Rico Hizon

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Rico Hizon
Born Federico M. Hizon
(1966-03-24) 24 March 1966 (age 48)[citation needed]
Manila, Philippines
Ethnicity Filipino
Education De La Salle University
Occupation Broadcast journalist, business news presenter
Notable credit(s) GMA Network
CNBC Asia
BBC World News
Newsday
Religion Roman Catholic
Spouse(s) Melannie Syquia

Rico Hizon is a Filipino broadcast journalist with BBC World News. He anchors Newsday and Asia Business Report, which is broadcast to more than 300 million households worldwide. He is the first-ever Filipino news anchor to work for two of the world's most prestigious television news networks - CNBC Asia and BBC World News.[1]

Education and academia[edit]

After gaining a degree in Communication Arts and Business at De La Salle University, Hizon taught Radio, Television and Broadcasting courses at the University.[2] Doctorate Degree in Humanities, Honoris Causa from the University of Northeastern Philippines.

Broadcast career[edit]

Hizon started his broadcast career at Manila-based GMA Network, from 1988 to 1995, where he was responsible for covering capital markets, banking and finance, real estate, investment and corporate developments. He anchored the daily business program, Business Today, GMA News Live and Stock Market Live from the trading floor of the Philippine Stock Exchange. During his tenure, Hizon won the "The Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) for Broadcast Journalism" award.[1]

Hizon then joined CNBC Asia in April 1995, based in Hong Kong and later in Singapore, where he was the main anchor of the morning edition of CNBC Today, Squawk Box, Market Watch and Power Lunch.[1]

Hizon joined BBC World News in 2002, and anchored the daily business and finance programme Asia Business Report and Asia Today live from Singapore Monday to Friday.[2] Since June 2011 Hizon has co-presented the new BBC Newsday programme from Singapore with Babita Sharma in London. He is also a regular on BBC World Business Report as an Asian business correspondent. In November 2013 Rico presented for BBC News live from Tacloban, Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan. In January 2014 Hizon co-presented the BBC Newsday programme from New Broadcasting House, London with Babita Sharma in Singapore for a short while. His appearance in London was very well received by international viewers.

Awards[edit]

Conferred on 23 November 2012, a Doctorate Degree in Humanities, Honoris Causa by the University of Northeastern Philippines and the Commission on Higher Education. 2012 Broadcast Journalist of the Year, Rotary Club of Manila. 2011 Asian Television Awards Best News Anchor Nominee. January 2010, People of the Year Award from People Asia Magazine. September 2009, the La Sallian Achievement Award for Global Journalism. He is the youngest ever recipient. December 2008, Pamana ng Pilipino Presidential Award received from President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo at Malacañan Palace for excellence in International Journalism, and gave the response on behalf of his fellow awardees. October 2008, Bank of the Philippine Islands recognized Hizon for bringing honor and recognition to the Philippines with the 2008 BPinoy Award, and for advocating important Filipino values and principles, Rico received the 1st ever Yes The Filipino Can! Award. December 2006, the The Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) Award for International Journalism and Community Service.[3][4]

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