Channel NewsAsia

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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 Channel NewsAsia
Owned by MediaCorp
Picture format 576i (SDTV 16:9)
1080i (HDTV)
International 576i (SDTV 16:9)
Slogan Providing Asian Perspectives (before 21 January 2013)
Understand Asia
Country Singapore
Language English
Broadcast area Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Philippines, Japan, India, Korea and Papua NG
Headquarters Caldecott Broadcast Centre
Formerly called Television Corporation of Singapore
(1 March 1999—12 February 2001)
Replaced MediaCorp Pte Ltd
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 7 3706 MHz
Indovision Indonesia Channel 330
TVB Pay Vision Hong Kong Channel 90
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 TV Hong Kong Channel 76
ABNXcess Malaysia Channel 293
Destiny Cable Philippines Channel 24 (Analog)
Channel 109 (Digital)
mio TV Singapore Channel 6 / 153
HyppTV Malaysia Channel 411
DETV Malaysia Channel 122
now TV Hong Kong Channel 322
FetchTV Australia Channel 186
Streaming media
Online viewing (international feed only)
Livestation Watch (Free, international feed)
Toggle Watch (Singapore feed, free but available in Singapore only)

Channel NewsAsia Singapore (abbreviated CNA) Singapore was established in March 1999 by MediaCorp, and is an English language Asian TV News channel. Positioned to “Understand Asia”, it reports on global developments with Asian perspectives. Channel NewsAsia brings viewers not only the latest news but also the stories behind the headlines. Based in Singapore, it has correspondents in major Asian cities and key Western ones, including New York, Washington D.C, London and Brussels.

The channel is complemented by an online presence at, and social media services like Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

Channel NewsAsia (International), was launched in September 2000. It is now viewed in 25 territories across Asia with its satellite footprint stretching across the Middle East, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Northeast Asia and Australia.

Channel NewsAsia's other key business is the production of news and current affairs content in four languages, English, Malay, Standard Mandarin and Tamil. This content is produced for MediaCorp's television and online platforms, such as mass entertainment Channels 5, 8, U, Suria and Vasantham. MediaCorp is Singapore’s leading media company with the most complete range of platforms, spanning television, radio, newspapers, magazines, movies, digital and out-of-home media.

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 Malay and Indonesian as their main language.

Key Personnel[edit]

  • Managing Director: Debra Soon
  • Chief Editor, English News Output: Lian Pek
  • Vice-President, English Current Affairs: Tan Lek Hwa
  • Vice-President, Network Programming and Promotions: Rohana Mohd
  • Vice-President, Network Distribution: Woon Chuk Chan
  • Vice-President, Corporate Services: Han Chuan Quee
  • Senior Vice-President, Sales: Sherrie Low
  • Assistant Vice-President, Marketing: Yong Chung Jin

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 First Look Asia! which runs for three consecutive hours and Asia Connect, Primetime Asia and Singapore Tonight, which run for one hour each. 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 Marina Bay Financial Centre.

Channel NewsAsia also produces news and current affairs programmes for MediaCorp Channel 5, Channel 8, U, Suria and Vasantham.

News Programmes[edit]


Programme Description Presenter(s)
News Pulse The news never stops as News Pulse brings you the top stories as they happen across the world, so you’re always kept informed and ready for the start of the Asian day.

Runs daily at 12:00 am, 2:00 am and 3:00 am for 30 minutes. First edition aired on 22 January 2013 at 12:00 am.

Geraldine Tan / Julie Yoo
First Look Asia Replaces AM Live! as of 31 March 2014.

Wake up on weekdays to First Look Asia, the region’s premier agenda-setting programme that will bring you up to speed on the day’s top headlines and issues across the region. This 3-hour programme explores the latest trends in business, sports, entertainment, motoring, healthcare, dining and travel.

Runs Mondays to Fridays at these times:

  • Main Edition at 6:00 am for 3 hours
  • Bite-size Edition at 2:30 pm for 30 minutes
Patrick Fok, Steve Lai, Annalisa Burgos & Yvonne Yong
News Now Replaces Asia Today and World Today.

Catch “live” breaking news as it happens in Asia with in-depth analysis and expert opinions on the day’s events.

