Capital Connection (TV series)
program logo used through 2014-03-28
|Genre||business news program|
|Presented by||Sri Jegarajah (CNBC Asia, Singapore)
Helia Ebrahimi (CNBC Europe, London)
|Country of origin||Singapore|
|Location(s)||Singapore (2007–2014, 2014–present)
London (2007–2012, 2013–present)
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Original channel||CNBC Asia|
|Original run||2007-03-26 – present|
|Preceded by||CNBC Asia:
On the Money (2005)
|Related shows||details here|
Capital Connection is a television business news programme aired every weekday on various CNBC channels around the world. It is broadcast live from CNBC Asia's Singapore studios anchored by Sri Jegarajah. The second co-anchor, it is also live from CNBC Europe's London studios, and is anchoring by Helia Ebrahimi. A third co-anchor, Yousef Gamal El-Din, joined the show from the network's newly opened Bahrain studio on 14 June 2010. Originally, this leg of the show was only featured from Monday to Thursday, but was later featured every weekday from February 2011 to November 2011, when the Bahrain leg was discontinued altogether. As a result, Capital Connection reverted to two continents (Asia and Europe).
The programme debuted on 2007-03-26 as a result of significant schedule changes at both networks. Billed as "the bridge between Asia and Europe", the show airs from noon to 1pm Hong Kong/Singapore/Taiwan Time (1pm to 2pm when Europe is not on Daylight Saving Time) on CNBC Asia (roughly the midpoint of the Asian trading day) and from 6am to 7am CET on CNBC Europe. The broadcast also airs on the CNBC World channel in the United States weekdays from midnight to 1am ET.
The show features a round-up of the top Asian business stories thus far and a look ahead to the corporate and economic news expected in Europe. CNBC reporters in both continents also contribute to the show. This format is very similar to the one used on Worldwide Exchange.
Correspondents from Asia usually appear on the first half of the show while those from Europe come in on the second half of the show.
Capital Connection replaced Today's Business (also hosted by Steve Sedgwick), an early morning pre-market programme originating from CNBC Europe which also aired on CNBC Asia and CNBC World.
Prior to Capital Connection, another show anchored from two continents was Market Watch (later renamed Global Market Watch). Unlike Capital Connection, this show was produced by CNBC Europe. It was originally anchored by Geoff Cutmore from London and Cecilia Zecha from Singapore but it was later hosted exclusively from London by Simon Hobbs. The show ended its run in early 2001.
Steve Sedgwick served as European anchor from the launch of the programme until 28 November 2008. He then left the programme to work full-time for Squawk Box Europe and was replaced by Rebecca Meehan on 1 December 2008 and in 2010 by Anna Edwards. After Edwards departed at the end of 2011, Meehan returned as the programme's European anchor and continued in that role until she left CNBC at the end of 2012.
Maura Fogarty served as Asian anchor from the launch until March 2010, when she was replaced by Chloe Cho until she left the network in January 2014. Sri Jegarajah, previously a reporter, was promoted to anchor full-time, and subsequently permanently took the presenting role.
Between 7 January and 12 July 2013, the London studios was on hiatus after Meehan's departure from CNBC and the programme came from a single location and was solely presented from Singapore. On 15 July 2013, the European anchor was reinstated with Carolin Roth (also previously a reporter) in the presenters' chair until 29 August 2014. On 20 October 2014, Helia Ebrahimi replaced Roth on the anchoring role.
On 31 March 2014, Capital Connection updated its new logo.
On Asian bank holidays, CNBC Europe has the option of producing the programme instead, as occurred on 8 February 2008, 16 February 2010 and 11 February 2013. Alternatively, the show is simply not aired.
- Worldwide Exchange (a CNBC Europe-produced programme anchored from London)
- Today's Business (the programme Capital Connection replaced)
- "CNBC’s Editorial Hub Starts Broadcasting Live From The Middle East" (Press release). CNBC Europe. 7 June 2010. Retrieved 9 June 2010.