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Channel NewsAsia
Channel NewsAsia logo (shape only).svg
CNA logo
Launched 1 March 1999 by Television Corporation of Singapore
12 February 2001 as Channel NewsAsia
Network MediaCorp News
Owned by MediaCorp
Picture format 576i (SDTV 16:9)
1080i (HDTV)
International 576i (SDTV 16:9)

Providing Asian Perspectives (before 21 January 2013)
Understand Asia

This is Channel NewsAsia (21 January 2013 - present)
Country Singapore
Language English
Broadcast area International (Worldwide)
Headquarters Caldecott Broadcast Centre
Formerly called Television Corporation of Singapore
(1 March 1999—12 February 2001)
Replaced Television Corporation of Singapore
(1 March 1999—12 February 2001)
MediaCorp — Analogue (Singapore) Channel 32 (UHF 559.25 MHz)
MediaCorp — Digital (DVB-T)

Channel 38 (UHF 610MHz) [1] Multiplex carrying Mediacorp channels

MediaCorp — Digital (DVB-T2) Channel 27 (UHF 522MHz) (LCN 06)
AsiaSat 3S 3706 MHz
Indovision Indonesia Channel 330
Dish HD Asia Taiwan Channel 111
Combos TV Taiwan Channel 49
TVB Pay Vision Hong Kong Channel 63
Cignal Digital TV Philippines Channel 45
StarHub TV Singapore Channel 106
MediaCorp (via SCTV socket) Singapore Channel 30 (UHF 543.25 MHz)
SkyCable Philippines Channel 109 digital
Cablelink Philippines Channel 21
TransACT Australia Channel 25
First Media Indonesia Channel 232
Cable Star Iloilo Philippines Channel 57
Parasat Cable TV Philippines Channel 99
Cable TV Hong Kong Channel 76
ABNXcess (Malaysia) Channel 293
Destiny Cable Philippines Channel 73
mio TV Singapore Channel 6 / 153
now TV Hong Kong Channel 322
Hypp.TV Malaysia Channel 2004
UniFi Malaysia Channel 411
DETV Malaysia Channel 122
FetchTV Australia Channel 186
Streaming media
Online viewing (international feed only)
TVU Player Channel 150/151
Livestation Watch (Free, international feed)

Channel NewsAsia (abbreviated CNA) is an English language Asia-Pacific news network based in Singapore and owned by MediaCorp.[1] Started on 1 March 1999 based in Singapore by Television Corporation of Singapore, it was launched internationally on 12 February 2001 as the international broadcasting arm of Channel NewsAsia.

It is now viewed in 24 territories across Asia. The satellite footprint of the channel stretches across the Middle East, much of Asia, and Australia.

Unique features[edit]

When an interviewee gives his/her views in a language other than English, Channel NewsAsia does not superimpose the original audio with a voice translation unlike other news organisations. Instead an English subtitle appears preserving and complementing the original audio. This includes programmes that use Indonesian and Malay as their main language. But,Available On Macau Cable TV Channel 27 and HKBN BBTV Channel 734

Key Personnel[edit]

  • Managing Director: Debra Soon
  • Chief Editor, English News Output: Lian Pek
  • Vice-President, English Current Affairs: Tan Lek Hwa
  • Vice-President, Production Services: Norraine Yusof
  • Vice-President, Network Programming and Promotions: Donovan Castillo Mohlman
  • Vice-President, Network Distribution: Woon Chuk Chan
  • Vice-President, Corporate Communications: Han Chuan Quee
  • Vice-President, Regional Sales: Jeanie Ho
  • Assistant Vice-President, Business Development: Yong Chung Jin
  • Assistant Vice-President, Network Programming and Promotions: Rohana Mohamed
  • Voice-Over Announcer, Andrew Crothers

Programmes and presenters[edit]

Channel NewsAsia is an international news channel focusing primarily on Asian news, information and current affairs. Each of its news bulletins run for half-hour, starting at the top of the hour except for AM Live! which runs for two consecutive hours and Primetime Asia, First Look Asia and Asia Connect, which run for one hour for each programme. The bottom of the hour features documentaries, lifestyle programming, health programming, current affairs and business news. The channel now airs programmes 24 hours a day with some programmes broadcast from the channel's new studios at the DBS Building in Marina Bay.

The station also produces news stories for the newscast on Singapore's only English language general-entertainment channel, MediaCorp Channel 5.

