its Sydney bureau into a new studio situated across from the Australian Stock Exchange building. The move has also seen CNBC Australia re-introduce opt-outs from the pan-Asian feed for additional airings of Trading Matters and Australia This Week.
It was announced on 5 March 2007 that CNBC Asia would be opening a bureau in Sydney to track the Australian markets. This was in light of the recent global market correction. Squawk Box has had reports from Jeffrey James (a former Business Presenter with Deutsche Welle DW-TV) who was also the original anchor of Squawk Australia. James was the first on-camera presence from CNBC since Mark Laudi returned to Singapore from Sydney. James anchored Squawk Australia from a temporary location on the 11th floor of Sydney's General Electric headquarters (NAB House) from early 2007 whilst a new studio was being constructed in nearby Bridge Street. He left the show in October 2008. In 2007, Oriel Morrison also joined the Sydney bureau to give reports during the afternoon session there. She anchored a 30-minute afternoon show for CNBC called Trading Matters.
On 7 January 2008, Foxtel spun off a business channel from Sky News Australia called Sky News Business Channel (named after Fox Business Network in the United States).
In August 2008, The Daily Telegraph reported that Channel Nine's finance reporter Karen Tso, would be joining the network in October 2008. She became the network's Sydney-based correspondent and anchored Squawk Australia, thus replacing Jeffrey James.
In mid-2009, CNBC launched a new personal finance show, The Barefoot Investor, with Australian personal finance expert Scott Pape. This is similar to The Suze Orman Show and is seen on the Australian feed during weekends.
On 14 June 2010, CNBC Asia moved to a new studio inside the Singapore Exchange. The new studio features a rear projection wall that principally gives an overview of regional market action (very similar to what CNBC Europe has). The left side of the studio has three LCD screens where a reporter stands beside to feature one story or highlight per screen. CNBC Asia also adopted the graphics package that CNBC US and CNBC Europe have been using since 2 March 2010. CNBC also premièred another production hub in Bahrain. This hub is used by presenters to report on Middle East business and is one of the three locations from which Capital Connection is presented.
Started from 30 March 2014, CNBC Asia changed its picture format to 16:9 as a standard broadcast format. CNBC Europe followed suit on 31 March 2014. Both networks debuted a then-new, updated graphics package, including new lower-thirds. This on-air style did not carry over to CNBC US, which still had the old on-air style used from 1 March 2010 to 10 October 2014. CNBC US also switched its own picture format to 16:9 on 13 October 2014.
On 9 February 2015, CNBC Asia once again updated its graphics package, this time with new titles and new theme music that was based on the US version used since 13 October 2014. Exactly a month later (9 March 2015), its sister network in Europe followed suit. This new on-air style, which is designed by Magoo 3D Studios, matched its US counterpart. Except for Asia Squawk Box and Capital Connection, all of the programmes share the same theme music, which is different from US and Europe versions (each of their programmes have their individual music). CNBC also was added to Dialog TV in Sri Lanka.
On 29 October 2018, Street Signs was expanded to three hours due to the cancellation of The Rundown, which also resulted in Asia Squawk Box returning to the previous 6-9am SIN/HK timeslot.
During the week of 31 March 2014, CNBC launched two brand new shows that replaced The Call and Cash Flow. These were early morning show The Rundown and Street Signs replaced Cash Flow. CNBC also unveiled a redesigned studio in Hong Kong for Squawk Box. CNBC also premiered another production hub in Beijing.
CNBC Asia produces live business day programming from 6 am to 1 pm SIN/HK time during DST or 6 am to 2 pm without DST (also SIN/HK time). The channel's weekday business day programmes (pan-Asian feed) are
In addition, CNBC Asia produces a weekly show - Managing Asia, presented by Christine Tan (Friday only)
CNBC Asia broadcasts lifestyle and sporting programmes, branded under CNBC Life, showings of CNBC US documentaries and weekly business shows such as Managing Asia, Investing Asia, Investing Edge, Access: Middle East, Suze Orman, Inside China and On the Money. Back-to-back editions of The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon are shown during the evening.
On trading days over the Christmas and new year period, CNBC Asia massively cuts back its regional programming, replacing it with pre-taped specials with live output restricted to a two-hour edition of Asia Squawk Box. Simulcasts of programmes originating from CNBC US and CNBC Europe remain unaffected. Regular programming resumes immediately after the New Year's Day holiday.
Among the shows that have been cancelled are:
In the US, all of CNBC Asia's daytime programmes are seen on CNBC World.
In Europe, during the mid to late 2000s CNBC Europe had chosen to scale back simulcasts of CNBC Asia programming overnight in favour of teleshopping and later poker games and CNBC Asia's entire morning line-up had only been seen on Monday mornings. During the rest of the week, only the second hour of Street Signs and Capital Connection were seen on CNBC Europe. However, in 2009, CNBC Europe began showing almost the entire CNBC Asia schedule throughout the week.
Since 23 April 2007, a free live and commercial-free stream of CNBC Asia has been available on CNBC.com every Monday, from 6AM to 4PM SIN/HK/TWN time (Sundays 6PM to 4AM ET with DST). At other times, the stream can be accessed by subscribing to CNBC Plus, which costs $9.95/month or $99.95/year.
From 4 January 2016 to 31 December 2020, Worldwide Exchange was not shown on Fridays due to clashing with weekend shows (Inside China, The Edge) and Managing Asia.
During the trading day, CNBC Asia runs a ticker providing information from major Asian stock exchanges, as well as US and Europe recaps. The top bar usually features the Most Active shares in the region while the bottom bar gives the latest data on indices, currencies, commodities and the treasury market. At night, the old CNBC US ticker is simulated where only the ticker symbols are displayed instead of the companies' full names. The ticker is shown continuously during commercial breaks and most of the data for the Asian ticker is supplied by Reuters.
Viewers in Singapore and Australia are treated to a more localised ticker with the top bar featuring trades from their respective local stock markets exclusively.
Outside Asia, the ticker can be seen alongside CNBC Asia programmes simulcasted on CNBC Europe and CNBC World. However, the ticker is not available on CNBC Asia's live stream at CNBC.com (both freeview and CNBC Plus) and is instead replaced by a similar looking static strip which says "CNBC" on the top bar and its tagline "First in Business Worldwide" on the lower bar.
Staff are based in Singapore unless stated otherwise.
In conjunction with local partners it provides the following local channels:
Managing Asia can be seen on Singapore Airlines and Jet Airways.
CNBC Asia also delivers financial news to mobile phone users by keying in https://web.archive.org/web/20080807115257/http://asia.cnbc.com/. Subscribers in Singapore's M1, Indonesia's Telkomsel and Cambodia's Mobitel can see live streaming of the channel and selected on-demand clips from its shows.
The channel also offers podcasts free-of-charge.
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