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CNBC Announces its First Daily Live Global Business Programme

  • Programme utilising worldwide resources of CNBC, CNBC Europe and CNBC Asia
  • Comprehensive business news show to be anchored live from London, Singapore and New York

London, 15th November 2005:

CNBC, the world leader in business news, today announced the launch of its first truly worldwide daily business news programme, with anchors in London, Singapore and New York. The show launches on 19 th December 2005.

Utilising the resources of CNBC Europe, CNBC and CNBC Asia, the show will be hosted by Ross Westgate in London, Christine Tan in Singapore and Michelle Caruso-Cabrera in New York. It will air from 10 am – 12 noon CET (9am - 11am UK), 4am – 6am ET in the U.S., and 5pm – 7pm in Asia.

CNBC believes that the economic, corporate and regulatory framework in which business operates is no longer domestic or local but is becoming more integrated region to region. In this environment, businesses need to find global solutions and take an international perspective on the news flow.

CNBC’s global programme will deliver in-depth analysis of world-wide trends which are influencing those who are investing across international markets. The show will feature live reports from financial centres around the world, including London, Frankfurt, Paris, New York, Shanghai, Mumbai, Dubai, among others.

“This is the first full integration of CNBC’s worldwide roster of anchors, correspondents and producers and the expertise each has in their individual regions,” said Mark Hoffman, CNBC President. “As business conducted on a worldwide basis continues to grow, it is vital for viewers to have a front seat. Only CNBC can provide such an important service. We continue to look for ways to expand our brand globally.”

“This will be an exciting and informative programme,” Hoffman said. “The show will become a unique platform, which will give CEOs and other key decision markers – for the first time – an opportunity to speak to an audience, live, on a global basis.

As important to the viewer, a CEO or guest will be questioned by a team of experienced presenters from three regions to ask about vital issues in a global context.”

The premiere of the programme comes as CNBC takes full control in both CNBC Europe and CNBC Asia. From January 2006, CNBC will assume full control of CNBC Europe, CNBC Asia and CNBC World. This is in line with the agreement in July 2005 when the companies announced that Dow Jones would transfer its 50 percent equity interests in CNBC Europe and CNBC Asia as well as its 25 percent interest in the domestic digital service, CNBC World.

The new global show will replace Morning Exchange in Europe. In the U.S. it will expand the programming schedule by one hour by beginning at 4am ET. In Asia, it replaces Asia Market Wrap.

The show will be under the direction of Jeremy Pink, who was named Vice President, International News and Programming, CNBC, in September 2005. Pink had been with CNBC Europe, the leading Pan-European, real-time financial and business TV channel, since 2000, where he was Vice President of News and Programming, directing the network’s daily coverage. Before that, he was Deputy Head of News at CNBC Asia.

Elements of the new programme will include in its first hour; live economic data and stock market reports from Europe’s capitals, It’s the Global Economy, in which an economist fields questions from three regions; Currency Corner, a global interview with a key currency market expert. In addition, there will be a weekly segment from Dubai, CNBC Arabia Live.

In the second hour, it will feature segments such as CEO Exchange, an interview with a top corporate executive; Global Talking Point, in which a key issue that’s affecting all three regions is debated, and a weekly segment from Mumbai titled CNBC India Live.

CNBC Europe, the leading pan-European financial and business TV channel, is the most watched business and financial channel in Europe. Indeed, it is the fastest growing pan-European TV channel for daily and weekly viewing, according to EMS ratings this year.

Anchor Biographies

Ross Westgate - CNBC Europe

Ross Westgate is one of CNBC Europe’s most experienced anchors, with over 11 years experience in financial broadcasting. He has anchored Morning Exchange and Power Lunch Europe for the past three years and regularly anchors Squawk Box Europe. In addition, he anchors the channel’s Media Talk series of programmes.

Ross anchors CNBC Europe's coverage of many high profile business events including the World Economic Forum, Davos; 3GSM; and the International Advertising Festival in Cannes.

Before studying for a postgraduate in Broadcast Journalism, Ross worked for 6 years in the City of London, where he trained as a stockbroker.

Christine Tan - CNBC Asia

Singaporean Christine Tan has over 10 years of broadcasting experience in business news and current affairs. She has anchored Managing Asia, Asia Market Wrap and Asia Market Week on CNBC Asia. Christine received the Best News Program award at the 2004 Asian Television Awards on behalf of the Asian Wall Street Journal.

Prior to joining CNBC, Christine was the Senior Producer and Presenter of the current affairs show Money Mind, one of the longest running programs of the Television Corporation of Singapore, today called MediaCorp.

Christine holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and English and a Masters of Arts with Honours in Sociology from the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Michelle Caruso-Cabrera - CNBC

Michelle Caruso-Cabrera was named CNBC’s first Hispanic anchor in 2001 and most recently has anchored Wake Up Call. In 2005, she reported for NBC News from Baghdad, covering the recent elections and its impact on Iraq's post-war economy. She has also traveled to Cuba, Brazil and Venezuela to report on and produce groundbreaking stories about the economies of those countries.

Michelle has won a News and Documentary Emmy Award for a series she did on children with AIDS, and has been honored with the Broadcaster of the Year award from the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Wellesley College, and resides in Northern New Jersey with her husband, Paulo Lima. - - - - -

About CNBC

CNBC is the recognized global leader in business news, providing real-time financial market coverage and business information. The network's Business Day programming (weekdays from 4:00am – 7:00pm ET) is produced at CNBC's global headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., and is widely recognized as the leader in real-time business news and analysis. CNBC primetime and weekends offer broad-based news, business and political talk programming. In addition to being seen in North America, South America and the Caribbean, CNBC is also incorporated into CNBC Europe and CNBC Asia Pacific programming.

About CNBC Europe

CNBC Europe is the only pan-European real-time financial and business channel dedicated to European CEO's and senior corporate executives, the European financial services industry and the European investor. Today the channel is available in 100 million homes, 1,400 banks and financial institutions and 340,000 hotel rooms throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

About CNBC Asia

CNBC Asia Pacific is uniquely positioned to speak to viewers from across the region. Headquartered in Singapore, the network provides 8 hours of live Asia-produced programming, which is complemented with coverage of live market action from Europe and the US. CNBC Asia Pacific's channels, which include CNBC Asia, CNBC-TV18 (India), Nikkei-CNBC (Japan) are available in more than 34 countries across the Asia Pacific region. CNBC Asia Pacific also has a strategic alliance with China Business Network, a subsidiary of the Shanghai Media Group. The channels are distributed via satellite, cable and terrestrial broadcast networks.

About CNBC World

CNBC World is a 24-hour digital network offering live, global financial market information and programming. CNBC World leverages the resources of CNBC business news from Asia and Europe and creates a 24-hour a day, 7 days per week global business news network. CNBC World provides in-depth market coverage from around the world, major industry news conferences, analyst calls and presentations, and one-on-one interviews with business leaders. CNBC World is available in 22 million homes across the United States via cable and satellite.

For further information

CNBC Europe:
Charlotte Blenkinsop
Direct line: +44 207 653 9448
Mobile: +44 7968 130665
charlotte.blenkinsop@cnbceurope.com

Amanda Willard
Direct line: +44 207 653 9428
amanda.willard@cnbceurope.com

CNBC US:
Kevin Goldman
Direct line + 00 1 201 735 4720
Mobile: +00 1 917 710 1492
kevin.goldman@nbcuni.com

CNBC Asia:
Mayda Jutahkiti
Direct line: +65 6557 2265 direct
Mobile: +65 9487 9074

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