Runs daily at 9:00 am, 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm, 4:00 pm and 5:00pm. First edition aired on 21 January 2013 at 9:00 am.

Chan Eu Imm, Gerard Lam
Asia Connect Broadcast “live” with presentations from Singapore’s financial district, the Marina Bay Financial Centre, this programme of the latest news in the Asian region will also examine the business and financial impact of the developments with perspectives and reports from Channel

NewsAsia’s network of correspondents in key capital cities.

Runs Mondays to Fridays at 12:00 noon for 1 hour. First edition aired on 21 January 2013 at 12:00 noon.

Chan Eu Imm / Gerard Lam, Wei Du / Yvonne Chan
Sports World Sports Update which airs @ 9:30 pm, 1:30 am and 3:30 am

Sports World Weekend: Sunday, 12:30 pm and 5:30 pm

Lance Alexander & Otelli Edwards
Primetime Asia Replaces East Asia Tonight and South East Asia Tonight.

Primetime Asia gives you the Asian perspectives on the latest developments in Asia and around the globe.

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

Timothy W Go and Glenda Chong
Primetime World Primetime World delivers the biggest stories of the day in a fast-paced half hour news programme for the global perspective of today’s news.

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.

Loke Wei Sue/ Sona Remesh
Singapore Tonight Channel NewsAsia's flagship primetime local news programme, Singapore Tonight, takes viewers beyond the stories to understand the implications and background to news events and stories of the day.

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

Steven Chia, Dawn Tan, Sona Remesh
World Tonight A day's round-up of key world news.

Runs 11:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday

Between the Lines Between The Lines delves deep into issues that matter to Asia, giving viewers the story behind the story. This fast-paced and hard-hitting show also features top analysts and commentators from around the region, providing diverse perspectives and robust debate.

Runs Mondays to Fridays at 11:00 pm for 30 minutes.

Teymoor Nabili / Timothy W Go

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.

Jill Neubronner / Christine Chan


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

Ran daily at 3:00pm, Mondays to Fridays at 9:00am and 2:00pm, and on 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 on 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 at 5:00pm.

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

Ran on 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 on 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.

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
AM Live! Replaces Primetime Morning as of 1 August 2011.

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

Ran 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)

Last edition aired on 28 March 2014 at 7:00am.

Steve Lai and Yvonne Yong

Productions of Channel NewsAsia and Other Programmes[edit]

Programme Description Presenter(s)
Get Rea! (read as Get Real) An 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
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.
Japan Hour An hour featuring Japanese culture. The programme is subtitled in English.
Welcome 2 Taiwan
Documentary of The Week Showcases documentaries every Sunday at 8.00pm.
Amazing Asia Special reports filed by correspondents in Asia. Usually screens unusual news happenings around Asia in the week. (Regular 30-minute segments)
Talking Point A LIVE one-hour talk show with specially invited guests discussing the hottest issues affecting Singaporeans. Viewers are invited to participate in the discussion via phone call and Twitter. Telecast: Wednesday 8:00 pm.

The programme is simulcast on 938LIVE.

Steven Chia
On The Red Dot A weekly current affairs programme that examines issues, trends and policies that matter to Singaporeans. It seeks to give viewers an indepth understanding of the context surrounding important issues and events. Airs on Channel 5, Wednesdays 9.00pm, and on CNA, Sundays 10.30pm. Cheryl Fox / Otelli Edwards



East Asia[edit]

  • Valarie Tan,China Correspondent, Shanghai
  • 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]

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.

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. It is also available on Toggle ( to internet users in Singapore at no extra charge. It is also over spilled to South Johor, Malaysia and Batam, Indonesia for both analogue and digital version of the signal, so the channel could be received for free on those areas easily by just using an outdoor antenna. Actual reception on those areas might be affected by many factors such as terrains.

Channel NewsAsia International is available on the AsiaSat 7, C-Band, various cable/satellite operators and online on

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. On 5 May 2014, the ticker was reformatted again to become a flipper; stock prices are no longer featured.


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. The site also has a 3-month archive of news. A live stream of Channel NewsAsia International is available on the channel's website in areas covered by AsiaSat 7 (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.

Free apps that feature news from Channel NewsAsia are also available for iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone and Samsung Smart TV users.

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

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