Channel NewsAsia

Channel NewsAsia
Channel NewsAsia
Channel NewsAsia logo (shape only).svg
CNA logo
Launched 1 March 1999 as Television Corporation of Singapore
12 February 2001 as Channel NewsAsia
Network MediaCorp News
Owned by MediaCorp
Picture format PAL 576i (SDTV) 4:3
Slogan Providing Asian Perspectives
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 29 (UHF 599.25MHz) Multiplex carrying Mediacorp channels digitally.
AsiaSat 3S 3706 MHz
Indovision Indonesia Channel 330
Dish HD Asia Taiwan Channel 111
TVB Pay Vision Hong Kong Channel 63
StarHub TV Singapore Channel 106
MediaCorp (via SCTV socket) Singapore Channel 32 (UHF 196.25 MHz)
SkyCable Philippines Channel 82 for the digital platform
Cablelink Philippines Channel 63
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
mio TV Singapore Channel 5
now TV Hong Kong Channel 322
Hypp.TV Malaysia Channel 2004
UniFi Malaysia Channel 122
DETV Malaysia Channel 122
Internet television
Online viewing (international feed only)

Channel NewsAsia (abbreviated CNA) is an English language pan-Asian 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. It is a major Asian news broadcaster with programmes telecast to more than 10 Asian countries and territories.


New look

On 1 January 2005, Channel NewsAsia revamped the look of both feeds to a more contemporary feel. New hard studios were designed, replacing the virtual studios used in the past. The new look also introduced a simpler, more unified overall theme during news programs.

Unique features

When an interviewee gives his/her views in a language other than English an 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.

Moreover, most news networks broadcast programmes for 24 hours a day but Channel NewsAsia will give text headlines for 5 hours (for Singapore and international viewers) until 06:00 HK/SIN time.

Key Personnel

  • Managing Director: Debra Soon
  • Deputy Chief Editor, English News Output: Chay Ting Ngee
  • Vice-President, English Current Affairs: Tan Lek Hwa
  • 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

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 Primetime Morning which runs for three consecutive hours. The bottom of the hour features documentaries, lifestyle programming, health programming, current affairs and business news. The channel airs programmes 20 hours a day - with an extra 30 minutes for international viewers - seven days a week. Text of the latest news headlines are featured for the remaining four hours of the day except during major breaking news such as during the months following the September 11 attacks and the early days of the Iraq war since 2003.

The station now telecasts its flagship local news bulletin as Primetime News to all its viewers, both locally in Singapore and internationally live. Parent company MediaCorp said the changes were made in response to requests from viewers in countries like Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei Darussalam and Philippines, who have been asking for more in-depth content on Singapore. Previously Singapore Tonight was made available internationally and selected segments of that programme were shown on Asian Home News, During its Run and Singapore Business Tonight was not regularly shown to international viewers prior to 1 January 2005.

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

Programme Description Presenter(s)
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 Melissa Hyak
Primetime Morning Live news with regular segments you can wake up to in the morning. A Friday edition is also available that gives viewers more lifestyle-oriented news (also simulcast delayed relay network on Singapore English language general-entertainment channel MediaCorp TV Channel 5, and MediaCorp TV HD5. Suzanne Jung Ki Eng and Steven Chia
Asian Home News Screens short news snippets from previous-day broadcasts from CCTV News (China), NHK World TV (Japan), RTM TV1 (TV1) (Malaysia), RTB (Brunei) and Channel NewsAsia's Singapore Tonight Various
Asia Today Live news with a focus on Asian perspectives 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
World Today Live news with focus on key world events Melissa Hyak / Otelli Edwards / Genevieve Woo / Yvonne Yong/ Timothy W Go / Gerard Lam / Chew Wui Lynn /Sharon Tong/Timothy W Go/Sabrina Chua/ Patrick Fok
Southeast Asia Tonight A day's round-up of the news in South-east Asia Timothy W Go / Melissa Hyak /Gerard Lam / Chan Eu Imm /Lynlee Foo
East Asia Tonight A day's round-up of the news in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan and the two Korea Glenda Chong
Singapore Tonight A day's round-up of local and business news in Singapore Timothy Ouyang & Yvonne Yong
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 Genevieve Woo/Glenda Chong/Timothy W Go/Timothy Ouyang/Lynlee Foo/Gerard Lam
Asia Tonight A day's round-up of the news in Asia (shown on weekends only) Gerard Lam or Genevieve Woo (Simplified Chinese: 胡曼虹)
World Tonight A day's round-up of key world news Melissa Hyak (Weekdays)/Yvonne Yong/ Timothy W Go / Gerard Lam & Genevieve Woo (Simplified Chinese: 胡曼虹) (Weekends)
Get Rea! (read as Get Real) A twice-weekly investigative current-affairs programme focusing on issues in Singapore 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)
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
Documentary of The Week
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)
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
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 Dominique Loh/Wei Du/Timothy Ouyang
Primetime Asia A day's round-up of the news in Asia Timothy W Go and Glenda Chong
AM Live Hosts Suzanne Jung and Steven Chia front the new two-hour programme merging the best of Primetime Morning with an all-new format and brand new lifestyle segments.

Presenters Chan Eu Imm and Patrick Fok join them each morning to bring viewers the news and business stories.

From its 6.30-7am Early Edition packed with up-to-the-minute world news, business and market reports,

AM Live! warms up as the morning builds, to include entertainment and lifestyle features, e.g. music and movie reviews, fitness and health, food and the arts.].

Suzanne Jung Ki Eng and Steven Chia, Chan Eu Imm Patrick Fok



East Asia

  • 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, Shanghai
  • Victoria Jen, Taiwan Correspondent, Taipei
  • Maria Siow, East Asia Bureau Chief, Beijing

Southeast Asia

South Asia

West Asia


North America

  • 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)

  • S Ramesh, Senior Political Reporter
  • Hoe Yeen Nie, Education Reporter
  • Patwant Singh, Sports Reporter
  • Rachel Kelly, Business Reporter
  • Imelda Saad
  • Dominique Loh
  • Satish Cheney
  • Lynda Hong
  • Esther Ng
  • May Wong
  • Wayne Chan
  • Hetty Musfirah
  • Dylan Loh
  • Evelyn Choo
  • Sharon See
  • Claire Huang
  • Joanne Chan
  • Saifulbahri Ismail
  • Alvina Soh
  • Shaffiq Alkhatib
  • Stefan Loe
  • Julie Quek
  • Ryan Huang
  • Evevlyn Lam

Feeds and ticker

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 International on 12 February 2001. The exception to this is 20/20 which only airs in Singapore. The Singapore feed airs a total of 20 hours of programmes while the international feed airs 30 minutes longer to include a replay of Singapore news. As the channel is about to startup (sign-on) and closedown (sign-off) the national anthem is played in Singapore.

Other important differences include a short, five-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 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, PRC, 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 Primetime Morning.

Watches and sponsors on clocks before the news

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


External links

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