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Coonan to head impressive guest line-up on CNBC’s Squawk Australia on 2 October 2007

Sydney October 1, 2007 – Federal Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, Senator Helen Coonan will head a list of high-profile guests on CNBC's signature Australian business breakfast programme, "Squawk Australia," 8am tomorrow, Tuesday, October 2.

In an exclusive LIVE interview with "Squawk Australia"'s anchor, Jeffrey James, Coonan will discuss critical issues that would impact Australians and the Australian business community, in the lead-up to the 2007 Federal Election.

Also on the programme will be an exclusive interview with Rio Tinto Chief Executive Tom Albanese, one of the most experienced and successful businessmen in the world today.

In addition, President of Australian Real Estate Institute Christine Castle will look at the big picture of Australian real estate and discuss the impact of USA sub-prime and impending interest rate hikes on Australia.

"We are delighted to welcome our distinguished guests to tomorrow's programme," said Jeffrey James.

"Their appearance is a fitting milestone to mark six months of providing our viewers with the most insightful business news and commentary on TV in the breakfast timeslot in Australia."

CNBC's "Squawk Australia" is an hour-long programme that airs 8am Monday to Friday and the show's guest list for Tuesday also coincides with CNBC's launch of a number of major new programming initiatives in Australia – locally produced Trading Matters and Australia This Week.

"Squawk Australia" can be viewed on Foxtel (Channel 652) and Austar (Channel 652) from 8am, Monday to Friday.

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 and a half hours of live Asia-Pacific 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) are available in more than 21 countries across the Asia Pacific region. CNBC also has a strategic alliance with China Business Network, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Shanghai Media Group, and a partnership with Digital Chosun, an entity of Chosun Daily Group of Companies, the premier multiplatform media conglomerate in Korea.  The channels are distributed via satellite, cable and terrestrial broadcast networks, as well as broadband, on CNBC content is also distributed on mobile platforms through selective markets. 

CNBC is 100% owned and managed by NBC Universal, which is the broadcasting unit of GE, the ‘World's Most Admired' company in FORTUNE magazine's annual poll of executives (March 2007).