World Business

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World Business
GenreBusiness and political reportage, interviews
Presented byRaya Abirached
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
Running time30 minutes
Original release
NetworkCNBC Europe
Release2006 (2006) –
July 2011 (2011-07)

World Business is a weekly half hour features programme on CNBC presented by Raya Abirached, broadcast between 2006 and 2011. The show covers 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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