In addition, after major regional or international news bulletins, a weather forecast of key global cities is shown. Also, before the top of selected hours the World Live by EarthTV is also shown.

News Programmes[edit]


Programme Description Presenter(s)
News Pulse The latest news even as Asia unwinds ready for the start of a new day.

Runs daily at 12:00 am, 2:00 am, 3:00 am and 5:00 am for 30 minutes. First edition aired on 22 January 2012 at 12:00 am.

Geraldine Tan (Mon to Fri), Genevieve Woo / Dawn Tan / Gerald Lam / Timothy Go (relief)
First Look Asia Summary of local, international, business and sports news that occurred overnight, including stock market actions in the US and UK.

Runs Mondays to Fridays at 6:00 am for 3 hours. Replaces AM Live! Early Edition. First edition aired on 21 January 2013 at 6:00 am.

Patrick Fok, Steve Lai, Annalisa Burgos & Yvonne Yong
AM Live! Replaces Primetime Morning as of 1 August 2011.

A morning breakfast show bringing the latest news, features, entertainment and lifestyle tips.

Runs Mondays to Fridays at these times:

  • Main Edition at 7:00 am for 2 hours
  • Bite-size Edition at 2:30 pm for 30 minutes (with Friday's encore on Saturday at 11:30am and 4:30pm, and Sunday at 1:30am)
Steve Lai and Yvonne Yong
News Now Replaces Asia Today and World Today.

The latest news as it happens around the world.

Runs daily at 9:00 am, 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm, 4:00 pm and 5:00pm, and Saturdays and Sundays at 7:00 am, 8:00 am and 12:00 pm for 30 minutes. Replaces Asia Today, World Today and Asia Market Report. First edition aired on 21 January 2013 at 9:00 am.

Addeil Sabir
Asia Connect Latest news across Asia along with business news and stock market actions.

Runs Mondays to Fridays at 12:00 pm for 1 hour. First edition aired on 28 January 2013 at 12:00 pm.

Addeil Sabir and Wei Du
Singapore Connect @ 6 Live updates on Singapore news, business and sports.

Runs Mondays to Fridays at 6:00 pm (Singapore feed only) for 30 minutes. First edition aired on 28 January 2013 at 6:00 pm.

Chan Eu Imm
"" Sports World"" Sports Update which airs @ 9:30 pm Lance Alexander & Otelli Edwards New time from 03rd March 2014 Primetime Asia Replaces East Asia Tonight and South East Asia Tonight.

A day's round-up of the news in Asia.

Runs Mondays to Fridays at 7:00 pm for 1 hour.

Timothy W Go and Glenda Chong
Primetime World A day's round-up of the news around the world.

Runs Mondays to Fridays at 9:00 pm for 30 minutes. First edition aired on 30 September 2013.

Glenda Chong, Timothy W Go (relief)
Primetime Weekend The news headlines occurring over the weekend.

Runs Saturdays and Sundays at 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm for 30 minutes. First edition aired on 26 January 2013 at 7:00 pm.

Business Central Business news and stock markets around the region along with some expert interviews about the happenings in Asia.

Runs Mondays to Fridays at 9:30 pm for 30 minutes. First edition aired on 21 January 2013 for 1 hour at 8:00pm, before shifting to 9:00pm later in the year. Current timeslot was effective 30 September 2013.

Teymoor Nabilli, Gerald Lam (relief)
Singapore Tonight A summary of the local headlines in Singapore.

Runs daily at 10:00 pm for 1 hour. Reruns at 4:00 am.

Steven Chia, Dawn Tan (relief)
Business Singapore Business news and stock market actions in Singapore with special guest interviews to analyse the happenings.

Runs Mondays to Fridays at 10:30 pm for 30 minutes. Reruns at 4:30 am. First edition aired on 21 January 2013 at 10:30 pm.

Dawn Tan, Genevieve Woo (relief)
Between The Lines A summary of the day's headlines.

Runs daily at 11:00 pm for 30 minutes.

Teymoor Nabili

Current programmes airing outside CNA[edit]

Programme Channel Description Current Presenter(s)
News 5 Tonight MediaCorp Channel 5 The daily evening-news programme featuring highlights and coverage of both local and international news.

Runs daily at 9:30pm.

Loke Wei Sue / Chew Wui Lynn / Gerald Lam, etc.


Programme Description Presenter(s)
Asia Today Live news with a focus on Asian perspectives.

