Singapore, 14 June 2010 – CNBC, First in Business Worldwide, and Singapore Exchange (SGX) jointly announce the official launch of CNBC’s new primary studio facility at SGX. The new studio begins operations today on the second floor of SGX Centre 1 in Shenton Way, the heart of Singapore’s financial district. To coincide with the unveiling of the new studio, CNBC Asia is introducing a new morning programming line-up.
“Business news is going through an era of unprecedented importance and complexity so it's important we innovate our story-telling capabilities to continue delivering clear, real-time coverage,” said John Casey, Vice President of News and Programming, CNBC Asia Pacific. “That's what this move is about. The state-of-the-art studio we've created to broadcast live from SGX not only enhances our ability for dynamic discussion and instant analysis, it also incorporates exciting new tools that will enable us to make sense of even the most complex stories.”
The new look includes visual enhancements such as touch screens, video walls and tickers providing real-time market data that frames the new studio space at SGX. Along with the new studio comes an enhanced line-up which includes an earlier and more dynamic three-hour Squawk Box Asia from 6am, a brand new one-hour programme, The Call, an updated two-hour programme, Cash Flow from Australia and a fresh approach to Capital Connection with the introduction of a new bureau in Bahrain. For a more detailed description of each programme, please see end of release.
Satpal Brainch, President and Managing Director, CNBC Asia Pacific said, “For over two decades, CNBC globally has been at the forefront of providing accurate and actionable financial news and information. Our investment in a new studio along with our partnership with Singapore Exchange not only strengthens our global identity, but enhances our ability to provide the best viewing experience for our audience while reinforcing our commitment to the region.”
Mr. Magnus Bocker, CEO of SGX said, “We are pleased to welcome CNBC to SGX. The new studio is perfectly positioned at the core of Singapore's financial market. Reaching out to the global business community in every possible financial market, the presence of CNBC here at SGX supports our position as the Asian gateway with a global reach."
About CNBC Asia Pacific
CNBC Asia Pacific is uniquely positioned to speak to viewers from across the region. Headquartered in Singapore, the network provides nine 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 SBS-CNBC (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. For more information, please visit us at http://asia.cnbc.com
About CNBC Asia’s New Morning Programming Line-up
*Listed times for SIN/HK
Squawk Box Asia - 6am to 9am (Monday to Friday). Hosted by Martin Soong and Karen Tso from the SGX and Bernie Lo joining from Hong Kong, Squawk Box Asia jumpstarts the business day for the Asian corporate and financial communities. Urgent, uncompromising, unscripted and energetic, Squawk Box Asia is the essential business resource for viewers who want to stay ahead and connected to the hottest news.
The Call - 9am to 10am (Monday to Friday). Empowering viewers to make the right call for their business, their market and their investments, The Call delivers up-to-the minute news and commentary while tracking the start of trade in Singapore, Malaysia and Taiwan. Hosted by Bernie Lo in Hong Kong and Karen Tso from the SGX, it's the pre-game show for the Greater China region bringing the opening numbers from the world's financial hotspot, Shanghai, and Asia’s most dynamic market, Hong Kong.
Cash Flow from Australia - 10am to 12pm (Monday to Friday). CNBC turns news flow into Cash Flow, creating investment, trading and business opportunities out of the mass of information, announcements and decisions that occur each morning. Anchored by Oriel Morrison, the program delivers the bottom line, providing traders and investors with usable information that helps them make profitable decisions.
Capital Connection - 12pm to 1pm (Monday to Friday). Broadcast simultaneously from Asia, Europe and the Middle East with Chloe Cho hosting from Singapore, Capital Connection helps the global business viewer understand the impact that news in one region is having on financial capitals around the globe. It’s the bridge between the Asian markets and a preview to the European and Middle Eastern trading day.
Straight Talk with Bernie Lo - Direct, no-nonsense and honest, this half-hour weekly show takes viewers to the people that shape the region. Candid and accessible, Straight Talk features exclusive, intimate one-on-ones with leaders in the corporate, political and social scene. Packed with personality, the show pulls viewers in by inviting commentary and questions on the most critical topics in business & beyond.
About Singapore Exchange
Singapore Exchange (SGX) is among the world’s largest exchanges and Asia’s second largest listed exchange. As the Asian gateway, SGX is the market of choice for investors wanting to participate in Asia’s vibrant and rapidly-growing economies, and for Asian issuers seeking international capital.
SGX's extensive suite of securities, derivatives and commodities products makes it Asia’s most international exchange. SGX's services range from listings, trading, high-speed market access, clearing and settlement to depository services and Central Counter Party services for OTC traded derivatives. With the region's longest trading hours, and powered by cutting edge technology, SGX is the unparalleled conduit for investment flows into and out of Asia.
For more information, please visit SGX website: www.sgx.com