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Germany's Most Famous TV Journalist to Host New Programme on CNBC

CNBC Europe today announced that Sabine Christiansen, Germany's most watched and most important political television presenter, has joined CNBC Europe to produce and host a series of 12 new programmes that will be broadcast around the world on CNBC.

The new 60 minute programme, called Global Players with Sabine Christiansen, will consist of hard-hitting dialogue with top international political and business leaders. Each of these special programmes will be produced on location at key international events from around the world.

The programme will add a new dimension to CNBC's coverage, increasing the depth of business analysis and understanding of the impact of geopolitical issues on the global economy.

Sabine Christiansen hosts the most watched and most important political talk show on German television. The Sabine Christiansen show is broadcast on ARD (Das Erste) and has the largest market share in Germany. Each week up to seven million viewers tune into watch her discuss the topic of the week with famous national and international guests.

Along with prominent German political and celebrity guests, Sabine Christiansen has interviewed the world's most notable politicians and business leaders including Tony Blair, Donald Rumsfeld, Colin Powell, Bill Gates, Kofi Annan, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Douglas Hurd, Condeleezza Rice and Henry Kissinger.

"We are delighted to have such a prestigious presenter and journalist join our team," said Mick Buckley, President and CEO, CNBC Europe. "I have no doubt, that our affluent and senior executive audience will value Sabine's insight and the way she engages interesting guests in controversial topical discussions."

Sabine Christiansen, host of Germany's most influential discussion show on politics, commented: "I am very excited about this cooperation with CNBC, which is clearly the world's leading business and financial news network. CNBC offers a great platform for a German brand to go global. More and more, the issues that touch our lives are international and it's time for a worldwide platform to discuss them. We are looking forward to a fascinating mix of top business and political leaders." Global Players with Sabine Christiansen will air worldwide on CNBC Europe, CNBC in the United States and CNBC Asia. The premiere air date for the new programme will be announced shortly.

Global Players with Sabine Christiansen will be produced and directed by TV21 and CNBC Europe.

Sabine Christiansen

One of the most highly recognized journalists in Germany, the 48 year old Christiansen is equally at home discussing international politics or world business in English, German, French or Spanish.

Prior to creating her own discussion show, Sabine Christiansen anchored the nightly news program ARD-TAGESTHEMEN for ten years, and was also author of a series of international documentaries.

For her journalistic work she has received all of Germany's highest awards, from the Grimme Preis and the Bambi to the Golden Kamera.

She is personally engaged in social issues through her own foundation for childrens' rights, as the only national Ambassador for UNICEF/ Germany, and through her work on a number foundation boards and advisory councils.

Her commitment to social service has been recognized by the German government, which in 2002 bestowed upon her its Medal of Honour, and by a series of other awards including the "Courage Prize" and the "Religions' Prize."

She received the World Media Award in 2005 from the hand of Michael Gorbachev.

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 over 100 million homes, 1,400 banks and financial institutions and 340,000 hotel rooms throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

About CNBC Europe

CNBC is the recognised global leader in business news, providing real-time financial market coverage and business information. CNBC reaches more than 340 million households in 101 countries. 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 recognised 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 TV 21

TV 21 is Germany's third largest company producing TV news programming. Main client is ARD, the biggest European broadcaster besides the BBC. TV 21 is owned by Sabine Christiansen and Dr. Michael Heiks. It produces high quality talk shows, information and documentaries on political and economic issues.

For further information

CNBC Europe
Charlotte Blenkinsop
+44 20 7653 9448

TV21
Michael Ortmanns
+49 30 59 00 35 540

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