Ran daily at 3:00pm, Mondays to Fridays at 9:00am and 2:00pm, and Saturdays and Sundays at 10:00am, 11:00am and 5:00pm

Sharon Tong / Otelli Edwards / Gerard Lam / Yvonne Yong / Timothy W Go / Melissa Hyak / Chew Wui Lynn / Dominique Loh / Sabrina Chua / Chan Eu Imm / Lynlee Foo / Patrick Fok

Last edition aired on 20 January 2013 at 5:00 pm.

Asia Market Report A day's round-up of business news around the region and a look at the first hour of trade in Asia

Ran Mondays to Fridays (except days when markets are closed; Asia Today will run instead) at 5:00 pm.

Last edition aired on 18 January 2013.

Dominique Loh / Wei Du
Asia Tonight Round-up of the day's events around Asia

Ran Mondays to Fridays at 11:00 pm and Saturdays and Sundays at 7:00 pm.

Last edition aired on 20 January 2013 at 7:00pm.

World Today Live news with focus on key world events.

Ran daily at 9:00 am, 12:00 pm (noon) and 4:00 pm, Mondays to Fridays at 10:00 am and 11:00 am, and Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 pm.

Last edition aired on 20 January 2013 at 11:00 am.

Melissa Hyak / Otelli Edwards / Genevieve Woo / Yvonne Yong / Timothy W Go / Gerard Lam / Chew Wui Lynn / Sharon Tong / Sabrina Chua / Patrick Fok
Primetime News Channel NewsAsia's flagship evening nightly-news programme which provides viewers with a round-up of the day's main news under national news live television broadcasting.

Ran daily at 9:00 pm

Last edition aired on 20 January 2013 at 9:00 pm.

Melissa Hyak, etc.
Asia Business Tonight A day's round-up of business news around the region and a look at the first hour of trade in the United States

Runs Mondays to Fridays (except when markets are closed; replaced with a relief programme) at 10:30 pm

Last edition aired on 18 January 2013 at 10:30pm. Replaced with Business Singapore.

Genevieve Woo / Glenda Chong / Timothy W Go / Timothy Ouyang / Lynlee Foo / Gerard Lam

Productions of Channel NewsAsia and Other Programmes[edit]

Programme Description Presenter(s)
Get Rea! (read as Get Real) A twice-weekly investigative current-affairs programme focusing on issues in Singapore (Runs as a season) Cheryl Fox 2007-2008-2011 /Chan Eu Imm 2010-2011 Present/ Ken Teh 2011
Insight A weekly current-affairs programme (Runs as a season) Gerard Lam
Money Mind A weekly business programme (Runs as a season) Fredrick Lim & Dominique Loh & Ronald Lim
The Agenda Business programme (Runs as a season)
Asian Home News Screens short news snippets from previous-day broadcasts from CCTV News (China), NHK World TV (Japan), RTM TV2 (Malaysia), RTB (Brunei) and Vietnam Television (Vietnam) Various
Correspondent's Diary Highlights of news stories and features by Channel NewsAsia's network of Correspondents based in major cities across the region.
That's IT A weekly information-technology programme (Runs as a season) Timothy W Go
360 Talkshow on current affairs (Runs as a season) Melissa Hyak
One on One Talkshow on current affairs (Runs as a season) Lin Xue Ling
Pink of Health A weekly show focusing on the health and beauty concerns of women
Cents & Sensibilities A weekly show on how ordinary people should make investments Genevieve Woo
Japan Hour An hour featuring Japanese culture. The programme is bought from NHK World TV in Japan and is subtitled in English.
How to be a Super Parent Steven Chia
BlogTV.SG Cheryl Fox, Tim Oh, & Mandy Chong
Welcome 2 Taiwan
Documentary of The Week Showcases documentaries every Sunday at 8.00pm.
20/20 US programme from ABC World News. Sometimes known as "20/20 Primetime"; in reality, "20/20" is a different show from "Primetime" (Only in Singapore)
Amazing Asia Special reports filed by correspondents in Asia. Usually screens unusual news happenings around Asia in the week. (Regular 30-minute segments)
Yours Truly, Asia Special reports about life in Asia
World Watch Special reports filed by correspondents the world over. Usually screens unusual news happenings around the world in the week. (Regular 30-minute segments)
Talking Point A segment after Singapore Tonight on Sundays at 10.10pm (SIN/HK) where guests are invited to the news studio to share their views on issues relevant to Singapore Debra Soon / Melissa Hyak
On The Red Dot A half-hour programme examining issues close to the hearts of all Singaporeans. Airs on Channel 5, Wednesdays 9.00pm, and on CNA, Saturdays 10.30pm. Cheryl Fox / Otelli Edwards



