Singapore, 4 December, 2009 – CNBC, First in Business Worldwide, received three nominations and took home the award for Best News Anchor at the 14th Asian Television Awards held at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Singapore last night: Martin Soong won the Best News Anchor award for Squawk Box (Asia) – the only 5 time winner in its history.
"We at CNBC are thrilled that Martin has been honored for an unprecedented 5th time for his consistently stellar performance. He is a true icon in the field of journalism and CNBC's audience benefits from his commitment every single morning,” said Satpal Brainch, President and Managing Director, CNBC Asia Pacific.
With over 20 years of industry experience, Martin Soong is one of Asia's best-known business television journalists. He was one of the pioneers that launched Asia Business News in 1993 (prior to the channel’s merger with CNBC in 1997). During his long and distinguished tenure with the network, Martin has anchored almost all of CNBC’s flagship business shows. He is currently the co-anchor on CNBC's trademark morning program Squawk Box (Asia), which focuses on what viewers need to know after the markets close in the U.S. and before the markets open in Asia.
This is the third consecutive year that Soong has received the Best News Anchor Award at the Asian Television Awards. He also received the award in 1998 and 1996.
The other CNBC nominations included: Christine Tan for Best Current Affairs Presenter, Managing Asia, and Maura Fogarty for Best News Anchor, Capital Connection.
"The caliber and journalistic skills of the nominees of these categories are second to none. They are amongst the best talent in Asia," said John Casey, Vice President of News and Programming, CNBC Asia Pacific. "Having three nominations and receiving this award is an honor for CNBC."
CNBC Asia Pacific
CNBC Asia Pacific is uniquely positioned to speak to viewers from across the region. Headquartered in Singapore, the network provides nine and a half 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), CNBC Pakistan, Nikkei-CNBC (Japan) and soon to be SBSCNBC (South Korea), are available in more than 21 countries across the Asia Pacific region. CNBC also has a strategic alliance with Shanghai Media Group, which wholly owns a subsidiary, China Business Network. The channels are distributed via satellite, cable and terrestrial broadcast networks, as well as broadband. CNBC content is also distributed on the 3G telecommunication platforms throughout various markets. For more information, please visit us at http://asia.cnbc.com