World Business

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World Business
CNBC Europe - World Business logo.jpg
Genre Business and political reportage, interviews
Presented by Raya Abirached
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
Running time 30 minutes
Original network CNBC Europe
Original release 2006 – July 2011

World Business was a weekly half hour features programme on CNBC presented by Raya Abirached. The show covered recent trends in global business, technology, luxury markets and the business of sport. The programme aired in Europe on Friday nights and in Asia on Saturday mornings.[1]

World Business was cancelled after it was revealed that the show's production company was doubling as a public relations firm for Malaysian politicians, including Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud.[1][2] The Sarawak Report, a blog run by Clare Rewcastle Brown, reported that FBC Media had been receiving payments from Malaysian politicians in return for positive coverage, including carrying puff pieces on the programme to improve Taib's international image.[1][3]


  1. ^ a b c "CNBC drops 'World Business'". Politico. 3 August 2011. Retrieved 3 August 2011. 
  2. ^ MacNicol, Glynnis (3 August 2011). "CNBC Cancels Show Following Reports Political Leaders Paid For Good Coverage". Business Insider. Retrieved 3 August 2011. 
  3. ^ Chong, Debra (3 August 2011). "CNBC drops flagship show over paid Malaysian interviews". The Malaysian Insider. Retrieved 3 August 2011. 

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