East Asia[edit]

  • Valarie Tan,China Correspondent, Shanghai
  • Leslie Tang, Hong Kong Correspondent / Hong Kong Business Correspondent, Hong Kong
  • Roland Lim, Hong Kong Bureau Chief/Business Correspondent, Hong Kong
  • Michiyo Ishida, Japan Bureau Chief, Tokyo
  • Lim Yun Suk, Korea Bureau Chief, Seoul
  • Kristine Lim, China Correspondent, Beijing
  • Victoria Jen, Taiwan Correspondent, Taipei

Southeast Asia[edit]

South Asia[edit]

West Asia[edit]


North America[edit]

  • Simon Marks, United States Bureau Chief, Washington, D.C.
  • Daniel Ryntjes, United States Correspondent, Washington, D.C.
  • Priscilla Huff, United States Correspondent, Washington, D.C.
  • Malcolm Brown, United States Correspondent, Washington
  • Nathan King, United States Correspondent / United States Business Correspondent / United Nations Correspondent, New York
  • Kate Moody United States Correspondent, Washington
  • Paige Kollock, United States Correspondent / United States Business Correspondent, New York
  • Steve Mort, United States Correspondent / United States Correspondent, Miami
  • Natalie Carney United State Correspondent New York


  • Catherine Drew, Europe Bureau Chief, London
  • Paul Burge, Europe Correspondent, London
  • Olly Barratt, Europe Correspondent, London
  • Nina Maria Potts, Europe Correspondent, Brussels

Singapore (News headquarters)[edit]

  • S Ramesh, Senior Political Reporter
  • Patwant Singh, Sports Reporter
  • Imelda Saad
  • Dominique Loh
  • Lynda Hong
  • May Wong
  • Hetty Musfirah
  • Dylan Loh
  • Sharon See
  • Claire Huang
  • Vimita Mohandas
  • Sara Grosse
  • Tan Qiuyi
  • Saifulbahri Ismail
  • Monica Kotwani

Feeds and ticker[edit]

Channel NewsAsia has two separate feeds namely a Singapore feed — Channel NewsAsia Singapore — and International feed — Channel NewsAsia International. Both feeds have the almost the same programmes especially since Singapore Tonight and Singapore Business Tonight started airing live Internationally in July 2008. The exception to this is 20/20 and Singapore Connect @ 6 which only air in Singapore.

Other important differences include a short, one-minute Singapore Update at various times of the day in the Singapore feed, the content of advertising where those in the Singapore feed cater to local audiences and the order in which magazine programmes/documentaries are aired within the week. In addition, the Singapore feed is supplemented by a Teletext service. Furthermore during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, viewers in Singapore were given more highlights of the games than regional viewers.

Channel NewsAsia Singapore feed is available as a free-to-air television network in Singapore hence cable or IPTV subscription isn't required to receive the channel. Channel NewsAsia International is available on the AsiaSat 3S satellite as well as various cable/satellite operators.

The news and stock ticker tape is a permanent feature on Channel NewsAsia International and since 12 February 2001 has not been taken off the air during commercials. This allows for uninterrupted viewing of the latest news and stock prices. Singapore viewers are given local news and live prices from the Singapore Stock Exchange (SSX) as well; regional viewers are given delayed stock prices from various regional exchanges. In addition Singapore and international viewers do get a timepiece on AM Live!.

Watches and sponsors on clocks before the news[edit]

For Singapore viewers an Channel NewsAsia International has a clock ident to countdown to the top of the hour as a lead-in to live news bulletins. The announcer usually says it this way: "Time by (sponsor): (time)."


The Channel NewsAsia website features news and video reports from Singapore, Asia and international locations as well as business, sports, technology, entertainment and special reports. Various presenters and correspondents maintain blogs on this site. The site also has a 7-day archive of news. A live stream of Channel NewsAsia International is available on the channel's website in areas covered by AsiaSat 3S (including Singapore). "YOURNEWS" is a feature on this site where viewers can upload first-hand footage of news events happening in their area and visitors can also view such footage.

The channel used to maintain a website in Mandarin, which was discontinued in 1 January 2005.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "About Channel NewsAsia". Channel NewsAsia. 

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